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Auditor follows certified timber from the woods to the mill in McShan Lumber's annual SFI audit.
Auditor Mike Ferrucci, Landowner Irvin Eatman and Logging Contractor Roger Schultz.

o maintain certification to the SFI 2015-2019 standard, McShan Lumber
is audited by a third party audit firm every year.  The October 12-13 audit started with a review of our "fiber sourcing" certification program and concluded with a review of our "chain of custody" procedure.

The SFI Chain of Custody Standard is an accounting system that tracks forest fiber content through production and manufacturing to the end product. Companies can use CoC certification to track and communicate how much of their product comes from certified lands.

The timing of the audit was perfect for the auditor to see the actual flow of logs from certified lands to the mill. After reviewing our documentation, the auditor asked to visit several active and closed out timber harvest tracts. These field visits confirm that we are meeting the standard's objectives, in particular objectives 1 and 2:  to practice sustainable forestry by conserving biological diversity and through the use of best management practices to protect water quality.

Our first visit was an active logging job. The landowner's timberland has been part of the American Forest Foundation's Tree Farm Program for several years. SFI recognizes Tree Farm as "certified" content. Our CoC procedure tracks all certified timber that comes to the mill and we use that percentage of certified content on our Chain of Custody label.

Not only did the auditor see the certified timber harvested in the woods, he also had the opportunity to meet the landowner, a self described "Tree Farmer".  When we returned to the mill to start our CoC audit, the auditor was greeted by a load of certified timber from the tract he had just visited.

It was a great opportunity to review our Chain of Custody procedure with "boots on the ground".

"Dr. A" visits McShan Lumber Company.
Dr. Jankaki R.R. Alavalapati, Dean School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University
 Following a national search, Janaki Alavalapati was named dean of Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, effective May 27, 2015.

Even though his name is a little difficult to pronounce with the southern tongue, it can be done with a little practice. When introduced, he politely asks that you call him "Dr. A".  

During his first year at Auburn, Dr. A is making an effort to visit different parts of the state and meet the faces of Alabama's forest products industry.  On October 25th, Dr. A and development officer Heather Crozier visited with McShan Lumber staff and area mill representatives for lunch, discussion and a mill tour.

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Science at Auburn University is a flagship institution for forestry, wildlife, and natural resources. The school is also the back bone to Alabama's $22 billion forest, wildlife, and natural resources industry. Their mission is to create future professionals and leaders, to develop new knowledge and science based solutions, and share them with individuals, families, communities, and industries so that they can make informed decisions to advance their business and well-being.

Auburn School of Forestry graduates representing area pulp mills, sawmills, consulting foresters and landowners enjoyed lunch in the woods with Dr. Alavalapati. 
New studio at MSU to focus on innovative wood design
The Father of Timbr, Jacob A. Gines, Asst. Professor School of Architecture, Mississippi State University

 M ississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi is only 40 miles west of McShan Lumber. Over the years we have enjoyed working with MSU students and faculty for tours and lumber studies. 
A $10,000 grant along with matching money will fund construction of a design studio that promotes innovative wood products and building methods in Mississippi.

During his first year at MSU, architecture professor Jake Gines took a group of architecture students to the Dept. of Sustainable Bioproducts. A chance meeting with dept. Head Reuben Shmulsky and Mississippi Forestry Asso. EVP Tedrick Radcliff lead to the creation of Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined - TIMBR.

Funded in part by a $10,000 Community Partnership Grant from Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), the Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined - TIMBR - Symposium brought together architects, engineers, constructors, educators, researchers, timberland owners, forest product professionals, and students for a day-long event focusing on Mass-Timber innovations and their potential application in the construction industry for Mississippi and the U.S. South. This was the first event of its kind in the southeast region of the U.S.

Jake visited McShan Lumber on October 27 for a mill tour and to talk about the program.
It is refreshing to hear from "wood friendly" architects that understand and want to teach the benefits of wood to their students. 

An alleged timber smuggler in Cambodia has given journalists a lesson in ethics: People who take bribes should honor their commitments - or be prepared to die.

This kind of activity would be a major non-conformance in our SFI certification program!

