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NCFA Meetings

NCFA Board of Directors Meeting
April 23, 2019 in Raleigh, NC at N.C. Farm Bureau on Glenwood Avenue, meeting is at 1:00 pm. For questions or for more information call the NCFA Office at (919) 834-3943.

SLTC Committee Meeting
April 30, 2019. Meeting will be held at the site of the Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo in Laurinburg, NC. For questions or for more information contact Justin Faircloth  at (919) 594-2254 or at jfaircloth@ncforestry.org.


Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo
May 3-4, 2019 in Laurinburg, NC
To register  to attend the Expo click here.

NC SFI-SIC Committee Meeting
May 15, 2019 in Raleigh, at the NCFA Office. Meeting starts at 9:30 am.

2019 Annual Meeting 
October 2-4, 2019 in Wilmington, NC at Hotel Ballast, 301 N. Water St. (formerly Hilton Wilmington Riverside) room rate will be $169 per night. To make a reservation call: (910) 763-5900
Reservation Code: FRA
Reservation Cutoff: August 31, 2019
Make your reservation today! Click here!

Forestry Day 2019
The NCFA's Forestry Day in the Legislature will take place on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, NC.  The day starts with a briefing for the membership and then a luncheon will be held later that day. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details. 
Friends of Forestry PAC Committee
Join the PAC!
The Friends of Forestry Political Action Committee is one of the top 25 business FFPAC's in North Carolina. Our success in the General Assembly is directly related to our ability to educate candidates on the importance of forestry to our state's environment and economy and our PAC's ability to support candidates that are friends of forestry and the forest products industry. The committee is seeking new members to participate and engage in PAC decisions. Interested individuals can contact the Friends of Forestry PAC treasurer Amy Juliana at ajuliana@ncforestry.org


Current RAFFLE TICKET TOP SELLERS
John Parsons  
W. Andrew Casey
Continuing Issues...

Guest Workers

 for a list of Key House Members to Contact

for suggested talking points on this issue. 

Tariffs
for the NAFO letter sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

Click Here for the Hardwood Federation comments about the proposed tariffs impact. 

Methy Bromide Fumigating Logs
On November 7th, 2018 the Air Quality Committee directed the Department of Air Quality (DAQ) to proceed to permanent rule-making. DAQ is expected to present their proposal to the Environmental Management Commission in January. NCFA continues to be involved and will provide updates. 

Click here for the presentation. 

Click here for general information. 

Farm Bill
The Farm Bill was passed by Congress on December 12, 2018, and it was signed into law by the President on December 20, 2018.


Member Spotlight
Please share your stories, photos and events. Send information to Justin Faircloth
 

Project Learning Tree
 
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and is
 tasked to provide quality environmental education programming to K-12 students.  
 
In North Carolina, PLT works through the partnership with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Forestry, North Carolina Forestry Association, and the North Carolina Forest Service.  

For more information click here.
  

N.C. Extension Forestry
 
NC State Extension is the largest outreach program at NC State University. Based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, we reach millions of North Carolina citizens each year through local centers in the state's 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. 

For the NC State Extension Forestry Events Calendar click here.

For more information or to visit the NC State Forestry Extension website click here.
  
Job  Opportunities
 
Resource Managment Service- Forester

Foresters are responsible for coordinating with other region personnel, region manager, and the resource planning and sustainability groups to successfully plan and implement the reforestation, mid-rotation management, harvest planning and supervision, and infrastructure maintenance programs across the region. To read the full job description or to apply click here


Bullock Brothers Equipment Co. - Equipment Salesman Position



N.C. Forest Service - Forest Markets and Utilization Forester

This position develops and delivers a state-wide program in forest products utilization, maintains strong relationships with the state's forest products industry, promotes diverse markets for forest products, and communicates on the extent, economic contributions, utilization and production of forest resources in NC.  Housed at the agency headquarters within the Technical Development Branch of the Forest Management/Development Division of the NC Forest Service, the Staff Forester -Forest Markets and Utilization will collaborate with in-state partners and stakeholders as well as state forestry agency counterparts throughout the southern region.   For more information or to apply click here.

To advertise job opportunities in the NCFA's publications or on our website please contact Communications Coordinator Justin Faircloth at (919) 834-3943 Ext. 3 or at jfaircloth@ncforestry.org.
Additional Resources
 
NCFS - Bottomland Swamps Miniseries 

The North Carolina Forest Service has published online a new mini-series of bottomland swamp forest "Forestry Leaflets" on the Water Quality Publications section of the NCFS website: Click here to access the link. The leaflets are categorized in the following order:
 
BF-1: Understanding North Carolina's Bottomland Swamp Forests.
BF-2: Natural Reforestation in Cypress-Tupelo Swamps.
BF-3: Planting Cypress and Tupelo Seedlings for Reforestation in Deep Swamps.
BF-4: Harvesting Timber Using the Shovel-Mat Logging Method.
BF-5: Understanding Turbidity as it Relates to Logging in Swamps and Bottomland Areas of North Carolina.
 
These leaflets are an outcome of the 2017 Bottomland and Swamp Forest Symposium that was hosted in Wilmington, NC. While there are no plans to host another symposium, these leaflets coupled with the event's presentations online serve as references for those interested in this topic. For more information click here.

