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AFA Newsroom V8 No. 10, May 15, 2013

Legislative Update of House and Senate Action in 2013 Regular Session 

By Tom Saunders

Attached are the House and Senate Status Reports for legislative activity through the 29th day.  There is one legislative day remaining, scheduled for Monday, May 20th.

Of note:
1.  AFA priority bill, SB326, prohibiting green building standards that discriminate against certification systems is still alive and needs to be considered by the House (already has passed the Senate).
2. Education Trust Fund Budget has passed and awaits Governor’s signature
3. General Fund Budget has passed and awaits Governor’s signature.
4. Gun bill awaits House concurrence with amendments placed by the Senate
5. Bill providing liability insurance to teachers has passed and awaits Governor’s signature
6. Bill consolidating the IT functions of the state awaits final passage in the House

For contact information for your House member, click here. For contact information for your state Senator, click here.


STATESWOMAN'S CORNER: Representative Elaine Beech, D-Chatom

REPRESENTATIVE ELAINE BEECH was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in a special election held on November 3, 2009.  She is a staunch conservative and supporter of forestry who has worked tirelessly to help with our major initiatives. Please take the opportunity to thank Rep. Beech for always being there when we needed her!  

Representative Beech received a B.S. Degree in Pharmacy from Auburn University in 1983 and is a member of the Auburn Alumni Association.

Representative Beech is also a member of the Alabama Pharmacy Association, National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Alabama Cattlemen's Association, and Leadership Washington.

Representative Beech is a widow with two children and is a member of the Chatom Baptist Church.

Contact Info: Room 528-D, 11 S. Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36130; (334) 242-7702 or email at:

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The ACCA Working on Plan to "DEAL WITH" Loggers

By Ray Clifton

My wife and I raised two sons. And while most of those years involved a great deal of noise, I can tell you from that experience that “quiet” is not always a good thing. Sometimes quiet means somebody is up to something, and you best be on your toes.

Most of you are aware of the controversy caused by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama’s (ACCA) “Model Logging Ordinance” which we maintain exceeds the authority allowed under Alabama Law 2012-257.

While 18 counties initially adopted the Model, four later recognized that it was unlawful or unnecessary and repealed it. Many other county commissions decided that cooperation and dialogue with their constituents was far better than singling out one of Alabama’s top industries with a needless, unlawful permit. Since February the issue has been “quiet” at the county level.

Continue reading Logger Notes... 

BREAKING NEWS FROM CONGRESS! Legislation Proposed to Deal with "Point Source' Ruling

The Silviculture and Regulatory Consistency Act is expected to be reintroduced on Thursday in the House by Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR); and in the Senate by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Michael Crapo (R-ID).  This legislation will provide a permanent fix for the uncertainty created by the US 9th Circuit Court’s ruling that forest roads were a “point source” of pollution under the Clean Water Act and would not qualify under the silvicultural exemption.

One result of this decision would be to require forest landowners to obtain NPDES permits for all forest roads, greatly increasing cost of management and harvesting activities and increasing uncertainties.  Although the US Supreme Court partially overturned this decision, it left questions unanswered that were being litigated before the ink dried on the opinion.  Although the “right” answer may ultimately emerge out of the courts, the best (and quickest) resolution is the legislation that will be introduced tomorrow.  We will keep you updated about the progress of this bill.

Read draft proposal... 

FRA Wants You to Learn More About Woodyard Safety!  

Washington, DC – A group of Minnesota-based organizations, with funding from the National Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety Foundation, have developed woodyard safety recommendations and a video-based training program to promote them.

The 10-minute Woodyard Safety Video, available from the Forest Resources Association, can serve as the basis for an hour’s orientation session, ideally for a combined group of woodyard personnel and the trucking operators who deliver to the woodyard.

Read more...   

Arson Awareness Campaign Set for Cleburne County 

In response to a large number of wildfires along the Alabama/Georgia state line, the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) will be conducting an Arson Awareness and Fire Prevention Campaign in Cleburne County May 16-18. This campaign will involve AFC law enforcement and fire suppression personnel going door-to-door, handing out educational material on how to protect your home, and soliciting the public’s help in identifying those responsible for setting recent woods fires.
A similar campaign was conducted May 9-11 in Cherokee County. The Georgia Forestry Commission is also conducting a similar campaign across the state line in Polk and Harrison counties which are adjacent to Cherokee and Cleburne counties.


Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey's Public Affairs Director is Former GA Forestry Queen

Katy Sulhoff joined Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey’s staff in September 2012 after five years as an anchor, reporter, and producer in television news. She serves as the Public and Constituent Affairs Director managing Lieutenant Governor Ivey’s communications and handling constituent questions and issues. Katy graduated from Brenau University in her hometown of Gainesville, Georgia with a B.A. in Mass Communication.

Of particular interest, however, is Sulhoff’s past honor in 2001, where she was selected as the 62nd Miss Georgia Forestry State Scholarship Queen! Our congratulations to Katy and to Lt. Gov. Ivey for picking the Forestry State Scholarship Queen to be her public affairs manager.

