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June 2006 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc. Conference was recorded
June 23 & 28, 2006.
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. David B. South
Can You Profit From Pine
is a professor with the
School of Forestry and
Wildlife Sciences at
Auburn University. He
are risks and benefits associated with planting genetically improved seedlings.
In the case of clones, the costs, benefits and risks are increased. In some
cases, the financial benefits from planting clones will occur at pulp mills and
sawmills. Private landowners who choose to spend $90 to $200 more per acre to
establish a clonal plantation should ask questions about the potential benefits
and risks." He discusses some of these questions and offers some answers.
Other Questions to ask:
- Will the mill pay the grower more per ton for
- Is the percentage gain estimate based on
heights at age 6 or weight per acre at age 30?
- Are the yield predictions based on single-tree
or row plots?
- How many extra tons per acre of saw logs are
expected at age 20 years?
- What is the probability that the selected
clone (on a given site) will produce less wood at age 20 years (when
compared to a plantation established with second-generation seedlings)?
Phone: (334) 844-1022
Kenneth C. Stewart, Jr.
Tree Planting Drops
Stewart is the Director of the
Georgia Forestry Commission
in Macon, Georgia. Based on a GFC survey,
F & W Forestry Services printed that pine
12 percent across the South in 2005 - their lowest level in years. "What may
have appeared as a temporary situation due to low timber prices, adverse
weather, and other factors now seems to have settled into a trend that is
relatively consistent throughout the 11-state region." These latest planting
numbers, based on estimates gathered from forestry agencies of the Southern
states and complied by the GFC, raises many questions. Stewart attempts to
answer some of these questions.
Other things to ponder:
- If the trend persists for the long-term, does
it mean a basic change in supply, demand, and prices for small diameter
- If so, when is this likely to be felt in the
- Can we turn this into an opportunity?
Phone: (478) 751-3500
Dr. Kevin Robertson
Improves Soil Quality
is a fire ecology research scientist with the
Tall Timbers Research Station's Fire Ecology Program in
Tallahassee, Florida. He writes, "One question of concern to the public is how
much of the carbon, nitrogen, and other nutrients stored in plants goes into the
atmosphere, versus going back to the soil, when we burn. Of interest are the
effects of prescribed burning on soil health and its contribution to greenhouse
gases and global warming, which could influence the future of our right to
burn...thus, our frequently burned pinelands burn much cleaner than your
fireplace or a bonfire and return more nutrients to the soil." He explains
the effects of prescribed burning on soil health and what we should know about
how this affects soil quality.
Phone: (850) 893-4153x254
Joseph A. McGlincy
Providing Ideal Turkey
is a wildlife biologist, environmental consultant, and Director of
Wildlife Company located in Bainbridge, Georgia. McGlincy has been
looking into turkey poult survival and found that it does little good to produce
additional poults if you do not have suitable habitat to house increased
population. Suitable habitat means an abundance of insects, the primary poult
food. "When thinking of poult habitat, think close to the ground, that's where
the action is," McGlincy says. In addition, "fire is the best tool
available to land managers for improving brood habitat." McGlincy discusses
ideal poult habitat and what we should do to prepare our land for next year's
Phone: (229) 246-5785
Gator Hunting is Big
Casper is an animal nuisance control expert with Predator Control
& Conservation in Mobile, Alabama. When we heard that Alabama would soon
have an alligator hunting season, we thought of how exciting such a hunt
would be, how rare the opportunity to hunt a gator would be, and how
much some people would be willing to pay for that excitement and opportunity.
If you have land that will someday be open for alligator hunting, you should
become aware of the income possibilities. Don't give it away!
Phone: (251) 873-4609
Dr. James B. McCarter
Visualize Decisions with
McCarter is a research scientist with the
Rural Technology Initiative (RTI) at the
University of Washington,
Forest Resources. If landowners could see a
of forest management practices before we take any action, it might help us make
Management System (LMS) and associated
Inventory Wizard is landowner-friendly software that can help us understand
and decide our management options and outcomes. You simply enter your forest
data and the program guides you through the entire inventory process in a
practical, applicable way that directly relates to your situation and not some
broad, confusing, theoretical idea. McCarter describes LMS, how it can help
landowners, and how we can get access to it.
Phone: (206) 550-5983
Information Access and
is Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for
Corporation in Rochester, New York. Pictometry is the world's largest
oblique aerial photography company. The company develops and markets a
sophisticated, integrated information system that allows users to have
high-resolution images of
municipalities from multiple views at the click of a mouse. Pennacchia tells
us what sets Pictometry apart from other aerial imaging tools on the
market and how an enterprising AFOA member could work with them to the
benefit of all involved. After all, why should the
have all the fun?
Phone: (585) 486-0093x270
David M. Kelley
Timber Market Update
is the owner of
Kelley Forestry Consulting Services, LLC, a Montgomery, Alabama-based
private forestry consulting firm with over 12 years experience in managing
timberland for forest landowners. According to Ken Stewart's presentation,
southern timberland owners now more than ever must be well-informed on new
developments, changes, and trends that affect the management of their lands and
markets for their trees. Kelley is offering his expertise to provide us with the
latest in timber price trends and gives us some idea of what we should do
regarding the market at this time.
Phone: (334) 263-1440