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August 2001 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, August 15, 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.

Hayes D. Brown & Son

starting time: (00:00)


Hayes D. Brown, attorney, forest owner, and dad, 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 | 05/16/01 | 06/20/01 | 07/18/01 |


Click on the numerous links below to view the supporting web information.

James R. Gober


Forestland and Timber Volumes UP Since 1990

Jim Gober is the Alabama Forestry Commission's Marketing and Economic Development Coordinator. For several years he has been actively involved in an ongoing inventory of forests and forestland called Forest Inventory Analysis. Inventories of forestland in the U.S. and Alabama have been done about every 10 years for the past 65 years.

The Forestry Commission's Briefing Paper (click here to view) reports increases in forestland and softwood and hardwood growing stock in north, west, and southwest Alabama (two remaining eastern FIA units are not yet completed). Click here for general information about the inventory system.

Forest Inventory Reports with Analyst Andy Hartsell 

Phone: (205) 631-2552


Dr. Steve Meadows


Improve Hardwood Planting Success

Steve Meadows is Principal Silviculturist for the U.S. Forest Service's Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research in Stoneville, Mississippi. He explains the importance of site evaluation in planning for the establishment of hardwood plantations. He also describes a practical field guide that can be used to evaluate the suitability of any site for 14 hardwood species A Practical Field Method of Site Evaluation for Commercially Important Southern Hardwoods (click here for a copy of the Baker-Broadfoot Method).

You can obtain copies of other useful handbooks on bottomland soils and hardwood plantation establishment by calling or e-mailing Steve: 

  • Hardwood Suitability for and Properties of Important Midsouth Soils  
  • Bottomland Hardwood Reforestation in the Lower Mississippi Valley

Phone: (662) 686-3168


G. Kenneth Xydias


Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Ken Xydias is Quantitative Silviculturist at Resource Management Service, Inc., a consulting forestry firm in Birmingham, Alabama. He reminds us that risks to our forestry investment come in all shapes and sizes. We may, in error, spend great effort protecting our forests from wildfires while ignoring more serious risks he categorizes as Production Risks, Price Risks, Regulatory Risks, and Liquidity Risks. Ken has co-authored an essay, Forestland Investment: Addressing Production Risk (click here), which you should read before you look at today's newspaper or watch the 6 o'clock news. 

Phone: 1-800-995-9516 

Willie R. Dunn


A Good Time to Buy

Willie Dunn is Senior Vice President with First United Security Bank, Brent, Alabama. First United provides the banking needs for forest industry and forest landowners in Clarke, Choctaw, Bibb, Shelby and Tuscaloosa Counties. Willie is a forest owner and grew up working with his father as a logging contractor. He is eager to loan money for good forestry investments, but cautions prospective land buyers to become informed about current timber volumes (and values), property access, and location in relation to product markets.

Phone: (205) 926-5007


R. J. Smith


Forest Legacy for Alabama: Do We Need It?
Public Comment Opportunity

R. J. Smith is Senior Environmental Scholar with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market and limited government organization based in Washington, DC. He suggests landowners think twice before encouraging the establishment of the Forest Legacy program in Alabama. To landowners and others, he cites the "continuous race to the top" encouraged by organizations such as the Tree Farm System and Forest Landowners Association. To hunters he warns, "I think you'll end up with less opportunities for hunting." 

Forest Legacy Program details and rationale:

Public land use closures that might give recreationists and hunters pause for thought before supporting the Forest Legacy program:

R. J. Smith recommends a visit to the following websites.

Public "Hearings" on Need for Alabama Forest Legacy Program:

R. J. Smith at the Competitive Enterprise Institute
Phone: (202) 331-1010 ext. 244 


Paul D. Spillers


Tax Implications of Recreational Properties

Paul Spillers is a tax attorney with the law firm of Theus, Grisham, Davis & Leigh in Monroe, Louisiana. Paul is also a forest owner and current president of the Northeast Louisiana Forestlandowners' Association. He proposes an interesting possibility for forest owners who are leasing land for hunting or other recreational uses. Click here to read a few paragraphs he has written for you to consider.

Phone: (318) 388-0100 


Andy Hinson


You Really Need a Portable Sawmill

Andy Hinson is the general manager of Sawmill & Woodlot magazine. Articles cover a wide range of topics, such as Why I Believe in Crop Tree Management (click here) and we are sure you will find something useful in every issue. If you've ever considered buying a portable sawmill, you've probably wished you could compare one brand to another in a reasonably practical way. Hinson has done that for you by creating The Great Portable Sawmill Shootout (click here to view).

Subscriptions cost $18 per year and you can subscribe online.

For Free Copy of Sawmill Shootout Issue:
Phone: 1-888-290-9469


Keith A. Balter


Abundant Timber Supply Holds Down Prices

Keith Balter, Vice President, Timber, with Resource Information Systems, Inc. (RISI), spoke to the Society of American Foresters in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in May. His timber market projections were cautiously optimistic, at best. He provides us with several graphs that help us understand how the global economy affects us and our timberland. Click here to view his PowerPoint Slides.

Ruling on Canadian Lumber Imports 

Phone: (781)271-0030x21 


Issues and Topics AFOA is following.

To suggest an issue or a topic for a future news 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.