AFA NEWSROOM V9 NO. 23, dEC. 1, 2014
AUBURN RECEIVES LARGEST RESEARCH GRANT EVERRead more...
The Alabama Power Foundation made the largest research gift ever donated to the University, according to an announcement at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Board of Trustees.
The gift will be used to honor board member Charles McCrary and create the Charles D. McCrary Institute.
Buying a forestry car tag is great way to support our industry
As we enter another car tag buying season, it is important that everyone who supports the practice of forestry in Alabama give serious consideration to purchasing a forestry tag.
This not only shows your support for the industry, but also provides much needed financial support for forestry education in Alabama.
FRA USES Pigeon creek STORY FOR TECH RELEASE
The Forest Resources Association recently used a story published in Alabama Forests for another of their Technical Releases published in the FRA Magazine.
The subject of the story was the Alabama Department of Transportation's plan to close the Pigeon Creek Bridge near Chapman, and reroute traffic for timber hauling in the area about 26 miles round trip while the bridge was being rebuilt.
The Association was able to work with the state DOT and Governor Robert Bentley to get them to agree to use industrial recruitment funds for a temporary bridge adjacent to Pigeon Creek causing little to no disruption to timber hauling in the area.
Read the release
AU study shows ways to control cogongrass
AUBURN, Ala.— Auburn University College of Agriculture associate professor and Extension specialist Stephen Enloe, along with Nancy Loewenstein, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences research fellow, published a new study that reports significant progress in the fight against cogongrass.
Cogongrass is ranked as the seventh worst invasive plant species worldwide and is both a significant economic and ecological threat to much of Alabama. The results of this study offer land managers several viable options in controlling the troublesome weed.
existing home sales rise in october 2014
WASHINGTON (Nov. 20, 2014) – Existing home sales rose in October for the second straight month and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
lumber prices creeping higherSpot lumber prices, as reported by Random Lengths (an industry publication), have been on the rise, but slowly and unsteadily. Softer than expected demand from housing and elevated inventories to date have helped alleviate some of the upward pressure on prices. Spot mill prices for spruce-pine-fir (S-P-F) 2×4 #2&Btr bottomed out in June at $310 per thousand board feet (mbf), but have since recovered.
usda Week in review, november 2014A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including the arrival at the U.S. Capitol of the national Christmas tree and USDA plant research that brightens the holidays.
another major energy project
HUNTSVIILLE, Alabama--Another big renewable energy project is coming to Redstone Arsenal.
Recently, the Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville hosted a pre-proposal conference for companies interested in building and operating a large combined heat and power project on Redstone Arsenal, according to a release. The Huntsville office will manage the energy project.
nafo addresses EPA carbon restrictions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a revised draft carbon accounting framework for biogenic CO2 emissions along with a memo to EPA Air Division Directors nationwide detailing its biomass policy for the proposed Clean Power Plan and Prevention of Significant Deterioration program. NAFO President and CEO Dave Tenny released the following statement in response.
"We are pleased that EPA is acknowledging that biomass is part of our nation’s climate and energy solution. This aligns EPA with the White House and USDA in recognizing the significant long-term carbon benefits that biomass provides," NAFO responded.
courtland recovery plan receives state aid
COURTLAND, Alabama -- A tiny town in Lawrence County that was rocked by a major plant closure this year is attempting to recover with a new $32,000 community development block grant administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.Read more...
log a load Dove Hunt is final event
The November 7 Log a Load for Kids Dove Hunt, the final event of 2014, took place on a crisp, cool afternoon. The shoot out was held just off Highway 231, turn West on County Road 14, Pickard, Ala. in Dale County.
Although the doves were not as cooperative as was hoped, most attendees enjoyed being outside and enjoying a great barbecue lunch with all the fixings.
We should have a final accounting for this year's Log a Load fundraising in the next issue of AFA Newsroom.
Photo: Dove Hunt organizer Allen Knight makes a new friend at Wiregrass Dove Hunt, the last LAL event in 2014.
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.