 Woodland Owners Workshop Series
 
 
 
 
This free workshop series is for woodland owners and is hosted by the North Carolina Forest Service and the NC State Extension. Whether you own a few acres of trees or a few hundred acres, this free workshop series will provide you with valuable information to maximize profit and pleasure from your woods. The schedule below outlines the
available workshop offerings as well as the topics of discussion for each workshop. 

Mar 29, 2019 - Woodland Tour - Topics for discussion will include prescribed fire for wildlife management, woodland management practices, using herbicides, and more. Workshop will be from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, convening at Union Chapel Church, 6479 Raleigh Rd, Kittrell, NC.

*For a printable PDF flyer click here.
*To register for a workshop click here.

 Hurricane Florence Restoration Fund
   
   Woodland owners in 52 counties impacted by Hurricane Florence and recognized as federally-declared disaster areas can now apply for cost-share funding for reforestation efforts. The North Carolina General Assembly approved $2.5 million in time-limited funding for reforestation efforts that will be administered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Forest Service. 
 
Applications need to be submitted to the landowner's local N.C. Forest Service office for initial review, before they are sent to the NCFS Central Office for final approval. Applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds have been allocated. Projects should be completed by May 1, 2020. To learn more about the Florence Reforestation Fund, landowners should call their local county ranger's office or visit the North Carolina Forest Service's website by clicking here.

New NCFS Water Quality Publications
  
The North Carolina Forest Service has released several new water quality publications for 2019. These publications serve as a valuable conduit of information for individuals working in the forest industry. Please take time to read/review these resources.

1.   2018 Year in Review : success stories and accomplishments of NCFS; outline of Non-point Source and Water Quality Programs. Printed copies are available.

2.    Status Report on the NCFS Bridgemat Program: covers bridgemat basics, NCFS loan delivery service from 2009-2017, follows-up on the previous 2008 report, outreach and education, emergency response applications, a summary of applied research projects that involved bridgemats and more!

3.  BMP Video Series: five short videos that were filmed between 2005 and 2010, previously only available in a hard copy. The videos have been edited and uploaded to YouTube, for viewing without a hard copy. Each video has an accompanying document that outlines important topics covered in the video. 

For more information or for questions contact Dr. A.J. Lang, Watershed and Conservation Staff Forester with the N.C. Forest Service at  (919) 857-4857 or aj.lang@ncagr.gov. 
March 22, 2019
Secretary Michael Regan of the NCDEQ (far right in blue) and N.C. Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten (far left in blue) met with NCFA Chairman of the Board, Boyd McLaurin (center with orange hat) and NCFA Board Member, Clay Creed (center in red) last Friday {photo courtesy of N.C. Farm Bureau}.
NCFA Members Meet with Secretary of NCDEQ and N.C. Farm Bureau Officials
Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Michael Regan, met with North Carolina Forestry Association Chairman of the Board, Boyd McLaurin and NCFA Board of Directors Member, Clay Creed on Friday, March 15 in Robeson County . North Carolina Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten and N.C. Farm Bureau's State Legislative Director Paul Sherman were also present at the meeting. 

The group visited the site of a logging job that Canal Wood started in January of 2019; operations on the site were stopped due to inclement weather. Chairman McLaurin discussed Canal Wood's forestry operations, SMZ areas, BMPs, sustainable practices, as well as why Canal Wood implements the forestry techniques that it does. "It was a worthwhile visit," said McLaurin. "Secretary Regan was very knowledgeable about the forest industry in our state, and I think he really appreciated what we discussed," McLaurin stated. 

NCFA Board Member Clay Creed agreed with Chairman McLaurin. "The meeting was very productive," said Creed. "It was great to have leaders at the state level that are striving to understand the forest industry," he continued. Creed, who works with Shoeheel Land Management discussed environmental quality, soils, harvest schedules, technology such as GIS, and labor with the group. Creed stated, "We wanted to provide an overview to help them better understand what forest management is." "By showing them examples of tree planting operations, seedling choices for replanting, and conversion tracts where farmland is converted to timber, we were able to communicate to them how forestry impacts the citizens of North Carolina every day," continued Creed. "What Shoeheel Land Management does typically goes beyond what the Best Management Practices (BMP's) call for, because our main goal is being the best forest stewards that we can be," stated Creed. 

Secretary Regan commented on social media after the visit, "that he enjoyed spending time in eastern North Carolina with multi-generational family farmers and forestry professionals last week." Regan continued, "that environmental quality impacts agricultural markets, and that the NCDEQ strives to protect communities, the environment, and the economy across our state." Chairman McLaurin said, "we appreciate that our elected officials take the time to better understand and learn about our industry." "It really means a lot to have these guys come out to not only to talk about what we're doing, but also to experience how the forest industry impacts the state of North Carolina," McLaurin stated. 
Edward's Wood Products Recognized by N.C. Department Of Labor

(Edward's Wood Products employees pose with a SHARP banner. {photo courtesy of NCDOL})

Edward's Wood Products, which has been in business since 1969, was recently certified by the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL). The company was inducted into the NCDOL's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). The SHARP program recognizes companies that make a commitment to the safety and health of their employees. 

