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November 2000 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.

Conference was recorded Wednesday, November 15, 2000

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Hayes D. Brown

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

Review prior telephone conferences:  
7/27/00, 8/24/00, 9/20/00, 10/18/00


Kenneth J.  Muehlenfeld


Forest Industry Investments & Future Stumpage Markets

Ken Muehlenfeld is Director of the Forest Products Development Center at Auburn University. Of interest to us today are some of his consulting specialties which include "business strategy development, operations and financial performance benchmarking, evaluation of acquisition candidates, product market analysis, and timber resource studies. In addition, work for financial institutions includes due diligence evaluations of solid wood products operations and pulpmill woodyards for initial project financing, re-financing, and merger & acquisition financing." Ken knows a lot about the activities of forest industry and potential investment plans. 

We want to know: 

  • Who will be buying our wood in the future? 
  • What stumpage products will be in demand?
  • What should we do now to be ready?

Phone: (334) 844-1094


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Prof. Thom J. McEvoy


Legal Aspects of Owning and Managing Woodlands

Thom McEvoy is Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. In his book, Legal Aspects of Owning and Managing Woodlands, he helps "active forest managers use laws to their advantage and avoid the pitfalls of expensive and exhausting litigation." AFOA will soon be placing 116 copies of Legal Aspects in public libraries across Alabama. Also, the association office has 20 copies of the paperback version available to members for $19 each, including tax, shipping & handling. To review the table of contents, visit Barnes& They have both hardcover ($45) and paperback ($20) available.

If you have questions for Professor McEvoy, call or write: 

Phone: (802) 656-2913


Phyllis Kennedy


"Business Owners Show Muscle at Polls"

Phyllis Kennedy, Alabama State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business and vice chair of the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee, recently stated "Our members took an active interest in the judicial races this year because they've experienced 'tort hell' before. They turned out in force and voted for Supreme Court and Appellate judges that will fairly and strictly interpret the state's laws." Press Register Story 

Forest owners are investors in small forest-based businesses. Most of us do not have employees, but we do face many of the same legal & tax problems as owners of small businesses. 

Phone: (334) 264-2261


Dr. Charles D. Haynes


Reduce Timber Losses When Mining Coal

Charlie Haynes is a mining and petroleum engineer who has concerned himself with the problems of forest owners during resource extraction activities. He has noticed that forest owners are frequently persuaded to clear all land in the projected path of a mining operation only to find the mining halted because of poor markets or poor capitalization of the miner. He suggests forest owners seek a second opinion when preparing forestland for mining. Clearing smaller areas deemed absolutely necessary for the mining operation can save money and frustration.

Phone: (205) 348-6247


David Mercker


Crop Tree Release Improves Hardwood Quality

David Mercker, Extension Forester with the University of Tennessee, has written a useful 8-page booklet entitled Crop Tree Release in Precommercial Hardwood Stands. The booklet "describes how to accelerate growth rates in your young hardwood forest..." To read the publication online, click here (file loads slow). To see other publications of the UT Forestry Extension program, click here.

To order a copy of Crop Tree Release:
Phone: (901) 425-4703
Fax: (901) 425-4720


John Johnson


Improve Hunting Success by Fertilizing Native Plants

John Johnson's early work with time-release fertilizer for fish ponds coupled with his love for the out-doors have led him to his current work with Pursell Technologies Inc., a Sylacauga, Alabama company. Fertilizing native plants improves the health of wildlife that feed on them. Hunters benefit from healthier game populations and landowners who lease hunting rights might earn healthier lease prices.  Two publications & a web site you will want to review are:

Phone: (256) 249-1797 


William E. Schlosser


Tax Help for Forest Owners

William Schlosser and others at Pacific Rim Creations have created several tools that may help you understand IRS rules and (perhaps) minimize your federal income taxes. We think you may find most interesting an emailed quarterly tax newsletter,, ($14.95 per year) that includes membership in an information exchange list server (a chat room for forest owners on forestry taxes). Other interesting tax help can be found at

Phone: (509) 334-1799 


William K. Olsen


Forestry News in the "Popular Press"

Bill Olsen operates Advanced Forestry, a private consulting firm based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Everyday for the past 2 years he has reviewed the "popular press" as it looks at forest owners, forestry agencies, and forestry. He provides readers of his web page,, with witty, profound, and frequently acid commentary on the daily news stories that affect us most. 

Phone: (970)495-1719


Louis Olivier


Forestland For Sale

Louis Olivier, Alliance Forest Products U. S. Corp., will describe a few of the 52 tracts of land comprising 9,117 acres that will be sold by sealed bid on January 16, 2001. The land is located "between Birmingham and Montgomery." For more details, visit AFOA's Forestland For Sale web page or call or send a note requesting a bid package.

Issues and Topics AFOA is following.

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: salvage & prevention
  • Wood Buying Policies During SPB Epidemic
  • Section 631(b) Capital Gains Tax Change
  • Delaney Family Current-Use Case
  • Jefferson Co. Storm Water Management Lawsuit & Appeal
  • National Monument status on Alabama 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 Assessment Rates
  • Local Harvesting Restrictions & Road Weight Limits
  • Bridge Repairs & the Alabama Trust Fund
  • Dog Hunting & Hunter Trespass
  • and many more.