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June 2004 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc. Conference was recorded
Wednesday, June 16, 2004.
Hayes D. Brown
starting time: (00:00)
Hayes D. Brown, attorney and forest owner, will moderate this
news conference. Hayes' email address is
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J. Bishop Grewell
Recreation Fees: The Fifth Question
J. Bishop Grewell
is a research associate with PERC -
Property and Environment Research Center - in Bozeman, Montana.
Beginning in 1996, the federal government started raising (and in some cases
newly instituting) recreation fees on public lands and using them at the
sites where they were collected. This Fee Demonstration Program, which is
scheduled to end in 2004, has sparked a debate over ethical and practical
issues. In his publication,
Recreation Fees - Four Philosophical Questions, Grewell
addresses "recreational fee" issues by asking four specific questions
related to fairness, double taxation, commercialization, and
accountability. Today, AFOA poses a fifth question for Mr. Grewell's and
Grewell's Four Philosophical Questions
- Will recreation fees price low-income
citizens out of access to the public lands?
- Will recreation fees commercialize our
public lands - ruining the nature experience?
- Because public lands are paid for by
taxes, do recreation fees amount to unfair, double taxation?
- Do recreation fees reduce accountability
of federal land agencies to Congress and the public by freeing federal
land managers from the appropriations process?
AFOA's Fifth Philosophical Question
- Without access fees, isn't government
unjustly competing with private landowners in the recreation business?
Phone: (406) 587-9591
Henry Barclay, III, CPA
Forest Fertilization Now Deductible
is president of Lehmann, Ullman & Barclay, LLP, a firm with three
generations of experience assisting the owners of forestland with their
income and estate tax problems. Most of us understand the importance of
fertilizing farm crops, gardens and lawns, but we've never considered
spending money to fertilize our forestland. To make it more difficult, the
IRS hasn't allowed us to immediately deduct the expenses of fertilizing
established timber stands. But, on June 2, 2004 the IRS issued guidance to
clarify that "costs incurred by a timber grower for post-establishment
fertilization of an established timber stand are deductible expenses."
Henry describes how we might apply this new ruling.
Phone: (205) 328-5966,
Dr. H. Lee Allen
Forest Fertilization Pays Big Dividends
Lee Allen is Co-Director of the
Forest Nutrition Cooperative at
North Carolina State University's
Department of Forestry. The Forest Nutrition Co-op is one of the largest
cooperative forest research and education programs in the world and is
located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Allen, a soil nutrition expert, explains
the purposes of fertilizing stands, how to determine what factors need to be
considered when fertilizing stands, and gives details on what types of
fertilizers one should use and under what conditions.
Phone: (919) 515-3500
Stephen J. Hudson
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
Stephen Hudson is the managing
editor of a "to be written" forestry book that will be the product of a
cooperative effort between the
Alabama Forestry Commission, the
Alabama Forestry Association, and
Auburn's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Hudson's goal is
to produce a book that will become an important forest management reference
guide for forest owners. He expects it to be a companion to the Alabama
Managing Wildlife on Private Lands in Alabama and the Southeast.
Stephen comes to us today to ask for our
help. We know that Managing
Forests on Private Lands in Alabama and the South will end up on
most of our desks one day and we know that we will reach for it when we have
a question about how to . . . Please
take time right now to read the
Draft Outline of the book to see if he has left anything out
that you would like included. This is a great opportunity to make an
important contribution to forestry in Alabama!
Managing Forests steering committee members
Read the Draft, and then call or write
Phone: (334) 844-1026
Can You Hear Me Now?
is the Shareholder-Director of
Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell in Concord, New Hampshire. Andrew
advises telecommunications carriers on local competitive regulatory issues
under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Today Mr. Eills helps us identify
important points to be considered when leasing land to cellular carriers.
Cell Tower Leases: Revenue Opportunities for Property Owners,
answers many general questions such as leasing, security, insurance concerns
and more. While new land leasing opportunities are encouraging, it is
important to take all the variables into consideration.
Additional Articles on Cell Tower
AFOA will host a telephone conference on
July 29, 2004 to allow participants to discuss the pros and cons of leasing
land for cell towers. For more information, or to get your name on the
conference call attendance list, call AFOA at (205) 987-8811 or
click here. Check the Calendar of Events
section of the July newsletter for more details.
Dr. H. Lee Stribling
Timely Tips for Game Food Plots
Lee Stribling is an Associate Professor with
Auburnís School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. Lee is a game
management expert who reminds us that it's that time of year to plan (soil
testing, for example) for fall planting of game food plots so they'll be
ready by hunting season. Since more than 3,000 AFOA members lease land to
hunters, we thought a discussion on game food plots would be useful to a lot
of listeners. Dr. Stribling offers some timely tips for hunters and
landowners in order to make the appropriate preparations.
Additional Information on Game Food Plots
Phone: (334) 844-9248
ATV Trail Riding Club on Private Land in Lee
Ernest Whatley is a retired dairy farmer and organizer of
Beauregard Off-Road Vehicle Club in
Opelika. One could say that Whatley is a sort of Renaissance man of
forestland ownership. Sure, he draws an income by traditional means, such as
leasing his land to hunters, but he's also diversified his land "portfolio"
by leasing to families for the purpose of enjoying a 4-wheeler trail system.
With $300 and the adherence to his #1 rule, "Don't embarrass Ernest
Whatley," families can join the club and enjoy the trails, and Whatley has
an alternative form of income. Ernest shares with us how he started, how he
gets paid, how he avoids liability, and how he handles the demand for ATV
trail riding fun.
Links and Resources
Phone: (334) 745-5570
Richard W. Hall
Imported Pulp: A Growing Option for Alabama Paper
is an international investment expert with Bank of America's Timberland
Services Group. In 2003,
International Paper Company took delivery of about 15,000 tons of
eucalyptus chips from its Amcel facility in northern Brazil for a test run
at its mill at Cantonment, Florida. In addition,
Domtar also did a test run of about 7,000 tons of eucalyptus logs at
their mill at Ashdown, Arkansas. With millions of acres of forests here in
the South, why did they do this? Mr. Hall explains why Southern paper mills
would choose to import eucalyptus, and how it benefits the importing mills.
In a global economy, it is important for forest owners to understand
Phone: (404) 607-4837