The N.C. Department of Labor's SHARP Recognition Program is administered through its Consultative Services Bureau of the Occupational Safety and Health Division. The SHARP Program is designed for small and mid-size employers that have established, implemented and maintained exceptional workplace safety standards.

Benefits for SHARP accredited businesses include; the reduction of operating costs, along with increased quality and productivity due to employee involvement. Other benefits include FREE professional safety and health mentoring, reduced OSH compliance inspections, lower workers' compensation costs and well-deserved community recognition. 

The NCFA would like to congratulate Edward's Wood Products on their induction into in the SHARP program, and for their outstanding commitment to employee health and safety, keep up the good work!

For more information on the NCDOL's SHARP Program click here To learn more about Edward's Wood Products click here .
NFCA Mourns Loss of Member
The North Carolina Forestry Association would like to extend our condolences to the family of Ricky Jackson as well as to Jackson Brothers Logging of Rutherfordton for the loss of Austin Mull. 
Boeing to Offer Biofuel Option for Airlines
Boeing will begin offering airlines and operators the option of powering their new commercial jet with biofuel for the flight home.

The program is designed to further spur the use of sustainable aviation fuels, which cut emissions up to 80 percent, and support the industry's drive to protect the environment. The biofuel option will be available for customers accepting new airplanes at Boeing's delivery centers in Seattle and Everett, Washington. The company also plans to use biofuel for certain flight tests at its Boeing Field facility, while working to offer the same option at its South Carolina Delivery Center.

 "This is another step in our decade-long journey to encourage the adoption of sustainable fuels and help commercial aviation earn its license to keep growing," said Sheila Remes, Vice President of Strategy at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We have great customers such as Alaska Airlines that have made good progress in adopting the use of biofuels. We hope this new option will make it easier for them and others to demonstrate our industry's commitment to reduce carbon emissions," stated Remes.

Alaska Airlines, the first participant in the program, will use a blend of biofuel made by World Energy and traditional fuel when it takes delivery of three Boeing 737 MAX airplanes this year.
"Alaska takes seriously the responsibility to deliver for all those who depend on us, employees, guests, our communities and the environment around us, for the long term. That's the definition of sustainability," said Diana Birkett Rakow, Vice President of External Relations at Alaska Airlines. "We congratulate our partners at Boeing for operationalizing a drop-in sustainable aviation jet fuel option. We're excited to not only take advantage of the first biofuel delivery but to continue working together to advance and scale mainstream adoption of sustainable fuel and other practices to enhance the aviation industry's ability to do good," said Rakow.

World Energy produces the biofuel at its refinery in Paramount, California, the world's first facility designed to commercially produce renewable jet fuel. Made from agriculture waste, the fuel is certified for commercial use and can be blended with traditional jet fuel without modifications to airplanes, engines or fueling infrastructure. "World Energy is here to serve any organization committed to leading the shift toward a low-carbon future," World Energy Chief Commercial Officer Bryan Sherbacow said. "Companies such as Boeing understand their obligation to the communities they serve and have taken meaningful action to transition to cleaner energy and reduce their carbon footprint. Our job is to manage the low-carbon fuel supply chain to provide the product these leaders need to efficiently operate and drive positive change," stated Sherbacow.

A decade after the first test flight, airlines around the world have flown nearly 170,000 passenger flights on a blend of biofuel and petroleum fuel.  Boeing has worked with partners across the globe to develop sustainable biofuel supplies that can be scaled and priced competitively with traditional jet fuel. To date, biofuel projects have used feedstocks such as forestry and agriculture waste, Brazilian sugarcane, and plants irrigated by coastal seawater in the United Arab Emirates.

For more information or to read the full article click here
Husqvarna Launches Next Generation of Chainsaws
Husqvarna, in celebration of the company's 60th Chainsaw Anniversary, recently held a launch for its newest generation of chainsaw and its new line of Arborist Essentials in Asheville, North Carolina. 

"Chain saws are in our DNA, and that's what we really want to continue to invest in for the future," says Andreas Rangert, Global VP of Parts Management and Development.

The new line of saws includes two new chainsaws in the 70cc class, as well as two 50cc saws completely redesigned from scratch. When creating and revamping their chainsaws, Per Kvarby, Director of Product Management in North America, said, "Husqvarna targets two specific groups: harvest forestry and urban forestry."

"When it comes to the development of new products, Husqvarna invests a lot of time and money into insights," Kvarby stated. "We rely very heavily on these insights, and for the professional segment, we talk to professional users. It's these people and their insight, their experience, that we leverage when we go to the drawing board to understand what a new chainsaw needs to incorporate," said Kvarby.

Kvarby stated, "the needs of harvest and urban forestry are different when it comes to which chainsaw is needed." And it's these small details that Kvarby said Husqvarna took into consideration when creating and revamping their newest saws.

 For more information or to read the full article click here.
USDA to Invest Millions to Protect, Improve, and Restore Forest Resources
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest more than $12 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems through targeted projects on both public and private lands in nine states.  Since 2014, USDA has invested $213 million in 69 Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership Projects, which focus on areas where public forests and grasslands intersect with privately-owned lands.

