AFA NEWSROOM V9 NO. 22, Nov. 15, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS TO "WE THE PEOPLE" ON 2014 ELECTION OUTCOME!For Alabama Legislative races, click here.
Proof that every vote counts showed up in the Nov. 4 General Election in the battle over Senate District 6 in Northwest Alabama.
The Alabama Forestry Association was the only major organization to endorse Dr. Larry Sutts, a long-shot Republican challenger to long-serving Sen. Roger Bedford. Dr. Stutts won that race by 60 votes, then picked up several more in the provisional ballot count.
The closeness of the District 6 race triggers an automatic recount. But barring an unusual event, it looks like Dr. Stutts will be the new State Senator in SD 6.
How did Republicans do otherwise? Well, they won all statewide offices, all six of Alabama's Republican Congressmen were re-elected and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions was unopposed. Nationally, of course, Republicans now have 53 U.S. Senate seats, with a runoff in Louisiana that could add a 54th Republican. They also increased their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
For those of you who voted in the Senate District 6 race, and indeed in all of the other election contests, thank you for caring enough to be involved in this vital process.
ALC annual meeting had something for everyone!
The Alabama Loggers Council brought over 100 loggers together on Saturday, November 1, 2014, for the ALC Annual Meeting. Loggers gathered for presentations geared towards the general topic of “Meeting the Growing Demand for Roundwood Production.”
Logging equipment and trucks filled the parking lot, offering attendees the option to see firsthand the latest updates. During lunch, Lt. Governor Kay Ivey presented the Alabama Logger of the Year award to John McGowin, McGowin Logging Company, Inc., and his crew. Special thanks to all of the sponsors, speakers, and others who helped make the ALC Annual Meeting a success. Please support the event sponsors:
> Gulf Coast Truck and Equipment Co. Inc.
> J.M. Wood Auction Co. Inc.
> Thompson Tractor Co. Inc.
> Warrior Tractor and Equipment
> Long-Lewis Western Star
> Boise Paper
> Carter Enterprises, LLC
> International Paper
> Resource Management Service, LLC
> Southern Loggers Cooperative
> Ira Phillips, Inc.
PHOTO: Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey presents the 2014 Logger of the Year Award to Chapman logger John McGowin.
EPA Drops appeal in clean water case
In a hopeful sign, the Environmental Protection Agency recently decided to drop its appeal of an October 2013 Federal court ruling in favor a West Virginia farmer. EPA unsuccessfully tried to make the case that it has the power to regulate stormwater runoff from livestock or poultry farms, claiming the Clean Water Act allows it to make rules regarding “concentrated animal feeding operations.”
Strength in building markets should help wood sales
In its Construction Outlook report, Dodge Data & Analytics says that following a five per cent increase this year, the overall value of construction spending which takes place throughout the United States will rise by nine per cent in calendar 2015 as financing for projects becomes easier to obtain, investors shift to real estate as an asset class and more construction bond measures are passed.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE CHALLENGES EPA EMISSIONS STANDARDIn an August 13th letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (TX) expressed a number of concerns about the data and analysis used in constructing the agency’s landmark carbon dioxide mandate. Rep. Smith is Chairman of the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology.
Global warming good for southeast timber?
Moultrie, Ga.–Presentations from several experts in forestry and forest management at the 2014 Southeastern Regional Forest Owner and Manager Conference last week suggest that increased atmospheric carbon from an emerging climate may result in higher productivity for timber growers in the Southeast U.S.
2014 AF&PA Sustainability ReportThe American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) is proud to present our 2014
Sustainability Report documenting the sustainability performance of AF&PA
member companies, representing the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry.
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Hunters Should Report Bands from Harvested Birds
By Adam Pritchett
Wildlife Biologist, Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
For many duck hunters, the ultimate reward is to harvest a banded duck. “Banded” does not mean the duck has colored stripes on it. It means the duck was captured in the past and had a distinctive leg band placed on it, usually by a federal or state agency. In many instances, the bird has traveled across the country from where it was captured and banded. Duck hunters cherish and showcase these bands and they are a standard by which bragging rights are set. Though most hunters are not aware of it, duck hunters are not the only ones with the opportunity to harvest banded birds. Approximately 1,000 mourning doves are banded in Alabama each year.
