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September 2007 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by the Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
This Conference was recorded on September 19, 2007.

to Listen to the
This conference is in .mp3 format, which is compatible with Windows Media Player and most other media devices.

Hayes D. Brown   Alabama Forest Owners' Association

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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Ms. Rebecca Moore

Hear Conference

Wow! What a View!

Rebecca Moore is the Google Earth Outreach Manager of Google, Inc., headquartered in Mountain View, California. If you've never experienced the thrill of using Google Earth, do so now. The basic version is free, and, from the comfort of your own computer, you can take a virtual tour of your favorite places around the world--and even your own property--and view high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery in spectacular 3D. You can zoom, tilt, and rotate; measure distances; create placemarks; turn on various layers of mapping information such as roads, shopping and services, geographic features, 3D buildings, gas, food and lodging; print, save, and email your images/views. In the more advanced versions of Google Earth (available by purchase), you can import GPS data, and depending on the version, you can even make movies. We are eager to learn much more about Google Earth, so Rebecca, let's fly!




Jeremy Lowery

Hear Conference

New Best Management Practices Manual

Jeremy Lowery is the BMP Coordinator at the Alabama Forestry Commission. His responsibilities include Best Management Practices (BMP) complaint remediation, random monitoring, training, and working with the Alabama Clean Water Partnerships. Recently, the Commission updated and reprinted the BMP Manual, which is designed to help landowners and loggers better understand how to prevent stream pollution during and following logging operations and other activities, such as site preparation for tree planting. Jeremy will explain what changes have been made in the BMP Manual, and why.

Phone: (334) 240-9365


Mr. Steve Guy

Hear Conference

Save Money with Current-Use Assessment

Steve Guy is the Director of the Forestry, Soybean and Wildlife Divisions of the Alabama Farmers Federation in Montgomery, Alabama. As we learned in a previous edition of Capital Ideas -- Live!, many states provide tax incentives to encourage the ownership and nurturing of forestland. In Alabama, these incentives come in the form of the current-use tax assessment program. Current-use is designed to allow landowners to preserve their forestland and farms as they are rather than being forced to develop them because of tax pressures that might result if the properties were valued at their highest use. Steve will discuss the concept of current-use and why it is so important. He will also tell us how a forest landowner can apply for it. Please note, though, that there are deadlines for doing so (see below).

Application deadlines: "Any taxpayer interested in obtaining current-use valuation must make an application with the county assessing official between October 1 and January 1 of any given year.... Once current-use valuation is granted by the county assessing official, the owner of the property is not required to repeat the application for subsequent years." Source: Alabama Department of Revenue, Current-Use (emphasis added).

Phone: (334) 613-4305


Dr. Delton Alderman

Hear Conference

Growing Veneer Quality Hardwoods

Delton Alderman is a research scientist with the USDA Forest Service in Princeton, West Virginia, and conducts research that focuses on eastern hardwoods. Veneer quality trees are less than 1% of the eastern hardwood forest but can command prices upwards of 2 to 10 times greater than Grade 1 sawlogs. Silvicultural manipulations can be detrimental to veneer production if not applied correctly and he emphasizes that stands must be individually evaluated. On Capital Ideas --Live! he will talk about how quality attributes of hardwood veneer are affected by forest management practices. He will present findings from the log buyer’s perspective and options on how forest landowners can manage timberland to obtain veneer quality trees.

Phone: (304) 431-2734


Dr. Lori G. Eckhardt

Hear Conference

Pine Root Rot on Sandy Soils

Lori Eckhardt is an Assistant Professor of Forest Pathology and Entomology at the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, with expertise in fungal diseases. Her topic will be Fomes annosus, a fungus that commonly affects conifers by rotting away their roots. Large portions of Alabama are within the hazard zone of annosus, and loblolly pine trees can be at particular risk of infection after a stand is thinned. If left unchecked, the disease can lead to pine mortality, reduced growth, and increased bark beetle attacks. To help give us a better understanding of this important disease, Dr. Eckhardt will explain the signs and symptoms of annosus root rot, the areas that are at risk, and some management strategies that forest landowners can use in dealing with annosus.

Phone: (334) 844-2720


Mr. Brian Smith

Hear Conference

Prescribed Burning Services

Brian Smith is the Chilton County Manager of the Alabama Forestry Commission and oversees all their county operations. One of the services that the Commission offers to landowners is prescribed burning--the controlled use of fire to achieve forest management objectives, such as hazard reduction, hardwood control, site preparation, wildlife habitat improvement, and disease control. Brian will talk about who qualifies for these services, what the process entails from the point of contact until the prescribed burn is complete, and what the Commission charges for these services. Editor's Note (10/4/07): Since September 19, the AFC has reduced the price of Understory Burning from $20/acre to $15/acre.

Phone: (205) 755-3042


Mr. Scott P. Jones

Hear Conference

Water & Energy Bills Update

Scott Jones is the Executive Vice President of the Forest Landowners Association based in Atlanta, Georgia. He will update us on two key pieces of legislation pending before Congress--the Energy Bill and the proposed Clean Water Restoration Act of 2007--and discuss how they might impact forest landowners. Of particular note are: (1) the forest biomass provisions in the Energy Bill, and (2) the expansion of federal jurisdiction over waters of the United States in the Clean Water Bill. Scott will also talk about what landowners need to do to stay involved in these important issues.

Phone: (800) 325-2954


Arthia W. Rye

Hear Conference

Timber Market Report

Billy Rye is the owner and manager of Forest Management Specialists, Inc., a forestry consulting firm based in Florence, Alabama, serving forest landowners in the Mid-South region since 1996. He has been a frequent guest on Capital Ideas -- Live!, and we always look forward to his insightful analysis. In this edition of our news program, Billy will discuss the impact of the extended drought on stumpage prices, the current markets for standing timber, and the factors he thinks could affect future markets for standing timber.

Phone: (256) 765-0397