AFA NEWSROOM V9 NO. 19, Oct. 1, 2014
AFA ENDORSEMENTS FOR NOV. 4 GENERAL ELECTIONAll you have to do to know how important it is to vote is read your local newspaper or watch your favorite news show on TV. Not voting is not an option because the folks that get elected will be making decisions about us and our industry that you don't want to leave to chance.
The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
So please, review these endorsements and on Nov. 4 go to the polls and vote and encourage your family and friends to do the same!
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PART OF u.s. 78 NOW DESIGNATED i-22
Portions of US Hwy 78 have now been designated as Interstate 22 and will fall under Interstate weight restrictions. The change takes place immediately.
This area includes the part of US 78 that is on I-22 to Graysville, plus the section of I-22 that continues to Coalburg Road that is marked as I-22. Beginning Saturday, October 11, 2014, the Motor Carrier Safety Unit will start enforcing (issuing citations) the weight restriction laws on this new portion of I-22. - SOURCE: Lieutenant Chris Brown, Alabama Department of Public Safety
Click for Map of U.S. 78
alec says google rejection based on "misinformation"
American Legislative Exchange Council members have written a letter to the leadership of Google, Inc. challenging their CEO's decision to drop support of ALEC based on what ALEC members say is misinformation by leftist environmental groups about ALEC's position on "climate change."
Read the letter...
CANFOR acquires Mississippi Mill
Vancouver, B.C. – Canfor Corporation (TSX:CFP) is pleased to announce the purchase of the operating assets of Southern Lumber Company, Inc. The acquisition includes a sawmill located in Hermanville, Mississippi which is a large log southern yellow pine dimension mill manufacturing predominately long, wide width lumber. The sawmill is in an area of exceptionally high quality fibre and is well suited for higher value product lines. After reflecting near term capital, the operation has a capacity of 90 million board feet.
TIMBERLAND PURCHASES INCLUDES ALABAMA LAND
ATLANTA — Timbervest LLC, an Atlanta-based company that manages timber-related assets and investments, today announced it acquired an additional 20,000 acres of timberland through two acquisitions for its Timbervest Partners III, LP (TVP III) investment fund. The $480 million commingled fund consists of approximately 260,000 acres of timberland located throughout the country and is comprised of institutional and high-net-worth investors.
Lumber market starting to show cracks?
The price of lumber is a key indicator used by investors to determine the strength of certain sectors of the economy such as housing. Data from July revealed that U.S. housing starts surged to an eight-month high.
While this should be good news for lumber prices, the short-term chart is suggesting the opposite.
TREES THAT CAN INCREASE BIOMASS PRODUCTION
Thanks to biotechnology, researchers at UPM have increased the production of woody species.
This result is of great interest to the energy market. (PHOTO) A Popular Plantation. Source: UPM
SCIENTIST SAYS GLOBAL WARMING SCIENCE NOT "SETTLED"
The idea that "Climate science is settled" runs through today's popular and policy discussions. Unfortunately, that claim is misguided. It has not only distorted our public and policy debates on issues related to energy, greenhouse-gas emissions and the environment. But it also has inhibited the scientific and policy discussions that we need to have about our climate future.
REGISTER FOR ALC ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR NOV. 1
Don't forget to register for the 2014 Alabama Loggers Council Meeting set for Saturday, November 1, 2014 in Prattville. The meeting will include 6 hours of PLM-CE credit offered on topics pertinent to logging business operations.
The Alabama Logger of the year award will also be presented during the Logger Of The Year Awards Luncheon.
Click Here for Registration Form.
ALIPC SOLICITING Grants FOR INVASIVESThe Alabama Invasive Plant Council (ALIPC) is currently soliciting grant proposals for non-native invasive plant projects in the state of Alabama. Individuals, public or private nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions are eligible to apply. The purpose of this grant is to provide funding for projects that will educate the public about non-native invasive plants and their effects on the environment, and/or to conduct small-scale activities for controlling noxious weeds.
The Request for Proposals and the Application Form are attached and also located on the ALIPC’s website (www.se-eppc.org/alabama). The maximum amount for funding is $1500. The due date to submit the proposal (or application) is October 31, 2014. If you have further questions, please contact Dana Stone, Alabama Forestry Commission.
Southern US PELLET PRODUCTION GLOBAL OUTLOOK is good
The southeastern U.S. has spent the past decade developing the necessary infrastructure and supply chain to bring wood pellets to the world. Over the past several years, the U.S. has become the No. 1 exporter of wood pellets to Europe, exporting over 2.7 million tons of wood pellets in 2013 alone.
LURLEEN B. WALLACE C.C. LOOKING FOR FORESTRY INSTRUCTORLurleen B. Wallace Community College is looking for a Forestry Instructor. A minimum of a master's degree with 18 or more graduate hours in Forestry and bachelor's degree in Forest Management from an approved Society of American Foresters (SAF) program is required. Three years full-time experience as a forester is also required. Deadline for submitting application, October 21, 2014.
LOWE'S ORDERED TO PAY 2x4 SETTLEMENT
A Marin County California judge ordered Mooresville, North Carolina-based Lowe’s to pay a $1.6 million settlement over a lawsuit alleging the inaccurate description of structural dimensional building products.
Sawmill days in stockton
On Nov. 1, Stockton will be celebrating its 2nd Annual Stockton Sawmill Days. Although this event is being used as a fund raiser to establish a museum in the Stockton community, it celebrates so much more.
As home of the first sawmill in Alabama and a community built and maintained by the timber industry, this event hopes to educate others about the importance the timber industry has and continues to have throughout the state.
FORISK REPORTS ON PAPER, PAPERBOARD PRODUCTION
While total U.S. paper and paperboard production has declined, results vary across product categories as profitable categories continue to grow. Since 1996, total paper and paperboard production fell 12% while household and sanitary paper production increased 21%. Wrapping and packaging paper declined 2% since 1996, but grew 3% over the last 10 years. Newsprint has shown the greatest decline (61% since 1996), but it only accounted for 7% of total production in 1996.
2014 REGIONAL EVENTS AND FIELD DAYS SET FOR OCT.
The Alabama Natural Resources Council and the Alabama State Tree Farm Committee will be hosting the 2014 Regional Events and Forestry Field Days on Oct. 2 in Colbert County, Oct. 9 in Perry County and Oct. 16 in Coffee County.
kronospan, au forestry club hold great events
The good folks at Kronospan and the Auburn University Forestry Club put on great events on September 19 and 20, respectively. The Kronospan event at Silver Lakes, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, was very well attended. Many thanks to Jeremy Oliver and the Kronospan crew for doing an outstanding job at this event!
Likewise, our thanks to the AU Forestry Club and event sponsor Tom Gallagher for their annual bow shoot at the Sportsman's Outpost at Waverly, Ala.
• Nov. 7. Westervelt Sporting Clays & Skeet Shoot at Westervelt Lodge near Aliceville. Contact: George Franklin at, (205) 562-5699 or Lydia Fields at (205) 562-5482.
Don't Forget About Our Books on Forestry
We now have two books that you can use to learn more about forestland management and the history of the forest products industry in Alabama. These books make outstanding gifts for birthdays, Christmas and any other gift-giving purpose. The book on the left, Green Gold: Alabama's Forests and Forest Industries, provides the first comprehensive history of forestry in Alabama, from when the Indians cleared forests for agriculture to the modern era.
The book on the right, Managing Forests on Private Lands in Alabama and the Southeast, is probably the best book every produced on managing forests for timber production and for preserving water and wildlife resources.
If you are interested in owning either or both of these books, contact Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.