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Employee Spotlight:     Debra McDaniel
W e're sawyers, lumber graders, machine operators, mill-wrights, lift drivers and more-but we're also real people who are really fun to work with. Meet some of the people who make McShan Lumber happen and learn more about who we are and what we do all day.  A family-owned and operated sawmill, McShan Lumber operates as an extended 'family,' with employees who have worked here for 10, 20, 30 years and more. McShan Lumber's Employee Spotlight Program recognizes these standout employees who are the face of our company and industry in their communities.

Debra McDaniel

I left a career in banking for 20 years to come to McShan Lumber Company in 2012
and haven't looked back. My primary job is in accounts payable, receivable and payroll. 
I've lived here in Pickens County all my life and knew that McShan Lumber was a very reputable company and I was thankful for the opportunity to come and work for them.
I figure anyone who has been in business over 100 years must be doing something right.

I am blessed to be married to my best friend, Johnny, for 30 years. We have a daughter, Erica, who is a University of Alabama graduate and just got married last year to our son in law David. They are both PA's and live in Georgia. Our son John Elliot also graduated from the University of Alabama in May where he was in the Army ROTC. He is currently in the Army National Guard in Montgomery, AL and is leaving soon for the Army Officer Training course in Oklahoma.
I enjoy cooking and gardening but I mainly spend my days loving on our 5 year old English Bulldog "Major".    I am truly Blessed!

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Debra's inspirational attitude and her infectious good-natured temperament makes our office a better place to work. Debra accomplishes an amazing amount of work in her day and has taken on additional duties, always with a 'how can I help' attitude. She is meticulous in her work and will work above and beyond what is asked of her because she is proud of the finished product  Debra is fun to work with and brings a smile every morning for everyone to enjoy.

Lumber High Rollers attend NAWLA in Las Vegas
Tom Rogers, Patrick Lbr., Dina Fuller, McShan Lbr., Joel Osterloh, IFP at the McShan Lumber Booth.

 The North American Wholesale Lumber Association hosted its 20th annual Traders Market October 27th and 28th at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.   Billed as an event where "supply and distribution meet" McShan Lumber exhibited for the 20th consecutive year and fielded steady traffic at our centrally located booth.  Dina Fuller and Hunter McShan enjoyed some face time with existing customers and fielding questions from potential clients as well.  With around 1500 attendees from all across North America and beyond there was never a dull moment whether in the convention hall or out in the bright lights of the city.  Thanks to the NAWLA staff and executive committee for such a great event and opportunity.

Hunter McShan was happy to return from Las Vegas with winnings of  $1.75 !

360 degree drone view of McShan Lumber!

Letters from Alabama
Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888) was an English-born zoologist, naturalist, and scientific illustrator. He came to Alabama in 1838, where he taught the children of plantation owners near present-day Pleasant Hill, in the cotton-growing region of Dallas County. 

During his stay at Pleasant Hill, Gosse carefully recorded his observations of animal and plant life, the surrounding forests, plantation life, and common events in the everyday lives of the people. He published his experiences as a series of articles, or letters, in the English magazine The Home Friend in 1855, and later in book form as Letters from Alabama in 1859.

In May 1838, Gosse arrived by schooner at the Port of Mobile. While onboard the steamboat Farmer, making his way up the Alabama River to Claiborne, he met Judge Reuben Saffold, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Saffold owned a plantation farther upriver near King's Landing, at Pleasant Hill in Dallas County. Saffold offered Gosse a one-year contract to teach at a log schoolhouse that he and neighboring planters were in the process of building. Gosse accepted the position and taught there until the end of December. 

This McShan Plane Dealer series will feature excerpts from his writings.

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Quotes about the Politics

1. "Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
Mark Twain

2.  "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."
 Abraham Lincoln

3.  "The major problem-one of the major problems, for there are several-one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.
To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."
Douglas Adams

4.  "The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon."
 Kurt Vonnegut

5.   "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies."
Groucho Marx

6.  "I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
Thomas Jefferson

7. "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap."
 Napoléon Bonaparte

8.  "Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair."
George Burns

9.  "One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."

10.  "Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason."
 Mark Twain
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