On the heels of the devastation caused by the tornados this past April, a good portion of our state is in the process of rebuilding, restoring, even re-establishing roots in some cases. Here at the Alabama Forestry Commission, we’re emphasizing recovery efforts and how the planting of trees can bring beauty, healing, and hope following such a horrific event.
It seems rather ironic that at this particular time I should bring an issue to your attention that could result in significant increases in your reforestation costs. As State Forester and in keeping with the mission of the Alabama Forestry Commission, I need to make landowners, forestry service providers, forest industry, and other forestland stakeholders aware of certain upcoming U.S. Department of Labor rules that will impact the ability of landowners and others to cost-effectively reforest their property.
The Department of Labor’s regulations change the methodology for calculating the prevailing wages paid H-2B “guest workers” and will result in reforestation cost increases of between 26 to 104 percent in Alabama.
Letter from Linda Casey, State Forester:Posted by knowlkw at August 18, 2011 10:47 AM