Photo: Katy Sulhoff is pictured in center of above photo.

AU Professor Dr. Art Chappelka Honored as Alumni Professor Starting in August  

By Dr. James P. Shepard

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Art Chappelka has been recognized as Alumni Professor starting with the new academic year in August.  Dr. Chappelka is one of five faculty members thus honored this year.  He is being recognized for his outstanding service to teaching, research, and service to Auburn University.

There are always 25 Alumni Professors at Auburn University.  They serve a 5-year non-renewable term.  Each year 5 new professors are recognized and 5 complete their term.  It is a very high honor to have been selected from the ~1200 faculty members at Auburn.

Funding to support this program is provided by the Auburn University Alumni Association.

Dr. Chappelka joins Dr. Daowei Zhang as the second serving Alumni Professor in the School.

Contact: James P. Shepard, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University 3301-D Forestry & Wildlife Science Bldg., Auburn, AL 36849-5418, or (334) 844-1004; Find additional information at:

Weyerhaeuser Presents Comprehensive Assessment of the US Forest Economy

Weyerhaeuser Corporation, in a filing the company made to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, has produced a comprehensive snapshot of the condition of the forest, housing and real estate markets.  

Click here to review the information...

Final Call to All Foresters: Get Ready for Forestry Field Day in Baldwin County Thursday 

There will be a forestry field day in Baldwin County at the Baldwin State Forest on May 16.  CFEs (Category 2) and PLM points will be available for attendees.  If you plan on attending please pre-register so we know how many lunches to order. This event is jointly sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, the Longleaf Alliance and the Alabama Forestry Commission.  
For additional information, please contact Beau Brodbeck, Alabama Cooperative Extension System at 251.259.6507 or,

Log a Load Kicks into High Gear With Several Big Events in May  

Shannon White and his Piedmont District crew did an outstanding job at their 3rd Annual Coosa Valley Sporting Clay Shoot at beautiflul Selwood Farms on May 3rd. Shannon had about 20 teams blasting those pesky clay pigeons. Part of the course was a "cotton drop" event in which contestants tried to break three clays in order to drop attached cotton balls into a designated target area. Shooters who did this had their name put in the hat for a drawing on a new gun.
Shannon's sporting clays event gets better each year. He turned in over $11,000 for this year's effort. Way to go Shannon and our thanks to all the sponsors and participants for making this event a big bang!  

In addition to Shannon's shootout, the Wiregrass District held a successful golf event at the Troy Country Club on May 13 with about 12 teams playing on a beautiful slightly cool but otherwise bright sun shinny day. Organizers of the Troy event, which included Allen Knight, Todd Kreis, Brad Phillips and Allen Peavey, did a great job of organizing and conducting their event. Congratulations guys, for a job well done!

Other events include: 

> May 18th. Angie Sherrill will hold her annual Wiregrass District Trail Ride near Abbeville. Click here for flyer.

> May 21. Capital District
golf event will be held at Lagoon Park in Montgomery. Click here for flyer.

May 23rd. The Delta District will hold its annual golf event at Chatom. Click here for event flyer. For registration document, click here.      

> June 12. Piedmont District
Golf event will be held at Greystone in Birmingham.

August 16. Mountain District golf tournament at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes. This will be a 4-person scramble. Click here for an event flyer. To register, click here for registration form.

If you need additional information, or have information about future events, contact State Log a Load Chair Janet Ison at (334) 757-8282 or at or Sam Duvall at

Photos: Top left, the top two shooters who tied for first place at the Piedmont District Annual Clays event at Selwood Farms were (left), Tiny Aldridge and Bob Carlton. At top right, Dell Hill, owner/operator of the beautiful Selwood Farms course, explains new equipment designed to improve the quality of the course, while Piedmont event organizer Shannon White stands by. In the middle left photo, Wiregrass event golfer Mark Byal sends one downrange at the Troy Country Club. At mid-right, Brandon Ison was a winner at the Piedmont District Turkey Shoot held at the Oaks in LaFayette. At lower left, are Children's Hospital Representative Angie Sherrill (left), Children's Hospital patient Halee Deal and Halee's mother, Kayla Deal.  At lower right, Mindy Stone, a young woman who had her back broken in an accident, showed how it's done, winning a round at the Piedmont Turkey Shoot with her long-barrelled 12-gauge.      

Log a Load/Children's Hospital Special Report:
Children's Hospital Saves Child Nearly Killed in ATV Accident

Few things break our hearts like a sick or injured child. We are often filled with a sense helplessness because we must rely on others to make our kids whole again. In the case of Alabama, we are blessed with two fine hospitals affiliated with the Children's Miracle Network that routinely perform miracles when only the best available care will do. Children's Hospital in Birmingham and Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile do an incredible job, which is why AFA has supported them since 1992 and sent more than six and a half million dollars total to the two facilities via the Log a Load for Kids Program.

