North Carolina Forestry Association 

News Update

 May 24, 2013
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NC Governor Pat McCrory cuts the ribbon as part of

the ceremony held at the new Enviva facility in Garysbug, NC.  McCrory (with scissors) was joined by (l-r) John Keppler, Dr. John Jones, and NC Representative Michael Wray. 



News Update   


Enviva Celebrates Facility Opening in Garysburg

Enviva held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, May 20th to celebrate the opening of its new facility in Garysburg, NC, which is located in Northampton County.  North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory was the special guest and cut the ceremonial ribbon after a brief presentation.  


The facility employs 80 full-time position an sources wood from the Northampton County area.  The plant runs 24/7 all year and has an annual production for 500,000 metric tons of pellets.  The facility ships its pellets to Europe through Enviva's port in Chesapeake, VA. 


enviva plant

The new Enviva facility in Northampton County employs 80 people

and has an annual production of 500,000 metric tons of pellets.

The facility took approximately 10 months to construct.   


In addition to Governor McCrory, Dr. John Jones, who is the chairman of the Northampton County Economic Development Commission, John Keppler, who is Enviva's Chairman an CEO, and Robert Carter, who is the chairman of Northampton County Board of Directors, provided remarks on the new facility and the positive impact it will have on Northampton County's economy.     


Keppler noted during his address that Enviva's strongest market for its product is Europe.  The company has long term contracts for the pellets from the Garysburg, Ahoskie and Southampton County, VA, facilities.


NCMA to Host Legislative Workshop 
The North Carolina Manufacturing Alliance will be hosting a Legislative and Administrative Practice Workshop from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on June 5, 2013 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. The workshop is open to anyone who would like to know more about the North Carolina General Assembly and legislative processes, and about the myriad of administrative processes covering rule development and administrative/judicial appeals of various agency actions.  You can register by clicking here

NCFA Successfully Supports House Bill 628

The NCFA spent the past two weeks supporting House Bill 628, Protect/Promote NC Lumber. The bill correctly identifies the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard as a discriminatory construction standard that refuses to recognize other certified systems such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) that are currently used by North Carolina landowners and manufacturers.


This bill successfully passed by a 70-43 margin.  To see how the votes were cast, click herePlease take a moment to follow up with your elected official and thank him or her for supporting House Bill 628. 


The NCFA would like to thank all of its members who took the time to contact their representative to support this legislation.  Now, NCFA members are encouraged to reach out their Senator and ask him or her to support this legislation. 


Senate Rolls Out Budget 
The North Carolina Senate introduced its proposed budget earlier this week.  The Governor had put forth his version of the budget a few weeks back.  Now, the real politics begins as the Governor, Senate and House weigh in on the budget for the state in 2014-15.  The NCFA will be monitoring these negotiations and provide input to areas that may impact the state's forests and/or forest products industry


Forestry Museum Targeted in Senate Budget

The North Carolina Senate released its proposed budget earlier in the week and it contains a provision to close the museum.  It is early in the budget process and Harold Blanchard, the President of the Forestry Museum's Board of Directors, would appreciate those interested in supporting the museum to contact their Senator.  You can read Blanchard's request here.   


National Issues Update
Forestry interests have supported the introduction of legislation (Senate Bill 971 and House Bill 2026), Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act, that seeks to preserve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 37 years of success regulating forest roads as nonpoint sources under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
The NCFA is one of many forestry groups that have signed on in support of this legislation.   Click here to review the talking points on this legislation. 
The NCFA encourages its members to reach out to their federal Senators and House of Representative Member to ask them to support this legislation.   
A sample letter is included to provide guidance on submitting comments. 
Forestry interests organizing this effort are seeking to ensure that North Carolina Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr sign on to support this legislation.   Senator Hagan was a co-sponsor of this legislation last yea.  On the House side, NC Representatives Renee Ellmers and Mike McIntyre have already signed on to support this legislation.  Key additions in North Carolina would be Representatives Mark Meadows, George Holdling, Richard Hudson and Robert Pittenger.   

NCFA Annual Meeting Is Certified for 7.0 CFE Credits

The NCFA's Annual Meeting that is scheduled for October 2-4, 2013 in New Bern, titled, "Dynamic Markets & Sustainable Opportunities," will be worth seven CFE credits.  The meeting will focus on how markets, both traditional and new, will be impacting the state's forests. Registration materials will be sent to the membership in June.