Vicki Christiansen, Chief of the Forest Service, and Matthew Lohr, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, highlighted 13 new projects where the two agencies will work hand-in-hand with agricultural producers and forest landowners to improve forest health using available Farm Bill conservation programs and other authorities.

"Forests stretch across the landscape-public, tribal, and private lands-and these projects aim to enhance, treat, and accelerate forest restoration to improve the health and diversity of these forests," said Chief Christiansen.

The Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership enables NRCS and the Forest Service to leverage technical and financial assistance collaboratively alongside agricultural producers and forest landowners to help reduce wildfire threats, protect water quality and supply, and improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species.

"With the help of USDA, producers can improve their forestry operations while realizing many other benefits, including mitigating impacts from wildfires, improving water quality, and wildlife habitat," said Chief Lohr.

During the new three-year projects, landowners will work with local USDA experts and partners to apply targeted forestry management practices on their land, such as thinning, hazardous fuel treatments, fire breaks and other systems, to meet unique forestry challenges in their area.  This year's projects build on 17 ongoing projects launched in 2017 and 2018. Federal, state, and local partners plan to invest an additional $18 million through financial and in-kind contributions to continue existing projects.

For more information or to read the full article click here
Technology in the Hardwood Industry
Most industries have moved towards optimization technology, and the hardwood industry is no exception. Over the past 30 years, most of the hardwood industry has adopted new technology to help improve efficiency and quality in one form or another. This is a positive move as long as things are kept up-to-date and monitored. One of the biggest challenges is keeping new processes in check and monitoring the manufacturing results from this new technology. 

The National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) offers assistance by providing a Quality Control program, as well as safety training for employees. The NHLA Quality Control Program monitors different areas of the production process to assure that the high rates of production are actually producing a profitable product, while utilizing as little raw material as possible.

NHLA National Inspectors can perform tests on the following processes in the production of lumber:

                * Debarker
                * Dip Tank
                * Edger and Trimmer
                * Kiln Operation
                * Log Scale
                * Lumber Thicknesses
                * Minimum Opening Face 
                * Package Appearance
                * Pallet Cants
                * Ripsaw
                * Yard Packaging

These are the standard processes that an inspection team can test, but the NHLA has the ability to design testing in other areas of operation as necessary.

For more information or to read the full article from the National Hardwood Lumber Association's website click here
Next-Generation Sawmills and Supply Chain Efficiency
The forest products supply chain is a complex system of resources, organizations, activities, people, information, technology and market conditions-all of which must interact to move a product from a supplier to a customer. Efficient and well-managed supply chains are critical in the US South's sawmill industry because log costs represent the single largest operating cost and, unlike the sawmill industry in other parts of North America, average log inventories at southern yellow pine (SYP) sawmills are very low.

According to Beck Group benchmarking data, southern mills keep an average of about 6 days of log inventory on hand compared to an average of nearly 40 days of log inventory among mills in the Western US. Any upset in the SYP supply chain can quickly affect sawmill operations.

Over the last decade the ownership of the SYP industry has changed dramatically. Historically, the industry was characterized by many independent and family-owned operations with each making their own log purchasing decisions.  Under those conditions, the various operations were likely making decisions and taking actions very differently than those of other operations in the industry. 

Today, after a 10-year acquisition spree, there are five companies who (combined) own more than 70 mills and control over 60 percent of the lumber production capacity. In this situation, those large companies can implement a coordinated log purchasing program across their broad procurement region. The result can increase the efficiency of: logging and hauling operations; allocation of logs to specific mills; and mitigate volatility in stumpage and delivered log prices.

There is a long history of published log prices that mill procurement can use to help guide purchasing decisions.  However, in recent years the march of technology has entered this arena too. Data recording services, like those offered by Forest2Market, create a richer and more accurate database of log market conditions than log price reporting based on a much lower intensity sample. 

Another difference between the US South and other North American regions, is that in the South there is a significantly greater proportion of small, private landowners than in other regions where timberland is more likely to be owned in large blocks by industry or state and government agencies. This means that log procurement has evolved with heavy use of "Dealers" who are essentially middlemen that consolidate logs from multiple small private owners into larger volumes for more efficient, higher volume transactions with mills.

For more information or to read the full article click here.
How Can Landowners Prepare for a Timber Sale?
Timber sales are often once - or twice-in-a-lifetime occurrences, which can make learning from experience a potentially very expensive lesson. When and how you sell your timber can influence a number of management objectives, including how much money a landowner makes, the cost of forest regeneration, and the landowner's overall financial plans.

If you have ever wondered what questions to ask yourself before selling your timber, the N.C. State Extension Forestry provides a  booklet (click here to view the booklet)  that has a few suggestions to get you started, such as: how is timber bought and sold, and what is the fair market value of an individual's timber.

For more information or for questions about landowner services contact N.C. State Forestry Extension Specialists (click here).  T o read the full article  click here .
Legislative Affairs            
For an overview of the North Carolina Forestry Association's legislative involvement and initiatives contact Executive Vice President Dr. John Hatcher at (919) 834-3943 Ext. 5 or at jhatcher@ncforestry.org.
North Carolina General Assembly Update
The North Carolina General Assembly convened for the long-session starting on J anuary 30 th . The General Assembly has begun the process of filing bills, over 400 bills have been filed to date. This past week the following bills pertinent to the forest industry in North Carolina have been filed.