Attached is one of those Children's Hospital stories that hits close to home. It involves Halee Deal, daughter of Kayla and Derrick Deal. In addition to involving a beautiful young lady, it also involves an ATV; a type of vehicle that many of us use routinely in our work and in outdoor recreation. The attached report (see below) was written by Halee's mother, Kayla and gives the full details of how Children's Hospital took a child all the way from death's door to a return to vibrant good health. After reading this and you will better understand why Janet Ison tries so hard to separate you from your money at each of our annual Log a Load for Kids events!

Read full report 

New Biomass Plant Approved in Dekalb County Georgia 

Georgia environmental regulators have signed off on an alternative energy project in DeKalb County, Georgia. The state Environmental Protection Division has issued an air permit to South Carolina-based Green Energy Partners LLC to build and operate a plant that will convert biomass into electricity.

The source of fuel will be clean yard waste the company will buy from the county.

“Biomass is a clean, renewable source of energy, and we are delighted to receive the green light to move forward with our project,” said Neville Anderson, president and CEO of Green Energy Partners. “We will create jobs that can’t be exported.”


Martha Roby Highlighted in Her Role as a Working Mom

In April 2009, Martha Roby wasn’t sure she could juggle being a House member with raising her toddler daughter and baby son. As attracted as she was to the idea of representing Alabama’s second district in Congress, Roby — at the time, a city council member in Montgomery, Ala. — had enough doubts that she decided to make a trip to D.C. with her husband, Riley, to “vet whether or not this was really what we wanted to do.”

They met with plenty of people on the Hill, including Representative Shelley Moore Capito (R., W.V.), who encouraged Roby. But after two days in D.C., Roby felt “mentally exhausted” and still unsure about whether she should run.

Then Roby and her husband met Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.). McMorris Rodgers had a toddler (in 2010, she would have another child) and knew firsthand the difficulties Roby would face if elected.


Teachers Conservation Workshop set for Auburn July 8-11, 2013

The 2013 Teachers Conservation Workshop for Auburn is set for July 8-11, 2013 at the Hotel at Auburn University. The goal of the workshop is to help teachers and particularly agri-science teachers learn about forestry through programs on forest ecology, forest management and forest products. The teachers receive instruction through guest speakers, field trips and hands-on activities.

The Goal is to demonstrate the importance forests have to the environment and the economy of the state.


Bill Finch Presentation on Longleaf Pine Set for Thursday at Archives & History

Sorry for the short notice, but the Alabama Department of Archives and History will host an "ArchiTreats: Food for Thought Presentation" on Thursday in which Bill Finch will wax poetic about the Longleaf Pine in a presentation titled: Longleaf Pine: The Tree That Made Alabama."

The presentation will begin at noon Thursday, May 16, 2013 . The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and attend Bill's presentation which will cover the history of the longleaf pine from the era when the species covered about 90 million acres in the Southeastern US, to the present in which substantial efforts are being made to restablish the longleaf in its native habitat.

Click here for a press release on the presentation

We Still Need Your Help Finding and Honoring 2013 Outstanding Logger

By Ray Clifton

The logging industry has been hit hard during the economic downturn of the past several years.  Even so, there are many outstanding logging companies in our state that are among the best in the nation.

Each year we honor one of our own as “Alabama’s Outstanding Logger of the Year.”  Winners of the award are those who exhibit the highest standards in business management, professionalism, safety, and community involvement.

Please take a moment to consider nominating a logger you know who is worthy of consideration by completing the attached “Nomination Form.”

Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager 2013 Training Schedule

Details about the Alabama Forestry Commission Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Program may be found on the AFC website. Kent Hanby, RF, CF, CPBM and John Stivers, RF, CF, CPBM are the instructors of the courses and workshops.

These courses/workshops are sponsored and funded by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Who should take the CPBM Certification COURSE? Any forest land owner, forester, wildlife biologist, consultant, contractor, or agency personnel who are interested in the use of prescribed wildland fire as a management tool and who are seeking certification should attend.
Out of state participants are welcome.

Who should take the CPBM recertification WORKSHOP? Any currently Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager who needs the
required 6 CEU every 5 year re-certification should take the workshop.

Read full Schedule...

Results are in for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Photo Contest

Thanks to all who submitted a photo to the SFI photo contest. SFI received so many terrific photos that it was truly hard to choose the best. Check out the winning entries and the names of the six talented photographers who produced them.
Winners earned a $300 gift card from Best Buy, Harry & David, National Geographic or Walmart - organizations that recognize SFI in their procurement policies.

Review winners

Early Registration for Forest Products Society 67th International Convention Ends this Friday  

Join other forestry professionals June 9-11, 2013 in Austin, Texas, USA for the Forest Products Society 67th International Convention and 56th SWST International Convention. This year we are holding the Convention in collaboration with our long-standing partner, the Society of Wood Science and Technology, in order to provide added value.
Early Bird rates end after May 17 -- Register today!

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