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AFA Newsroom V8 No. 19, October 1, 2013

Spotted Owl Redux: Federal Regs Still Killing Timber Industry Out West

The Rough and Ready Sawmill was an institution in southern Oregon for 91 years. Its lumber helped fuel the post-World War II building boom and settle the rural West. Now, it sits empty, the last of 22 mills in Josephine County to shut down for good, signaling the end of an era.

For Ivan Cross, it's the end of the only job he's ever had.

"I haven't drawn an unemployment check in 43-and-a-half years," said Cross. "Now, that's what I do for a living."

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In Memoriam: Mark Junkins has Passed Away

We just received the sad news that McShan Lumber Company Sales Manager Mark Junkins has passed away. The following is an email from Hunter McShan:
"Dear friends of McShan Lumber Company.  I regret to inform you that Mark Junkins passed away last night after suffering a massive heart attack at his home in McShan.  Please keep his wife Phyllis and sons Travis and John Mark in your prayers at this terrible moment.  Mark was not only the face and voice of McShan Lumber Company but a commanding face and voice for our industry which he loved so much.  With heavy heart, Hunter McShan."

We want to express our deepest sympathy to Mark's family, and indeed to each member of the McShan Lumber "family" on this tremendous loss. We will all miss Mark's warmth and good humor. (At press time, arrangements had not yet been set. We will let you know when we learn of the arrangements for Mark's funeral). 

KIOR to Double Mississippi Plant Capacity   

PASADENA, Texas, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KiOR, Inc. (Nasdaq:KIOR) announced today that it is pursuing plans to double production capacity at its Columbus, Mississippi, cellulosic fuels facility through construction of a second facility incorporating KiOR's commercially proven technology. KiOR estimates that the project – Columbus II – will cost approximately $225 million, will break ground within 90 days of the Company raising sufficient equity and debt capital to commence the project, and will take approximately 18 months to construct and start up.
Once completed with its latest technology improvements, KiOR expects that the Columbus II project will allow each Columbus facility to achieve greater yields, production capacity and feedstock flexibility than the original design basis for the existing Columbus facility, enabling KiOR to more quickly make progress towards its long-term goal of 92 gallons per bone dry ton of biomass.

Alabama Loggers Council Names Gillenwaters 2013 Logger of the Year

By Ray Clifton

One of the highlights of the ALC Annual Meeting each year is the presentation of Alabama’s Logger of the Year award. I am pleased to announce that the committee has selected Wayne Gillenwaters (pictured left), Gillenwaters Logging, Inc., as this year’s winner of the prestigious award.

Gillenwaters Logging is a great example of a small, family-owned Alabama business that has become successful in spite of very humble
beginnings. Wayne’s success is an inspiration not only to other loggers but to young people who aspire to live and work in rural Alabama

The 2013 Alabama Loggers Council Annual Meeting, where Gillenwaters logging will be honored, is just a few days away. Our meeting will be held on Saturday, October 12, from 8:00 a.m -2:00 p.m. at “The Marriot Legends at Capital Hill” in Prattville. Early registration is just $75 (which includes the lunch banquet). Pre-register now online at or by telephone at 334-481-2135 and save 25% (registration is $100 at the door).
Read Logger Notes... 

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey Appoints Guice Slawson, Jr. to the Alabama Trust Fund Board

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (October 1, 2013) – Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey today announced the appointment of Guice Slawson, Jr. to the Alabama Trust Fund Board.

Mr. Slawson, of Montgomery, is Vice President of Administration of Southeast Wood Treating, Inc. Upon graduating from the University of Alabama in 1984, Mr. Slawson served six years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer. He then continued his education at Samford University where he earned his Master of Business of Administration.

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Increased OSB Capacity Likely to Drive up Woodfiber Prices in US South

Expected growth in export of wood pellets from US South to further impact pricing.
BOSTON /PRNewswire/ -- The return of the US housing market is driving up demand for lumber and wood panel products. In response Oriented Strand Board (OSB) capacity is expected to expand, according to a new study published recently by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry.

OSB Capacity Expansion and the Development of US Pellet Exports - Impacts on Woodfiber Supply examines the impact of a sustained housing recovery on the demand for OSB in North America. The study clearly shows how much additional OSB will be needed to meet the expanding demand. It also indicates where this OSB will come from: imports, mill restarts, mill enhancements, and potential greenfield mills. The study then looks at whether wood fiber availability will become an issue as mills compete for resources with the developing US pellet market.


