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

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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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Richard Louv


Last Child in the Woods: Nature-Deficit Disorder

Richard Louv is a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune,  Senior Editor of Connect for Kids, and author of seven books. In his most recent book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, Louv describes Nature-deficit disorder as "the human costs of alienation from nature." He also writes about studies that directly link the lack of nature in today's technology-obsessed youth to rises in childhood obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and depression. So get your kids to go outdoors. After all, healthy kids are more likely to become interested and involved in the family lands.


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Phone: (858) 530-0591


Tim Cosby


Creating Fun Memories for Kids

Tim Cosby is a retired Law Enforcement Section Chief for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources who currently resides in Ramer, Alabama. Cosby's love for squirrel hunting goes back to his childhood, and to this day he prefers hunting squirrels because it's more social. Unlike other forms of hunting, squirrel hunting is loud anyway, so it's easier for young people to talk and laugh, and just make noise. He participates in an annual youth squirrel hunt in Barbour County for the purpose of getting young people interested in the outdoors. Here, he offers some squirrel hunting basics and explains why he feels it's a good way to get kids to have some fun outdoors.

Phone: (334) 562-3124


Dr. Larry Nelson


Herbicides Are Not Likely to Kill You

Larry Nelson is an associate professor at Clemson University's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in Clemson, South Carolina. If you are wary of weed poisons because you fear they could be harmful to you and your family, you can relax. Nelson compares the toxicity of forestry herbicides to commonly used household products and why even though herbicides are capable of killing large, full-grown trees, they are actually relatively non-toxic to you.

Phone: (864) 656-4866


Dr. Matthew McBroom


Clean Water: Protecting Vegetation Near Creeks Goes a Long Way

Matthew McBroom is a Research Specialist at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He points out from a Texas Intensive Silviculture Study that due to forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs), runoff caused by clearcutting and site-preparation on a stream site were significantly reduced. This means that leaving buffers along streams goes a long way. So when you do the necessary techniques on that buffer of land that protects your creek, you help maintain water quality and wildlife. YOU CAN REQUIRE that loggers follow the state’s Best Management Practices for Water Quality by including the requirement in your timber sale contract. Performance bonds, used to “encourage” contract compliance, can apply to BMPs. Ask your lawyer.

Phone: (936) 468-2469


Dr. Matthew H. Pelkki


Fire and Oaks Go Together

Matthew Pelkki is a a faculty member in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He is currently doing research on the use of repeated Spring burns to restore oak stands in the Ozark Mountains that could be useful to north Alabama landowners. He offers some steps on how you can get oaks to come back into your stands once you've cut using these techniques.

Phone: (870) 460-1949


Dr. John D. Copeland


Lease Liability Problems and Solutions

John Copeland is a Professor of Business at John Brown University and Executive in Residence for the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. If you have leased your land for recreational purposes, or if you're just thinking about leasing, Copeland's advice could really keep you out of trouble. In his book, Recreational Access to Private Lands: Liability Problems and Solutions, he provides references on legal problems and liability issues that arise from permitting recreational activities on private land. He talks about some of these matters, and below are some reference sites taken from the book. Click here for advice from the author on some of the things you can do to reduce risks of injury or property damage.

Phone: (479) 238-8668


Dr. Robert A. Tufts


Tax Relief for Forced Timber Sales

Robert Tufts is an attorney and Associate Professor at Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Tufts has given us advice in the past on estate taxes, but he also keeps up with important tax changes that may effect us as well. Natural disasters continue to affect landowners and, according to the Weather Channel, we have another 15 years in this cycle of intense storms. Is there any relief for those who have lost timber - or those who will lose timber? Some answers can be found at Ask Dr. Tufts, which we found to be one of the most useful and easy to understand sources on the topic of timber taxes.

Phone: (334) 844-1011


Edward F. Travis


Alabama Stumpage Report

Ed Travis is principal of the Edward F. Travis, Company, Inc., a full service forestry consulting, timberland brokerage and real estate appraisal firm located in Mobile, Alabama. He gives us an update on the Alabama stumpage market and offers some timing strategies for selling your timber. He also comments on what's going on with the demand for wood products, and the effect diminishing mills and logging resources may have on you.

Phone: (251) 633-8885