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Forest I00adowl00rs Association Offers Many Thousands of independent for- est landowners from 17 southern and eastern states, owning an esti- mated 65 million acres of land, com- prise the membership of the Forest Landowners Association. Formed in 1941, Forest Landowners Association (EL.A.) provides a voice for southern forest landowners on national and regional issues. F.LA. follows every piece of legislation that appears before Congress that may affect forestry. Here are a few more reasons to join EL.A.: Forest Landowner Magazine Every active member receives Forest Landowner magazine. Published six times a year, each issue is packed full of applied forestry information. Information gleaned from the pages of Forest Landowner will give you applied, practical and up-to-the-minute data about important forestland man- agement issues. Only members of the Forest Landowners Association receive Forest Landowner. Hunt Lease Liability Insurance Membership entitles you to special pricing on hunt lease liability insur- ance. Offered through Forest Landowners and The Outdoorsman Agency, members can save by part of an insured pool instead of being a single insured landowner. Call 800-325-2954 to check on the latest rates and availability in your area. Government Affairs Committee The F.L.A. Government Affairs committee proactively seeks legis- lation and regulatory change for the benefit of forest landowners. Chairman Otis B. Ingram, in con- junction with other committee members, is in daily contact with Congress. They are assisted by a full-time staff member and a Washington counsel. Seminars, Conferences and Workshops Members of Forest Landowners Association receive preferential notices about work- shops, seminars and conferenC held in our region. EL.A. a variety of workshops the south on such issues as estate tax planning, private proper. rights, income tax landowner liabilities and management. *Call 800-325-2954 for a membership brochure and Forest Landowner Magazine Here's How to Build on a Wooded Lot By John Merrill and Rebecca Cabe Georgia Forestry Commission Every year our foresters receive calls from disappointed owners of newly constructed homes regarding trees that have been killed on wooded lots during the construction process. Sometimes these calls are nor received until wo or three years after con- :;ruction, but the result has been the same; trees have ,:!ied because of the distur- t-ance and/or damage done at lhe time the house was built. If you are considering Iuildiug a new home and wish o preserve certain areas of rees or understory vegeta- tion for backyard wildlife habitat, for retaining the wooded beauty of the lot or for other reasons, there are certain things you can do to insure that these areas will be protected. A little pre-con- struction planning and meet- ing with the on-site supervi- sor of the construction per- sonnel may be all that is need- ed. You should keep in mind that trees and other veg- etation can be killed (within a few months or a few years) by non-visible damage to their root systems. Such dam- age may be caused by soil compaction, placing fill-dirt over existing root systems, rutting caused by machinery working in wet conditions, fuel leaks or spills from equipment parked under trees or trenching for vari- ous underground utility lines or foundations. In order to preserve those tree or shrub species you wish to preserve you may want to: (1) Identify and mark those species or areas you wish to preserve with flag- ging or temporary fencing during construction. Larger trees may need a wooden fence placed around them at least out to the trees drip line for adequate protection. (2) Try to restrict as much as possible the movement of equipment on-site to areas that will be open and not wooded after construction is completed. (3) Dispose of excess and large amounts of dirt by spreading on areas that will be open and not wooded or have it hauled away. Fill dirt, concrete or asphalt placed over the root systems of trees can (and does) cause them to die over a period of time. (4) Locate one area and talk to the builder about hav- ing one trench only to con- nect all underground utility service lines or pipes. These trenches do not have to be straight but may be curved, angled or bored to protect tree root systems. (5) Designate where equipment is to be parked to protect trees from death or damage caused by fuel spills or other fluids leaking into feeder root areas. (6) Have a pre-construc- tion meeting with your con- tractor and a Georgia Forestry Commission forester, urban forester or licensed arborist and discuss the items mentioned above and any other items such as pruning or planting of trees, location of driveways, etc. before soil-disturbing activi- ties begin. Have the protec- tive measures you want observed in writing, have it applicable to any and all sub- contractors, have an ade- quate penalty to prevent the agreement from being ignored and have it signed by the contractor at the conclu- sion of the meeting. (7) Visit the site frequent- ly during the ground-break- ing construction phase to be sure on-site personnel or sub- contractors know about the protective provisions agreed to by the contractor. Give them a