Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.                 Advocate for the Forest Owner

Services & Supplies Categories

Aerial Photographs, GIS, & Maps

Certified Public Accountants

Chemical Vegetation Management

Consulting Forester
Member ACF

Consulting Forester

Family Wealth Management

Forestry Equipment, Portable Sawmills, & Tools

Hunting Gear, Guns, etc.


Land For Sale

Nuisance Wildlife Control

Pond Management

Posted Signs

Real Estate Appraisals

Real Estate Loans

Timber Buyer

Timber Market Pricing Service

Timber Sale Assistance

Tree Planting Equipment & Services

Tree Seed For Sale

Tree Seedlings For Sale

Woodland Mulching



September 2005 News Conference for Forest Owners Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc. Conference was recorded September 21, 2005.

to Listen to the

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

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.


Wade Camp


Rebuilding Gulf Coast May Push Up Sawtimber Prices

Wade Camp is the Director of Market Services for the Southern Forest Products Association based in Kenner, Louisiana. Camp is dealing personally with the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and is all too aware of the massive rebuilding job ahead. He informs us that lumber demand will be up 11% over an already strong 2005 consumption rate because of the nearly 1.3 million acres in 38 counties affected by Hurricane Katrina. Camp says we should see lumber prices - as well as sawtimber and chip 'n saw stumpage prices - up over the long-term.

Phone: (214) 796-3216


Michael Archer


Protect Your Woodland Home from Fire

Michael Archer is owner and publisher of Firebomber Publications, a small press located in Glendora, California, that produces firefighting fiction. Archer also writes instructional articles on protecting woodland homes from fire. In “Your Home is Your Castle," he provides tips on how to make your home more survivable in the event of a wildfire. Examples: landscaping with fire-resistant vegetation and preventing damage from embers carried by the wind.

Phone: (626) 915-4779


Joseph Smith


Good Road Design Saves Money

Joe Smith is the Director of the The Forest and Wood Products Institute at Mount Wachusett Community College located in Gardner, Massachusetts. In his article, "Here’s How to Protect Forest Roads", Smith informs us that the woodland road’s worst enemy is water. "It makes travel difficult, and if it’s not diverted, rainwater can wash away a road surface in a single summer storm." Smith also offers some instructions and illustrations on how you can build and install simple water diversion structures to prevent these problems. As Smith says, "A good road makes a good woodlot."

Phone: (978) 630-9360


Sara Leiman


Washington State Takes Timber and Doesn't Pay

Sara Leiman is a forester and landowner out of Monroe, Oregon, who manages her family's limited liability company, Coast Range Conifers, LLC. State restrictions prevented Coast Range Conifers from logging twelve out of 40 acres they owned because a bald eagle's nest was discovered on that tract. The Oregon Supreme Court ruled that Coast Range Conifers should not be compensated because 31 acres could still be harvested, thus the restrictions did not deprive the company of the property's full economic value. Ironically, CRC obtained that controversial tract through a land trade with the government in 1996. Their original tract had two endangered species nearby, but not on it.


Phone: (541) 847-5590


Dr. Keith Belli


How Much Timber is on Your Land?

Keith Belli is the Associate Dean of the College of Forest Resources and a professor at the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University. What exactly do foresters measure when they do a timber inventory? In his article, "How Much Timber is on Your Land?" he tells you what foresters do on your land so that you can better communicate your objectives and expectations to your forester. Belli lets us in on what we should know about the inventory process.

Phone: (662) 325-2778


Dr. Gene Wood


Horse Trail Ride Business Potential Grows

Gene Wood is Professor of Forest Wildlife Ecology and Extension Trails Specialist at Clemson University. Wood has been looking into the business of privately owned horse trails. In, "Recreational Horse Camps and Trailrides as Alternative Sources of Income" featured in Forest Landowner, he says that recreational horse trails on public land are not meeting the increasing demand for them. Translation: potential for small private ownerships that could really pay off.

Alabama Equestrian Liability Limitation Laws

Recreational horse camps visited by Wood

Trails & Trail Rides in Alabama

Phone: (864) 650-1742


Mark Hainds


Understory Restoration Improves Wildlife Habitat

Mark Hainds is the Research Coordinator for the Longleaf Alliance in Andalusia, Alabama. The Longleaf Alliance will be offering workshops on longleaf understory restoration that will  teach landowners how to restore and maintain a healthy understory of native plants. Hainds explains what benefits a healthy understory provides to wildlife habitat. Further, he explains why native species are uncommon and the difficulties we face when trying to bring them back.

Understory & Wildlife

Phone: (334) 427-1029


Dr. Deborah Gaddis


Have Hurricane Damage? Read IRS Casualty Loss FAQs

Debbie Gaddis is an Associate Professor at Mississippi State University. Gaddis and Dr. Stephen Dicke have just finished a useful FAQ on timber casualty loss. In addition, since the Forest Landowners' Guide to the Federal Income Tax (Ag Handbook 718) was written, "There have been two significant tax laws passed by Congress and signed into law.” Gaddis and Dicke, both tax experts, have written a correction sheet that brings this definitive tax guide up-to-date.

Phone: (662) 325-8002