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AFA Newsroom V8 No. 15, August 1, 2013

AFA First Major Group to Endorse Bentley for Re-election in 2014

The Alabama Forestry Association's Political Action Committee, ForestPAC, has endorsed Gov. Robert Bentley for re-election to another term when elections take place next year. Governor Bentley will also be a special guest at the AFA Annual Meeting in September.

For an example of reporting on the endorsement event, click here. For a copy of the AFA press release announcing the endorsement

PHOTO: In the attached photo above left, AFA-EVP Chris Isaacson (at the podium) introduces Gov. Bentley (third from left). Also attending the event were AFA Board members (L to R) Earl Ketchum, Jr., Jim King and (far right) Doug Bowling. 

Final AFA 2013 Annual Meeting Brochure Ready for Prime Time!

We've just completed the final version of the AFA Annual Meeting brochure for your review. This year's meeting will feature as our special guest, Gov. Robert Bentley. Also attending will be Attorney General Luther Strange who will opine on the subject of the BP litigation from the massive oil spill in 2010.

In addition, the CEOs of some of our largest forestry companies will be in attendance and ready to share their thoughts and insights on what we might expect for the future of forestry in America and Alabama. So please, take advantage of these great programs and the continuing education opportunities and sign up for the 2013 AFA Annual Meeting. Most of your friends will be there. You should too!   

If you're a golfer, you also don't want to miss the opportunity to play on the beautiful Craft Farms course for the Sunburn Classic. This year's event will feature TWO shots at winning, as hole-in-one prizes, either a brand new Mack Truck or a brand new Nisson Titan pickup.

Registration for the Classic, which is all you have to do to compete for the above prizes, is available through AFA's website:, 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!

Read full Sunburn Classic details

Tree Farm Committee is STILL Looking for 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.

Tree Farm Program for 2013 Annual Meeting Backed up by Two Henry Rifles 

Each year the Tree Farm Committee picks raffle items to raise money for the TF program. This year Chris Erwin, who oversees Tree Farm for AFA, has outdone himself. Chris has acquired two beautiful Henry Rifles from a company with the motto: "Made in America or Not Made at All!"

These guns are a perfect "father-son" or "grandfather-grandson" combo for a lucky winner who will get both the Henry Golden Boy 22 LR and the beefier Henry Big Boy .44 Mag. The former is a great starter gun for a youngster and the latter is a great brush gun for hunting deer. Both guns are collector's items, featurig the attention to detail that has kept the Henry name in the public domain since the 1860s when their .44-caliber rimfire rifle was fielded by Union Cavalry in the U.S. Civil War.  Confederates who had to face this deadly "sixteen shooter" with their one-shot muzzleloaders called it, "that damned Yankee rifle that they load on Sunday and shoot all week!" Click here for more details on how to win these wonderful firearms.

An Overview of FMCSA "Crash Indicators"

By Ray Clifton
In this issue I will continue to provide information about compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA (FMCSA) program. The measurement data a trucking company is evaluated by is called BASIC and is scored and weighted based on seven factors: Unsafe Driving, Fatigued Driving, Driver Fitness, Controlled Substances, Vehicle Maintenance, Cargo, and Crash Indicators. Poor performance by a company or driver in any of these categories may lead to warnings, audits, and potentially being placed “out-of-service” permanently.

The Crash Indicator BASIC is the history of crash involvement: frequency and severity of crashes. The data is provided from State-reported
crashes that meet reportable crash standards. A high score indicates a likelihood of a FMCSA “intervention.” 
Read Logger Notes... 

Alabama Fishermen May Get Another Shot at Red Snapper This Year 

If projections by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are fairly accurate, Alabama anglers may get another bite at the red snapper apple.

At a recent special meeting held in New Orleans, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted to add about 2.5 million pounds to the red snapper quota for 2013. That additional quota will be divided between the commercial and recreational sectors, so each sector will get a little more than a million pounds. With current projections, NMFS has tentatively scheduled a fall snapper season in October.