AF&PA Releases Containerboard Report Showing Increased Production 

WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association recently released its July 2013 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report showing that containerboard production increased 4.1 percent over June 2013 and 5.3 percent over the same month last year.  The month-over-month average daily production increased 0.7 percent. The containerboard operating rate for July 2013 dropped 0.4 points from June 2013, from 99 percent to 98.6 percent.

CONTACT: Chuck Fuqua, (202) 463-2436,

Auburn Gets Nod for Online Environmental Science Master’s 

AUBURN, Ala. — An online master’s degree program in soil, water and environmental science at Auburn University has gained final approval and will officially launch spring semester 2014, giving working professionals in fields related to natural resource management the opportunity to further their education and build their expertise via distance education.


National Survey Shows Big Buck$ From Hunting and Fishing in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has joined with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in highlighting results from the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. The survey shows that some 1.7 million people participated in wildlife-related recreation in Alabama in 2011, generating $2.7 billion for the state's economy.


Wooden Skyscrapers on the Horizon?

The movement to construct tall buildings largely with wood as an environmentally friendlier alternative to steel and concrete has received a boost from an unusual source — a leading architectural firm known for its towers of steel and concrete.


Plum Creek Enters into Longterm Fiber Supply Agreement With Enova Group

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., (NYSE: PCL) today announced it has entered into a 10-year fiber supply and services agreement with The Enova Group, an independent bioenergy firm headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

Plum Creek will deliver up to 3 million tons annually of sustainably-managed wood fiber to three pellet manufacturing locations that will be constructed in the Southeastern United States. Approximately 500,000 tons will originate from Plum Creek’s timberlands with the remaining 2.5 million tons to be sourced and delivered from third party landowners.

Enova will construct mills to convert wood fiber into pellets to serve global biomass markets. Pellet shipments are expected to begin in 2015.

Read more from Plum Creek...

US Congressman Spencer Bachus to Retire from US House of Representatives

U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills, said this morning that he will not seek re-election in 2014. Bachus, 65, said in a statement released by email that he will retire from congress at the conclusion of his current term in December 2014.

Bachus, who has represented the state's 6th congressional district since 1993, is the senior member of Alabama's congressional delegation.

“It has been the greatest privilege imaginable to serve as the representative of the people of Alabama in the United States House of Representatives," Bachus said. "It is an honor that I never dreamed could have been possible for me and the words ‘thank you’ are far from adequate."

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Laural Wilt Found in Greene County

According to officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC), the existence of laurel wilt disease has now been positively identified in Greene County. After “wilting” sassafras trees were recognized by agency personnel along Highway 43 in the southern portion of the county, stem samples were collected from one of these symptomatic trees and sent to the USDA Forest Service laboratory for verification, where results confirmed the presence of laurel wilt fungus (Raffaelea lauricola). This confirmation makes the third county in Alabama, where the disease was detected in Marengo and Mobile counties in 2011. 


USFWS Issues More Listings of Threatened/Endangered Species  

It seems like hardly a week goes by without some new critter or plant being declared threatened or endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act. Continuing wth the latest listings are the Neosho Mucket, listed as Endangered, and the Rabbitsfoot listed as Threatened. Both are freshwater mussels found in the river systems of the Eastern US, including Alabama.

 Also recently placed on the endangered list are the Fluted Kidneyshell and the Slabside Pearlymussel. These two mussels are found only in the river systems of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia.
 (Editor's Note. We tried to link these listings to the USFWS website, but the links would not hold. Everything was routed to the US Department of Interior website, possibly because of the government shutdown.)

Seminar Set for "Trees, Trucks and Powerlines" October 24 

A seminar will be held in Bullock County on the subject of Trees, Trucks and Powerlines and other issues of importance to tree harvesters. Subjects to be addressed by presenters will include:
> Electrical hazards awareness when working in and around trees
> Safe work practices using aerial lifts
> Basic tree pruning practices for health and safety
> Chainsaw maintenance and safe operation

Read Flyer....

Forestry Invasive Plants Identification and Control Seminar Set for October 24

If you want to know all there is to know about invasive plants, then you need to sign up  for the Forestry Invasive Plants Identification and Control event set for October 24, 2013 at the USDA Agriculture Service Center in Andalusia, Ala.


Pro-Global Warming Crowd Having Problems with Their Models

The Earth has changed in “unprecedented ways” since 1950, the U.N. says, and its scientists are 95 percent certain that humans are responsible.

