Monday, January 30, 2012

Minutes of WCNRC January Council Meeting

Bruce Jackson, ACAWT, points out special carbide tooling.
The Winston County Natural Resources Council met on January 19, 2012, at the Center for Advanced Woodworking Technology in Haleyville.  Present were:  Tony Avery, Jimmy Glasgow, Mike Henshaw, Chris Wright, Johnna Franks, James Burnett, John Creed, Allison Cochran, Lorenzo Walton, Blake Addison, Jeremy McDonald, Travis McDonald, LaVerne Matheson, Bruce Jackson, and Elrand Denson.

Bruce Jackson and James Glasgow led a tour of the Alabama Center for Advance Woodworking Technology (ACAWT).  The tour began with an introductory video of the center's capabilities.  Then, Bruce Jackson and James Glasgow gave a tour of the center which included the video production lab, the solid wood lab, the maintenance area, the panel processing lab, the computer lab, the CNC trainer lab, the finishing lab, and the classroom. Here are few photos from the tour of the center.

After the tour, the council had a brief meeting in the classroom.  LaVerne Matheson, Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Inc., gave the council an update on the use of bacteria testing when evaluating water quality.  While the test is considered an accurate measure of water quality, the test is not currently used by the Alabama Department of Public Health.  LaVerne is trying to get policy makers to take a look at more extensive use of bacteria testing by the health department.

Johnna Franks, Treasurer, said that she would like to resign as Treasurer of the Council.  She stated the there was a balance of $7,309.74.

The Council will sponsor an Arbor Week Tree Give Away on Thursday, February 23, at 9:00 a.m. at the Forestry Commission Office.  Council members are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes early to prepare for the event.  Last year, there was a large group of people to pick up trees, but only three council members present at the beginning of the sale.  Please make plans to attend.

Elrand said there will be a Bankhead Liaison Panel Meeting on Thursday, February 23, at the Moulton Recreation Center, at 6:00 p.m.

Jeremy McDonald mentioned plans for a Junior Ranger Program this spring at the Payne Creek Demo Site.

Mike Henshaw, Secretary

Thursday, January 12, 2012

January Council Meeting

The January meeting of the Winston County Natural Resources Council will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., at the Center for Advanced Woodworking Technology in Haleyville.  As part of our meeting, we will tour the Center.  The mission of the Center is to facilitate the growth and development of  Alabama's secondary wood processing industries.  After the tour, we will have a council meeting starting at 10 a.m. in the Center's conference room.

The Center is located on Hwy 129 in Haleyville.  For driving directions to the Center, visit this link.

Bruce Jackson at the Center asked everyone to park in parking lot #1, and to enter through door #1.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Timber Tax Webinar Available

A Timber Tax Update free webinar is scheduled for February 1, 2012.