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September 2000 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, September 20, 2000

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Hayes D. Brown

start time: (00:00)


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

Review prior telephone conferences:  


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Boyd Kelly


Judicial Races Important to Forest Owners

Boyd Kelly is Governmental Affairs Director of the Alabama Forestry Association, a 3,000 member trade association headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama. Boyd will tell us about several cases where judicial philosophy has made or will make a difference to owners of forestland in Alabama. The outcome of these races is important to each of us.

Web sites of candidates endorsed by the Alabama Forestry Association:

Phone: (334) 265-8733


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J. Walter Prevatt


Rural Land Prices - a historic perspective.

Dr. Walt Prevatt teaches a Futures and Options Marketing Course at Auburn University's Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. He recently published 2000 Alabama Farmland Values and Cash Rents, a report that should be interesting to all forest owners who are considering buying OR selling forestland or farmland. The report may have particular significance for younger people who have never seen rural land prices fall or remain unchanged for long periods of time. Check pages 18 & 20 of the paper copy or 20 & 22 of the PDF copy.  Reported prices run from 1840 to 1997.

Click here for 31 page report in pdf format or order the report by phone.

Phone: (334)844-5608


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O. M. Becton


Natural Regeneration? Great idea, but it takes planning.

O. M. Becton is forest manager for Scotch Lumber Company and many smaller private forest owners in southwest Alabama. He manages forestland to produce high quality forest products such as pine poles and sawtimber. Planning and prescribed fire play big roles in his methods. Seed is falling at this time of year, so his regeneration sites must to be ready to encourage successful germination. He will list activities that must be accomplished to make natural regeneration work well.

For a printed summary of O. M.'s guidelines, write to: AFOA

Phone: (334) 636-4424


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Don McClain


Selling Pine Straw in Alabama

Don McClain is an enthusiastic salesman of small mechanical balers suitable for producing round or square bales of pine straw. His web page,, is loaded with pictures and links to reports and interviews, several on the potential income available to landowners who enter the pine straw business. Don will speculate on how you might get started selling pine straw, a well developed business in our neighbor state to the east.

Phone: (706)234-0454


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Lloyd Browne


Research May Lead to Southern Pine Beetle Control

Lloyd Browne, President of Entopath, Inc., is researching the possibility of lengthening the life span of several wasp-like native parasites of southern pine beetles. The lengthened life span gives the parasites a greater opportunity to find and consume their food source, southern pine beetles. Browne's efforts include spraying nutrients beneficial to the parasites into pine stands infested with beetles. Work this past summer carried him to Tuscaloosa where he treated beetle infestations on 9 square miles of forestland.




Tim Gables


Pine Beetle Prevention & Wildlife Habitat Improvement

Tim Gables, a consulting forester in Southeast Alabama with Chattahoochee Valley Forestry Services, has several good suggestions on improving wildlife habitat while preventing southern pine beetle infestations. His methods are generally compatible with requirements of the Conservation Reserve Program.

Phone: (334)775-8345


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Brian Murphy



A Quality Deer Herd can:
  • improve the hunting experience.
  • improve landowner lease income.

Brian Murphy is the executive director of the Quality Deer Management Association, an organization with more than 10,000 members in 47 states. His recent article in the September issue of Progressive Farmer magazine discussed the "quality deer management" method, a technique that might work for you. Read about QDM at

Phone: 1-800-209-3337
Web Site:



Peter S.


Forestland For Sale

Pete Bertucci, assistant vice president & property manager, AmSouth Bank, Mobile, will describe a tract of land he has for sale in Conecuh County, Alabama. Learn more about the land and the date of the bid opening by visiting AFOA's Forestland For Sale web page.

Phone: (334) 438-8390


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Thomas G. Harris, Jr.


Stumpage Markets

Tom Harris is the Publisher of Timber Mart-South, a forest products price service available to subscribers. He is also a professor at the University of Georgia specializing in Forest Business Management and Forest Resource Policy. Recent Timber Mart-South market reports can be found at: The opening page for Timber Mart-South's web site is:

Phone: (706) 542-2832


Issues and Topics AFOA is following.

If you would like to suggest an issue or a topic for a future telephone conference, please send an email note to AFOA by clicking here.

  • Stumpage & Forest Product Markets
  • Seasonal Forest and Wildlife Management Tips
  • Forestland For Sale
  • Repeal of Estate Tax
  • Forest Taxation: Income, Estate, Property
  • Southern Pine Beetle Epidemic: salvage & prevention
  • Wood Buying Policies During SPB Epidemic
  • Section 631(b) Capital Gains Tax Change
  • Delaney Current-Use Case before Alabama Supreme Court
  • Jefferson County Storm Water Management Program Lawsuit
  • National Monument status on Bankhead & Talladega National Forests
  • Alabama's Pine Straw Wholesale Market
  • Useful Computer Software
  • Forest Fertilization
  • Intensive Forest Management
  • Long Rotation Management & Natural Regeneration
  • TMDL, CWA, EPA Basins, CARA, Forest Certification
  • Minerals, Gas & Oil Activity
  • Recreational Businesses for Forest Owners
  • Current Use Tax Rate for Next Year
  • Local Harvesting Restrictions & Road Weight Limit Problems
  • Bridge Repairs & the Alabama Trust Fund
  • Dog Hunting & Hunter Trespass
  • and many more.