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NOVEMBER 2015 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by the Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
This Conference was recorded on November 18, 2015.

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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Pete Williams

Hear Conference



Writing & Publishing Family Forest Stories

Pete Williams is a Writer, Author, and Broadcaster, who, since 2013, has served as Editor of Forest Landowner magazine. When we read Pete's ad in Forest Landowner, we thought you would be interested in this unique service:

Is Your Family's Forest Story Worthy of a Book?
Whether it's an illustrated photo history or a longer
narrative, writer Pete Williams specializes in helping
people craft their stories in self-published book form.
Preserve your family's story for generations to come.

Phone: (727) 723-3926


Dr. Allen Nipper

Hear Conference


Family Involvement -- Best Management Practices

Allen Nipper and his wife Ginny are the Founders of Landowner Legacy Communication, which provides support to landowner families as they consider how to make intergenerational transfer of their land, timber, assets, and legacy as smooth as possible. They developed a list of Best Management Practices for family involvement with the land. We asked Allen to tell us more about how to involve and harness the younger generation by utilizing their own skills and interests.

Family Involvement Best Management Practices:

  1. start early
  2. work towards effective communication
  3. develop a culture of family meetings
  4. utilize responsibilities / roles for all family members
  5. be open with all information
  6. have an organized structure for family business
  7. be involved in forestry / land groups & associations
  8. encourage training / education in areas of importance and interest
  9. donate as a family to worthy causes
  10. promote forestry / landownership
         © Landowner Legacy Communication, 2013

For further research:

Phone: (225) 749-8811


Dr. Bronson Strickland

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Deer Hunt App for Landowners & Hunters

Bronson Strickland is an Associate Extension Professor, Wildlife Ecology and Management in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Mississippi State University. Gathering useful information on local deer populations (age, sex, etc.) to help make correct management decisions has been a chronic problem for wildlife biologists. Mississippi researchers think they have created a smart phone app that will begin to solve that problem.

The Deer Hunt app was developed to make collecting the most critical deer data painless and paperless. Hunters can record how many deer they saw while hunting, the number of mature bucks, and the ratio of fawns, does and bucks. Such information is vital data for a deer manager to collect, but most people donít do it because they just donít want to deal with the paperwork and number crunching.

But with this new app, thereís no more filling out observation forms or recording numbers on harvest sheets. All that information can be entered and recorded on your phone. You can set up an account for your hunting club, so that all the deer data are recorded for hunting club members. If you are not a member of a hunting club, you can set up a private account to record only your deer data. You can even enter stand locations on the app and see what the weather conditions are at your hunting property.

After a successful hunt, the harvest data, including body weight, antler size, etc., can be entered in the app, too. The data are stored at Mississippi State, and users can run reports on the number of deer seen on a particular stand, deer sightings in the morning vs. afternoon, fawns per doe and locations of mature buck sightings. Just about every question you could have about deer sightings and herd characteristics can be answered with the app, if you and your club members use it every time you hunt. The more data you enter, the more you can learn.

For more information on the free Deer Hunt app:

Phone: (662) 325-8141


Dr. L. Wes Burger, Jr.

Hear Conference



Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Forest & Wildlife Management

Wes Burger is Associate Director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Associate Director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Mississippi State University, and  Dale Arner Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University. Since Wes recently spoke to the members of the Mississippi Forestry Association at their annual meeting on the Emerging Role of UAVs in Forest Research & Management, we asked him to share his ideas on how this new tool might be used. Unfortunately, a short review of the news at will make you aware that much of the robotics research and new products are not coming from the U.S. due to tight regulations on their use here.

For Further Research:

Phone: (662) 325-7552


Jacob M. Hodnett

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Herbicides for Road & Trail Maintenance & Clean Pine Straw

Jacob Hodnett is Senior Forestry & IVM Sales Specialist for Dow AgroSciences LLC, based in Wadley, Alabama. Included in Jacob's July PowerPoint presentation to members of the Society of American Foresters were two slides that caught our attention. The photo in the first slide shows thick grass cover on a woods road, a condition that should minimize erosion. The first bullet point reads: "Control brush, weeds, and vines without harming grasses." The second slide that we thought might be useful to all rakers of pine straw, whether commercial or home use, stated, "Key Benefit: Controls understory vegetation while leaving no residual behind in pine straw. Residual herbicides can be moved to gardens and landscapes, causing damage."

For Further Reading:

Phone: (256) 395-0075


Mark J. Hainds

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Forest Technology Program Reboots

Mark Hainds is the new Forest Technology Instructor at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College (LBWCC). LBWCC's Forest Technology Program is "the only two-year program of its kind in Alabama."

The Forest Technology program trains students for the position of forest technician. The technician is an employee who works under the direction of a professional (BS degree) forester and will undertake the fieldwork that is necessary to manage the forest. A career as a forest technician involves a variety of challenging jobs including timber inventory, procurement, maintenance of forest roads, forest management, forest stand improvement, fire and pest control, soil and water conservation, wildlife management, harvest planning, logging, cartography, and surveying. Technicians work outside in all kinds of weather and have to do some office work.

The Forest Technology curriculum emphasizes the development of practical field skills. Students often have the opportunity to participate in forestry field operations such as control burning, stand description, running land lines, and development of forest management plans. The curriculum emphasizes forestry practices that are common and accepted in the Southeast. The training is sufficiently broad to assure the graduate of  competing successfully for jobs throughout the United States.
Source: LBWCC Forest Technology

Phone: (334) 881-2275


Holmes A. Hendrickson

Hear Conference



Selling Pine Straw

Holmes Hendrickson is the Alabama Area Manager and a Partner of Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc. About two months ago, AFOA sent an email to members and forestry related businesses in the Pike County area seeking the names of pine straw buyers. Holmes replied, "I am handling Pine Straw Leases for several clients in Pike County. Please give AFOA members my contact information if they are interested in that service." So that's what we are doing today. We ask Holmes to tell us about the typical pine straw contract, payment rates per acre, and recommended land management practices, like prescribed burning.

Past AFOA discussions on pine straw:

Phone: (334) 393-7868


Joe Clark

Hear Conference



Stumpage Market Report

Joe Clark is the Stumpage Forester at Forest2Market, Inc., an organization that "provides market price data, supply chain expertise and other decision support services to participants in the forest, wood and paper products, recovered fiber and bioenergy industries."

The recession slowed the demand for new homes, especially bigger, single family homes, a market that has not yet recovered. Although sawtimber demand slowed with the decrease in new home building, the trees in our woods kept right on growing, increasing stumpage supply. We ask Joe to help us understand the intertwined pine pulpwood, chip-n-saw, and sawtimber markets for us. We also ask him to look into the future; will the Millennials ever move out of mom & dad's house and buy their own? F2M projects "good" housing start numbers in the 2020s. We hope they are right. (see graph near the end of the second blog post, below)

Relevant F2M Blog Posts:

Phone: (980) 233-4028



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