CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
November 2003 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Thursday, November 20, 2003.
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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.
Geoffrey P. Ellison
Planting Pine Trees: Still a Good Idea.
is President of
Drennen Forestry Services, Inc., based in Cullman, Alabama.
Geoff is excited about investing in forestry by planting trees. He
points out that even with recent low pine pulpwood prices, planting old
fields can be a good investment.
For further study,
Geoff recommends that we check out the following web links:
phone: (256) 739-8344
Robert L. Izlar
If You Grow It, They Will Come.
Bob Izlar is Director of the University of Georgia
Center for Forest Business. He has been at UGA for six years and
has 28 years of industrial forestry experience throughout the South and
internationally. He is a Registered Forester in Georgia, a Fellow of the
Society of American Foresters and a tree farmer.
We asked Bob to help us
make good investment decisions by telling us which wood products
will be sought after in the future -- and which ones won't.
Will there be a demand for pulpwood, sawtimber, poles, pilings, veneer
logs...? The inevitable "chicken or egg" question comes up.
phone: (706) 542-6819
Improve Wildlife Habitat with BIG
has found a way to increase the number of oak trees in bottomland areas
(oak trees produce acorns and ducks, deer and turkey like acorns) and he
wants you to know how he does it. Jeff is manager of Five Oaks Nursery
in DeWitt, Arkansas and he also manages 8,000 acres of bottomland
hardwoods and green tree reservoirs. He has found that planting BIG oak
seedlings at the rate of 40 to 50 per acre, he can make important
improvements in the "mast" producing capacity of the future forest.
Click here to look at pictures of
Jeff's seedlings and the root mass in the planting container.
phone: (870) 830-5039
Early Quail Release a Success
is a wildlife biologist who specializes in Bobwhite Quail. David has
developed a successful quail restoration program that will be copied by
many landowners and wildlife managers. The secret seems to lie in
releasing the young birds before they lose their survival instincts in
captivity. Click here to read
a Birmingham News article about David's successful work.
Quail (dozens of useful quail management web links)
Quail Unlimited Website
phone: (334) 725-6488
Christmas Gift for Your Car or Truck
Chris Erwin is
Education Coordinator for the Alabama Forestry Association.
A large part of his work includes coordination of the
Alabama Forests Forever Campaign which is funded by
Alabama's Forestry License Tags. Tag sales net several hundred
thousand dollars each year and Chris coordinates the distribution of
that money to
a variety of forestry education grants,
forestry education materials for teachers, and the Forests Forever
Chris points out that
the $50 purchase price of the tag includes the right to "personalize"
your tag with your name or some other significant word -- Timber,
Forestry, Trees, Turkey, etc. To see if your favorite "word" has been
click here to open the Personalized Tag Search web page.
If you want to develop
or produce an educational activity or event and use the tag money to
fund the expenses, Chris will be accepting grant applications next year
and he will announce the dates in AFOA's Calendar of Events in the
newsletter and on the web.
phone: (334) 265-8733
Taxes, Tariffs and Tree Planting
Frank Stewart is the
Executive Director of the
Forest Landowners Tax Council, based in Washington, DC. An article
Frank wrote in FLTC's recent newsletter caught our attention and we
thought you'd be interested, too. Evidently, in order to head off trade
sanctions from Europe, the U.S. will have to pass legislation next March
that may include some pleasant results for you when you plant trees --
expensing the first $10,000 of planting costs...
Read Frank's article and then
contact your U.S. Representative and
U.S. Senators and urge them to vote for and pass the JOBS Bill
(HR-2896 & S-1637) with the forestry provisions
The problem, Frank
says, is that the
passive loss rules currently make it impossible for most forest
owners to take advantage of the proposed expensing rules. The Passive
Loss Rules have to be changed and Frank strongly suggests that you
contact your U.S. Representative and convince him to co-sponsor
the Timber Tax Fairness Act of 2003
(HR-3346) that was introduced by Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA) in October.
phone: (703) 549-0747
Dr. Robert A. Tufts
Timber Trespass: Prevention & Recovery
is Associate Professor in the
School of Forestry &
Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University specializing in
Forest Engineering and Forest Harvesting. Today he discusses timber
trespass, including criminal penalties and recovering damages. A
PowerPoint slide set prepared by Dr. Tufts will help you
understand the issue and, perhaps, help you prevent the problem.
Timber Trespass and many
other topics will be covered during a December 2, 2003
workshop in Auburn entitled Forestry Law. Workshop instructors
include the Adams and Reese/Lang Simpson Forestry Law Team.
Click here for workshop details including registration information.
phone: (334) 844-1011
Gift That Will Last a Lifetime
Sarah Crim is the Director of Student Services for the
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at
Auburn University. Since many forest owners have children,
grandchildren, nieces and nephews who are considering, at this time of
year, changing their college curriculum or picking a potential lifetime
career, we thought Mrs. Crim might be able to help you help your student
make a good decision. She spends her days assisting aspiring foresters
and wildlife biologists with academic choices and job searches. And she
would really like the sons and daughters of forest owners to attend
Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.
phone: (334) 844-1050
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
- Current Use Tax Assessment Rates
- Local Harvesting Restrictions &
Road Weight Limits
- 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
- Minerals, Gas & Oil Activity
- Recreational Businesses for Forest