CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
July 2002 News
Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Thursday,
July 18, 2002.
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Conference Guest Information
Hayes D. Brown
starting time: (00:00)
Hayes D. Brown, attorney and forest owner, will moderate this
news conference. Hayes' email address is
Click Here to View & Hear Prior News Conferences.
Dr. Bruce Yandle
Trading Rights ...
Bruce Yandle is a Senior Associate at the
Political Economy Research
Center (PERC) in Bozeman, Montana, and Professor of Economics
Emeritus at Clemson University. Dr. Yandle describes the
opportunity that would be created to improve water quality if "water
quality permits" could be bought and sold. A Mercatus Center
Public Interest Comment, authored by Dr. Yandle and Dr. Brian Mannix,
on The Environmental Protection Agency’s
Proposed Water Quality Trading Policy was recently posted
along with a Mercatus Center
press release on the topic.
He also suggests that you read:
EPA's special web page on Watershed and Permit Trading (click here).
But first, we suggest you read
Reinventing Environmentalism in the New Era (click here),
paying particular attention to three principles:
1. Incentives matter.
2. Secure and tradable property rights encourage cooperation and resource
3. Polluters should be liable for harms they cause others (and only for
Tar-Pamlico Trading Program discussed by Dr. Yandle.
Phone: (864) 656-4700
Dr. Amanda D. Rodewald
Found More Detrimental to Birds Than Timber Harvesting
Amanda Rodewald is Assistant Professor and Extension
Wildlife Specialist at the School of Natural Resources, The Ohio
State University, Columbus, Ohio. While studying nesting success of
forest birds, she and her colleague, Richard H. Yahner, found that
nesting sites in forested landscapes disturbed by timber harvesting were
about two and a half times more successful than in those disturbed by
Click here to read about their research in The Forestry Source.
Those of us who have created game food plots to improve hunting and
believed the permanent food plot openings were good for broad varieties
of wildlife may want to review Dr. Rodewald's work.
Scientific articles not available on the
web without subscriptions are:
- Rodewald, A. D. and R. H. Yahner. 2001.
Influence of landscape composition on avian community structure and
associated mechanisms. Ecology 82: 3493-3504.
- Rodewald, A. D. and R. H. Yahner. 2001
Avian nesting success in forested landscapes: influence of landscape
composition, stand and nest-patch microhabitat, and biotic interactions.
Amanda also recommends, as a good
primer on landscape-level impacts on wildlife,
Landscape ecology and ecosystem management, University of
Kentucky Extension Publication FOR-76.
Phone: (614) 247-6099
Dr. Jeffrey H.
Forest Property Taxes Excessive
Jeffrey Dorfman, Professor of Agricultural Economics and
Applied Economics at the University of Georgia, has produced
a report that will help you hold your head high the next time you hear a
politician say you don't pay your fair share of property taxes. His
studies have shown that, unlike residential development areas,
forestland typically pays more tax dollars to the government than it
receives back in community services.
He recommends reading
The Economic Costs of Development for Local Governments.
Phone: (706) 542-0754
Rates Bring Opportunities
David Howse is
President & CEO of the Federal Land Bank Association of North
Alabama, FLCA, based in Cullman, Alabama. Without encouraging anyone
to get into financial difficulties because of easy money, David does
point out that interest rates are low and money to buy land or carry out
management work is available.
Click here to review a 47 year history of the prime rate. The
prime rate on July 18, 1981 was 20.5% compared to today's 4.75%.
Forest Fires & Forest Management
teaches Forest Fire Management at Auburn University's School of
Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. For that reason, we thought Kent might
be able to explain why we haven't been reading about forest fire
disasters in Alabama similar to those we've heard about in Colorado,
Arizona and other Western States.
Phone: (334) 844-1050
Cypress & Cedar: A Specialty Market
owns and operates
Southern Cypress and Lumber, Inc., in Frisco City, Alabama. Baggett's
unique operation produces lumber, siding, beams, shingles and mulch from
Cypress, Atlantic White Cedar and Eastern Redcedar. He buys logs from
landowners who deliver them or have them delivered to his mill. He sells
his wood products to a wide variety of specialty wood users.
Click here to view a few pictures
from his mill site.
Phone: (251) 267-2223
Turn Your Trees Into Lumber
Customer Service Manager of
the company that makes those portable orange band sawmills. If you would
like to have some logs turned into lumber, Darlene has a way for you to
get in touch with Wood-Mizer owners in Alabama who want to work with
you. Of course, if you want to buy a mill of your own, she will be happy
to help, too.
Click Here for Custom Cutting Referral Service. Give them your zip
code and they will have mill owners in your area contact you.
Phone: 1-800-525-8100 x 1616
Dr. Kenneth J.
Long Range Stumpage Market Outlook
is Director of the
Forest Products Development Center at Auburn University.
Dr. Muehlenfeld stays in touch with the people who make investment
decisions at forest product manufacturing companies. Because of that, we
seek him out to learn about the demand, several years down the road,
that manufacturers will have for our trees.
Recent Headlines to Ponder:
International Council of Forest And Paper Associations Established-39
Countries on 6 Continents Work Together (link no longer works)
Lumber-for-labor plan proceeds (link no longer works)
Enviros sue Indiana to halt timber sales (link no longer works)
Second Quarter Results Can't Hide Long-term Negative Impact of US Softwood
(link no longer works)
Phone: (334) 844-1094
Issues and Topics AFOA is
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
EPA Proposed Water Quality Trading
- Energy Bill
- CCA Treated Southern Pine Lumber
- EPA Basin Projects
- Forest Certification
- 2002 Farm Bill
- Energy Crisis & Federal Eminent
- Red Hills Salamander
- 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
- Bridge Repairs & the Alabama Trust
- Dog Hunting & Hunter Trespass
- Seasonal Forest and Wildlife
- Southern Pine Beetle: Salvage &
- Forest Fertilization
- Intensive Forest Management
- Long Rotation Management & Natural
- Palm Pilots & Forest Records
- Useful Computer Software
- Industry Consolidation & Timber
- Stumpage & Forest Product Markets
- Forestland For Sale
- Wood Buying Policies During SPB
- Alabama's Pine Straw Wholesale Market
- Minerals, Gas & Oil Activity
- Recreational Businesses for Forest