 S.B. 27 - Titled:  EMINENT DOMAIN   (House Bill 3)      Sponsors:    Senators Brent Jackson (R10); Danny Earl Britt   (R13); and Norman Sanderson (R2)

Summary:  An Act to Amend the North Carolina Constitution to Prohibit Condemnation of Private Property Except for a Public Use, to Provide for the Payment of Just Compensation with Right of Trial by Jury in All Condemnation Cases, and to Make Similar Statutory Changes.
Status:   02/27/2019 - Passed the House, and was referred to Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate (currently in review)  

H.B. 366- Raising Wages for NC Workers
Sponsors: Representatives Fisher, Farmer-Butterfield, Black, and Harrison
Current Status: Referred to Committee on Finance
AN ACT INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE TO FIFTEEN DOLLARS PER HOUR OVER FIVE YEARS AND THEN ADJUSTING THE MINIMUM WAGE AUTOMATICALLY EACH YEAR BY INCREASES IN THE COST OF LIVING; ENDING THE SUBMINIMUM WAGE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES; PHASING OUT THE SUBMINIMUM WAGE FOR TIPPED EMPLOYEES OVER EIGHT YEARS; ENDING THE EXEMPTION FOR AGRICULTURAL AND DOMESTIC WORKERS.

H.B. 387- Electric Co-Op Rural Broadband Services
An Act Removing Restrictions Prohibiting Electric Membership Corporations and Their Subsidiaries from Seeking Federal Grant Funds to Provide Telecommunications and Broadband Services, Authorizing such Corporations to Supply Telecommunications and Broadband Services, and Providing for the Manner in Which Claims Related to the Expanded use of Easements by Such Corporations Shall Be Resolved
Sponsors: Representatives Arp, Szoka, Lewis, and Hunter (Primary)
Current Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Public Utilities  
 
H.B. 421- Promote North Carolina Sawmills
An Act to Promote Local Sawmills by Allowing the Use of Ungraded Lumber in Certain Circumstances
Sponsors: Representatives Sasser, Brody, Elmore, and Dixon
Current Status: Filed
 
H.B. 431- FIBER NC Act
An Act to Foster Infrastructure for Broadband Expansion and Resources in North Carolina by Authorizing Counties and Cities to Build and Lease Facilities and Equipment of Broadband Services to Increase Adequate Broadband Services to Attract Investment in Local Economies, Provide for Educational and Career Opportunities, Modernize Farming Technologies, and to Provide for Improved Health Care.
Sponsors: Representatives Dobson, Lewis, Szoka, and Corbin
Current Status: Filed
 
S.B. 312- Transfer on Death Deeds
An Act to Enact the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act.
Sponsors: Senators Ford and Bishop
Current Status: Referred to Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate
 
S.B. 315- North Carolina Farm Act of 2019
Sponsors: Senators Jackson, Sanderson, Johnson, Bishop, Britt, Burgin, Clark, J. Davis, Edwards, Foushee, Gunn, Lowe, McInnis, Newton, Perry, Sawyer, Searcy, Steinburg, Waddell, Woodard
Current Status: Filed
 
S.B. 327- Timber Larceny/ Strengthen Laws
An Act to Increase the Punishment for Committing Larceny of Timber
Sponsors: Senators McInnis, Sawyer, and Burgin
Current Status: Filed
 

We will be continually monitoring the proceedings in the state legislature, and keep our membership updated as relevant issues arise. For more information or for questions about the North Carolina Forestry Association's legislative involvement contact NCFA  Executive Vice President Dr. John Hatcher at (803) 640-9125 or at jhatcher@ncforestry.org
Governor Cooper Issues Executive Order No. 91
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 91 on March 13th. The order establishes The Task Force On Connecting North Carolina; this Task Force promotes expansion access to high-speed internet and removes barriers to Broadband infrastructure installation.

This Task Force primarily serves to identify opportunities to promote broadband internet to residents, businesses, and government institutions in North Carolina. The committee is also appointed to seek federal funding to support the development of broadband infrastructure in the state. This force's duties are designed to establish and implement broadband connectivity/infrastructure in North Carolina, by usage of permits and contracts to attain the materials and/or commodities necessary for the establishment of the aforementioned services throughout all counties in N.C. 

The Broadband Task Force is set to operate in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Information Technology as well as the North Carolina Department of Transportation in order accomplish the goals set forth by Executive Order No. 91. This cooperative group is responsible for creating a Dig Once Policy; this policy will be a measure to reduce repetitive right-of-way/roadwork projects involving digging activities by state entities. The policy is specifically intended to reduce the wear and tear of broadband maintenance and/or installation efforts within North Carolina's 100 counties. 

