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AFA NEWSROOM V15N24, June 10, 2020

Wednesday, June 10, 2020  
Posted by: Liz Chambers
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AFA NEWSROOM V15N24, June 10, 2020

Alabama 2020 Census

 The 2020 Census is very important to all Alabamians. As of today, Alabama’s participation in the Census lags far behind other states. Our rural growth, Congressional representation, federal funding, and economic development are at stake. Low participation in the Census could have a negative impact on Alabama’s future.

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AFA Healthcare Summer Enrollment


 AFA is excited to offer Summer Open Enrollment for our AFA Health Care Plan. It features BCBS health rates starting at $1,106 for Family and $391 for Single, as well as available coverages from Delta Dental and VSP Vision!


For more information click below or call 205-874-1268 for more information.

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Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

 This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.

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Where Do We Go from Here? A Q&A with Forest2Market CEO Pete Stewart

 Forest2Market President & CEO Pete Stewart recently participated in a Q&A that is published in the June issue of The Forestry Source. The magazine is published monthly by the Society of American Foresters and contains valuable news and information for forest resource professionals nationwide.

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How Small Family Forests Can Help Meet the Climate Challenge

 Tim Leiby had wrapped up a fun but fruitless early-morning turkey hunt and was enjoying an old John Wayne flick when I arrived at Willow Lodge near Blain, Pennsylvania. A few flurries drifted down on this unseasonably cold May morning. After a quick scan of antlers mounted on virtually every wall of the cozy hunting lodge, we headed out for a socially distanced stroll through what Leiby calls “our little piece of heaven.

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Global Forest Products Trade

 The Coronavirus Epidemic has negatively impacted the supply chains for numerous industry sectors worldwide the past few months.


Many commodity products saw reduced trade during March and April, a result of reduced demand, closures of manufacturing facilities to protect workers, constraint in the handling capacity of goods at many ports, and widespread financial distress. However, one sector that has remained fairly strong during the initial period of the epidemic is the forest products industry.

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Business Rights + COVID-19

 FROM THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR - Unemployment benefits of any kind are not available to employees who quit without good work-related cause, refuse to return to available work, or refuse to receive full-time pay. Refusing to return to available work could result in a disqualification for benefit eligibility. Attempts to collect unemployment benefits after quitting a job without good work-related cause is considered to be fraud. The CARES Act specifically provides for serious consequences for fraudulent cases including fines confinement and an inability to receive future unemployment benefits until all fraudulent claims and fines have been repaid. Employers are encouraged to utilize the New Hire system to report those employees who fail to return to work.

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Lumber sees surprise win as shut-in Americans fix up their homes

 North Americans stuck at home aren’t just baking more bread. They’re also undertaking repairs.


Lumber futures are heading for their second-straight monthly gain at a time when gloom from the coronavirus pandemic was expected to curb demand. Prices soared 15 per cent in April and have gained another 15 per cent this month, placing them among the best performing commodities tracked by Bloomberg.

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HBGI: Increased Home Building in Lower-Density Markets Ahead

 The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to hasten a housing trend already taking place across the nation – residential construction activity that is expanding at a more rapid rate in lower density markets such as smaller cities and rural areas. This conclusion is among the findings of the latest quarterly National Association of Home Builders Home Building Geography Index (HBGI).

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Grist video: How cross-laminated timber revolutionizes skyscrapers

 Congrats to Jesse Nichols, associate video producer at Grist — which is a Kendeda Fund grantee. He won an award from the Washington chapter of the Society of Environmental Journalists. That caused my colleague, David Brotherton, to find this excellent video Nichols produced on the revolutionary promise of cross-laminated timber. It’s the best primer I’ve seen on the topic.

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North American Mass Timber | State of the Industry

 Our newly revised, first-of-its-kind report offers a North American focus, but global perspective, on the entire mass timber supply chain — from seedling to building.

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USDA: US wood pellet exports reach 595,166 metric tons in April

 The U.S. exported 595,166.2 metric tons of wood pellets in April, up from the 424,680.5 million tons that were exported in April 2019, but down from the 670,463.8 million tons that were exported in March 2020, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on June 4.

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Hunt Lease Liability Insurance

 Are you paying too much for your hunt lease liability insurance? We have the lowest rates in the state and offer the only insurance that provides Proof of Coverage IMMEDIATELY upon payment - when applied for online! You do not have to be a member to apply for Hunting Lease Liability Insurance.

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FWTI COVID19 Impact Survey Results

 The Forest Workforce Training Institute’s Covid-19 Impact on Forest Product Employers Survey Results

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Continuing Education Classes

 Foresters and loggers, a reminder that AFA offers online continuing education. Now is a great time to go ahead and handle continuing education hours.


Click below for a list of classes.

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2020 ForestPAC Pinecone Open

 The inaugural 2020 ForestPAC Pinecone Open will be on Tuesday August 4th. The event will be held at the Montgomery Country Club on Narrow Lane Road in Montgomery and will start at 11am.

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Calendar of Events

 July 7-10 - Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Class - Auburn


August 4 - ForestPAC Pinecone Open Golf Tournament


August 11-14 - Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Class - Tuscaloosa

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Today is World Environment Day. When we find these little guys in our fresh water bodies, we know we are doing our duty to conserve the environment! Forestry is one of the most environmentally friendly industries out there. Forest products are renewable, reusable and recyclable and trees help collect carbon emissions. Clean forests = clean water. Clean bodies of water in Alabama allow for crawfish to prosper amongst us, and we sure are happy that they do!


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