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February  2003 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, February 19, 2003.

to Listen to the

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.


Marshall D. Thomas


Non-timber Values Moving Small Acreage Prices

Marshall Thomas is president of F & W Forestry Services, Inc., a consulting forestry firm based in Albany, Georgia and with numerous branches throughout the South. Marshall discusses the diverging sales prices of large acreage forestland sales (5000 acres and up) and those below 5000 acres.

A paper written by Jeff Williams, Forest Appraisal Group Manager at F & W Forestry Services, is available for your review. Click here to read Bare Timberland Values Decline For Large Tracts, Increase For Those Less Than 5,000 Acres. 

Phone: (229) 883-0138x132


Mark Wyatt


Oil & Gas Play in West Central Alabama

Mark Wyatt is a geologist in AmSouth's Natural Resources and Real Estate Department in Mobile, Alabama. His responsibilities include assisting private landowners in leasing, development, and appraisal of mineral rights. Mark discusses leasing activity currently going on in west-central Alabama and also adds a few precautions that we should take before leasing land for oil, gas or minerals.

Mark suggests you visit the following websites:
(we especially liked the fourth one)

Phone: (251) 438-8074


Dr. Taylor V. Stein


translation: new source of income

Taylor Stein is an Assistant Professor in Natural Resources Management Ecotourism for the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. Many members of AFOA lease land for hunting and some of you have developed fishing camps, but the word ecotourism is probably new to most of us.

Dr. Stein suggests several websites for us to get up to speed on the subject:

Phone: (352) 846-0860


Scott Cherones


Improving Our Liquid Assets

Scott Cherones is a co-owner of Southeastern Pond Management, a private company that advises and assists pond owners with the management of their ponds. Many of us have ponds on our property and most have stocked fish in them, but how many of us have fertilized our ponds? Scott tells us that this is the time of the year to do just that and he explains the reasons why. He also offers a few tips on proper methods.

"Here are some useful links:"

Phone: (205) 664-5596


Paul E. Pingrey


GPS and Digital Grove Mapping

Paul Pingrey is an extension forester in Wisconsin who hosts a sort of "Novice's (or Idiot's) Guide to GPS and Digital Mapping" on the Internet. The site is designed to help anyone make use of fascinating new digital mapping technology without spending years in college or a lot of money. With the investment of no more than a little time and curiosity, woodland owners can have immediate access to aerial photographs and maps of their land through free resources on the Internet.

Click here to visit Digital Grove Mapping.

Paul suggests we click on the GPS tab.

Phone: (608) 267-7595


Dr. Ben D. Jackson


Municipal & County Ordinances

Ben Jackson is a professor and timber harvesting specialist at the Warnell School of Forest Resources in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Jackson, along with co-authors Bill Hubbard, Jeff Stringer, and Dylan Dillaway, has written a paper that will soon appear in the Forest Landowners Association 2003 Manual and will be linked from this web page in a few days. Entitled A Look at County and Municipal Timber Harvesting Ordinances, the paper will be a "must read" for each of us. Two quotes from the paper will make you uneasy: "Georgia has 159 counties and over half of them had timber harvesting ordinances." and "Two [Mississippi] counties have 40,000 pound weight limits on trucks. That is at least half the normal allowance and as a consequence no timber is being harvested in those counties."

The paper lists five categories of ordinances:

  • Public Property Protection
  • Special Feature Protection
  • Tree Protection
  • Timber Harvesting Restrictions
  • Environmental Protection

Dr. Jackson recommends that we read:
*  The Southern Forest Resource Assessment Summary Report,
*  Southern Forest Resource Assessment Technical Report, and
*  Southern Wildland-Urban Interface Assessment Report all linked from:

He also recommends staying in close touch with the Alabama Forestry Association
which has a full time lobbyist in Montgomery: Boyd Kelly -- (334) 265-8733.

Phone: (706) 542-9051


Todd Shupe


Quality vs. Quantity

Todd Shupe is Associate Professor and Forest Products Extension Specialist at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He is concerned that the quality of southern yellow pine (SYP) lumber and its reputation in the global marketplace are not as good as they could be. (Haven't you at some time in the past looked at a pile of warped two by fours at the local lumber yard and quickly moved to the straighter "foreign brands" pile?)  Todd wonders if our focus on short rotation SYP plantations will have long term implications. He discusses market potential for high quality SYP lumber and suggests that we can choose quality over quantity on our land.

A  search using the words "wood quality" found the following:

Phone: (225) 578-4255


Joseph W. Eiland


Stumpage Market Report

Joe Eiland is President of Hatcher & Eiland Forestry, a consulting forestry firm based in Birmingham. Joe conducts frequent land and timber sales for his clients and, like most consulting foresters, has a good grasp of local market conditions. He discusses the wet weather conditions and their affect on stumpage prices and makes a few predictions for the summer months.

If you have time click Mill Closures and take a look at the ravages of market conditions and the spotted owl.

Phone: (205) 655-0191
Email: .

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