Landowners, including family forest owners, timber management organizations and real estate investment trusts, grow timber in Alabama for a variety of reasons---some economic, some aesthetic and some for recreation opportunities. No matter the reason, the economic incentive to keep forests in forests is vital!
The Forest Products Locator
Foresters and Consultants
Foresters and forestry consultants are responsible for managing these forests according to the landowner needs. Most of the time the goal is maximizing timber productivity while protecting water quality and endangered species, enhancing wildlife populations and biodiversity and providing recreation opportunities.
Logging and Trucking Contractors
Logging and trucking contractors harvest and haul the timber to various forest product facilities around the state. These trained contractors take an active role in ensuring that water quality is protected and the stand remains healthy and productive. Activities such as leaving a buffer around streams, water bars on roads to prevent run off and minimizing the footprint during inclement weather conditions, accomplish these goals.
Forest Product Facilities
Forest product facilities, including pulp and paper mills and building product facilities, process the wood and ensure that the supply of wood is from a responsibly managed forest and harvested by a trained logging contractor. In addition, these facilities do not waste any wood---all bark, cores, shavings and rejected wood is circulated back in their own "closed loop" system and used for energy or other products.
Other Forestry-Related Businesses
Other forestry-related businesses help keep our forestry community thriving such as banks, nurseries, insurance companies, equipment dealers, and many other suppliers.
Landowners and Reforestation
Landowners reforesting their land closes the loop. And it's our job at AFA to make sure there is strong economic incentive to keep their land in forests---- It's vital to our "closed loop" forestry community!