For more information or to read a full copy of Governor Cooper's Executive Order No. 91 click here
ProLogger            

For questions regarding the ProLogger program, please contact Jack Swanner at (828)421-8444

To register for the Expo click here!
Timber Sports Coming to the Mid-Atlantic Logging and Biomass Expo
Canal Wood, LLC is sponsoring the South Atlantic Woodsmen's Association's Timber Sports competition. This competition is set to include six different events that will gain and hold the interest of spectators. Audiences will be entertained throughout a day divided into heats, semi-finals, and finals where skilled lumberjack athletes chop and saw their way through timber that would make Paul Bunyan think twice. So come on out to the Expo, May 3rd - 4th and experience this exciting event in person!
ProLogger Base Class Schedule
Wayne Community College Base Class: 
Tuesday March 26 - Wednesday March 27, 2019
(Goldsboro, NC)
 
Montgomery Community College Base Class: 
Wednesday May 15 - Thursday May 16, 2019
(Troy,NC)
 
McDowell Technical Community College Base Class:  Tuesday September 10 - Wednesday September 11, 2019 
(Marion, NC)
ProLogger Module 19 Schedule
March 22, 2019-   ProLogger Module 19 to be held at Chatham County Agricultural & Conference Center, 1192 U.S. Hwy 64 West Business, Pittsboro, NC 27312. Class is sponsored by Southern Veneer Specialty Products,  Canfor Southern Pine, and Domtar Paper Co. Class will be held from  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  For more information contact John Cecil at (919) 545-4571, Billy Barnette at (919) 545-4070, or Doug Burleson at (336) 214-3140.

March 22, 2019- ProLogger Module 19 sponsored by WestRock and West Fraser to be held at Halifax Community College, 100 College Drive, Weldon, NC 27890. Room 401. Class will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. No preregistration is required. For more information contact Mark Britton at (252) 532-1667.

March 28, 2019- ProLogger Module 19 to be held at Lucky Clay Farms, 9364 Allen Lee Road, Norwood, NC 28128. Dinner will be provided starting at 5:00 pm. Class starts at 6:00 pm. For more information contact Bruce Evans (910) 439-6121.

April 9, 2019- ProLogger Module 19  to be held at Domtar-Plymouth Mill, Highway 149 in Plymouth, NC. Registration starts at 5:30 pm, class begins at 6:00 pm. For more information contact Chuck Daniels at (252) 536-8398. 

April 11, 2019- ProLogger Module 19 to be hosted by Weyerhaeuser and held at Weyerhaeuser Training Center (behind Timberlands Building), 1785-B Weyerhaeuser Road in Vanceboro, NC. Registration starts at 5:30 pm, dinner is at 6:00 pm, and class starts at 6:30 pm. James River Equipment is donating dinner for the class. For more information, contact Kimberly Campbell at (252) 945-2723.

April 12, 2019- ProLogger Module 19 sponsored by Columbia Forest Products, Domtar Paper Co., and Bristol Industries will be held at McDowell Technical Community College, in the Harold-Smith Building Room 113, 54 College Drive, in Marion, NC 28752. Registration begins at  8:00 am, class is from 8:30 am to  11:30 am. For more information please contact Greg Decker at (828) 724-9495. 

May 10, 2019- ProLogger Module 19  sponsored by AgCarolina Farm Credit and Enviva LP will be held at Vance-Granville Community College at the Franklin County Campus. The class will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of Building Four at the Franklin County Campus, which is located at 8100 NC HWY 56 in Louisburg, NC. Registration begins at 11:30 am, class is from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. For more information please contact Ann Hudomint at (252) 241-7077.

May 17,2019- ProLogger Module 19 sponsored by Edwards Wood Products and Louisiana Pacific, to be held at Edwards Wood Products-Liberty Sawmill, 3231 Staley Store Road,  Liberty, NC, 27298. Registration and lunch starts at 12:00 pm. Class is from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. To RSVP for lunch, confirm your attendance, or more information contact Mike Patram at (336) 516-5713 or Jim Pruitt at (910) 783-6277.

June 4, 2019- ProLogger Module 19 sponsored by New-Indy Containerboard, LLC will be held at New-Indy Catawba, LLC in the East Region Procurement Office. Office is located at 209 West Barr Street, Lancaster, SC 29720; the office will only
 accommodate 12-15 people, so please contact Marshall Thompson at (
704) 441-5810 if you plan to attend. Class starts at 9:00 am. 

Communications            

The North Carolina Forestry Association has published the 2019 Membership Directory and Resource Guide. Copies have been mailed out to members, and additional copies will be available at the NCFA office in Raleigh.   

For questions regarding the Membership Directory or to request additional copies of any NCFA publications, please contact NCFA Communications Coordinator Justin Faircloth at (919)834-3943 Ext. 3 or at jfaircloth@ncforestry.org.
TreeLine Update
On January 29, 2019 it was announced at the NCFA Board of Directors Meeting that the TreeLine monthly newsletter would be converted to a quarterly publication. Please bear with us as the TreeLine transitions into this new format in the coming months. 

For more information or for questions regarding the TreeLine, please click here.
Forestry Education  
If you would like education materials and resources, or want to bring a forestry education outreach program to your community; please contact Amy Juliana at ajuliana@ncforestry.org
Forest Products Education


Education Programs Manager Amy Juliana volunteered for the North Carolina Envirothon Coastal Region Competition at the Weyerhaeuser Cool Springs Environmental Education Center. Middle and high school students from 28 coastal counties competed against each other in 5 natural resource topics- aquatic ecology, soils/land use, wildlife, forestry, and environmental issues. The Envirothon is a great program to connect students to the environment and our states natural resources. Congratulations to the winning teams! 
Volunteer Opportunities: We Need Your Help!