Yet the planet has largely stopped warming over the past 15 years, data shows -- and a landmark report released Friday by the U.N.’s climate group could not explain why the mercury has stopped rising.


Dates Set for 2013 Regional Events & Forestry Field Days Sponsored by ANRC and Tree Farm

Everyone is invited to the 2013 Regional Events and Forestry Field Days sponsored by the Alabama Natural Resources Council and the Alabama State Tree Farm Committee and scheduled on three separate days in October. These events will show attendees how to manage their forests for multiple use, introduce them to leaders of Alabama's natural resources agencies, provide experts who will speak on forest resource management and allow them to take a tour on a Helene Mosley Memorial TREASURE Forest! Read event flyer....

Log a Load Closes Out September With a Bang and a Swish  

The 14 participating teams had a great event on Sept. 19 at the Capital District Sporting Clays shootout in Montgomery. Once again, Josh "Tiny" Aldridge took "top gun" honors by blasting 97 out of the 100 proffered clays at the Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club event. All in all, the event went off without a hitch and everybody seemed to be having a great time turning clay pigeons into dust!

Pictured above left is the Capital event crew of, left to right, Lee Davis, Alice Blake, Emily Hornak, Josh "Tiny" Aldridge, Log a Load State Chair Janet Ison, and CHIPS Center Director Deb Schneider. 

Also having a great event was the Kronospan crew as they held their Mountain District golf event at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes. As they always do, the crew being directed by AFA leader Mark Lowe pulled off another winner. Following the Mountain District event on Sept. 20 was the Annual Archery Shoot sponsored by the Forestry Club at Auburn. These young folks put on a great event and, as with the sporting clay event, the shooters had a great time on a near perfect day for being out doors.     

Pictured at right, a participant at the Waverly Bow Shoot takes aim. Pictured at lower left are winners of the Kronospan-sponsored Mountain District event, from left to right, Ken Patterson, Matt Rogers, Volker Lenzing, Jeremy Oliver (tournament chairman) and Stevie Cannady.

Remaining events include:
>> 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.
>> November 9. The Wiregrass District will hold the second annual Wiregrass Dove Hunt in Henry County at Shorterville. We will attach the flyer for this event as soon as it has been completed.

Tiger Swamp Pollinator Study Shows Importance of Bees in Forestry

Correctly managed landscapes in intensively managed forest systems can provide a full range of habitat requirements for important species, and in some cases, act as habitat reserves. The mission of the Greif Inc/Soterra LLC and Pollinator Partnership (P2) Tiger Swamp Property Study is to develop, test, and distribute best applied practices (BAPs) for industrial timber landscapes that will provide ecological and environmental benefits to pollinator species, local wildlife, and ecosystems.

The assessment of local pollinator communities and the landscape-level impacts of honey bee management within timberlands are key interests for this project. Pollinators are essential to the sustainability of over 75% of all terrestrial plant species and provide humans with one third of their diet. Unfortunately natural populations of pollinators are in decline; habitat loss is a leading cause of this decline.


As a Construction Material, Wood is (Very, Very) Good

By Chuck Ray

I recently was asked by Keith Craig, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council, to participate in a booth presentation for the Keystone Wood Products Association at an upcoming Green Building Expo in Philadelphia. In asking, Keith mentioned that there was considerable concern that the steel and concrete industries are continuing, and perhaps even increasing, to put out misinformation about the green qualities of wood as a construction material.


PLM Initial Training Classes set for Oct. 8 and 15 at Haleyville and Nov. 12 and 19 in Andalusia

The Alabama Professional Logging Manager’s initial training classes are scheduled for Haleyville on October 8th and 15th and again in Andalusia on November 12th and 19th. This program is intended for individuals who need to obtain their first PLM card and that have not previously attended the initial training. It does not qualify for continuing education credits for those already credentialed.

Complete and return the registration form to enroll or contact Matt Vines at for more information.

 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 NOW! 

Sawmill Days in Stockton Alabama, fun for the Whole Family and a bit of Forest History too

The Stockton Heritage Association invites you to join them on Saturday, November 2, for the first annual “Stockton Sawmill Days” event. Held on the beautiful wooded grounds of Baldwin County’s Bicentennial Park in Stockton, AL, just 1.5 miles off I-65, this event celebrates the Stockton community’s history and heritage as home to the first sawmill in the State of Alabama.

The event will include displays and demonstrations of old logging equipment, portable sawmills and a host of other types of forestry equipment and activities.
For the rest of the story, click here.
To review a flyer of the event and the planned activities, click here.

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