copy to be sure they know. For more informa- tion on pre-construction plan- ning for conserving trees and backyard wildlife habitats, contact the local office of the Georgia Forestry Commission. Teaching Tools Diverse During 1999 several forestry agencies along with the University of Georgia joined together to develop a great new interactive teaching tool. The "Georgia Forests Forever" CD-Rom is in an interactive format and provides for fun, a captivating presentation of for- est facts, forest management methods and forest uct information. The target audience is middle grades, although if will be evident that a wide variety of ages will be interested in the information which is present- in a user-friendly manner. Individual students will be able to move through the cd at their own pace instructors may use it in a class or small group with the appropriate technology. The information content areas of ehviromment, products, balance and recreation. There is a pretest and post-test to moni- tor student comprehension and a Teacher Guide pro- vides an overview of content, suggested introduction activities and related Project Learning Tree activities which may be used to enhance the subject matter. A large trailer equipped with twelve computers will be scheduled to visit every middle school in Georgia beginning in October of 1999 and continuing over the next five years. Each teacher who schedules their class to visit the trailer and introduce the students to a short- ened version of the cd will be given a free copy of cd and a teachers guide for their use. the computer trailer to visit schools will be done by employees of the Georgia Forestry Commission dis- tricts across the state. Contacting respective middle schools for visits has already began and tentative plans are to begin visiting schools in the Newnan and area. GREENVILLE LANDSCAPING , BMP Grassing . Erosion Control Forest Road Construction Fire Break Construction Site Clearing Kerry L. James P.O. Box 188 Greenville, GA 30222 11,,i = Office 706-672-3111 FAX 706-672-3112 See the Forest- Inside the 'You can't see the forest for the grocery stores." This comment would cer- tainly be appropriate in the rapidly developing areas lulose products. Wood pulp and cellulose derivatives are in many products that are a vital part of our everyday lives. Cellulose is the back- bone of all wood fibers. around Atlanta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah, Athens, Augusta and other cities across Georgia. Many citi- zens of Georgia might be sur- prised, however, to know how much of the forest can be seen within grocery stores. A trip through the grocery store will produce a shopping cart full of products that have ingredients from the forest, anything from antacids to tartar sauce. A tree is composed of cel- lulose fibers that are held together by a glue-like sub- stance called lignin, which gives wood its rigidity. Through a series of manu- facturing processes, the cel- lulose fibers are separated from the lignin creating wood pulp. The wood pulp is then used to produce various cel- Cellulose and cellulose deriv- atives such as ciscose pulp, cellulose acetate, microcrys- taUine cellulose, cellulose gum and cellulose nitrate are used to manufacture differ- ent products. For example, in toothpaste, cellulose gum is the bonding agent that makes the "paste" a paste, enabling it to stay on the toothbrush. In parmesan cheese, cellulose powder keeps the grated cheese from caking. In shampoo, methyl- cellulose is what adds the thick texture to what would otherwise be watery soap. A tree improves the envi- ronment while it is growing, provides the habitat for many wildlife species and is renew- able. Nothing in a tree goes to waste when it is processed ENTERPRISES, iNC. Homer L Keadle, Jr., Chairman Steve C Keadle, President Quafity Manufacturers of " Southern Yellow Pine & Hardwood Lumber . 1947 CONSULTING FORESTERS AVAILABLE 889 RAILROAD STREET * THOMAsTON, CA 30286 (706) 647-8981 into products. Many of other natural resources as minerals, not more polluting to our ronment when products than the of trees. It makes good ronmental and sense therefore, to use valuable natural resource satisfy the needs Because we use every part every- tree, researchers mate the average year. Here is just a what we get from trees: "shake and pour" mixes, ice cream, syrup, gravy, dog food, sausage casings, salad ing, clothing made rayon, steering artificial leathers, graphic film, football mets, eyeglass frames, rta polish, caplets and wine. In to cellulose derivatives, other substances, crude oil and sulfate turpentine, products of the pulp paper mill operations, used to make everyday t ucts as well. Tall oil way into numerous such as inks, [ bath oil and products. Turpentine, upgraded, is the that flavors and some foods pharmaceuticals and hold toiletries. The story doesn't when a product is Many of these products routinely recovered recycled. Recycled used in everything newsprint to boxes and writing Some products, such aS cartons, cereal boxes cled fiber. It is y to see trees, but remember thousands of other tree ucts we come in on a daily basis that rna ge lives better. Also when you go to the store that the forest industry is the largest try in Geor income for 177,000