Our  spring Forestry and Environmental Camps have been scheduled! Please sign up to volunteer for an event! We are in need of forestry, natural resource professionals, and environmental educators to volunteer to lead our rotational activities and lesson plans to local students.Activities are focused on forestry and environmental education; which cover topics on wildlife, dendrology, forest products, soils, compass work and maps, and tree measurement. The NCFA will provide the lesson plans and materials, we just need you!

Thursday, April 11, 2019; 8:30 am- 1:20 pm. Burr Mill Park- 5834 Bur-Mill Club Road, Greensboro, NC 27410
The NCFA is hosting 9th grade students from the Bethany Community School in Greensboro, NC for the second year. This unique program will allow students to explore sustainable forestry on an advanced level and encourage critical thinking skills. We are rolling out new activities for our high school model. Please see the descriptions in the sign up.

 
Sign Up using our online system! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4fa9a62aa4fc1-volunteer

Click here for activities overview for older students.

Monday, April 15 and Tuesday April 16,  2019; 8:30 am- 3:20 PM (AM Session- 8:30-11:25 am and PM Session- 1:00- 3:20 pm). Carolyn S. Allen Community Park. 3610 Drawbridge Pkwy, Greensboro, NC 27410
NCFA is once again returning to Kernodle Middle School to host its 6th grade students. For over 18 years, we have educated the students in the field of forestry and wood products industry and are excited to return. Online signup coming soon!
 
Sign up using our signup genius https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4fa9a62aa4fc1-volunteer2

Click here for activities overview for middle school students. 

Volunteer Information:
  • BRAND NEW VOLUNTEER T-SHIRTS! 
  • Lunch
  • Registered foresters will have the opportunity to earn CFE Credits. 
  • Teaching Hours for EE credit
Please share these volunteer opportunities with your colleagues. We would like to showcase a variety of careers that students can pursue working outdoors and with natural resources. 
 
Forestry Merit Badge Day with Boy Scouts of America
Saturday, May 11, 2019 8:00 am- 2:00 pm at NCSU Camp Slocum. The North Carolina Forestry Association is excited to partner with the Boy Scouts of America to host a Forestry Merit Badge Day this spring for the scouts in Durham County. This is a great opportunity to encourage these young people to meet the requirements of the badge, and learn from professionals in a working forest. We are looking to the forestry community to help lead activities. Lunch is provided.

Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience

Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience
Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience

The Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience is a professional development workshop for North Carolina educators that demonstrates all elements of forestry. Discover the forest in our state, and learn about the wood products industry! Application period is now open! Sp ace is limited and experiences fill up quickly! Apply today!
 
Piedmont: Southern Pines, North Carolina June 17-20, 2019
Coastal Plains: New Bern, North Carolina June 24-27, 2019
Mountains: Asheville, North Carolina July 22-25, 2019

Click here for more information and a link to our online application. 

Please Consider Sponsoring A Teacher:    We greatly appreciate the work our teachers and educators do for the state of North Carolina. If you know a teacher that would benefit from participating in the Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience, please encourage that individual to apply to our program, and consider sponsoring their registration fee. We currently still have space in the Piedmont Experience (June 17-June 20, 2019). Click here   for details on our sponsorship program.

More Educational Opportunities...
Please visit our website for more information on our initiatives and opportunities! 

Upcoming Events & Workshops
March 23, 2019-  Carolina Bay Hike :  a hike through the bay forest to discover why this environment is unique. Discussion on the hike will include the flora and fauna of the forest, and why Carolina Bays are important. Please bring bug spray, water, and hiking shoes.  This event is free of charge and is open to the general public.  Event will be held at Jones Lake State Park (Visitor Center) and will start at 10:00 am. For more information call (910) 588-4550 or   click here

March 29, 2019-  The North Carolina Forest Service  Urban and Community Forestry Program began accepting applications starting January 1, 2019 for its annual grant program. Grant applications/proposals are due by 5 pm, March 29, 2019 and notifications of awards will go out early to mid-July 2019. Projects must begin by Sept. 1, 2019 and be completed by July 31, 2020. Find out more about the application process click here 

March 29, 2019-  Wild Edible Foods Walk dive into the exciting world of wild edible foods that can be found right in your own backyard! This hike will look at the different types of plants that are edible in some capacity. Attendees will be sniffing, tasting, and munching on wild edible foods. This walk will encompass a total of 1.5 miles on a mixture of trails, paved walkways, and open forest so dress accordingly with proper footwear.   Event will be held at William B. Umstead State Park and will start at 2:00 pm. Reservations required. Limited to 12 people. Please call the visitor center at 919-571-4170 to make reservations or for more information click here

