CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
November 2004 News Conference for Forest
Owners Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc. Conference
was recorded November 17, 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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Dr. William L. Hoover
Income and Estate Tax Reform: The Possibilities
is the Assistant Department Head and a Professor of Forestry, Extension
Coordinator at the
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at
Purdue University, and Director of the
National Timber Tax
Website. In addition, he is co-author of the
Forest Owner's Guide to the Federal Income Tax. We asked Professor
Hoover to speculate on what tax law and other legislative changes landowners
can expect, and what we should push for, during the second Bush
Upcoming Tax Courses Available
Income Tax (Athens, GA)
- Tax Ramifications of Storm Damaged
Timber: Tax Seminar for Tax Professionals, Attorneys and Landowners
Phone: (765) 494-3580
Henry Barclay, III, CPA
Creating a Positive Family Legacy
Henry Barclay managing partner
Lehmann, Ullman & Barclay, LLP, which is a Birmingham firm
with three generations of experience assisting the owners of forestland with
their income and estate tax problems, He is also a past president of the
Alabama Forest Owners’ Association, a chairman of the Forest Land Owners Tax
Council and a board member and treasurer of the Forest History Society.
Going beyond the usual role of tax counselor, Barclay takes on a more
personal approach with landowners by informing them of the importance of
building strong family relations for the security of the family's estate
holdings. Barclay believes that if landowners can create memorable
experiences on the family lands with their children and/or grandchildren by
using fun forest management activities, then they can build a successful,
positive family legacy. This will not only contribute to a smoother
transition and transfer of the family estate later on, but will hopefully
encourage the younger generation to take on an interest in the property
itself and the responsibilities involved.
Phone: (205) 328-5966
Samuel W. Jackson
Natural Resource Education - Online
Sam Jackson is a Coordinator
Agricultural Extension Service in the
Department of Forestry,
Wildlife, and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee. He is
responsible for coordinating the development of the
National Web-Based Learning Center for Private Forest and Range Landowners.
The Center is seeking to provide a self-paced learning format that
will allow you to improve your knowledge of natural resources. Jackson
explains what this program provides, how it works, and gives an example of
one of several learning modules currently available can help you
become a better land manager.
Other Available Modules:
Phone: (865) 974-2946
Dr. Grant Woods, Ph.D.
Hurricane Ivan Forces Hunting Changes This Winter
Grant Woods is a wildlife
biologist and owner of
Woods and Associates, Inc., a private wildlife management consulting
firm located in Reeds Spring, Missouri. The unpredictability of natural
disasters or other sudden environmental changes can cause landowners to be
unprepared for possible changes in their wildlife management practices.
Adaptability is the key. Woods explains how you and your hunters
might change management activities in reaction to the severe hurricane
blow-down of this year's acorn crop, an important source of nutrition for
many wildlife species.
Phone: (417) 334-3441
Dr. Scott Enebak
Sudden Oak Death: Should We Be Concerned?
Scott Enebak is a Forest Pathologist at Auburn University's
School of Forestry &
Oak Death is caused by
Phytophthora ramorum, a fungal pathogen that has killed a large
number of oak trees in California since it was first detected in 1995.
But, is this something with which landowners in the southeastern part of
the country should be concerned? Enebak answers that question, explains the
logistics of Sudden Oak Death, the status of the disease in the United
States, what will happen if the fungus gets established in the eastern
United States and what we can do to protect our forests if that happens.
Some General Symptoms on Oak
- Flamed out crowns - the leaves turn brown
suddenly and stay on the branch for up to a year following death
- Cankers form on main trunk and branches
- Ooze from cankers is sticky, very dark
reddish and smells fermented
More on Sudden Oak Death:
Phone: (334) 844-1028
Dennis R. LeBleu, RF, ACF
Avoid Chainsaw Massacre: Pulpwood Marking Versus
Dennis LeBleu is the branch
F & W Forestry
Services in Phenix City, Alabama. The most important goal of
thinning a pulpwood stand is to improve the quality and growth of the trees
that remain after the logging is finished. Dennis explains why carefully
marking timber to be cut before the logger enters a tract will result in
a better thinning job with less mistakes. LeBleu explains some of
the reasons timber stands are marked for select cutting, some of the
advantages of select-marking timber stands rather than letting the operator
make the selection. He even offers specifics, such as whether it is worth
the extra cost to select mark on a low value product like pulpwood in first
thinnings, including some of the costs involved. Good rule of thumb:
the person with the chainsaw should not be the decision maker on what
Phone: (334) 297-8817
Dr. Kenneth MacDicken, Ph.D.
Stereo Digital Aerial Imagery: A Whole New Dimension
is the Director of Forest Management Services for
in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. "Winrock International is a global team
dedicated to increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible
resource management." To accomplish their goals, Winrock specialists
frequently use 3-D aerial imagery ("pictures" of forest or farm taken from a
plane or satellite). Viewing aerial photos in 3-D (the old way) required
overlapping photos (stereo coverage is requested when ordering photos) and a
stereo viewer, but digital imagery can be manipulated by software to allow
us to view the 3-D imagery much more comfortably on our computer monitors
(special stereo viewer required).
To help us understand the value of 3-D
imagery, MacDickens sent us four images that you can view on your
computer monitor --- but you will need some special equipment. A
set of red/blue glasses will be included with the next issue of
Capital Ideas, AFOA's monthly newsletter, to all Sustaining and
First Class members. Other members may call AFOA at (205) 987-8811 and a
pair of the special glasses will be mailed to you If you like what
you see and plan on buying 3-D (stereo) color imagery of your land, you
can purchase special glasses that improve the viewing experience.
Click on the images to enlarge them.
(red lens over left eye)
Bolivia - post logging
Peru - logging gap
Mississippi - tree stands
Phone: (413) 863-3087