On this day in Alabama history: Forest Products Association changed its name

On this day in Alabama history: Forest Products Association changed its name
Olon Belcher Lumber Mill, Bibb County, 1993. (Photograph by Jet Lowe, HAER, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

February 2, 1972

The Alabama Forest Products Association (AFPA) changed its name to the Alabama Forestry Association (AFA). Founded in 1949 by a group composed mostly of sawmill owners, the AFA continues to advocate for the forestry industry in Alabama. The AFA monitors the actions of the state Legislature and various environmental agencies, lobbies on behalf of the industry and works to inform and educate the public about forestry issues and management practices. Its headquarters is in downtown Montgomery in a structure meant to showcase lumber available in the state. Alabama’s forestry industry generates over $21 billion in timber production and processing revenue annually and employs about 122,000 people.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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