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A ProLogger signs to take the Module 13 ProLogger Class hosted by Enviva at Vance Granville Community College
this afternoon. ProLoggers have until June 30th to take the Module 13 class to remain in the program.
House Bill 628 Works Its Way to Senate Ag Committee
House Bill 628, Protect/Promote NC Lumber is currently in the Senate's Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Committee.
On Tuesday morning, the NCFA made a presentation to the Senate Ag Committee as well as members of the Rural Caucus, which includes members from both chambers of the NC General Assembly. The NCFA's presentation received positive feedback.
Later that same afternoon, the NCFA participated in a special stakeholders meeting about House Bill 628 that brought representatives from both sides of the issue together at the Cardinal Club. The meeting was called by Senator Jackson and the dialogue was healthy.
NCFA members are encouraged to reach out their Senator and ask him or her to support this legislation. The legislation should come out of committee in the next week or so. It is important that the NCFA membership stay engaged on this issue.
In other legislative issues, the NCFA is making progress on developing regulatory language with the Department of Transportation that will exempt forestry operations from the Temporary Driveway Permit process as long as an education component has been met by the operator.
In terms of the present use tax program, no bills made the crossover requirement. The NCFA will be supporting including the language from Senate Bill 384, which was sponsored by Senator Michael Walters, into a current agriculture bill.
NCFA Responds to Wall Street Journal Article
Earlier in the week, the Wall Street Journal published a story about the emerging pellet market in the United States, highlighting North Carolina. It appears as if some of the same scare tactics that were employed during the debate over the threat of chip mills will once again be rolled out by certain groups. The NCFA has submitted a response to the Wall Street Journal article.
NCFA Urges Members to Contact Senate Members
to Support Forestry Museum
The North Carolina Senate released its proposed budget earlier in the week and it contains a provision to close the museum. 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.
The NCFA supports the continued funding of the North Carolina Forestry Museum. The Museum plays an important role in educating the public on the historic impact forestry and the forest products industry had on the founding and establishment of our state. The following talking points have been provided to assist members.
NCFS Provides Update on Cost Share Programs
Thanks to the Sean Brogan with the North Carolina Forest Service for providing the following update on current cost-share programs in the state.
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. The NCFA will be sending out letters to the North Carolina delegation requesting that they support this important legislation. A sample letter is provided here for Senate or House.
On the regulatory side of this issue, the EPA seems to be poised to announce a new comment period on proposed updates to its future plans for forest roads regulations. At this point, there is no time frame for any announcement but it appears as if it may come in the summer. Here is an overview.
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.
NCDA&CS Treats Gypsy Moth Infestations in Caswell, Currituck and Rockingham counties
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will treat a localized gypsy moth infestation in Caswell, Currituck and Rockingham counties in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Foundation Inc. The treatments are anticipated to take place between June 4 and 14, depending on weather conditions and insect development. Click here for complete details.
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.
NCASI To Host Southern Regional Meeting
The National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) will be holding its 2013 Southern Regional Meeting June 17-19 at The Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, TN.
As a part of this meeting, there will be a full day session on "Environmental Issues Surrounding the Use of Forests for Product and Energy" on June 18. The agenda includes presentations on a variety of topics provided by speakers drawn from academia, the forest products industry, regulatory agencies, and NCASI.
Society of American Foresters CFE credits will be offered. For additional information, see the NCASI web site at www.ncasi.org or contact Tracy Stubbs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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, www.ncforestry.org.
Module 13 Training Calendar
6/4 8:00 AM Resolute Forest Products, Lancaster, SC
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 email@example.com 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
NC Tree Farm Inspector Workshop, June 4, 2013 in Kinston.
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.
Links to TreeLine
If you are interested in seeing the monthly edition of TreeLine online, you can click the appropriate month that you wish to see under the Latest TreeLine Issues tab on the right column of this e-newsletter.
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
NC SIC SFI
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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