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January 2001 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, January 17, 2001

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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, 11/15/00


Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr.


1099s Are Arriving from 2000 Cost Share Payments.
Exclude or Include Payments on Your Tax Return????

Harry Haney is a nationally known expert on income and estate taxes as related to forestry activities. He will attempt to explain how to treat income we receive from cost share payments. The details are explained in Forest Owners' Guide to the Federal Income Tax - Ag Handbook No. 708. Click here for text in pdf format and go to pages 37-43. If needed, download Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you have a hardcopy version, go to pages 40-42. To view the cover and table of contents of Ag Handbook 708, click here.

For general tax information including IRS forms, visit the National Timber Tax Website.

Phone: (540) 231-5212


Dr. Michael A. Dunn


Take Control of Your Next Timber Sale.

Mike Dunn is Program Leader and Forest Economist at LSU AgCenter's Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. He was a featured speaker at last year's Master Tree Farmer satellite video conference and plans to return again this year. He reminds us in a linked paper (click here) that the "timber sale contract is one of the most important tools used by the forest landowner." Mike leads us to a wealth of timber sale contract information that will be useful to us and our legal advisors. 

Phone: (225) 388-4087


Joyce L. Perrin


Alabama Commission on Environmental Initiatives: 
What's in store for forest owners?

Joyce Perrin is editor and publisher of Citizens ALERT, a "monthly publication for free citizens who want 'the news' they are not hearing." She is concerned that the legislative and regulatory "plans" of the leaders of the Alabama Commission on Environmental Initiatives may harm forest owners and other landowners. She urges forest owners to become informed about this new commission in order to prevent new regulations or laws that might take our property. Joyce is a resident and forest owner in Blount County, Alabama.

A forester/landowner's letter to ACEI.

Phone: (205) 429-4672


Dave Hunnicutt


Landmark victory For Property Rights in Oregon.
Is similar legislation needed in Alabama?

Dave Hunnicutt, Director of Legal Affairs, Oregonians In Action, describes how state and local governments, through abuse of their regulatory authority, have frequently taken private property without paying for it. That abuse of authority has given governments a vested interest in opposing property rights. On November 7, 2000, "[t]he voters of Oregon approved by a 55% to 45% majority Measure 7 which requires government to compensate landowners when regulations reduce the value of their property." Read the Measure 7 articles at 

Phone: (503) 620-0258


Debbie Burns


Glut of Canadian Lumber May Soon Harm Alabama Forest Owners.
Softwood Lumber Agreement ends March 31, 2001.

Debbie Burns is Vice President - Public Affairs for the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association based in Forest Park, Georgia. She explains why U.S. forest owners, even owners of small acreages, will be harmed by Canada's policy of subsidizing Canadian forest industry jobs by giving away their government-owned timber. Click here for details.

Phone: (404) 361-1445


Mitch Dubensky


U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Landowners.

Mitch Dubensky is Director of Forest Environment for the American Forest & Paper Association in Washington D.C. He cautions forest owners to apply the Supreme Court's January 9, 2001 decision responsibly. The Court ruled that the Clean Water Act protects only "navigable waters," and negates "the glancing goose test" which claimed that any isolated pond that a migrating bird even glanced at "became a part of interstate commerce." Wall Street Journal, 1/16/01. Click here to read the full text of the Court's decision ( a pdf file). Alabama landowners with petroleum potential located beneath former "waters of the United States" may find this decision a profitable one.

Phone: (202) 463-2434


Dr. L. Wes Burger


Bobwhite Quail & Fire

Wes Burger is an Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Mississippi State University. His research interests include bobwhite population ecology and response of early successional bird species to different kinds of forest and agricultural management. To learn more about encouraging bobwhite quail on your land, he suggests a visit to the following three web sites:

Phone: (662) 325-8782


Walter Tutt


Forestland for Sale in Perry & Lowndes Counties

Walter Tutt is owner/manager of Tutt Real Estate, LLC, located in Linden, Alabama. He has several forestland tracts listed on an easy-to-use web page with maps and property descriptions.

Phone: (334) 295-1146  


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.

  • US Supreme Court Rules on Isolated Wetlands
  • 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.