CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by the Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
This Conference was recorded on JUNE 17, 2009.
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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Clearcuts Can Be Beautiful
Tony Kinton is a teacher, a
fisherman, a hunter, a forest owner, an author, and more. "God has truly
blessed me!" he writes in his introductory bio. Tony caught our attention in
an article he wrote for
a Quality Deer Management
Association publication. Written for a hunter audience which may not
like the looks of a clearcut, Tony began
Be Beautiful with, "So let's attempt to calm any unreasonable fears
held by hunters and replace them with a long list of positive attributes
common to clearcuts."
From a sidebar on the last page of the
article we quote: Proper habitat management is important for successful
deer management programs. In forested environments habitat quality is partly
governed by the tree species present and their range of age classes. A range
of age classes is important as mature forests only produce 50 to 100 pounds
of browse per acre while early successional habitats, such as those created
by clearcuts, can produce 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of browse per acre. Given
the average deer eats approximately 2,000 pounds of forage per year, it is
clear that early successional habitats provide a lot more forage and can
sustain many more deer than mature forests.
Phone: (601) 267-8242
It's a good time to plant trees
Derek Dougherty, CEO of
Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Services, Inc., a full service
consulting forestry company based in Athens, Georgia. According to a survey
conducted by the Georgia Forestry Commission, U.S. tree planting has fallen
from a high of about 2.5 million acres in 1988 to 1.25 million acres in
2007. Part of the reason for the recent decline has been a reduction in
harvests (and plantable areas) caused by reduced demand for lumber, but
another cause for reduced tree planting may be landowner insecurity --
concern that demand for "forest products may never return." Derek says,
"Not to worry." Demand for forest products is inherently sound and will
return in a big way as world population increases and the current oversupply
of housing stock is used up. Derek is also very excited about new advances
in genetic technology and silviculture that can help us consistently grow
better trees faster. To make sure we have a market for our wood, he
recommends active membership in organizations like
Landowners Association which lobbies Congress in our behalf.
by Derek Dougherty:
Aimee Hess is a Texas real
estate, oil and gas, and construction attorney. We read about her and her
advice in the May 2009 issue of The Progressive Farmer magazine.
"Aimee Hess says she's seen landowners get 'skinned up a dozen ways and not
even know it.' when dealing with these easement negotiations themselves."
She "often represents landowners faced with selling an easement to a large
pipeline company." "I want landowners to know the pipeline company is
your adversary in this negotiation." Ms. Hess has an active website at
Because she is not licensed to practice law in Alabama, she recommends a
visit or call to the Alabama Bar Association's referral service at
www.alabar.org/lrs/ or call toll-free: 1-800-392-5660.
Wood Bioenergy Magazine
Rich Donnell is the Editor at
Hatton-Brown Publishers, "the world's leading publisher of forest
products industry business magazines," based in Montgomery, Alabama. Earlier
this month an AFOA member called and described a great new magazine he had
just received. "It's as good as my expensive Kiplinger's Biofuels Market
Alert and it's free!" Now Hatton-Brown's new
bioenergy magazine may not be free to everyone, but we are sure
that it will present information on wood bioenergy in a thorough and
bioenergy magazine overview plus a subscription application
Phone: (334) 834-1170
Mark D. Bedsole
New Forestry Radio Show
Mark Bedsole is a partner in
Forestry, LLC, based in Demopolis, Alabama. Motivated by a desire to
tell the public about the value of forests and forestry, Mark has started a
radio show called Forestry Views. The 30-minute talk show format will
feature a variety guests and topics and is broadcast on 104.9 FM WSLY
in York at
8:00 AM every Saturday.
Forestry Views has its own page on Canebrake Forestry's website, and
includes a tab for
past shows and
upcoming topics. You will be able to listen to
past shows on your computer or ipod -- two are available at this time.
Future shows will, when appropriate, be listed in AFOA's newsletter
Calendar of Events and on our
Phone: (334) 289-1146
Definition Threatens Property Rights
Don Parmeter is the co-chair
National Water and Conservation Alliance, a group established to
promote local and regional alternatives to the proposed Clean Water
Restoration Act. Up until now, most forest owners in Alabama have
not concerned themselves with Clean Water Act regulations. We don't clearcut
streamside management zones anymore and after timber harvest we install
waterbars on sloping skid trails. A
nationwide silvicultural exemption has saved us the inconvenience and
cost of applying for harvesting or tree planting permits. The Clean Water
Act only covered "navigable waters," not all water everywhere. But now,
after two Supreme Court decisions (SWANCC--2001 and Rapanos--2006) narrowed
the definition of "navigable," passage of the Clean Water Restoration Act (S
787) may limit the use and management of our land considerably.
Read Don's latest Action Alert.
If you would like to receive future alerts from him, send him a note. Don
works closely with the
American Land Rights Association and suggests you check their website
for added information.
Phone: (651) 224-6219
Dr. Lori G. Eckhardt
Forest Health Cooperative
Lori Eckhardt is Co-Director
Forest Health Dynamics Laboratory and Director of the
Forest Health Cooperative, both at Auburn University. The mission of
the co-op is, "To address important, current and pertinent forest health
issues (Disease, Insect, Invasive species) in a way that addresses real
world management problems in the southern United States." The co-op
currently has 19 members (large landowners, TIMOs, agencies, etc.) who
support it with membership fees ranging from $500 to $8,000 per year. Most
forest owners will come in contact with the co-op through educational
programs such as
a three-day short course scheduled for August 4 - 6 in Auburn or Dr.
Eckhardt's Capital Ideas - Live! discussion of
Pine Root Rot in September 2007. Also, while looking over the co-op's
website, we found an interesting summary of
Alabama Forest Disease and Insect Pests that will give you an
appreciation of the cause of some forest health problems.
Phone: (334) 844-2720
Dr. Michael A. Dunn
Marketing and Selling Your Timber
Mike Dunn, back in
January 2001, told us
to "Take Control of Your Next Timber Sale." In his publication,
Marketing and Selling Your Timber, Mike lists several
marketing characteristics that many of us overlook:
o Timber volume
o Tract size
o Access to tract
o Proximity to main roads
o Attractiveness of the site itself
o Clearly marked harvest trees
o Number of bidders
o Contract length
o Local ordinances
o Use of a professional forester
Be sure to read the section entitled: The Advantages of
Receiving Bids. AFOA maintains a large list of timber buyers that
you and your consulting forester will find useful.
Click here for a
Sample Timber Sale Contract referred to at the bottom of page 7,
above -- link is temporarily broken in the publication.
Phone: (225) 578-0344