AFA NEWSROOM V9 NO. 20, Oct. 15, 2014
GENERAL ELECTION JUST THREE WEEKS AWAY!We all need to do our part to make sure we elect the folks who understand what we and our industry needs to survive.
Don't forget that 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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ALC annual meeting set for november 1, 2014
Interested in learning more about the growing
demand for wood products? Curious about roundwood demand, as well as how to recruit and train the logging workforce?
Come to the upcoming Alabama Loggers Council Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 1, 2014, in Prattville. Information on times and registration is attached.
alabama's forest owners win...finally!
Attorney General Luther Strange recently praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in the Lynch v. Alabama case. This lawsuit brought by plaintiffs against the state challenged Alabama’s property tax-system, seeking to have it declared unconstitutional. If the plaintiffs had been successful, property taxes for forest landowners would have increased by 1,000% or more.
The Supreme Court’s decision leaves intact the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to uphold Judge Lynwood Smith’s original ruling in favor of the state.
Sierra Pacific levels corruption allegations in renewed legal fight over Moonlight fire
The incendiary legal battle over responsibility for the Moonlight wildfire, which scorched 65,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada seven years ago, has flared anew with charges of corruption and cover-up leveled at federal prosecutors, and state and federal investigators.
Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update
Seattle, USA. Timber harvests in North America were up for the fourth consecutive
year in 2013, reaching 510 million m3, based on analysis by WRI.
Lumber production in the us jumps 5%
Lumber production in the United States totaled 18.395 billion board feet (or ≈ 43,4 million cubic meters) from January to July 2014. This represents an increase of 5 percent as compared to the same period of last year, Random Lengths reports.
Production in the West was up 5.2%, while output in the South gained 4.8%. Nationwide, lumber production in July totaled 2.772 billion board feet (≈ 6,54 million m3), up 5.6% from June and 9.3% ahead of July 2013 figure.
STRUCTURAL WOOD SYSTEMS LANDS ARK PROJECT
Structural Wood Systems of Greenville, Alabama has landed an unusual project. The company will be working to construct a full-size replica of Noah's Ark to be featured at a theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky. Once completed, the project (shown above in artist rendition) will be the largest timber-framed structure in the United States.
Just as Noah's efforts were not without controversy in his day, however, there is a dispute between the state of Kentucky and the parent company of "Ark Encounter" over a requirement that employees sign a faith statement including a belief in creationism and the flood. At risk is some $18 million in tax rebates over a 10-year period.
pentagon now Fighting the weather?
At a time when the U.S. military is battling the Islamic State in the Middle East, responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and monitoring tensions between Ukraine and Russia, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently elevated climate change to "a national security threat."
KILLING BUGS THE OLD FASHIONED WAY: BY ELECTROCUTION!
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.
PHOTO: This is an emerald ash borer and decoy. Credit: Left, Michael J. Domingue; right, Drew P. Pulsifer, Penn State.
black pinesnake listing comment period to end Dec. 8The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the black pinesnake as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with a proposed section 4(d) rule. If finalized, this 4(d) rule would exempt... herbicide treatments, prescribed burning, restoration along river banks and stream buffers, and some intermediate timber treatments.
Woodchop hosts 5th grader CLASS
Thad and Mandy Cain of Lafayette, Alabama, own Woodchop Timber Harvesting, Inc. Their company recently hosted the 5th grade Social Studies class from Chambers Academy and their teacher Mrs. Bledsoe, at a Woodchop Timber job site to teach them about renewable resources and timber harvesting. The students pictured above really liked that big John Deere machine!
Congratulations to Woodchop for doing this important work.
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.
policymaker's jobs made more difficult by misleading information
As policy makers in both the United States and Europe work to solidify regulations around the use of forest biomass to generate electricity, their jobs are made more difficult by the misleading debate some stakeholders cling to about the validity of forest biomass as a low carbon source of energy.
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.
log a load winding down with two final events
Log a Load for Kids fundraising year is winding down, with only two more scheduled events this year. The next event November 7 will be the annual Westervelt Sporting Clays & Skeet Shoot at Westervelt Lodge near Aliceville.
The final event will be a November 15 dove hunt in Henry County. We just learned of this event from Janet Ison and will give a more detailed accounting in the next Newsroom.
• 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. Click her for flyer.
. Nov. 15. Dove shoot. Although we have little information on this event, we believe it is a repeat of the Henry County shoot that has been held the past couple of years. We'll give you more information once we get it in hand. SD
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.