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

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Hayes D. Brown

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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 | 05/16/01 | 06/20/01 | 07/18/01 | 08/15/01 |


Douglas W. MacCleery


Lessons of the Past - Challenges for the Future

Doug MacCleery is a professional forester who has worked in natural resource management and policy for his entire career. Several years ago he wrote American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery, now in its fourth printing. MacCleery recognizes that both our forests and our society are resilient. He writes: "Forests are resilient. It is a tribute to this inherent quality of American forests and to the success of the policies that were put in place in response to public concerns that forest conditions over much of the United States have improved dramatically since 1900."

Phone: (202) 205-1745


Frank M. Stewart, III


Washington Resource Report:
a new service for forest owners

Frank Stewart wears many hats. He is Executive Director of the Forest Landowners Tax Council, Director of Government & External Affairs for the Association of Consulting Foresters, and author & publisher of Forest Industry Affairs. He will soon begin writing Washington Resource Report, a special monthly report written just for forest owners. Members of AFOA will begin receiving Frank's report with their December issue of Capital Ideas, AFOA's newsletter. Click here to read a draft issue of Washington Resource Report.

Phone: (703) 549-0347


William C. Humphries, Jr.


Forests in The Farm Bill 

Billy Humphries is president of Forest Resource Consultants, Inc., past president of the Association of Consulting foresters, and a board members of the Forest Landowners Association. Billy and his family are long time Georgia forest landowners. He has always had a keen interest in the impact of government activity on private forestry and free enterprise.

On October 5, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 291-120 for a 10-year, $170 billion Farm Bill. Humphries believes the spending and regulations buried in this huge piece of legislation will affect the lives of nearly every forest owner in the U.S. and he urges you to become informed, concerned and involved. A good place to begin is to read the bill; click here and type in the bill number, H.R. 2646. Then click on a version of the bill and scroll down to a linked outline that will help you find your way around the bill.

"The Bush administration had urged Congress to put off approving the huge spending bill until the government could fully assess the economic situation resulting from September 11ís tragic events, but farm-state Democrats facing re-election decided to go ahead, hoping to favorably impress powerful farm interests." Source: Liberty Matters News Service, 10/10/01

Phone: (478) 745-4910


Henry Flemming


Conservation Easements: a practical perspective

Henry Flemming owns a 2000 acre farm in Holmes County, Mississippi, in the Cruger Community. He is proud of his farmland and forestland and proud of his sons, one a coach and the other a med student. Several years ago he sold and gave away the development rights on his land to the USDA Wetlands Reserve Program and Ducks Unlimited (DU), retaining the right to farm and practice forestry (or so he thought). For the past three years he has been trying to obtain permission from the USDA to thin some of his timber, but the agency has prevented him from getting the work done (DU gave him almost immediate approval when asked). Mr. Flemming still thinks the Wetlands Reserve Program is great, but urges caution for those who plan to use it.  

Phone: (662) 453-5091


Erskine G. "Don" Donald, III


Protect Yourself When Leasing Hunting Rights

Don Donald takes great pleasure in finding land buyers just the right piece of property to suit their needs and desires. He is the qualifying broker of The Great Southern Land Co., Inc. with offices in Camden and Wetumpka. Don also assists many forest owners with the management of their land and sometimes helps them lease land to hunters. He urges you to always use a written contract. 

Phone: 1-866-788-0759 (toll-free)


Dr. Mathew Smidt


A Cut Above - Auburn's Logger Education Program

Mathew Smidt is Assistant Extension Specialist in Forest Operations at Auburn University. He travels the state teaching  loggers about safety, first aid, forest management and silviculture, harvesting systems, and business management. The five-day course, called Professional Logging Managers Course, allows graduates to include the title "PLM" after their name. Because it may help you select a timber buyer or logger who understands your interest in improving your forest and land, AFOA has added the PLM designation to the names of all PLM graduates in our timber buyer list, about 300 of the 1050 buyers in the list.

Phone: (334) 844-1038


Peter J. Stewart


Timber Markets: 
the good, the bad, and the ugly

Pete Stewart keeps track of timber markets across the south and shares with us the knowledge of many experts who help him create price reports. Click here to review F2M's constantly improving website. The southwide rolling 6-month pine price graph and 30 day average prices for pine and hardwood are easy to read and understand. 

Phone: (704) 357-0110


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.

  • 2002 Farm Bill
  • 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 more