AFA NEWSROOM V9 NO. 21, Nov. 1, 2014
WE WILL PICK OUR NEW LEADERS ON TUESDAY!It is vital that we elect individuals who will be supportive of our families and our industry as we continue to face an uncertain future.
The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, less than a week from today!
Please review the AFA endorsements and on Nov. 4 go to the polls and vote and encourage your family and friends to do the same!
Click here for AFA endorsements
Final countdown for ALC annual meeting, nov. 1
Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey an AFA endorsee, will host the ALC Annual Meeting this weekend in at the Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville, Ala.
To learn more about the gowing demand for wood products, about roundwood demand, as well as how to recruit and train loggers, AND meet with Lt. Gov. Ivey, you need to attend the ALC Annual Meeting Saturday, November 1, 2014, in Prattville. For more information click here.
Congressman Bradley Byrne Pays afa a visit
U.S. 1st District Congressman Bradley Byrne dropped by the AFA office last week to pay a visit and update our leadership on the goings on in D.C.
Congressman Byrne also listened to the concerns of AFA leaders and expressed his support for many of the initiatives of interest to the forest industry.
ForestPAC has endorsed Congressman Byrne for reelection. For the latest information from Congressman Byrne, click here.
afc Opens website to help landowners assess wildfire dangers
At an Alabama Forestry Commission meeting on Tuesday in Montgomery, officials with the AFC unveiled a new website that will help homeowners and communities across the state determine wildfire risk, as well as take measures to minimize or mitigate potential wildfire hazards.
Click here for AFC press release. To download a brochure on the program, click here.
recent polling suggests republicans may run the table in Alabama
A recent story about polling of the political races in Alabama says that Republicans will likely run the table and win most, if not all, of the major races in Alabama on Nov. 4.
POTLATCH BUYING LAND FROM RMS IN ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPIPotlatch Corporation (Nasdaq:PCH) announced recently its third quarter 2014 results and that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire 201,000 acres of timberlands in Alabama and Mississippi from affiliates of Resource Management Service, LLC for $384 million.
The transaction is expected to close late in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
Potlatch looking for a few good employees
Potlatch Corporation has a number of new job opportunities available in its recently acquired Mississippi and Alabama land holdings. The company is looking to fill two District Forest Manager positions, one based in Prattville, Alabama and the other based in Jackson, Mississippi to oversee the management of 100,000 acres of land in each location. The company is also looking to fill two Resource Forester positions, one in each of the aforementioned areas.
Finally Potlatch is looking to add a Log Marketing Manager, to be based in Jackson, Mississippi, to coordinate the marketing of wood fiber products in the assigned region to internal and external customers. For a full listing of job duties and qualifications and to apply, please go to www.potlatchcorp.com and look under the Career section. Potlatch is an EEO/AA/M/F/Veteran/Disabled Employer.”
GOVERNOR BENTLEY RECOGNIZES K&S LUMBER FOR NEW MILL Gov. Robert Bentley spoke on Wednesday at a double ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lamar County's new city of Vernon Industrial Park at 508 Convalescent Road. The ceremony also recognized K&S Lumber, the park's first industry, which has opened a sawmill there.
Area mayors attended the ceremony on the cool, sunny afternoon, including Vernon Mayor Glenn Crawford and state Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale, whose district includes Vernon, Lamar County's county seat.
US FOREST SERVICE OFFERS MOBILE APP FOR NATIONAL FORESTS IN ALABAMA
The U.S. Forest Service announced the initial phase of a newly created mobile device application for outdoor enthusiasts interested in planning trips to Alabama’s four national forests – Bankhead, Talladega, Conecuh and Tuskegee. Alabama “Great Escapes” mobile app is available for download at the google play store using http://bit.ly/greatescapes.
"earmarked" funds make budgeting difficult in Alabama
For those of you who are used to working on budgets, imagine if you could only use 20-30 percent of the revenues you receive to fund your operations, with the remainder being "earmarked" for other purposes or departments.
That is essentially the problem state government in Alabama has because of the vast majority of its funding is earmarked.
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NEW RESEARCH LINKS FOREST THINNING TO WATER GAINS
New research by The Nature Conservancy and Northern Arizona University has found that accelerated thinning of Arizona’s overgrown ponderosa pine forest will not only help forest health, but potentially yield more water from the forest to benefit the headwater streams and aquifers in the Salt and Verde river watersheds.
The research, published in the on-line journal Public Library of Science (PLOS ONE), looked at the effects of forest thinning in Arizona’s Salt and Verde river watersheds. The study is based on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, the largest forest restoration program in the U.S that is attempting to increase the rate of forest thinning three-fold.
autauga forestry & wildlife stewardship council sets nov. 20 landowner tourThe Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council, in partnership with the Autauga County Farm-City Week Planning Committee, will hold its 2014 Fall Landowner Tour on November 20, 2014.
The tour will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dr. Frank Jones property at 2202 County Road 19 North, Prattville, Alabama.
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AU Extension Says fall is good time for soil tests
Fall is in full swing and you know what that means, it's time to break out the pumpkins, flannel shirts and soil tests!
According to Dr. Charles Mitchell, a soil scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and professor at Auburn University, soil testing is a simple chemical process that estimates the nutrients available to crops in the soil. Most Alabama soils are acidic meaning the addition of ground limestone is commonly suggested.
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southern pine exports to china on the upswingSouthern Pine lumber exports to China are expected to reach $54 million this year, a ten-fold increase since the U.S. wood products industry began promoting this species, grown in the southeastern United States. Meanwhile, Chinese demand for pressure-treated Southern Pine lumber, a key value-added item produced in the U.S., is forecasted to reach $15 million this year, an all-time sales record and 245% above levels five years ago.
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
The next Log a Load for Kids 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 the Wiregrass District.
• 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. Starts at 11 a.m. Nov. 15, just off Highway 231, turn West on County Road 14, Pickard, Al (Dale County. Contact Allen Knight at 334-703-7130. Click here for flyer.
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.