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June 2001 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, June 20, 2001.

to Listen to the

This conference and all future conferences will be in the .mp3 format, which is compatible with Windows Media Player and most other media devices.

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Hayes D. Brown

starting time: (00:00)


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

Review prior news conferences:  
07/27/00 | 08/24/00 | 09/20/00 | 10/18/00 | 11/15/00 | 01/17/01 | 02/21/01 | 03/21/01 | 04/13/01 | 05/16/00 |


Mike Foreman


State Tax Credit Goal to Clean Water

Mike Foreman is program manager for riparian and land conservation with the Virginia Department of Forestry. He administers an interesting state program that attempts to protect watersheds by encouraging landowners to leave uncut or partially cut buffer strips of timber alongside Virginia's streams and rivers. Mike encourages you to read the material on his very comprehensive web page before calling with questions. 

Click here to visit the Riparian Buffer Tax Credit web page. 

Phone: (804)977-6555


Dr. Brian Lockhart


Hardwood Growers How-To Book

Brian Lockhart is Associate Professor, School of Forestry, Wildlife, & Fisheries at Louisiana State University. He is knowledgeable in the management of bottomland hardwoods which should be of interest to many west and south Alabama forest owners. He has produced a large collection of silviculture notes that is available to you for the cost of packing and postage. 

To order Arkansas Bottomland Hardwood Notes  
call Mail Boxes Etc. at (501) 821-6300. Cost: $15.

Questions for Dr. Lockhart about hardwoods: 


Joseph W. Eiland


Operator Select: 
Consulting Forester Uses Specialized Logger

Joe Eiland is a partner in the consulting forestry firm, Hatcher & Eiland Forestry, LLC, and is based in Birmingham, Alabama. Joe recognizes that the goal of thinning a young pine stand is usually to improve it so that it will produce large amounts of high quality sawtimber in the future. To keep costs low on thinning operations, Joe uses loggers who have the skills to select the best "crop trees" while minimizing damage to those trees. 

Joe suggests a visit to the following web sites:  

Phone: (205) 655-0191


Dr. John L. Greene


Increase Loss Deductions with "Block" Method

John Greene is a forest economist with the USDA Forest Service and a co-author of the Forest Landowners' Guide to the Federal Income Tax. Using the Guide, pages 67-68, John describes the two types of natural event losses -- casualty and non-casualty (click here). On pages 68-70 of the Guide you will find a three step process to calculate timber loss deductions

John has provided us with an example (click here) to compare the traditional and the "block" methods of calculating a deduction. He points out that the "block" method is easier to calculate and gives bigger deductions. 

Other links of interest to tax payers: 

Phone: (919) 549-4093
Web page:


Robert S. Morrow


ForestHawk 2.0: On Line Management System

Rob Morrow, Resource Management Service, Inc., talked to us in February about timber markets and now, to cheer us up, he returns to describe a new, "real-time, user friendly online management system for Southern forest landowners." ForestHawk 2.0 allows the landowner to combine property and map data in an integrated system which helps avoid time-consuming paperwork. At this time, because of cost, ForestHawk is not a practical solution for landowners with less than 5,000 acres, but we suspect that ForestHawk 6.0 or ForestHawk 8.0 (or a competitor) will be available to owners of smaller acreages soon. 

Phone: 1-800-995-9516


Dr. Harry V. Wiant


Is There a PDA in Your Future?

Harry Wiant (new website) has done many things in his life, but during the last ten years he has been professor of forestry at West Virginia University, president of the Society of American Foresters, keynote speaker at AFOA's 1997 Annual Meeting, and, most recently, a Palm Pilot computer programmer. The little Palms and competitors like Handspring Visor cost about $150 and have an amazing capacity to crunch numbers and manipulate database information, like names and addresses, and management plan to-do lists. Dr. Wiant has carried their use one step further than most of us, by writing programs that can be used to measure trees and cruise timber. Click here and scroll down to his programs.  (new website)

You might want to visit these websites, too:

Phone: (304) 599-6618


John Leidner


Managing for Quail

John Leidner is a regional editor for the Progressive Farmer magazine. Progressive Farmer has published a collection of articles on the bobwhite that we think you will find interesting. Three of the 37 page booklet's chapters include Back to Field Borders, Stocking Pen-Raised Quail, and Top 20 Plants to Attract Quail. John thinks the Plant Source Guide might be especially useful to you. To order the book, click here.

More on the Bobwhite:

Phone: (229) 386-0778 


Arthia W. Rye


Strong Timber Market Recovery Predicted

Billy Rye is the president of Forest Management Specialists, Inc., a firm that assists with the management and marketing of timber for private landowners throughout the mid-south region. His report has the potential to be upbeat and positive. Canadian softwood lumber has not yet inundated our southern markets since the March 31 expiration of the Canadian lumber quota. Click here to read "Moving Among Bears."

A few recent headlines:

Phone: (256) 765-0397


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.

  • Energy Crisis & Federal Eminent Domain
  • Palm Pilots & Forest Records
  • Red Hills Salamander
  • County Zoning
  • 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.