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FEBRUARY 2023 News Conference for Forest Owners
Produced by the Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
This Conference will be recorded at 10:00 AM Central Time on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 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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John Stivers

Hear Conference

A Hot Topic: The New Central Alabama Prescribed Burn Association

John Stivers is the owner of Professional Timberland Services and President of the newly-formed Central Alabama Prescribed Burn Association (CAPBA). The CAPBA was founded by burn managers, foresters, and landowners in hopes of bringing all landowners in central Alabama together to safely improve habitat and restore the wildlife capacity and diversity to as much forestland as possible. It seeks to do that through a specific mission: "to teach competence in conducting all burns safely, to provide an economical way for even small acreage landowners to return fire to their land, and to improve our community’s understanding and attitude towards fire in the landscape."

Prescribed burning is a safe and efficient tool for many purposes, such as reducing hazardous fuel loads, improving wildlife and livestock habitat, vegetation quality, and biodiversity. By bringing landowners together, CAPBA hopes to pool available resources to make it easier and safer for landowners to facilitate prescribe burns. John joins us to talk about the new association, how they hope to best fulfill its mission, and why forest landowners should get involved.

Are you registered to attend the Annual Meeting at Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge on April 14 and 15? John will be speaking at the event about the CAPBA and you won't want to miss it!

Phone: (334) 253-2139


Jeremy Meares

Hear Conference

Fighting the Spread: The Chronic Wasting Disease Coalition

Jeremy Meares is a certified wildlife biologist and serves as Wildlife Services and Right Of Way Manager at Westervelt Wildlife Services, which is part of the Westervelt Company. Westervelt is one of the seven companies that came together late last year to form the Chronic Wasting Disease Coalition. Chronic wasting disease is an infectious, communicable, and always fatal disease that affects deer, elk, and moose. It's transmitted animal-to-animal via contact with infectious material with still no known treatment or vaccine currently available. The disease has caused significant economic, environmental, and cultural damage around the country, and as of January 2022, the disease has been found in deer in northwest Alabama. The Chronic Wasting Disease Coalition, which is comprised of seven timber companies and four conservation organizations, have come together to address the problem and promote practices that help discover, manage, and mitigate its negative impacts. Jeremy joins us to share more about the Coalition and how it plans to slow the spread of the deadly disease.

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Phone: (205) 562-5708


Steve Roberson

Hear Conference

MapRight: Mapping Made Simple

Steve Roberson is founder and CEO of MapRight, a company that offers services to allow anyone to create and share interactive maps utilizing in-depth property and land data. MapRight provides access to extensive, up-to-date property boundary and ownership information across all 50 states and over 140 million private properties, allowing users to easily discover things like property lines, APN numbers, acreage, property type, legal descriptions, land use and more. Steve joins us to talk about the many benefits MapRight offers landowners and why it's worth the price tag.

Are you registered to attend the Annual Meeting at Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge on April 14 and 15? Steve will be speaking at the event about the many offerings of MapRight and you won't want to miss it!

Phone: (844) 932-6277


Orman Wilson

Hear Conference

What is Bonus Depreciation and How Could It Be Saving You Money?

Orman R. Wilson, CPA serves as a Tax Manager for JamisonMoneyFarmer PC. Are you currently taking advantage of the tax breaks that you could be? For most landowners, it's hard to decode what does and doesn't apply when it comes to tax deductions. What many may be overlooking is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which quietly enhanced a tax break in 2020 called "bonus depreciation." Bonus depreciation is a tax incentive that allows businesses to immediately deduct a large percentage of the purchase price of eligible assets rather than writing it off over its useful lifetime. This means there are many purchases forest landowners may be able to claim on taxes, thereby saving thousands of dollars, but this tax incentive will no longer be available after 2026 unless further action is taken by Congress. Orman joins us to break down bonus depreciation, what it means for landowners, and how you can take advantage of it now.

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Phone: (205) 366-4031