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May 2002 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, May 15, 2002.

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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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James R. Hyland


Southern Pine Beetle Threat Can Be Reduced

Jim Hyland is the Chief of the Forest Health Section of the Alabama Forestry Commission and has spent many years teaching foresters and landowners how to detect, control and prevent infestations of the Southern Pine Beetle (SPB). He will answer the question: "How can I as a landowner prevent Southern Pine Beetles from attacking and killing my pines?"

Current Alabama SPB Monitoring & Control Information

SPB Internet Control Center   

phone: (334) 240-9363 


Dr. Doug Boylan


Senate's Energy Bill May Create Market for Low Quality Wood

Doug Boylan is a Consulting Research Engineer for the Southern Company, the parent company of five electric utilities, including Alabama Power Company. He has studied the burning (co-firing) of bio-mass (grass, wood, agricultural wastes, etc.) in coal-fired power plants and will help us understand the implications of the U.S. Senate's Energy Bill requirements: 10 percent of electricity by 2019 would have to come from renewable fuels such as wind, solar energy, and forest and agricultural wastes. Of course, if the bill emerges from the conference committee and becomes law with the renewable fuels requirement intact (that requirement was not included in the House-passed version), many landowners and mill owners will be seeking the opportunity to sell wood and bark to the power companies as a source of fuel. As buyers of electricity and potential suppliers of fuel to the electric companies, forest owners will want to pay close attention to this issue.

phone: (205) 257-6917


Stephen M. Newton


This Is Your Invitation:
Forest Landowners Washington Fly-In June 19 & 20

Steve Newton, Executive Vice President of the Forest Landowners Association, will soon lead a group of forest landowners on a visit to the "Halls of Congress." They hope to "show our elected leaders that private forestry and forest landowners are an important economic and political force in the U.S."

Issues that will be raised include the Canadian Lumber Agreement, Timber Taxes, including Status of Estate Tax Repeal, Reforestation Tax Credit, and Section 631(b) Treatment of Lump Sum Timber Sale Income, and the U.S. Forest Service Budget (especially the State & Private Division that is funding the National Network of Forest Landowners and Alabama Treasure Forest Association).

Click Here to Read Position Statement on National Network of Forest Landowners.
" payer dollars are being squandered on programs that are already being fulfilled by a variety of other privately funded groups..."

Click Here for Washington Fly-In Registration Information.

phone: (404) 325-2954


William G. Hubbard


How Will the Newly Signed Farm Bill Affect Forest Owners?

Bill Hubbard is the Southern Regional Extension Forester. He helps extension forestry experts at Auburn and other universities across the South. A recent email to those extension forestry specialists included a "quick summary" of the part of the farm bill (Title VIII) that affects forestry activities. Click here to review the summary.

phone: (706) 542-7813 or 542-3342 


George C. Owens


Silvopasture: Cattle & Trees Working Together

George Owens is an enthusiastic salesman for the silvopastoral system - combining the production of pines and cattle on improved pasture. "In the 80's, I found myself with high-priced real estate," Owens says. "I had to find a way to create some cash flow on my ranch. The answer was grazing cattle under planted pines - - in fancier terms, silvopasture." George suggests that landowners, "especially those with small holdings, should consider integrating pines, pasture, and cattle as an alternative to single-commodity management on their land."

Check out a few of these links:

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS):

phone: (850) 482-9508


Dr. Deborah Gaddis


Early Expensing of Pruning Costs on Silvopasture Is Possibility

Debbie Gaddis, Assistant Extension Specialist at Mississippi State University, gives us a few ideas on how we might reduce income taxes on silvopasture operations. We are particularly interested in the possibility of expensing pruning costs, since next month Dr. Terry Clason will tell us how to increase timber quality and value by pruning. Early expensing of the pruning costs, because they improve the forage capacity of the land, might be preferable to capitalizing those costs and waiting until timber harvest to recapture them. Dr. Gaddis recommends that we obtain a copy of Tax Considerations for the Establishment of Agroforestry Practices written by Dr. Larry Godsey at the University of Missouri. Call him for a copy at (573) 884-3216.

She also recommends a visit to the following websites:

phone: (662) 325-8002


Robert E. Loper


Landowner Uses for Affordable GPS

Robert Loper is a member of the Tuscaloosa County Forestry Planning Committee. On a recent rainy Saturday morning, Robert led a field exercise for about 20 forest owners on the use of low-cost Global Positioning System units ($150 to $300 range). We measured the acreage in a field by walking around the edges with our GPS units. In a few weeks Robert will teach an indoor class on transferring the GPS data to maps.

Some examples of uses of the GPS for landowners:

  • Acreage calculations for aerial spraying cost planning
  • Marking SPB (Southern Pine Beetle) spots
  • Calculating sizes of timber stands and wildlife plots
  • Marking hazards on the property
  • Setting up timber inventory test plots
  • Creating maps for prescribed fire plans
  • Assisting in locating corners and boundaries of property
  • Marking spots of interest on the property
  • Not getting lost

Links to GPS Manufacturers and Mapping Software:

phone: (205) 758-8742 (please call before 8 PM Central Time)


Eddie Stone


Alabama Stumpage Markets

Eddie Stone is a consulting forester and owner of Forever Green, Inc. He sells stumpage for numerous forest owners and, like everyone else in the wood business today, has had to face a declining market for pine pulpwood. Eddie urges landowners to view the thinning of pulpwood as a silvicultural operation, not as a source of income. His goal is to improve the quality of pine stands so that higher percentages of sawtimber can be harvested in the future. 

Recent Headlines:

  • Louisiana-Pacific Corp - Plan For Major Divestitures (link no longer works)
  • China Promotes Six Key Programs to Protect Forests (link no longer works)
  • Price Rise Expected on Corrugated Cardboard (link no longer works)
  • Louisiana-Pacific Will Shed 4,400 Workers (link no longer works)

phone: (205) 702-4420


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.

  • National or Federal Issues
  • Energy Bill
  • CCA Treated Southern Pine Lumber
  • TMDLs
  • EPA Basin Projects
  • CARA
  • Forest Certification
  • 2002 Farm Bill
  • Energy Crisis & Federal Eminent Domain
  • Red Hills Salamander
  • State or Local Issues
  • Constitutional Revision/Tax Reform
  • County Zoning
  • Right to Farm & Practice Forestry
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Delaney Family Current-Use Case
  • JeffCo Storm Water Management Program
  • Current Use Tax Assessment Rates
  • Local Harvesting Restrictions & Road Weight Limits
  • Bridge Repairs & the Alabama Trust Fund
  • Dog Hunting & Hunter Trespass
  • Forest Management Issues
  • Seasonal Forest and Wildlife Management Tips
  • Southern Pine Beetle: Salvage & Prevention
  • Forest Fertilization
  • Intensive Forest Management
  • Long Rotation Management & Natural Regeneration
  • Technology
  • Palm Pilots & Forest Records
  • Useful Computer Software
  • Markets
  • Industry Consolidation & Timber Markets
  • Stumpage & Forest Product Markets
  • Forestland For Sale
  • Wood Buying Policies During SPB Epidemic
  • Alabama's Pine Straw Wholesale Market
  • Minerals, Gas & Oil Activity
  • Recreational Businesses for Forest Owners
  • Forest Taxation