AFA NEWSROOM V9 NO. 23, dec. 2, 2014
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 an additional 26 miles round trip while the bridge was being rebuilt.
The Association worked the state DOT and Gov. Robert Bentley who agreed to use industrial recruitment funds for a temporary bridge adjacent to Pigeon Creek causing little to no disruption of timber hauling in the area.
Read the release
Roger Bedford Concedes Senate seat to AFA-ENDORSED Larry Stutts
Long time State Senator Roger Bedford (bottom right) conceded his Senate District 6 seat to new State Senator Dr. Larry Stutts (left) on Monday, after a recount showed Stutts had won by 70 votes.
This election was significant because it resulted in the turning of what was thought to have been a "safe" Democrat district to the Republicans and the removal of arguably the strongest Democrat leader in the Alabama Legislature.
AFA PIEDMONT DISTRICT & REGIONAL RECEPTION dEC. 8, 2014 AT SELWOOD FARMS
The Alabama Forestry Association will hold its Piedmont District meeting and Childersburg Area Regional Reception on Monday, December 8 at Selwood Farms.
RSVP requested to Liz Chambers at (334) 481-2135 or RSVP online at www.alaforestry.org.
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.
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 HIGHER
Spot 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.
timber! WHY the RICH are buying trees
In the rarefied world of the wealthy, timber is the hot new commodity. That's according to Dennis Moon, head of Specialty Asset Management at U.S. Trust, a division of Bank of America (BAC), whose job it is to find, manage, and log plots of trees for the firm's well-healed clients.
THESE LITTLE BIRDS Love PINE PLANTATIONS!
One of the rarest migratory songbirds in the United States is quickly colonizing southern pine farms, according to a recent study published in Bird Conservation International.
Over the course of two decades, Smithsonian Institution ornithologist Gary Graves documented Swainson’s Warbler’s (Limnothlypis swainsoni) breeding territories and found 297 separate areas in pine plantations across the south.
PHOTO: Swainson's Warbler, by Brian E. Small, National Audubon Society
USDA WEEK IN REVIEW, NOVEMBER 2014
A 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 in huntsville
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.
Florida PSC Cuts Back on Solar Subsidies
State utility regulators in Florida agreed recently to "sunset" a program that encourages Floridians to go solar but hasn't been widely used.
The Public Service Commission, in a separate 3-2 vote, also accepted a controversial staff recommendation that will lessen overall energy-efficiency goals for power companies.
NAFO ADDRESSES EPA CARBON Policy
Recently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delivered the message that biomass is part of the climate and renewable energy solution. EPA stated in a memorandum to regional offices that biomass is a renewable energy pathway for states to reach carbon reduction targets under the proposed Power Plan Rule and that the agency will propose that biomass can be carbon neutral in forthcoming amendments to the Tailoring Rule.
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 15 Log a Load for Kids Dove Hunt, the final event of 2014, took place on a crisp, cool day in Dale County. The shoot out was held just off Highway 231 at Pinckard, Ala.
Before heading to the field, shooters were treated to a great barbecue lunch with all the fixings. Our thanks to Allen Knight and Alan Peavey for putting the event together.
NOTE: 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 of 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.