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July 2004 News Conference for Forest Owners Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc. Conference was recorded July 20 & 21, 2004.

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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

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Hayes D. Brown, attorney and forest owner,  will moderate this news conference. Hayes' email address is

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Phillip C. Badger


Agricultural Biomass Company Fueling the Way

Phillip Badger is President and Chief Manager of Renewable Oil International, LLC, located in Florence, Alabama. Renewable Oil International's purpose is to cost-effectively convert biomass and waste to alternative fuels. Badger's company produces a bio-oil, a liquefied biomass, using biomass pyrolysis, which is the conversion of biomass (wood, grass, manure etc.) into liquid oil, a carbon residue or char and a combustible gas. Badger describes his technology, its effectiveness, and benefits it may provide the forest products industry.

Additional Resources and Links

PHONE: (256) 740-5634


John F. Godbee, Jr., ACF, RF


Carbon Sequestration Registry in Alabama's Future?

John Godbee is the forest certification and environmental compliance programs manager with F & W Forestry Services, a forest resource management and consulting firm in Statesboro, Georgia. Cleaning smokestack gases at power plants has become a multi-billion dollar business for environmental engineers. And even though it is far more efficient to remove one of the targeted impurities, carbon dioxide, from the atmosphere by growing trees, no one has developed a fool-proof, credible method for rewarding the tree growers in the same way free markets reward them for growing pine sawtimber. John Godbee is working towards that goal.

Recently, Georgia's General Assembly, with Godbee's guidance, passed legislation creating the Georgia Carbon Sequestration Registry. In addition to being responsible for developing the means for measuring, establishing ownership, and recording units of carbon dioxide captured in so-called “carbon sinks” by trees through photosynthesis, the hope is to also put Georgia tree growers, farmers, and manufacturers into the forefront of a this new market. Godbee defines carbon sequestration, explains how Georgia went about developing the legislation, what the Bill proposes to accomplish, and why Alabama landowners should be interested.

Web links

PHONE: (229) 343-8023


Wayne Tucker


Mississippi Steps Out With "First-Ever State-Sponsored" Forest Inventory

Wayne Tucker, Executive Director of the Mississippi Institute for Forest Inventory, is charged with developing the first-ever, comprehensive state-sponsored forest resources inventory. Using remote sensing and satellite imagery, the inventory will be able to determine forested acreage, forest types, timber volumes, and more. Their aim: to provide landowners, forest-related service providers and forest products companies a constant update of Mississippi's forest resources. We are curious as to why Mississippi walked away from their old system under the guidance of the U. S. Forest Service and hope Mr. Tucker will help us understand their independent move. Alabama forests are inventoried by state employees under U. S. Forest Service supervision.


PHONE: (662) 325-5498


Dr. J. Walter Prevatt


Renting Farmland: Some Cautions and Advice

Walt Prevatt is an Extension Economist and Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology at Auburn University. Many forest owners also own cropland and pastureland and many have called AFOA to describe problems associated with their agricultural land. How much rent should I charge for pastureland? The farmer who leases my bean and cotton fields has leased my property to hunters and I didn't give him that right - what should I do? What are my liabilities if "my farmer" hurts himself while farming my 20 acres? Dr. Prevatt suggests that landowners who rent agricultural land should develop a lease which covers rental price, liability, soil fertility, toxic residues, etc.

PHONE: (334) 844-5604


Dr. David J. Moorhead, Ph.D.


Pre-commercial Thinning Worth the Cost

David Moorhead is a Professor of Silviculture and Extension Forester with the Warnell School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia. Young, overstocked, planted pine stands are common. Caused by natural seeding of a planted site, overstocked stands are subject to southern pine beetle infestations and stand stagnation. Both can be expensive for the forest owner. Most of us have a hard time seeing the benefits of pre-commercial thinning and sometimes are not prepared to spend money on the operation so soon after paying for site preparation and tree planting. Moorhead explains what qualifies as too many seedlings and how pre-commercial thinning can improve the health and growth of our young pine investments.

Web links

PHONE: (229) 386-3298


Bill Klingler


Building Codes Make Selling Home-Grown Lumber Difficult

Bill Klingler is a Bullock County forest owner and life-long farmer. He had toyed with the idea of buying a portable sawmill for the purpose of building a pole barn on his property and maybe developing a business selling lumber to building contractors and others. He soon discovered that his business idea might not work when his building contractor told him that the contractor's liability insurance would not allow the use of ungraded lumber. Building codes, building code inspectors, lenders, insurance agencies, and other rule makers across the country are slowly making the use of ungraded lumber impossibly difficult. The scenario posed by Klingler is not an isolated incident. Other landowners who wanted to use their own wood, which met or in some cases exceeded, grading standards, had to go through the costly grading process and certification. Klingler shares his story and describes the advantages to using one's own lumber.


PHONE: (334) 584-7041


Dr. Ralph E. Mirarchi


Alabama Wildlife Series Basis of Wildlife Conservation Strategy

Ralph Mirarchi is the William R. and Fay Ireland Distinguished Professor, Wildlife Ecology and Management at Auburn University's School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. He has written four different volumes called the Alabama Wildlife series. The first volume is an annotated list of all vertebrates and selected invertebrates that live in Alabama. The second and third volumes highlight species that are imperiled in some way and the fourth volume describes conservation and management recommendations that "might prevent driving the species to extinction." The books will be used as the basis for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Wildlife Conservation Strategy over the next decade. Landowners might use them to create a checklist of species on their own land and to develop a conservation plan for their land. We found a variety of prices on the Internet and good descriptions of the volumes at the University of Alabama's website. See below.

Ordering the Alabama Wildlife series:

PHONE: (334) 844-9253


Thomas R. Brickman, RF, ACF


Forest & Farmland For Sale

Thomas Brickman has twenty-nine years experience as a practicing forester, real estate broker, and real estate appraiser. In addition, he is a partner with Cyprus Partners, a real estate development and brokerage business located in Birmingham, Alabama. Some of Cyprus Partners' land brokerage clients include corporations, timberland investment managers and individuals who seek to sell or buy land in central Alabama. Cyprus Partners is currently offering 17 properties for sale in 8 central Alabama counties, all within about one hour from Birmingham. These properties include investment-grade forestry opportunities, hunting and recreation tracts and farm land.

Examples of Current Offerings

PHONE: (205) 936-2160