Langdale Company contest spreads forestry message


Bright, colorful artwork currently adorns Langdale Company chip trailers, spreading the message of the importance of Georgia’s working forest throughout the state, all thanks to the creativity of three Valdosta area students and the vision of one of Georgia’s leading forest products companies.
On March 28, at the company’s TLC Door plant, The Langdale Company held a ceremony to recognize the winners of the company’s slogan and artwork contest for children of the 1,100 employees of the company and its subsidiary businesses. The winner in each of the three age divisions received a plaque and a $2,500 scholarship from the company.
Langdale Company President Wesley Langdale created the contest to increase the understanding of Georgia’s working forests within the company. This contest is currently serving as a model for a statewide slogan and artwork contest launched by the Georgia Forestry Foundation this year with a prize packages valued at $35,000 to be awarded to two winning students and their schools (learn more at:


The Georgia Forestry Association (GFA) recently presented University of Georgia forestry student Dewey Sherrer with the 2014 GFA Scholarship for his academic performance. The Georgia Forestry Foundation's education initiative and slogan and artwork contest is off to a great start as the committee prepares for the contest deadline on April 30.


On April 30, the Georgia Tree Farm Program will be hosting a landowner field day at Bembry Mill Tree Farm in Hawkinsville, Ga.

GFC: Fire injuries and fatalities prompt safety warnings



The Georgia Forestry Commission is urging residents to take extra safety measures when burning outdoors, as the agency examines a series of deaths and injuries associated with fire.



Athens Banner-Herald: UGA celebrates 100 years of forestry student leadership in April



What started off as a small group of forestry students who wanted to mingle with each other has evolved into one of the University of Georgia's most active student leadership clubs—and one of its longest lasting. The UGA Forestry Club is celebrating its centennial this weekend with "100 Years of Forestry Club."



2013 BMP Implementation Survey highlights



The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) recently completed its 2013 Forestry Best Management Practices Implementation (BMP) Survey. Overall statewide BMP implementation for the 209 randomly selected sites is 89.9 percent – a five percentage point decline from the 2011 BMP Survey result of 95 percent.



Forest Business Network: Geechee Energy announces Georgia pellet project



South Carolina-based Geechee Energy LLC has announced plans to build a 360,000-metric-ton-per-year pellet plant near Millen, Ga. The proposed Ogeechee River Pellet Mill project is scheduled to break ground later this year and is expected to be operational by early 2016.



Forest Business Network: Klausner sawmill construction underway in North Florida



Klausner Lumber One LLC has begun the first phases of vertical construction on a sawmill that will be located at the catalyst site in Northwestern Suwannee County. According to County Administrator Randy Harris, the company is anticipating starting their operations in late July. For now, construction is underway on the multi-million dollar state-of-the-art sawmill.


READ MORE at EPA releases Revised Agricultural Worker Protection Standards



On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency's Worker Protection Standard regulation was printed in the Federal Register, starting the official 90 day comment period.



GFC: Report shows that Georgia’s forests remain sustainable



A new report shows Georgia’s forests continue to be healthy and abundant, providing jobs, ecosystem services and nearly $29 billion to the state’s economy.



AFF: White House Rural Council and USDA support building with wood



Today the White House Rural Council (the Council) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a symposium on wood as part of the Council’s work to enhance economic opportunity in rural America.



Ice Storm Damage Salvage Verification: Emergency Removal of Ice-Damaged Timber



The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is partnering with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to verify timber tracts damaged in the recent ice storm, so damaged timber can be promptly harvested and removed.



Atlanta Business Chronicle: CatchMark Timber Trust to make $74M purchase



CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. will buy 36,340 acres of timberland (known as the Waycross-Panola properties) in Southeast Georgia and East Texas from Hancock Timber Resource Group for approximately $74 million.



NAFO: Three reasons why it's time to get the policy right on biomass energy carbon accounting



The clock is ticking on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to develop a workable carbon accounting approach for biomass energy greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Nearly three years ago the agency committed to complete by this July a final rule on biomass to address problems arising from the June 2010 "Tailoring Rule," which for the first time treated biomass carbon emissions the same as fossil fuel emissions.



NAFO: Time to unite around timber in the tax code



Last week House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp introduced his long-awaited draft tax reform proposal. Even though most pundits agree that tax reform is unlikely to move forward in this Congress, forest owners would be wise to act now to prevent a potentially catastrophic change to timber policy in the tax code in the future.




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