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April  2003 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, April 23, 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.


Dr. Jim Cathcart


Carbon Offset Markets:
Fiction or Fact?

Jim Cathcart is a forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry who has developed a web page, Forestry & Wood Products -- Carbon Storage,  that will help us learn more about the global carbon market.

We all know that air pollution regulations have, for many years, required power companies to clean pollutants from their smokestacks, and most of us realize that U.S. companies aren't the only ones doing that. Scrubbing pollutants from a smokestack, using cleaner burning fuels, and encouraging conservation measures by electric power users all help keep the air clean. It is now believed by many people and many governments (especially in Europe) that  carbon dioxide (a by-product of burning coal and other fuels to produce electricity) causes global warming. Many of those governments have begun to require their power companies to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide they send into the atmosphere. Another option to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is to grow trees and store the carbon in the wood and the forest soil. That method is developing into a carbon offset market which may prove profitable for owners of forest and farmland.

For more on how Oregon views carbon credits and sustainability, click here.

phone: (503) 945-7380


Dr. Phil G. Combs, PE


Selling the Carbon on Your Land

Phil Combs is a forest owner in Mississippi and a partner in American EnviroTech, LLC, a firm formed to assist landowners with environmental assets of their land, particularly pursuing the sale of carbon sequestration credits. "Land that was cleared prior to 1990 and then reforested will most likely qualify for carbon sequestration credits. Both U.S. and international companies are currently purchasing these credits from landowners and there is the potential for the landowners to be paid approximately $400.00 per acre for these credits if the landowner will pledge (through an easement) to keep the land in forests for 70 years (Timber management is allowed and actually encouraged, but the land can not be clear-cut for that period)." Source: American EnviroTech press release.

Got Gas? Forbes, March 2003

Questions? Ask them on Carbon Net, a national discussion group focusing on the Carbon Cycle, Global Warming, Sequestering Carbon and Mitigation Banking of Carbon Credits.
The website is:
Post messages: 

The following are a few sites that will give some background information on carbon sequestration:

phone: (601) 260-2778


Boyd Kelly


Alabama Legislative Report

Boyd Kelly is Governmental Affairs Director of the Alabama Forestry Association, a 3,000 member trade association headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama. Two bills that should be of interest to forest owners are the Family Farm Preservation Act (HB 420) and a bill (SB 164 & HB 144) that would require one member of the Alabama Environmental Commission to have a forestry or agriculture background. However, Tax Reform may be more on your mind (and the minds of the legislators) than protecting yourself from nuisance ordinances or poorly planned environmental regulations. Boyd stated to AFOA: "If tax increases are inevitable, my organization will work to ensure forest owners are not singled out. Any increase in property taxes on forestland must meet three criteria. Current-use valuation must be maintained; there will be no discrimination based on who owns the land or the amount of acreage involved; and, forestland must remain in the same classification as homes." Boyd sends AFA members a Forestry Legislative Report when the legislature is in session. Click here to read a recent issue.

Use ALISON to find current status of legislation.

To Contact State Lawmakers:

Governor Bob Riley, State Capitol, Montgomery, AL 36130
  Governor's email:
  Governor's phone: (334) 242-7100

phone: (334) 265-8733


Dr. William C. Siegel


Expensing Tree Planting Costs:
Reforestation Tax Act & Passive Loss Rules

Bill Siegel is Chairman of the Board of the Forest Landowners Tax Council, a non-profit group that represents private forest owners on tax issues in Washington, DC. In March, Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) introduced the the Reforestation Tax Act (HR 1310). This bill would reduce the tax paid on timber income for individuals and corporations by 3 percent each year that timber is held, up to a maximum reduction of 50 percent and would eliminate the current $10,000 cap on reforestation expenses to be amortized over seven years and allow all reforestation costs to be expensed in the year they are incurred. Unfortunately, even if the bill passes, the passive loss rules, as now written, would make it difficult, at best, for most of us to be able to write off our planting expenses in the year of planting. Dr. Siegel is working to rewrite those rules.

