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February 2005 News Conference for Forest Owners Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc. Conference was recorded February 16, 2005.

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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.

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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Jerry Taylor


Set the Free-Market Free!

Jerry Taylor is the Director of Natural Resource Studies with the CATO Institute, located in Washington, DC. Through his numerous media appearances, debates, speeches, and articles, Taylor defends the effectiveness of free markets over orthodox environmental platforms and government regulation. In a speech before the Environmental Grantmakers Association, he argued that the activities subsidized by the federal government causes more environmental damage than the so-called "reckless" free market, and that a free-market atmosphere will naturally figure out the best ways to achieve environmental goals.

More Relevant Items from Jerry Taylor

Phone: (202) 789-5282


Elizabeth C. Moore


Farm Subsidy Interests Reap More Than They Sow

Liz Moore is the Press Secretary for the Environmental Working Group in Washington, DC. Federal subsidy payments to large corporate farms continued to grow in 2003, topping $11.5 billion, according to an analysis of Agriculture Department data. Meanwhile, the vast majority of U.S. farming operations, including those run by families and other small operators, fail to qualify. According to the analysis by the EWG, taxpayers have spent more than $131 billion on federal farm programs over the past nine years. But just one-third of the nation's farms ever see that money, according to USDA data. And of those receiving funds, the majority goes to 10 percent of the recipients, who benefit from almost three-fourths of all payments. According to the EWG analysis, the amount spent subsidizing agriculture over the past nine years could have purchased many of the nation's farms in total.

You Be the Judge:

Phone: (202) 667-6982


Joshua Kane Harrell


No More Excuses

Joshua Harrell is the Program Coordinator for the Forest Landowners Association, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. Most of us are not as proactive in contacting our elected representatives as we should be. Pro-landowner issues such as a permanent repeal of the Death Tax, reform of the Endangered Species Act, inclusion of forest products in biomass legislation and other issues deserve a voice in Washington, lest they be stifled by more vocal opposition groups. Once we, individually, get past the lack-of-motivation issue, what's the next step? Harrell offers to help us become more informed about lobbying techniques and shows us that the lobbying process does not belong exclusively to the professionals.

 Phone: 1-800-325-2954


Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr.


That Taxing Time of Year - Literally!

Harry Haney is the Garland Gray Professor Emeritus of Forestry at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg Virginia and contributor to the in-depth National Timber Tax Website. Tax season is already a stressful time of year, especially for first-time timber owners who are new to the mystifying realm of timber taxes - click here to download Ag Handbook 718. Mercifully, Dr. Haney is here to give us a rundown on timber taxes and forms, and make us aware of new tax changes for this year's tax season. He will also be teaching a comprehensive course on timber taxes on February 28 to March 1 in Richmond. Dr. Haney and  the Timber Tax site can answer all your tax questions save one: If Congress can pay farmers not to raise crops, why can't we pay Congress not to raise taxes?

Where to find the tax forms mentioned in New to the Game

Form 1040 SCHEDULE C - Profit or Loss From Business Instructions
Form 1040 SCHEDULE D - Capital Gains and Losses Instructions
Form 4562 - Depreciation and Amortization Instructions
Form 4797 - Sales of Business Property Instructions
Form T (Timber) - Forest Activities Schedule Instructions included
Form 6251 - Alternative Minimum Tax - Individuals Instructions

Other Upcoming Timber Tax Courses (provided by MSU Extension Service)

Phone: (540) 231-5212


Preston McLain


ATV Club Provides Benefits for Landowner and Community

Preston McLain is President of the Harlan County Ridge Runners ATV Club in Evarts, Kentucky, located in Harlan County. In an innovative move by Harlan County Fiscal Court officials, this 200-strong Club was able to create a trail system on 7000 acres of reclaimed coal land, which the County leased from the landowner. As coal land, the Club's roads made money for their county, and Ridge Runners and Harlan County are going to prove that this land can do the same as a tourism park. In fact, more lands are in the process of being purchased to expand the Club. McLain has agreed to discuss how he and his group were able to reduce some of the problems that normally surface when establishing an ATV club by working with Harlan County officials, describe some of the benefits, and how they were even able to reduce the landowner's liability risks.

Phone: (606) 837-3546


Teddy Reynolds, BSF, RF, SR


Do-It-Yourself Timber Cruise

Teddy Reynolds is President of  Reynolds Forestry Consulting - RFC, Inc. in Magnolia,  Arkansas and host of Timber Talk, a radio program that informs, educates, and updates landowners, as well as the general public, about forestry. Reynolds expands his role as radio host by contributing useful articles and instructional material to various magazines. His feature on inventory methods in the January/February 2005 issue of Tree Farmer Magazine was very thorough with tables and narrative descriptions -- perfect for the do-it-yourself landowner! Reynolds reveals which of the three primary timber inventory methods practiced in the pine belt is the most popular with private landowners and why, and the basics you should know about statistics to properly understand a cruise.

Phone: (870) 234-0200X1202


Tim Ard


Chainsaw Safety: The Right Saw for the Job

Tim Ard is President of Forest Applications Training, Inc in Hiram, Georgia. Chainsaws are widely used to remove fallen or partially fallen trees and tree branches after a natural disaster, so no doubt there was a considerable increase in chainsaw sales in Alabama over the last few months. Of course, the result of increased chainsaw purchases naturally leads to an increase in risk of injuries. Tim Ard travels all over the country offering individuals, utility companies, rescue workers, and urban and rural foresters techniques to use chainsaws safely while maintaining productivity. He shares some of his proven safety tips here and advises on how to select the right saw for the job. He will also share his knowledge of chainsaw safety in person at AFOA's Annual Meeting on April 16, 2005.

Chainsaw Safety Resources:

Phone: (770) 751-3390


Dr. Brooks Mendell, Ph.D.


Aging Pulp Industry Affects Our Future

Brooks Mendell is Principal and Founder of Forisk Consulting and a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Warnell Center for Forest Business at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. In a feature for Forest Landowner Magazine, he and his Timber Mart-South colleagues observed in Pulpwood and Pulp: Long-Term History the maturing of the pulp manufacturing industry of the South and the capacity of the market from 1935 to 1985. They noted that the price for pine pulpwood stumpage in the South increased at an annual average growth rate of 7 percent during the span of those years. In other words, growing pulp capacity drove pulpwood demand and consumption and interestingly, the  number of mills in the South kept increasing despite the fact that mills in Northeast and North Central regions had closed! Mendell discusses this amazing capacity of the market and the historical trend of the pulpwood market of the South.

Phone: (706) 542-6021