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AFA NEWSROOM V15N27, July 1, 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020  
Posted by: Liz Chambers
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AFA NEWSROOM V15N27, July 1, 2020

When Cleaning Feels Like A Lot To Absorb…


Paper towels are widely recognized for their role in maintaining cleanliness and hygiene - both in and away from home.

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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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Want to Maximize CO2 Sequestration in the Forest? Cut a Tree


There is growing sentiment that in order to combat climate change, we need more forest coverage to help absorb excess carbon dioxide (CO2). The “default” position of many NGOs and much of the public is that, to accomplish this goal, we should just let trees grow in perpetuity, and we should never cut them.

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Discussing the Past, Present, Future of the Tissue & Towel Industry


Toilet paper supply and demand has charged to the forefront of the pulp and paper industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mills have added shifts and converted machines to meet the demand for household tissue and towel products as consumers put a newfound premium on personal hygiene.

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CRE Developers Recognize Growing Business Case for Wood Construction


The benefits of building CRE structures with light-frame, mass timber and pre-fab wood can include cost savings, faster production and a competitive edge for new projects.

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Enviva acquires 2 pellet plants


Enviva Partners LP announced on June 18 it has agreed to purchase a wood pellet plant located in Waycross, Georgia, associated export terminal capacity in Savannah, Georgia, and a wood pellet plant located in Greenwood, South Carolina.

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Nuclear verdicts jump more than 300% in 7 years


New research by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) provides more evidence that large legal “nuclear” verdicts against truck fleets are increasing dramatically in both number and size of awards along with a corresponding increase in insurance costs.

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ForestryWorks! billboard campaign


The ForestryWorks! billboard campaign has officially kicked off in Alabama! This simplified billboard message is designed to 1) bring awareness to ForestryWorks! and 2) drive traffic to the website.


If you see one of our billboards around the state snap a picture and make sure to tag ForestryWorks! and the Alabama Forestry Association.


***Reminder – now is a great time to post your jobs and sign to up for the truck driver recruitment employer list.

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Support the Golden Amendment 245 that would include the provisions of the Safe Routes Act (H.R 2453) in H.R. 2 the Moving Forward Act


Summary: Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) has filed an amendment with the House Rules Committee that embodies the provisions of the Safe Routes Act. Recall that this legislation is simple, straightforward, and practical. It would simply allow trucks hauling logs, chips or biomass that are travelling at the maximum gross vehicle weight on state roads to travel at that increased weight on the federal interstate system for a limited distance.

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For Good Jobs and a Clean Environment, Look to Paper and Packaging


In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic shed light on the essential workers that care for us, manufacture everyday products, restock our shelves and deliver necessities in corrugated boxes to our doorstep.

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The Importance of Log Trailer Visibility


Please take a moment to think about how discernible your log trailers are in low visibility situations. Early morning, late evening, night-time, and fog and rain can create conditions that make it difficult to see your log trailer when loaded or unloaded. I am aware of several tragic accidents caused by vehicles striking log trailers backing into job sites, pulling out on to the roadway, and even backing into routine off-duty parking areas at the driver’s home or company shop.

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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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