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AFA NEWSROOM V15N25, June 24, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020  
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AFA NEWSROOM V15N26, June 24, 2020

Trump signs executive order suspending certain work visas through 2020


President Trump on Monday signed an executive order to suspend the issuance of certain temporary worker visas through the end of 2020, cracking down further on immigration after signing a more narrow measure in April.


The order applies to H-1B visas, H-2B visas, H-4 visas, L-1 visas and certain J-1 visas. It is the latest effort by the Trump administration to satisfy immigration hawks and groups that argue American workers should be prioritized, especially amid the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


FRA Statement

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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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Gain for Single-Family Permits Points to Building Growth


Single-family housing starts were flat in May, albeit off an upwardly revised estimate for construction in April. Single-family starts in May were estimated by Census/HUD at a 675,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, after a revised estimate of 674,000 for April.

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Housing is hot with the economy in the deep freeze


No matter how you look at it, the economic fallout from the coronavirus is going to be brutal, with a projected 6.5% decline in real gross domestic product in 2020 and an unemployment rate of 9.3% at year-end, according to the Federal Reserve. In ordinary times, and without any policy response from government, a blow of this magnitude should weaken the housing market.Yet, what we're starting to see is the very opposite. For various reasons, the supply of homes on the market continues to fall to record lows and home prices are, if anything, accelerating. For many homeowners stressed about the value of their biggest investment, it's a welcome relief. But this signals one more hurdle for would-be millennial homebuyers as they age into their family-forming years.

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Builder Confidence Surges in June


In a sign that housing stands poised to lead a post-pandemic economic recovery, builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes jumped 21 points to 58 in June, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Any reading above 50 indicates a positive market.

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Bill would help farmers, foresters participate in carbon markets


Sens. Mike Braun, R-Ind.; Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Lindsey Graham, R.S.C.; and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., on June 4 introduced the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which aims to break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices.

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Timing Prescribed Fire to Maximize Longleaf Pine Growth


Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) needs fire to thrive. But if seedlings burn too late in the growing season, they may not have enough energy to re-grow their scorched leaves and replenish their starch reserves before spring of the next year.

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2019 Range-wide Accomplishment Report


The 2019 Range-wide Accomplishment Report provides a comprehensive look at restoration activities occurring across the longleaf range and shines a spotlight on the impressive accomplishments achieved by America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative (ALRI) over the past year.

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May Housing Starts Rebound; Have We Hit Bottom?


After plunging two consecutive months (30 percent in April alone) to the lowest level since early 2015, US homebuilding appears to have bottomed and marginally reversed course in May. While the global economy is not yet put COVID-19 in the rearview mirror, there is reason for optimism as applications for home loans surged to an 11-year in mid-June.

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Forisk Wood Fiber Review: Spotlight on Q2 2020 U.S. Pellet Feedstock Fiber Prices


U.S. pellet feedstock fiber prices were stable in Q2 2020, despite the effects of the coronavirus. The U.S. Pellet Feedstock Price Index (PFPI-US)[1] increased 0.2%, reaching $60.60/odmt. Roundwood delivered prices in the U.S. South eased modestly while other feedstock price drivers were volatile. Although most sawmills have returned to operations, at least 13% of U.S. softwood sawmill capacity temporarily curtailed in Q2 2020 as a result of Covid-19.

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Camp Conservation, Virtual Workshop for Educators


Alabama PLT is partnering with Extension for a virtual training workshop.The training qualifies for six hours of continuing education for educators.If you are interested in participating, please use the link embedded in the flyer to register.

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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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Many children look up at their parents and strive to be just like them. For the Fuller family, the family business is forestry. The Fuller Family is a 3rd generation forestry family. Todd Fuller started working on a logging site with his father-in-law, Charles Robert Mitchell and eventually bought that company from his uncle. Todd and his wife, Shelia, own Fuller’s Logging together and raised their children to be forestry advocates. Their daughters Amanda and Stephanie are also in the forestry industry. Amanda manages Slay Forest Enterprises and Stephanie is a workforce development coordinator at the Forest Workforce Training Institute. The family is sure that great-grandson Benjamin Todd “BT” Slay will join the family business too when he grows into his hardhat and boots. A love for the woods is the Fuller family heirloom and they’ll keep passing it on.


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