45th Annual Dry Kiln Operator's Workshop

The Southeastern Dry Kiln Club will be sponsoring a workshop at Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC on July 16-19, 2013.  The 45th Annual Dry Kiln Operator's Short Course will be conducted by North Carolina State University.


USFS Reminder on Plan Revision Meetings

The next session of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests management plan revision process will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the NC Arboretum (100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, N.C. 28806) on May 30th.  Participants are encouraged to arrive at 5:30 p.m. to review materials prior to the meeting.


NCTFP Accepting Nominations for TFOY Award

The North Carolina Tree Farm Program is now accepting nominations for 2013 N.C. Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. The deadline for nominations is July 19.  Click here for more information. 


NC Tree Farm to Host Inspector Workshop in Kinston

Are you a forester interested in becoming a Tree Farm Inspector, helping North Carolina forestland owners become certified Tree Farmers? Click here to learn more about a workshop on June 4, 2013 in Kinston. 


ProLogger Business/Safety Update   


Module 13 Deadline Approaching
The NCFA' ProLogger continuing education element training concludes on June 30, 2013.  All ProLoggers must take Module 13 prior to June 30th or they will lose their ProLogger status.  Please check with the facility that you deliver to as to the dates and times of the remaining classes.  The list of ProLoggers and who have taken the required class is listed on the ProLogger page of the NCFA's website.  All ProLogger dues are required to be submitted by July 31st.  Invoices have been mailed. 


Module 13 Classes

Please remember that a complete listing of classes is included in this update and will be posted on the NCFA's website.  Once class rosters are submitted to the NCFA office, they are entered into the database and posted online ASAP. 


If you have taken the Module 13 class, you can check your status at any time through the search function.All ProLogger information can be found by clicking on the ProLogger button on the home page of the NCFA's website,


Module 13 Training Calendar

5/29    4:30 PM    Lampe Malphrus Lumber, Smithfield

5/31  11:30 AM    Vance Granville CC, Louisburg 

6/6     4:30 PM     Georgia-Pacific Dudley, Dudley

6/6     5:30 PM     Southeastern CC, Whiteville

6/13   5:30 PM     James Sprunt CC,Kenansville

6/25   6:00 PM     Roaring River VFD, Roaring River


If you are hosting a class, please e-mail Chris Brown at so your class can be added to this list.


ProLogger Base Class

The Safety, Logging and Transportation Committee has established two dates for the ProLogger base course for 2013.  The first class in Kinston was completed his week.  The second class will take place in June in Winston-Salem. 


June 12-14, 2013 at Forsyth Community College in Winston-Salem


Upcoming Events

WNC Timber Conference, Thursday, May 30, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mountain Horticulture Research and Extension Center, Fletcher, NC.   The annual WNC Timber Conference costs $20 and you must pre-register by contacting Steve Henson at or by (828) 506-4786.

NC Tree Farm Inspector Workshop, June 4, 2013 in Kinston. 

Click here for details.


NC Division of SAF Summer Meeting, June 5-7, 2013 at Warren Wilson College.  Click here for details


Working Together for Longleaf and Prescribed Fire:  A workshop that will take place on August 27-28, 2013 in Wilmington, NC.  The meeting is sponsored by the NC Prescribed Fire Council and the NC Longleaf Coalition.   


2013 Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo
September 20-21, 2013 - Smithfield-Selma Area 


2013 NCFA Annual Meeting  

October 2-4, 2013 - Doubletree Hilton Riverfront in New Bern. The room rate for NCFA members is $139. 


North Carolina Wood Exports Conference, November 13-15, 2013 at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, New Bern, NC.  

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NCFA Committee Meeting Dates on Horizon
Forest Management Committee
June 18, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. - NCFA Office, Raleigh, NC

NCFA Board of Directors

October 4, 2013 - 8:30 a.m. - Doubletree by Hilton, New Bern, NC


August 21, 2013 - 9:30 a.m. - NCFA Office, Raleigh, NC

November 13, 2013 - 9:30 a.m. - NCFA Office, Raleigh, NC


Safety, Logging & Transportation (SLTC) 
August 7, 2013 - 9:30 a.m. - Smithfield Chamber of Commerce, Smithfield, NC 
November 6, 2013 - 9:30 a.m. - Drake Landing, Fuquay-Varina, NC

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