Read the Bill ( type in HR 1310 )

Reforestation Tax Credit 

Passive Loss Rules

phone: (504) 914-1868 (phone number updated 02/28/13)


Ernest G. Lovett


Alternatives to Clear-cut and Plant

Ernest Lovett is the Management Forester on the Crossett Experimental Forest. His goal is "to develop and evaluate low-cost silvicultural techniques and management alternatives suitable for natural stands on private, non-industrial timberlands in the mid-South." Established in 1934, the Crossett Experimental Forest has a long history of conducting research of interest and value to small private forest owners. Be sure to spend some time on the Forest website. Read The Crossett Story if you have time. A Crossett Forestry Field Day is planned for May 13, 2003 and we expect one or two forest owners from Alabama will attend. We have heard that next year a bus will be chartered to carry forest owners and foresters from Alabama to the field day. (Write to Dr. Mark Dubois, if interested:

phone: (870) 364-8730x14


James P. Jeter


A Written Forest Management Plan

Jim Jeter is Regional Management Specialist, NW Region, for the Alabama Forestry Commission. We asked Jim to respond to a letter AFOA recently received from a south Alabama landowner. We wondered if this landowner really needs a formal management plan or would a few action items in a short letter from his forester be easier to understand and more likely to be carried out? Jim points out some good reasons why a documented plan might be a real asset to many forest owners. On the other hand, we discussed this letter with one consulting forester who advises his clients to not allow any information about their private lands (timber values & volumes) to be included in any public documents, such as a public agency written plan, because the IRS had used data from such a plan against one of his clients. The landowner's letter follows:

     " I need some information about Forestry Management Plans. My family owns 200 acres of timber land in south Alabama which we are planning to clear cut in the near future. I have received proposals from several timber management consultants as well as information from the State Forestry Commission about Timber Management Plans. In fact, SFC is preparing a plan for us right now (at no charge). Several of the private consultants have offered to develop a plan for me, ranging from 'no charge' to as much as $17 per acre.
     "Do you know of any available literature or other sources of information that will provide me some guidance on what a good timber management plan should include and how to assess the value of a plan, i.e., how do I determine if I'm getting what I pay for?
     "This is my first involvement in timber harvest and reforestation, so I'm really struggling to evaluate all the advice I'm receiving and finding credible information about what I need to do. So, any assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated."

Developing a Plan to Care for Your Forest

phone: (205) 339-0929


Drew S. Mendoza


Making Sibling Teams Work: The Next Generation

Drew Mendoza is the managing principal of The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. He has co-authored a book that will be of interest to many forest owners: Making Sibling Teams Work: The Next Generation. Topics include:

  • how parents can improve the odds of next generation success
  • how in-laws can prepare themselves for their roles and play them effectively
  • how brothers and sisters can ensure successful working relationships
  • how to develop the infrastructure of governance, policies, and procedures that optimize planning, decision making and accountability
  • how to assure that Mom and Dad won't divide the sibling team
  • how to nurture positive personal relationships among siblings and their spouses
  • how to develop and articulate the sibling team's values and goals
  • how to prepare for the coming cousins' generation

To order the book, click here. $18.95

The Family Business Consulting Group also produces audio conferences, such as Family Meetings: How to Bring Your Family Closer and Make Your Business Stronger. Future conferences will be posted in AFOA's Calendar of Events, both in the newsletter and on the web.

phone: (773) 604-5005


Professor Thomas Harris


Stumpage Market Report

Tom Harris is publisher of Timber Mart-South and has been a guest on Capital Ideas - Live! several times in the past. Timber Mart-South is a forest products price service available to subscribers and is quoted regularly in AFOA's monthly newsletter. From the recent 1st Quarter 2003 TMS Market Newsletter: "South-wide average pulpwood stumpage prices surged upward this quarter. Hardwood pulpwood was in high demand in almost every market and average pine pulpwood stumpage also rose. Reporters attributed higher prices to widespread poor logging conditions due to heavy rainfall. Sunny weather towards the end of March reportedly brought an increase in log availability and one reporter said, 'The sun came out and it began to rain logs.' "

A couple of recent news headlines:

phone: (706) 542-2832


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