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November  2002 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, November 20, 2002.

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This conference and all future conferences will be in the .mp3 format, which is compatible with Windows Media Player and most other media devices.


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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.


Michael Hardiman

starting time: (00:52)

S. 990 - Son of CARA Returns!

Mike Hardiman helps the  American Land Rights Association in its struggle to stop the federal government from acquiring more and more land. ALRA's current concern is well described in an email alert AFOA received from Liberty Matters News Service (click here), but be sure to visit American Land Rights Association's web page (click here) for all details and breaking news on their efforts. Be sure to get on ALRA's email alert system.

CARA in a nutshell.

Email note sent by Hardiman to AFOA at 9 PM, 11/20/02:

     we won. there was too much opposition to S.990, it was not brought up for a vote or unanimous consent , so it is killed for the year.
     the enviros may bring it up next year, but it will have to be discussed in the light of day instead of at 2:30am.

Phone: (202) 251-3473


Frank Stewart

starting time: (04:09)

Federal Timber Tax Reform & The New 108th Congress

Frank Stewart is the Executive Director of the Forest Landowners Tax Council, based in Washington, DC. The Council is "an independent, national non-profit organization dedicated to providing an effective and unified voice for non-industrial, private forest (NIPF) landowners on federal tax issues." Frank reviews the accomplishments of the second session of the 107th Congress and speculates on the possibilities of federal timber-tax reform by the 108th. Issues listed on FLTC's web page ( are copied and linked below. Click on them for details.

Phone: (703)549-0747


Augustine Meaher, III

starting time: (07:02)

Protection From Lawsuits

Augustine Meaher is a respected private attorney based in Mobile, Alabama. Mr. Meaher suggests that forest owners who sell timber insert an "indemnity provision" in their timber sale contract. It is included below. He also comments on the actions a forest owner should take if a lawsuit is filed against him seeking damages for some alleged injuries suffered on his property.

Indemnity language for landowner protection in a timber sale contract. In the following provision PURCHASER refers to the timber buyer and SELLER refers to the property owner selling the timber.
     Purchaser shall indemnify and hold harmless the Seller against any loss, liability or expense of any kind incurred on account of personal injury, death, or property damage which may arise (or may be alleged to have arisen) from any operations hereunder by Purchaser or Purchaser's contractors, employees, agents or representatives; even though such injury, death, or damage may be (or may be alleged to be) attributable to negligence or other fault on the part of the Seller or Seller's officers, agents, employees or contractors.

Phone: (251) 432-9971


Dr. H. Michael Rauscher

starting time: (10:49)

Online Forestry Encyclopedia for Northeast Alabama

Mike Rauscher is a research forester at the U. S. Forest Service's Bent Creek Experimental Forest located near Asheville, North Carolina. Mike has organized a vast amount of information for you and he calls it the Encyclopedia of Southern Appalachian Forest Ecosystems (click here). Dr. Rauscher wants you to visit the "hypertext encyclopedia," travel around in it, and finally write to him and make suggestions on what you liked best about it and what he might do to improve it. For owners of hardwood forestland in northeast Alabama, the Encyclopedia is a "must read."

Phone: (828) 667-5261 x 102


Charles T. Bargeron

starting time: (14:10)

The Bugwood Network

Charles Bargeron is the Webmaster for The University of Georgia's Bugwood Network. The network is a collection of photos, diagrams, and narrative information on a wide variety of forestry and agricultural information that will prove useful to you. Charles suggests that you visit the following locations on the Bugwood Network.

Phone: (229) 386-3298


Dr. Greg K. Yarrow

starting time: (17:14)

Master Wildlifer

Greg Yarrow is a wildlife biologist at Clemson University. He is currently working on a project that most forest owners in the South can participate in early next year. The Master Wildlifer short course will be broadcast live over satellite and delivered to downlink sites across the Southeast in seven 3-hour sessions between February 4, 2003 and March 18, 2003. Nationally known wildlife and natural resource experts from across the Southeast will present the following short course sessions:
Feb.   4   Introduction to Wildlife Management
Feb. 11   Biology & Management of Quail, Cottontails & Dove
Feb. 18   Biology & Management of Eastern Wild Turkey
Feb. 25   Managing Waterfowl, Wetlands and Other Aquatic Resources
Mar.   4   Biology & Management of White-tailed Deer
Mar. 11   Managing for Wildlife Diversity
Mar. 18   Developing Wildlife Recreational Opportunities

Links to:

Phone: (864) 656-7370


Dr. Steven C. Blank

starting time: (21:10)

The End of Agriculture in the American Portfolio

Steve Blank, an agricultural economist at the University of California, Davis, was introduced to AFOA in a Progressive Farmer magazine article (click here) entitled Heading Overseas. He has written a book, The End of Agriculture in the American Portfolio, that may make you rethink your reasons for owning farm or forestland in the U.S. He argues "that unstoppable economic forces will eventually drive much of U.S. commodity agriculture to lesser developed parts of the world."  "...the economics of global agriculture are pushing commodity production to the low-cost locations."

To buy the book, click here.

Phone: (530)752-0823


Robert A. Rimer

starting time: (26:13)

Financial Analysis: Pulpwood Unimportant

Rob Rimer is a Certified General Real Property Appraiser and manager of Westervelt Realty, Inc., a subsidiary of Gulf States Paper Corporation. In a recent discussion with AFOA, Rob pointed out that the value and quantity of pulpwood produced during a 35 year rotation of planted pine is so low that it should be relatively unimportant in the investment decisions of most forest owners. He discusses a discounted cash flow analysis sheet that you should review (click here).

Rob also suggests a visit to the following web sites: 

You might also find the Timberland Decision Support System a useful tool in your "what if" games.

Phone: (205) 562-5240


David M. Kelley

starting time: (30:14)

Stumpage Market Report

David Kelley is president of Kelley Forestry Consulting Services, LLC, an independent private consulting forestry firm that conducts numerous timber sales for forest owners in Central & South Alabama. David reflects on the affect recent rains have on timber supply and also compares normal timber prices and demand at this time of the year (fall & winter) in relation to other times of the year. He recommends a visit to the Timber Mart-South web site (click here).

TMS 3rd Quarter 2002 Market Newsletter pdf file

Phone: (334) 263-1440


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
  • EPA Proposed Water Quality Trading
  • 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