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AFA Newsroom V7 No. 22, November 1, 2012 

AFA Takes Position on 10 Statewide Constitutional Amendments

The Alabama Forestry Association supports six of the 10 statewide Constitutional Amemdments that will appear on the November 6 General Election ballot and remains neutral on the other four. Click here to receive the AFA position on the statewide amendments. 

In our last edition of Newsroom, we detailed the political candidates endorsed by ForestPAC, the Political Action Committee of the Alabama Forestry Association. Erring on the side of caution, we are once again providing you with that list, which this time will include a photo of each endorsee with a brief biographical sketch for each. Click here for those endorsements.

Regardless of how you plan to vote, the most important consideration is that you do, in fact, vote. This is a cherished right bought at a very steep price by millions of Americans, including many thousands who gave the ultimate sacrafice that we might continue to be "land of the free and the home of the brave." So please, if you haven't already cast your ballot via absentee voting, go to the polls on November 6 and VOTE!.

IED's: Something Else to Worry About in Our Forests?

By Ron Honea: Forester / SFI Manager, The Campbell Group
I do not want to overly alarm the forestry community, but attached is a photo of an explosive device found on timberland in the southeastern United States.  Due to the fact that the investigation is ongoing, I will not communicate the location and circumstances associated with the device. Additional information will be made available at the appropriate time.  It was active and extremely dangerous.  Most likely this is an isolated incident.  Below is part of a message from the FBI which includes advice on responding if another similar device is found. 

“….  Please distribute this photograph to personnel in the field.  If any of your employees come across a similar device instruct them to retreat as far as possible, not to take pictures or use electronic devices near it, and not to touch it.  Have them contact local law enforcement, the local ATF office, and the local FBI office immediately.” This is not a hoax or a Halloween prank.  This device could have killed people.

For Additional information when available, contact: Ron Honea, 3850 Old Hwy 45N, Meridian, MS 39301. Cell - 601.678.3590 or Office - 601.483.9068.

Bob Slocum, the Well-Liked EVP of the North Carolina Forestry Association, has Died

Bob Slocum, longtime Executive Vice President at the North Carolina Forestry Association has died. Bob was well known for his good sense of humor and strident support for the forest products industry in his state and the country at large.
Bob was also a regular at the annual meetings of the executives and communicators of the group of southern forestry associations, which for the past several years has met at the AFA office in Montgomery.  

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob's family and friends and our brothers and sisters in the forest industry in North Carolina as they deal with this tremendous loss.


North Carolina Forestry Association Searching for EVP After Longtime Leader Passses

The Passsing of North Carolina's longtime EVP Bob Slocum has has created a tremendous void in leadership at the NCFA and the Association is looking for someone to take up the reins of leadership.  

Click here for more information.

International Paper (IP) Invests in Brazilian Company 

Memphis paper and packaging producer International Paper Co. (IP) said recently it will invest $470 million into a joint venture with Brazilian corrugated packaging producer Jari Eelulose, Embalagens e Paper S/A.

Jari is part of Barueri, Brazil-based forest products conglomerate Grupo Orsa. 


 Ray Talks About the Continuing Problem of County Ordinances

Many of you have heard about the controversy surrounding Act 2012-215 and the recent proposal (or adoption) of county ordinances that AFA strongly believes clearly exceed the purview of the new law. 

Simply put, Act 2012-215 limits the authority of the counties to place unreasonable restrictions on access to private property and the use of county roads. The Act was passed in an effort to bring uniformity to what had become a patchwork of ordinances being adopted across the state. 


Logger Billy Ray Camp's Family Business Making it Despite Tough Economy

TALLADEGA COUNTY -- Billy Ray Camp, 73, has seen it all in the logging industry for almost a half-century. "It's been good to us, but it hasn't always been easy," Camp told a reporter.

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PLM REMINDER: Initial Training Classes set for Perdue Hill and Crossville in November

The next two initial training classes for the Professional Logging Manager’s designation are set for the GP Training Center in Perdue Hill on November 8th and 15th and again at the Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center in Crossville on November 13th and 20th. Participants can complete the form and fax back to us or go online and register at Contact Chris Erwin at or (334) 481-2133.

Westervelt Shootout This Friday at Westervelt Lodge in Aliceville

With the Log a Load for Kids fundraising nearing the end of 2012, it's time for the annual Westervelt Sporting Clays Event at the Westervelt Lodge at Aliceville on Friday, November 2. This event is always well attended and assuming the weather is good, should be another great effort by the Warrior District crew at Aliceville! Click here for event flyer, registration document. Contact George Franklin, Linc # 1*119*2552 or,

After the Warrior event, there is only one more scheduled event this year, a proposed dove hunt event in the Wiregrass District in December. C
ontact Mark Byal at

As we are near the end of our 2012 Log a Load effort, please support these last two events if you can.

USA Today Story Questions Whether LEEDs Green Building Program is all it's Cracked up to Be

Across the United States, the Green Building Council has helped thousands of developers win tax breaks and grants, charge higher rents, exceed local building restrictions and get expedited permitting by certifying them as "green" under a system that often rewards minor, low-cost steps that have little or no proven environmental benefit, a USA TODAY analysis has found.

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Scientists Dispute Politicians' Claims that Global Warming Caused Hurricane Sandy Damage

Sandy Soaked the East Coast -- but is global warming to blame?
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg told the country in no uncertain terms on Tuesday that devastating superstorm Sandy was clear proof of climate change.

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Ross Perot Endorses Mitt Romney for President

H. Ross Perot, the straight-talking Texan who ran two Independent candidacies for President, recently penned an article for the Des Moines Register in which he stated his unequivical support for Republican Nominee Mitt Romney. 

"Our country faces a momentous choice. The fact is the United States is on an unsustainable course. At stake is nothing less than our position in the world, our standardd of living at home and our constitutional freedoms," Perot stated. 

Photo at left: An anti-Obama political sign posted along the main street in Hillsboro, Va., near Leesburg. / Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press


Could Obama's Attack on Coal Cost Him the Election?   

GRUNDY, Va. -- More than 5,500 people turned out Sunday afternoon at a mountaintop park in remote Buchanan County to show their support for coal.

With the "War on Coal" rhetoric that's been on a lot of Republicans' lips this election season, a lineup of political speakers that included Matt Romney, son of Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, came to talk about the resource that powers both the electricity and the economy here.

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Reporter Believes Romney Will Win... Maybe by a Mile! 

One week from today, the Boston Herald's front page will either read "Obama Pulls Out Victory" or "Romney Wins." (Actually, given that this is the Herald the headline will be something clever like, "He's Barach In Charge!" or "Sweet Mitt-ory!").

I predict the latter: One week from today, Mitt wins. 


FROM THE EVP: Get in the Game…Stay in the Game

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last year, you’re aware that we have a big election coming up next Tuesday.  The outcome of the election will set the stage for our country not only for the next four years but for decades to come.

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