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AFA Newsroom V8 No. 14, July 15, 2013

Birmingham Regional Reception Headlined by AG Luther Strange and Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey 

Last Thursday, AFA’s Regional Reception at the beautiful Carraway Davie House in Birmingham was a great success. Easily the largest attendance at a reception this year, the crowd included AFA members, prospective members and prominent public officials.

Joining us as special guests were Lt. Governor Kay Ivey and Attorney General Luther Strange. They both made brief comments to the gathering and expressed their appreciation and support of AFA.

Next up is the Brewton Regional Reception on Thursday, July 18th from 6-8 pm at the Brewton Country Club. Click here for Brewton Invitation.

PHOTO: Pictured here, L to R, are Representative Paul DeMarco, Jefferson County Commissioner Joe Knight, Justice Mike Bolin and Representative Jim Carns. Photo by Dennis Lathem

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The Sunburn Classic has Another Company Lined up for Hole-in-One Giveaway

The bar for participating in the Annual Sunburn Classic, which takes place this year on Monday, September 9, 2013, as part of the AFA Annual Meeting, just got a lot higher. 

As you might already know, Gulf Coast Truck & Equipment has announced that they will provide a new Mack Truck as a prize on a par three hole to any player who hits a hole-in-one. Well, now Jack Ingram Motors of Montgomery has agreed to provide a Nisson Titan Pickup Truck for anyone who hits a hole-in-one on another par three hole at the AFA Sunburn Classic at Craft Farms Cottom Course in Orange Beach.

You don't want to miss the opportunity to play on this beautiful course and take TWO shots at winning either a brand new Mack Truck or a new Nisson Titan truck, the full-size powerhouse built by Nisson and sold by Jack Ingram Motors in Montgomery.

Registration for the Classic, which is all you have to do to compete for the above two prizes, is available through AFA's website at, or just contact Liz at 334-481-2135. The registration fee for a team is $800 and includes four golfers, lunch, refreshments and great prizes!

Don't forget the Sunburn Classic goes to support our political action committee, ForestPAC. With statewide elections coming next year, we'll need all the money we can raise and then some! So go ahead and register NOW for a great event and a great cause!

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AFA Annual Meeting Features Outstanding Continuing Education Opportunities

The Alabama Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting will include a Continuing Education track where attendees can qualify for 6 hours of professional legal, accounting, real estate, forestry and logging education credits.

AFA’s conference is scheduled for September 8-10, 2013 at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama and the Continuing Education track will be held on Sunday, September 8th. Cost of the six hour course will be $75 for those registered to attend the conference ($150 for those that do not register for the conference).

To view the CE lineup, click here

Tree Farm Committee Looking for Help With 2013 Annual Meeting Silent Auction Items

The Alabama Tree Farm Committee is looking for donations for its annual silent auction taking place at the AFA Annual Meeting September 8-10. The donation is considered a charitable contribution and is tax deductible.
This event raises money for the Tree Farm Committee and allows them to support forest certification, communications, awards and landowner field days.
Items should be sent to Heather Wierzbicki at MeadWestvaco using this donation form.

SPECIAL ALERT for Truck Owners and CDL Holders Regarding New Federal Regulations!

By Ray Clifton

Recent changes in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations are now requiring that commercial drivers license holders do something different than they have in the past — they must “self-certify” the type of operation they are engaged in.

Basically, you must submit a form along with a copy of your CDL and current medical card. You should receive a letter to this effect approximately one-month prior to your CDL expiration,
but you should not wait.

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The Alabama Loggers Council Needs Your Help in Finding 2013 Logger of the Year

From ALC Director Ray Clifton: 
This is the last call for nominations for the 2013 Alabama Logger of the Year.  To date, we have received no nominations of Alabama Loggers Council members for this prestigious award.  There are many good loggers in Alabama who deserve consideration for a job well-done.

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

Auburn TCW Program a Great Success

The Teachers Conservation Workshop held in Auburn on July 8-11 was administered by Roger Brothers, Ed Lewis, Chris Erwin and Matt Vines with a focus on forestry and Project Learning Tree activities.
The main focus of this workshop was to give K-8 and Secondary teachers educational information and ideas on science based activities for use in the classroom.
Activities included lecture-based power point presentations that focused on issues such as wildlife management, forest genetics, and invasive species; as well as field trips to Meadwestvaco Marht paper mill and Mary Olive Thomas tract. Hands-on wildlife and forestry based PLT activities such as games and arts & crafts were also included in the four day workshop. Attending the Auburn event were 37 teachers.
TCW is one of our programs that aims to provide a balanced view of the practice of forestry and active forest management to enable teachers to teach what actually goes on in the woods as opposed to the plethora of misinformation that teachers and students are bombarded with from the popular media.

Photos: Above left, teacher Blake Wilkes observes a walking stick on the bill of his cap that he found at the Mary Olive Thomas tract. Above middle, teachers look on as Dr. Dick Brinker describes aspects of a longleaf pine stand at the Mary Olive Thomas tract. In photo at top right, Dr. Nancy Lowenstein demonstrates how to press a plant on t-shirts as part of a K-8 PLT activity. 

