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AFA NEWSROOM V15N28, July 8, 2020

Wednesday, July 8, 2020  
Posted by: Liz Chambers
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AFA NEWSROOM V15N28, July 8, 2020

Annual Meeting Registration is Now Open


Registration is now open for the 2020 AFA Annual Meeting! Take a look at our meeting website to learn more about our lineup of fantastic speakers, outdoor activities, and amazing sponsors ….did we mention the it’s at the BEACH!

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Prediction Low for Pine Beetles in 2020


Good news for forest landowners – Alabama is predicted to have a low number of southern pine beetle (SPB) infestations in 2020, according to the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC). More specifically, high risk counties are expected to have no more than six to nine SPB spots. The overall prediction for the state is that Alabama has a 16 percent chance of having any SPB spots this active season.


Probability of SPB Spots Map

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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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Amazon, HP Ditching Plastics for Sustainable Paper Packaging


The push for a more sustainable planet continued in June as both HP and Amazon announced major initiatives to cut down on the use of single-use plastics in their packaging efforts in favor of paper products.


On June 29, Amazon India announced it had eliminated all single-use plastic in its packaging across fulfillment centers in the country, fulfilling a promises made in September 2019. “Air pillows” and bubble wrap have been entirely replaced by “paper cushions,” while packaging tapes have been replaced with bio-degradable options.

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H-2B Visa Ban to Impact Forest Industry


The Trump administration said early last week that it would extend the immigration ban on new temporary work visas issued outside the United States as an extension to Proclamation 9994, which was signed March 13, 2020 (declaring a National Emergency concerning the COVID-19 outbreak). The extension will last through the end of the year.

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Thinking Outside the Box


The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down, changing our lives forever. We’ve quarantined to slow down the transfer of the virus, and we’ve relied on online shopping to provide us with groceries and other essential supplies.

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Sustainability at the Root of the Paper and Wood Products Industry


Sustainable forest management is a core value among AF&PA members. Our members know that our forests have a bigger story behind them, and it all starts at the root. Pulp and paper manufacturing emphasizes energy conservation and reuse of inputs and materials including fiber and water. We aim to do more with less by maximizing the efficient use of these resources, multiple times.

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Tissue paper products, which include paper towels and toilet paper, play an important role in modern life. They contribute to improved hygiene, comfort and convenience in our society. Tissue paper products are highly engineered to provide strength, ultra-light weight, softness and absorbency, all at the same time.

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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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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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From Social Media...

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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