WEYERHAEUSER NAMES NEW LEADERS
FEDERAL WAY, Wash., Nov. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) announced the appointments of Cathy Slater as senior vice president, Cellulose Fibers, and Adrian Blocker as senior vice president, Wood Products. Both changes are effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Slater, who currently leads the company's Engineered Products and Distribution businesses and also has extensive experience in the Cellulose Fibers business, will succeed Shaker Chandrasekaran, who will retire early next year. Blocker will expand his current leadership of the company's Lumber business to include OSB, Engineered Lumber Products and Distribution.
IP Announces $90 Million Reinvestment In Cantonment MillInternational Paper has announced plans to reinvest more than $90 million over the next five years in their mill in Cantonment, Florida in order to increase energy efficiencies, support and enhance the work environment and strengthen its competitive position.
ALABAMA HUNTERS COME OUT IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HUNTING AND FISHING
Sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters in Alabama have reason to celebrate after voters ratified the NRA-backed Right to Hunt and Fish state constitutional amendment by an overwhelming 80 percent on Election Day. As a result, current and future generations of sportsmen in Alabama will enjoy permanent protection of our rich hunting heritage.
us lumber output through august up 4.7%
U.S. lumber production through August totaled 21.054 billion board feet, up 4.7% from January-August 2013, according to the Western Wood Products Association's "Lumber Track" publication. Through August, production in the West was up 4.2% compared to a year ago. Production in the South was up 5.1% in the same period. Nationwide, August production totaled 2.622 billion board feet, down 6.6% from July but 1.1% ahead of the August 2013 pace.
BREAKTHROUGH CAN LEAD TO CHEAPER BIOFUELS, IMPROVED CROPS, AND NEW PRODUCTS FROM PLANTS
(Phys.org) —Imagine being able to precisely control specific tissues of a plant to enhance desired traits without affecting the plant's overall function. Thus a rubber tree could be manipulated to produce more natural latex. Trees grown for wood could be made with higher lignin content, making for stronger yet lighter-weight lumber. Crops could be altered so that only the leaves and certain other tissues had more wax, thus enhancing the plant's drought tolerance, while its roots and other functions were unaffected.
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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RockTenn Wins 2014 AF&PA Sustainability Award
WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized RockTenn as a leader in sustainability with a 2014 AF&PA Sustainability Award. This is the second consecutive year AF&PA honored RockTenn for its sustainability efforts. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 7 in Carefree, Ariz.
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MIKE BLACK APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF spiKNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The forestry coordinator for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, Mike Black, has been appointed as director of the Shortleaf Pine Initiative. Mike Black began his duties November 10, 2014.
Launched in the spring of 2013 and coordinated through the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries within the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, the Shortleaf Pine Initiative (SPI) is a collaborative, strategic and energetic response to the dramatic decline of shortleaf pine forests and associated habitats that once covered a vast area from eastern Texas to Florida and up the eastern seaboard to New Jersey.
log a load winding down with two final events
The November 7 Log a Load for Kids annual Westervelt Sporting Clays & Skeet Shoot at Westervelt Lodge near Aliceville was a great success. The event will likely generate around $25,000 or more for the kids! Our congratulations to George Franklin and his entire crew for putting on a great event!
The final event of the year will be held November 15 with a dove hunt in the Wiregrass District.
The event starts at 11 a.m. Nov. 15. To get there, just off Highway 231, turn West on County Road 14, Pickard, Ala. in Dale County. Contact Allen Knight at 334-703-7130. Click here for flyer.
Photo: The winning team at Westervelt was J.E.B., LLC. Shooters were, Left to right: Randy Stone, Larry Kirkpatrick, Dan Garnand, and Bob Carleton. Dan and Bob both won extra money; Dan for hitting the colored skeet and Bob for being "top gun" by breaking 48 of 50 clays. Both men donated the extra money back to Log a Load for Kids!
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.