“The fall season in October could be two weeks, three weeks, maybe even a month,” said Bob Shipp, Gulf Council member and chairman of the Marine Sciences Department at the University of South Alabama (USA). “It all depends on how close we are to the projections for the June quota.”

Read full story...

The AFC Releases List of Alabama Champion Trees for 2013

The results are in, and it appears that the popularity of Alabama’s Champion Tree program continues to be at a high level. A total of 27 trees were nominated for 2013, and there are 12 new champions!

Five of these trees defeated a 2012 champion, while four filled vacancies for species that did not have a current champion. The other three tied as co-champions with current champions as their total scores are in such close proximity to each other. With the addition of these new trees (and eliminating those champions that have died), Alabama now has a total of 143 champion trees.
Read full report...

Wildfire Seminar Set for August 22-23 in Cullman

Despite the fast-growing number of Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) areas throughout the US, studies show that rural areas lack proper building, fire and WUI codes. Only about 7,000 communities have adopted a WUI code or prepared a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP); less than 2% of WUI communities currently implement wildfire prevention programs. Most communities are taking steps only after a fire incident occurs, instead of proactively working to protect life and property before disaster strikes.

What is Wildfire Safe, Sound and Code Smart® (WSS&CS)? WSS&CS is a multifaceted approach to Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fire mitigation. The national program guides and supports community leaders as they develop and adopt WUI codes, while actively encouraging implementation of existing WUI educational programs in communities with high-risk of wildfire.

The workshop addresses planning, designing, building and retrofitting homes to protect them and their owners from wildfires. Who should attend? Homeowners, county, state and local governments, firefighters, forestry professionals, planning professionals, real estate developers, agents and insurance agents.
Read more... 

Billions Spent in Obama Climate Plan May be Virtually Useless, Study Says

As President Obama last month launched a sweeping new national program to combat "climate change," including tens of billions of dollars in likely new subsidies for solar and wind power and bio-energy, a separate, groundbreaking study by the National Research Council has warned that those kinds of subsidies are virtually useless at quelling greenhouse gases.

The study, which looks at the subsidies and other incentives embedded in U.S. federal tax law after the past several years of climate change initiatives, concludes that they  have done little or nothing so far to cut U.S. contributions to global carbon emissions, and are unlikely to do much more before 2035, the project's research horizon.


Congressman Bonner Leaving Earlier to Help Speed Up the Process of Finding Replacement

Republican Rep. Jo Bonner is moving up his planned resignation date to Aug. 2 to speed up a special election to fill the seat in his conservative southern Alabama district.

The 53-year-old congressman announced in May he'd exit Aug. 15 to take a job as vice chancellor at the University of Alabama System in Tuscaloosa.

Log a Load for Kids Gearing Up for the Stretch Run

The first half of the 2013 Log a load for Kids fundraising year is behind us. But we've still got the second half to go the get through the year and actually have more events -- seven -- slated for the second half of the year than we did in the first half.
The remaing events include:
>> August 10. The Black Belt District will hold a golf tournament 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, sponsoring lunch is Boatright Railroad Products. Stephens Oil Company is the hole-in-one sponsor. 
Click here to download event flyer/registration document.
>> September 19: The Capital District will hold its annual sporting clays event at the Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club in Montgomery. Click here for event flyer.  
>> 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.
>> September 28: The Forestry Club at Auburn University will hold its annual Archery Shoot in Waverly Alabama. Click here for flyer.
>> October 23: The Longleaf District will hold its annual golf tournament at the Brewton Country Club. Click here for Richard's letter to potential supporters, and click here for event registration form
>> November 8: The Warrior District will hold its 10th Annual Charlie Hughen Memorial Sporting Clay and Skeet Shoot at the Westervelt Lodge in Aliceville. Click here for flyer.
>> Wiregrass District: The second annual Wiregrass Dove Hunt will be held in Henry County at Shorterville in early to mid-November, depending on the harvest schedule at the site of that event. We will let you know as soon as we find out the date of the event and will attach a flyer once one is produced for the hunt.

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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