Forest Management Planning Workshops Scheduled

The Alabama Tree Farm Committee, in cooperation with the Alabama Forestry Commission, will be hosting a Management Planning Workshop in Monroeville at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System office on Wednesday, July 19 from 8:30 until 1:30 for certified tree farmers, landowners interested in forest certification, and tree farm inspectors.
These workshops assist landowners and foresters in developing and updating forest management plans to meet Tree Farm certification and the National Stewardship program requirements. All participants will receive a free copy of the Managing Forests book, a copy of the Tree Farm management plan template, the Stewardship plan writer and lunch will be provided compliments of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Alabama Implementation Committee. Pre-registration is required and available online at or by contacting Chris Erwin at or call 334-481-2133.

Are Terrorists Setting the Woods on Fire Out West? Some Officials Believe They are

We've always had American born eco-terrorists who like to set things car dealerships and ski resorts on fire to further their ridiculous and insane goals. But officials now believe that Al Qaeda is connected to a recent rash of arsons and attempted arsons based on information about a "western fires campaign" that was found in the treasure trove of materials collected by the Navy Seals who killed Usama bin Laden.   

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KiOR Achieves Operational Milestones at Columbus Facility

PASADENA, Texas, July 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KiOR, Inc. (Nasdaq:KiOR), announced today that its commercial scale cellulosic gasoline and diesel production facility in Columbus, Mississippi has achieved several key operational milestones.

First, the Columbus facility's Biomass Fluid Catalytic Cracking, or BFCC, unit has completed its first uninterrupted 30-day run. Second, the facility made its first shipment of cellulosic gasoline on June 28, which represented the first fuel shipment since March, 2013. Lastly, the facility commenced regular shipments of both gasoline and diesel that same day.


British Utility Pulls Plug on Largest 100% Biomass Plant in the World 

LONDON -- RWE npower has pulled the plug on its UK biomass plant at Tilbury – the largest 100 percent biomass plant in the world. The company said today that it had decided to halt work on the biomass plant, “whilst options on project feasibility are assessed and reviewed.”

RWE Generation chief technical officer Roger Miesen said the announcement was made “with regret” and added that “this decision has not been taken lightly.”


US Fish & Wildlife Service Busts Wildlife Traffickers Selling Protected Species on the Internet

Scores of wildlife traffickers face federal and state charges for selling protected species online last summer. The announcement today follows a coordinated undercover law enforcement operation led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and involving officers from 16 States, three Federal agencies, and three Asian countries.

Operation Wild Web resulted in 154 “buy/busts” in the United States: 30 involving Federal wildlife crimes and 124 for violations of State wildlife laws.  It also exposed online trafficking of live birds and tiger and leopard pelts in Southeast Asia, where enforcement agency participation was coordinated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN).


Log a Load for Kids Black Belt Event Set for August 10

For the first time in several years, a major Log a Load event is set for this year in the Black Belt District. The good folks at Cahaba Timber are taking the lead on a golf tournament to be held on August 10, 2013 at Lakeview Retreat in Brierfield, Ala. It wll be a 4-person scramble with shotgun starts at 8 am and 4 pm.

The tournament sponsor for the event is Cahaba Timber, the lunch sponsor is Boatright Railroad Products and Stephens Oil Company is the hole-in-one sponsor.

We need everybody in the Black Belt and adjacent counties and districts to please attend this event. 
Click here to download event flyer/registration document

Other planned events include:
>> Mountain District. On September 20, the Mountain District will hold a golf tournament at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes. The event will be 4-person scramble. Click here for flyer/registraton form.
>> Warrior District. November 8, 2013. The Warrior District will hold its 10th Annual Charlie Hughen Memorial Sporting Clay and Skeet Shoot on November 8, 2013 at the Westervelt Lodge in Aliceville. Click here for event flyer.

LandMark Spatial Solutions to Hold Forestry Training Classes in Miss. Starting This Month

Johnny Thompson and the good folks at LandMark Spatial Solutions will be holding a series of forestry training classes at East Mississippi Community College in Mayhew, near  Starkville, Mississippi, starting in July and ending in October.

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Pre-order the New Forest History Book at a 30% Discount Over Retail!

Be one of the first to own Green Gold, the new forest history book written by Dr. Jim Fickle, and enjoy a 30% discount. Download the attached flyer/pre-order form and you can receive your copy hot off the press!
The book's publisher, the University of Alabama Press, says the book will be printed and ready for distribution early next year under the title: 
Green Gold: Alabama's Forests and Forest Industries.    

If you are interested in buying advance copies of the book the publisher is offering a 30% discount for buying the book while it is still going through the process of being refined and printed. If you are interested in the comprehensive history of forestry in Alabama, go ahead and use the attached fillable PDF to place your order.

These books would make excellent birthday or Christmas gifts for friends and family! So go ahead and sign up for an early copy.

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