March 30, 2019-  The Mid-Atlantic States Intercollegiate Woodsmen's Meet :   will be held at the Haywood County Fairgrounds and will begin at 8 am. Events will continue throughout the day and will end around 5 pm. There will be a local food truck at the event as well as fun activities for children.  Winner of the qualifier will go to the STIHL Timbersports national competition.  Tickets for the event will cost $5 for adults and will be free for children 12 years old and under. Sponsors to date include the HCC Foundation, Haywood Electric Membership Corporation, Columbia Forest Products and STIHL. For more information click here

March 31, 2019-  Fire Effects : j oin a ranger for a 2-mile hike through recently burned areas of the Weymouth tract and learn about the effects of prescribed fire in the forest.  Event will be held at Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve and will start at 3:00 pm. For more information  click here
 
April 2, 2019-  North Carolina Ag Export Seminar: to be held at Embassy Suites in Concord , NC. The seminar will last from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Registration is open now, click here for more i nformation . For additional questions regarding the N.C. Ag E xport Seminar contact John Hammond (919) 707-3160 .

April 3, 2019- The Duke Society of American Foresters will host a student-professional dinner with NC-State University. The meeting will bring together a diverse community of natural resource professionals for a night of community building and networking. Diverse careers in conservation, environmental consulting, natural resource finance, operational forestry, and academia will be represented.  All MEM and MFs as well as forestry and natural resource professionals are welcome to the event - RSVP is requested.  Click here to  RSVP . Please contact APSAF Student Representative Alex O'Neill with any questions at   alexander.o.neill@duke.edu or at (301) 509 - 0825.

April 7, 2019- Earth Day Service Project: during this service project volunteers will learn the technique of hack and squirt, and get a lesson in forest management. This project involves using herbicide and a hatchet, so young children will not be able to participate. There is no age restriction, but kids must be appropriately responsible and have a guardian present. Things to bring: sunglasses and gloves (If you don't have any the park will provide you with some), water, snacks, and a hatchet (If you don't have one, the park will have a limited supply).
If you plan on bringing a large group out please indicate that in advance. You do not have to go to both the morning and afternoon program; they will be run as separate events.  Event will be held at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park and will last from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (morning) and from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (afternoon). For more information click here

April 10, 2019-  The Technology of Paper in this hands-on activity you will get a chance to learn about what all is needed to make paper. You will even get a chance to make your own recycled paper to take home and use.  This event is hosted by the North Carolina Science Festival  and  will be held at Hammock's Beach State Park; the event is from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For more information click here

April 2o, 2019- Turpentine Totems - Uncovering the Mysteries of Catfaces in the Sandhills a catface refers to a type of scaring left behind by the extraction of resin from pine trees. In this area of the sandhills this scaring dates to the late 1700's to 1800's during the naval stores industry. Meet outside the Rockefeller House, which is a half mile from the parking area so make sure you arrive with enough time. Bring a bottle of water, hiking/walking shoes, and a camera (if you like to take pictures). This event will incorporate walking approximately 2 miles on flat sandy soil. Event will be held at Carvers Creek State Park and will start at 1:00 pm. For more information  click here

April 22, 2019-  Earth Day - Assault on  Invasives!: celebrate Earth Day by getting your hands dirty and volunteering to push back against pushy plants! The goal is to benefit wildlife by removing invasive species so that native species have room to grow. Park rangers will begin the event with a short interpretive hike, looking at native pollinators and wildflowers, then participants will get the opportunity to contribute to the conservation of the resource by removing and treating invasive plants. Bring sturdy shoes, long pants, a reuseable water bottle, your favorite gardening gloves, and a bag-lunch if you plan to stay for a long time. Tools will be provided. Gloves are available in limited supply. Event will be held at Pilot Mountain State Park, the event is from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information  click here .

April 23, 2019-  Log A Load Golf Tournament to support Levine Children Hospital in Charlotte will be held at the Springfield Golf Club in Ft. Mill, SC on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.  (Registration Form Log A Load for Kids is a national campaign that raises money for children's hospitals, through the Children's Miracle Network, to help treat ill and injured children. Log A Load for Kids originated in South Carolina in 1988 by a couple of loggers who wanted to demonstrate the logging and forest products community service and commitment to children in need. It has now grown into a national campaign, where funds raised remain with the children's hospital in the area. It is has become the main charity outreach for the Forest Products Industry. P articipation with this program is greatly appreciated. Even if you cannot field a team or are unable to attend; your support as a Sponsor is greatly appreciated and your company logo will be proudly displayed on our signage at the event. All contributions will go far in helping children in need at Levine Children's Hospital.  All donations are tax deductible. For more information or for questions contact Marshall Thompson at (704) 441-5810.  

May 11, 2019- Durham Parks and Recreation is hosting a Lumberjack Challenge at Rock Quarry Park. The event will be from 1:00 pm-1:45 pm on the Multi-Purpose Field. For more information or to sign up  click here.

June 12-13, 2019-  The University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources' Continuing Education Program will be sponsoring the course titled "Logging Cost Analysis" on June 12-13, 2019 at the Harbison State Forest Environmental Center, 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, South Carolina.  The course will be taught by Warnell Assistant Professor Joe Conrad and Associate Professor Chad Bolding of Virginia Tech. For more information or to register for the course click here


If you have an event you would like to share, please forward to Justin Faircloth; jfaircloth@ncforestry.org
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