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AFA Newsroom V9 No. 6, March 15, 2014

Southern Yellow Pine Shipments On the Upswing 

The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) has announced that, for a fourth consecutive year, shipments of Southern Pine lumber recorded an increase from the previous year.
Shipments in 2013 totaled 15.026 billion board feet, an increase of 5% over the volume shipped in 2012 (14.279 bbf) and 27% above 2011 shipments (11.79 bbf).
Tabulation of Southern Pine shipment totals is a cooperative effort with the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) and Timber Products Inspection (TP). 

Vulcan District Meeting set for Thursday, March 20, 2014 (5:00 PM - 6:00 PM)

During the spring of each year, we hold AFA District Meetings to provide an update on association activities and discuss issues of concern. AFA District Director Vaughn Stough would like to invite you to join us for our 2014 Vulcan District Meeting. Chris Isaacson, AFA Executive Vice-President will brief you on issues affecting forestry across the state and provide an update on association programs and strategies for the coming year.
Immediately following all members are invited to attend the Birmingham Are Regional Reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the same location, the Historic Cahaba Pumping Station, 4012 Sicard Hollow Road, Birmingham Ala. 35243.

Go ahead and Register. To view map, click here.

FRA Annual Meeting Will Feature Some Familiar Faces

There will be some familar faces making presentations at this year's FRA 2014 Anual Meeting on May 7-9 at  the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Program presenters will include AFA Executive Vice President Chris Isaacson, who will talk about Developing Workers for Alabama's Logging Industry; Chris Erwin, a recent AFA staffer who took a job as Southern Forest Conservation, American Forest Foundation, who'll present a program entitled Building Private Landowner/Mill Relations through Micro-Marketing and Social Networking Tools; and Mathew Smidt of Auburn University who will give a report titled Forestry Workforce Alliance Update. Also attending from Alabama will be Tommy Thompson of Louisiana Pacific (LP) who will give the "mill perspective" involving trucking capacity challenges.  register online, click here. 

Fra Annual Meeting Flyer 

What is the Most Advanced Building Material? You Guessed it, WOOD

On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, compliments of the Luftwaffe,” Waugh says—and then spent decades in neglected decay. Recently, though, the neighborhood has come roaring back. Nightclubs and tech start-ups arrived first on the promise of cheap rent, and residents followed. Along with them came architects, urban planners, and engineers, many of whom make a pilgrimage to the same tower that Waugh now circumambulates.

From the outside, there is nothing particularly flashy about the nine-story building, called Stadthaus, that Waugh designed with his partner, Anthony Thistleton. Its gray and white facade blends almost seamlessly into the overcast London skies. It’s what’s inside that makes Stadthaus stand out. Instead of steel and concrete, the floors, ceilings, elevator shafts, and stairwells are made entirely of wood.


ForestFund Leadership Changes Announced

John Braswell has resigned his position as Chairman of the ForestFund Board of Trustees effective Feb. 28, 2014 but will remain on the Board until his current term expires in December of 2018.  Steen Traylor was elected as Chairman to replace him and Winston Bryant was elected as Vice Chairman. Both Steen and Winston have served in leadership capacities in both the Association and at ForestFund. Steen has been on the AFA Board of Directors for a number of years and Winston also served as a Board member several years ago. 

As a result of Winston’s election as Vice Chairman, he will join the AFA Board of Directors as the representative of ForestFund, the position previously held by Traylor.

Photos: Pictured above left is John Braswell, outgoing ForestFund Chairman. At right is newly elected ForestFund Chairman Steen Traylor.  
Congratulations to John for his long service and good luck to Steen as he takes on this new responsibility.  

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Landowner Rights in Wyoming Case

On Monday March 10th, Marvin Brandt and his wife shed tears of joy as their near decade long battle with the United States government finally comes to an end after the Supreme Court ruled in their favor. Challenging the Rails-to-Trails project in 2006, Brandt contested the Government’s defense that it retained the right to continue use on an abandoned railway for hikers and bicyclists that bisects his 83 acre parcel of forest land.


Introducing a new AFA Publication - "From the Weeds"

By Tom Saunders

Kicking and screaming may not be the exact description, but its close.  It is with some degree of trepidation that I am venturing into the world of social media.  Yes, you read this correctly, we are in the infantile stages of joining the masses and will endeavor to bring you more insightful information on a more timely basis, convenient to whatever platform you desire….

The first step has been the creation of a new electronic publication called From the Weeds.  Weeds is a blog that I will be authoring that will be used to provide legislative, legal and political matters of interest to our members.  Administration will be left in the capable hands of those much younger.  Weeds is up and running and easily accessible.  If you have a problem with content or choose to just not agree, then feel free to comment on the blog.  If your comments are such that you want to read me the riot act in language not suitable for publication, feel free to simply email me (or even, heaven forbid, pick up that old fashioned phone and let me have it in person).  If you experience administration issues, please let Danielle ( or Liz ( know and they will be glad to assist.

So here we go.  The first thing I would suggest to do is go check out the site:

New Timber Tax Information Available for Your Perusal  

It's that time of year again! Owning forested land means that the tax man will pay many a landowner a visit. There are a number of online resources available for use in education and information campaigns. The federal timber tax portal, is a
comprehensive website with numerous tax resources hosted by the University of Georgia, Southern Regional Extension Forestry and the US Forest Service with technical expertise provided by the University of Georgia's Center for Forest Business.


The growth and Changes in Refundable Tax Credits

Washington, DC—Expenditures associated with refundable tax credits have grown substantially over the last two decades.

Additionally, as subsidies from the Affordable Care Act come on line, refundable credits are primed to double to over $200 billion annually by 2017, according to the latest analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.

A Better Option to a County Road Ordinance 

By ALC Director Ray Clifton

Last issue I discussed Talladega County’s “Road Ordinance.” It is a copy of the “Model Ordinance” being used by several other coun-ties. As I explained, we are opposed to the Association of County Commissions of Alabama’s (ACCA) “Model Ordinance” because it violates Alabama Act 2012-257, a state law which prohibits logging permits. While the state law allows notice (who is logging and where), it does not allow a county to require permission to log due to subjective interpretation of what constitutes “proper notice.”

Read Logger Notes... 

PLM Initial Training Course Set April 16 and 23, 2014 in Birmingham

The 2014 Professional Logging Manager (PLM) Initial Training Course will be held at the Thompson CAT Tractor Company in Birmingham on April 16 and 23. Both sessions are required to earn the PLM designation. Each program will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m.

To download a flyer for this event , click here.

Construction Leading to Increased Wood Production

Construction employers added 15,000 workers in February, despite harsh weather, raising industry employment to the highest level since June 2009, continuing an upbeat trend.


WFF Announces 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan Revision: Public Comment Requested

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) announces the revision process of the 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). By Congressional State Wildlife Grant (SWG) requirements, this comprehensive document must be revised every 10 years. The federal SWG program assists state fish and wildlife agencies in the conservation of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). To remain eligible for SWG funds, each state must revise its SWAP every 10 years.



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