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November 2001 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, November 14, 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


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Coach Pat Dye


Wildlife Trends - A New Resource

Coach Pat Dye is well known to most people as Auburn University's head football coach from 1981 to 1992. But if you aren't an avid hunter you may not realize that Coach Dye is a forest owner who is active and knowledgeable in the field of wildlife management. He and several wildlife experts have teamed together to produce a new magazine, Wildlife Trends (click here to view magazine). Their goal is to provide "you with land and game management techniques that work. ... we believe that having tested, timely, accurate information saves everyone time and money." 

Annual subscription is $125. "The first mistake you DONíT make because youíre reading Wildlife Trends will more than pay for the yearly subscription."

To subscribe or for more information call 1-800-441-6826 or click here.


Chuck Anderson


ForestExpress, Doorway to Timber Markets

Chuck Anderson job is to welcome you to the future. He works for a new organization, ForestExpress, which wants to be the "transaction and processing network for the entire forest products industry."  ForestExpress recently began a new service for forest owners that allows lump-sum transactions as well as per unit sales. Landowners might want to alert their consulting forester to this new service.

  • Practice Website: Chuck has set up a "practice website" for you. Click here, then type in User ID: AFODemo, Password: 123456   "This site can be used by anyone to log-in and view examples of various sales as well as create offerings and get a feel for the site." To bid on the above example, log-in as User ID: MillAdmin, Password: 123456 
  • On-Line Conference: Chuck will also be conducting a live web demo on December 10. To participate, send him an email request by November 30 and he will reserve your place to participate in an on-line demo/conference call using some "great interactive technology." Invite your consulting forester to join you.

Phone: (770) 642-5006


Jeff Toorish


Southern Forest Resource Assessment

Jeff Toorish is President and CEO of the Atlanta based Alliance for Southern Forests (click here). The Alliance's task is to provide a source of positive information about Southern forestry while dealing with "anticipated attacks" from tree-huggers in connection with the soon-to-be-released U.S. Forest Service's Southern Forest Resource Assessment (click here).  

Phone: (404) 894-5727


Daniel Bumgarner


Plant Trees Now for Wildlife

Daniel Bumgarner is a partner in the Demopolis based wildlife management company, Wildlife Management Services, LLC., and lately he has been spending a lot of time planting trees. While there are many kinds of trees that can provide food for wildlife, Daniel is especially fond of the sawtooth oak.

He recommends that you read the following publications:

Nurseries that produce mast bearing trees and shrubs: 

Phone: 1-866-287-0188 (toll-free)


Dylan Jenkins


Woodland Options for Landowners
Web-Based Training

Dylan Jenkins is an extension forester at Virginia Tech where he coordinates the forest landowner education program. Dylan and his staff are going to offer a new type of landowner education program in January which will be primarily web-based. Students and instructors will communicate with email. Study materials and assignments will be posted on a central website. Dylan warns that there may be rough spots in this new way of teaching and learning and that Alabama residents will find some of the material targeted towards Virginia forest owners. However, AFOA hopes that some of you will try out this new training system and let us know how it works. 

Phone: (540) 231-6391 


Keith Polk


"Practical" Gifts for the Forest Owner
scale stick
increment borer

Keith Polk, New Product Specialist at Forestry Suppliers in Jackson, Mississippi teams up with moderator Hayes Brown to explain how to use two or three tools to calculate the rate of return of individual trees. 

  • Is this tree growing as fast as money in the bank? 
  • Is that tree growing so slow it ought to be removed and replaced?  

Follow the directions in the publication How to Determine the Financial Value of Tree Growth (click here - loads slow). Essentially the method requires a measurement of tree diameter, a measurement of merchantable height, and an estimate of growth measured from a core sample of the tree taken with an increment borer. Good luck. Have fun. Ho. Ho. Ho.

Links to Forestry Suppliers Catalog for Tools:

Phone: (601) 354-3565


Jason B. Cutshall


Insurance Requirements Protect Timber Sellers

Jason Cutshall is the Public Relations Director for the Mississippi Loggers Association. Jason recommends that when writing a timber sale contract, the forest owner should insert a clause that requires the buyer and anyone assigned to harvest the timber to provide certificates of insurance for both Workers Comp and General Liability. Several examples follow:

Websites of interest: 

Phone: (662) 312-0587


Robert C. Wright


Timber Markets: Emphasis Hardwoods

Bob Wright is a staff forester with the Tennessee Division of Forestry and he publishes the Tennessee Forest Products Bulletin. The free quarterly Bulletin contains detailed price information on a wide variety of tree species. The Bulletin should be of particular interest to forest owners in North Alabama where upland hardwoods are common.   

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Phone: (615)837-5431


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