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February 2001 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, February 21, 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:  
07/27/00 | 08/24/00 | 09/20/00 | 10/18/00 | 11/15/00 | 01/17/01

Frank Stewart


Federal Issues:
Death Tax Not Dead Yet

Frank Stewart, Executive Director of the Forest Landowners Tax Council, reminds us that the death tax causes untold destruction to managed forests each year when heirs must prematurely cut timber to pay the death tax. FLTC's web page has several interesting essays on the Council's goals, but please take time to read the death tax page. (interview re-recorded 2/22/01)

Phone: (703) 549-0747


Dr. William D. Eshee 


Adverse Possession and Trespass Issues

Dr. William D. Eshee is Professor of Business Law, MSU, and Municipal Court Judge, Starkville, MS. On March 27-28 Dr. Eshee will teach a continuing education course on adverse possession and trespass laws that will be attended by many foresters and forest owners. Visit the course web page for a full description of topics to be covered. (interview re-recorded 2/27/01)

Phone: (662) 325-1983


Bob Lee Tjaden, Jr.


Forestry Correspondence Course

Bob Tjaden, a Natural Resource Extension Specialist based at the Wye Research and Education Center in Maryland, has developed a  correspondence course that will be of interest to many Alabama forest owners. Bob has prepared a detailed course description for your review. 

Phone: (410) 827-8056


Mark Hainds


Research on Planted Longleaf Survival

Mark Hainds, Research Coordinator for the Longleaf Alliance, will share the results of studies he has done with a turf "scalper" that removed grass and weed competition from the top soil layer just before planting. The pictures (click here) are worth a thousand words, but for you number crunchers, Mark has included some graphs (click here) of his results as well. Discussion topics: Scalping, herbicides, planting depth.

Phone: (334) 222-7779


Dr. James Miller


Forest Plants of the Southeast
and Their Wildlife Uses

Dr. Jim Miller, a U.S. Forest Service forest ecologist,  has co-authored a book that will be valuable to you if you want to learn the names of plants useful to wildlife. "It has the best plant photos I've ever seen," was the comment from one reader. Cost: $36.
Picture of Cover and ordering information
Sample text and photos.

Phone: (334)826-8700 ext. 36


Dr. Stephen K. Nodine


Software for Forest Owners

Dr. Steve Nodine is president of Forest Resources Systems Institute, a non-profit "Consumer Reports" organization that focuses on forestry software and field computers. There are many computer programs and resources that can be used by landowners. Some help determine forest land values and estimate the potential profitability of forestry practices. Others help make maps of your forest land or view maps prepared by your forester. And other software and hardware help you find your way through the woods (GPS systems), measure trees more accurately (computer calipers), and measure distances and heights more precisely (electronic distance measurement equipment). 

The FORS Institute has developed a special web page (click here)  for you to ask questions and review FORS information. FORS would like your ideas on software that would be helpful to you. They also are always seeking ways to use commonly available software such as Excel, Word, etc. to solve forest management problems.

Phone: (864) 656-7723


Robert Morrow


Timber Market Report

Rob Morrow, Resource Management Service, Inc., specializes in services and information needed by private forest owners. Being aware of all the factors that affect stumpage markets is a necessary part of every workday at RMS. A future RMS newsletter (to be posted to the Internet by 3/1/01) will support Rob's comments. For a variety of information on markets and trends visit and scroll down to the "Latest News" headlines.

Phone: (205) 991-9516


Fletcher Majors


Forestland For Sale 

Fletcher Majors, owner of Great Southern Land, LLC, has a 135 acre forested tract for sale in Tallapoosa county. He calls it the Sougahatchee Creek Tract and is offering it at $250,000. Click here for property description with pictures.

Phone: 1-800-782-5263 ext. 205


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.

  • County Zoning (current-use assessment)
  • Right to Farm & Practice Forestry
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Constitutional Revision/Tax Reform
  • Industry Consolidation & Timber Markets
  • 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
  • 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.