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JANUARY 2021 News Conference for Forest Owners
Produced by the Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
This Conference was recorded at 10:00 AM Central Time on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 with a live audience. If you would like to be a member of the audience on the next program, call (205) 624-2225 to register.

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Hayes D. Brown   Alabama Forest Owners' Association

Hayes D. Brown

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Hayes D. Brown, attorney and forest owner, will moderate this news conference. Hayes' email address is

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Today's issue of Capital Ideas - Live! is brought to you by Forester Search, a web resource developed by the Alabama Forest Owners' Association with the support of the
Bradley/Murphy Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Trust.

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Dr. Bart J. Wilson

Hear Conference



Why We Hold Property: Ownership and the Human Mind

Dr. Bart J. Wilson is Professor of Economics and Law and the Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair of Economics and Law at Chapman University. He is also a senior fellow at PERC, the Property and Environment Research Center. In his book The Property Species, available now from Oxford University Press, Wilson argues that property is a natural human impulse, and he explores both the history of property and what it means for humanity. He also suggests that "Humans have the custom of property because it confers peace" to our volatile species.

To learn more:

Purchase The Property Species here.

A sneak peak: Why Do Humans Have Property?



Russell Hardee

Hear Conference


Travel for a Better Understanding of Forest Practices

Russell Hardee, Forest Manager of Clemson University's Experimental Forest, recently co-authored a paper about Clemson's experience hosting forestry researchers from a German university, and then leading a 2-week study experience to study German and Swiss methods. When the German researchers visited a southern yellow pine plantation, some discussions--especially about herbicides--became heated. Only after returning the visit and seeing the environmental, cultural, and market factors that influence their management choices did the American group begin to understand the other perspective. Hardee feels we need more of this exchange of perspectives from a first-person view. "It is invaluable to talk with forestry professionals in these countries to learn more about the reasons, the challenges, and the solutions that they use in their forest-management activities. Much of the cultural aspect other than what is known from textbooks is difficult to describe in words and truly has to be experienced." The Clemson study abroad trip is open to landowners and forestry professionals as well as students, and another trip is in the works (summer 2022).

Suggested Reading:

"Understanding the Other Party" - Read the article here.

Forestry and Recreation in Germany & Switzerland Study Abroad Program

Phone: (919) 628-8079


Dr. David Clabo

Hear Conference


Pine Poles--the Highest Valued Pine Trees in the Southeast

David Clabo is Assistant Professor of Silviculture Outreach with the University of Georgia (UGA) Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. In the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of Forest Landowners magazine, he writes, "Pine poles historically have been the highest valued pine wood product in the Southeast. Pine poles command 3.6 times the value of pulpwood." The article outlines what makes a pine pole and summarizes the management decisions that go into growing a high-value product like poles. Starting with good trees and following up with sound management and timely thinning are key to a good return. "If you are managing your pine stand to grow high valued products and you think you may have some trees that qualify as poles, then contact a professional forester, a pole buyer, your state forester, or county agent for assistance. The economic ramifications of not selling trees that qualify as poles can be significant.

Suggested Reading:

Pole Position: Growing Long, Tall Pine for Use As Pilings and Electrical and Telephone Lines Can Be One of the Most Lucrative Uses of Forestland, Forest Landowner, January/February 2021

Wood Pole Specifications and Dimensions (available for purchase)

Further reading about thinning pine plantations

Phone: (229) 386-3672


Zack Parisa

Hear Conference


Carbon Offset Programs For Landowners, Part 3: SilviaTerra

Zack Parisa is co-founder and CEO of SilviaTerra, a precision forestry company that has also entered the carbon offset market with the intention of bringing in private landowners. One of the chief differences between SilviaTerra and other carbon offset programs seems to be the length of the term -- landowners agree to defer or delay harvesting for one year, and can re-evaluate yearly. This article, reprinted from The Forestry Source on pages 4 and 5 of AFOA's September 2020 newsletter, outlines the SilviaTerra program in depth.

Suggested Reading:

How SilviaTerra's marketplace works.

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