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February 2006 News Conference for Forest Owners Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc. Conference was recorded February 22, 2006.

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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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Dr. Catherine M. Mater


To Reach Offspring, Speak to their Pocketbook!

Catherine Mater, President of Mater Engineering out of Corvallis, Oregon, also serves as a Senior Fellow to the Pinchot Institute for Conservation based in Washington, DC. Mater conducted the research on this upcoming generation of private forest landowners to understand what this generation really thinks. She found that unlike their predecessors, offspring are more concerned about taxes. Both boys and girls ranked taxes as their top challenge to owning land and a main reason they would ever consider selling it. It is also interesting to note that boys and girls valued the land differently: girls liked the land in its untouched natural state, and guys were more interested in the land's income producing potential.

Phone: (541) 753-7335


Dr. Thomas C. Swearingen


Conservation Easement + Development = Value Increase

Tommy Swearingen is a natural resources manager who has figured out a way to preserve his family's farm while also taking advantage of a profitable housing market. His development plan involves selling 22 homesites on the property and keeping the rest of the 1,150 acres undeveloped and eventually placed into conservation easements.  "Everybody wants to have 20 acres in the woods," says Swearingen. He explains why he thinks this is an appropriate option with many benefits for landowners.

Phone: (251) 937-3276


Don Hoyt Gorman


Some see a glass half empty; some see a glass half full

Don Hoyt Gorman is Senior Editor of SEED Magazine, a global science magazine published in New York, NY (Gorman resides in London). He recently featured the musings of BMO Nesbitt Burns as the investment banking firm considered the Avian Flu from an economic perspective. Their belief is that since a disproportionate share of 20 to 40-year-olds will have the highest mortality rate, housing markets would weaken in response to excess supply, thus building and real estate businesses would suffer, and property values would fall. Gorman discusses these economic impacts from the viewpoint of a survivor and how one might position his capital, should the worst case scenarios occur. His glass, it would seem, is at least half full.

Phone: +44 20 7+ 731-4603


Dr. John Mayer


Feral Hogs: A problem or an opportunity?

Jack Mayer is a researcher and scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina. A nationally recognized wildlife ecologist who has been studying wild pigs for the past thirty years, he even investigated the famous 12-foot, 1000-pound swine, known as “Hogzilla,” for National Geographic Explorer. Feral hogs on your property - even those lacking legendary status - can be a problem...or an opportunity. Mayer tells us about the problem of feral hogs, how it affects Alabama, and how we can control - and perhaps, to some degree, take advantage of - the situation.

Phone: (803) 208-2952


Dr. James M. Guldin


Alternatives to Intensive Forest Management

Jim Guldin is the Supervisory Ecologist and Project Leader for the Southern Research Station in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Guldin's research centers on managing timber stands using methods that retain continuous forest cover and that rely on natural regeneration instead of planting. Both pines and hardwoods can be managed using natural regeneration. Though he urges you to consider a forester when using natural regeneration with your stands, at least he takes some of the "intensity" out of intensive stand management.

Phone: (501) 623-1180x103


Dr. H. Glenn Hughes


Hurricanes Damage Different Trees Differently

Glenn Hughes is with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Department of Forestry at MSU's College of Forest Resources. In the aftermath of Katrina he noticed differences in the amount and type of damage among your loblolly, slash, and longleaf pines. Hughes talks about what he knows about these differences, such as why hardwood bottomlands, pine sawtimber, and recently thinned pine stands were most severely damaged, and explains why you may have had a yard full of mostly snapped loblolly and slash pines. He speculates on management practices you could use to minimize damage from future storms.

Phone: (601) 794-0671


Mr. George C. Rowland


Pine Straw Biz

George Rowland serves as Coordinator for the North Central Resource Conservation and Development Council in New Albany, Mississippi. They developed a "Pine Straw Market" in North Mississippi, and he shares some of the things he learned with us on the opportunity to bale and sell loblolly pine straw. Pine straw business is a multi-million dollar industry. How can we get in on some of that?

Phone: (662) 534-7651


Ms. Sara Baldwin


Alabama Pine Timber Prices Up in Fourth Quarter 2005

Sara Baldwin is Editor of Timber Mart-South located out of Athens, Georgia. Timber Mart-South provides a quarterly report of the market for raw forest products in eleven southern states. She reports on the recent market prices for the South and for Alabama.

Phone: (706) 542-4760