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2019 News and Media Releases

 

DEC. 20, 2019
Grow Your  Family Forest with a Consulting Forester
In 2018, Alabama’s forest industry generated $16.3 billion and 41,600 jobs. Forests filter our air and water free of charge, but maintaining healthy forests isn’t free for forest landowners. Consulting foresters like Darrell Gates help landowners sustainably grow—and regrow—Alabama’s forests.

Gates is a Registered Forester (RF), an Alabama Certified Forester (ACF), and a Qualifying Broker. He established Chattahoochee Valley Forestry Services, Inc. in Clayton, Alabama in 1980 and has been in business for 31 years. Technology like GPS and GIS have made him more efficient, but listening comes first. “I always tell my men you can’t learn anything when you’re talking,” he said.

Consulting foresters help private landowners manage their resources for the next generation. The Alabama Forest Owners Association (AFOA) considers people like Darrell Gates key resources for the thousands of private forest landowners in Alabama. For that reason, AFOA developed a search tool to connect landowners with consulting foresters in their area. Family forest owners can visit ForesterSearch.com to browse consulting foresters by county, a free service made possible by a grant from the Bradley/Murphy Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Trust.

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DEC. 10, 2019
Consulting Foresters are a Natural Resource

In 2018, Alabama’s forest industry generated $16.3 billion and 41,600 jobs, and family forests are an integral part of the landscape. Tuscaloosa County resident and consulting forester Bruce Lanier has managed forestland since 1991, first for Gulf State Paper and then and then as a founding partner of McKinley and Lanier Forest Resources.

Over the course of his career, Lanier has enjoyed helping clients grow timber to maturity and then start over with replanting. Likewise, he works with many families as they bring the next generation into the decision making process for their family forest. Though the industry faces challenges, Lanier always reminds clients: “People will always need trees and wood products.” Consulting foresters help private landowners manage their resources for the next generation and keep the land profitable—and forested.

The Alabama Forest Owners Association (AFOA) considers people like Bruce Lanier key resources for the thousands of private forest landowners in Alabama. For that reason, AFOA developed a search tool to connect landowners with consulting foresters in their area. Family forest owners can visit ForesterSearch.com to browse consulting foresters by county, a free service made possible by a grant from the Bradley/Murphy Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Trust.

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DEC. 3, 2019
Consulting Foresters Help Grow Alabama’s Forests
 Baldwin County resident and consulting forester Art Dyas has decades of experience helping landowners manage their forestland. Whether it’s a corporate timber holding or small tract of family owned woodlands, Dyas helps make sure the land is working for his clients in the way they want. One of his specialties is controlling competition from invasive plant species like cogongrass. These can seriously injure the health and productivity of land, especially in south Alabama.

Consulting foresters help private landowners manage their resources for the next generation and keep the land profitable and forested. From real estate and timber sales to cultivating wildlife habitat, consulting foresters like Art Dyas help ensure that Alabama will keep growing forests for decades to come.

Dyas is one of the foresters listed on the search tool ForesterSearch.com, a free service made possible by a grant from the Bradley/Murphy Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Trust.

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NOV. 26, 2019
Consulting Foresters: Key to Successful Family Forests
Walker County resident Joseph "Chip" Graham knew early on that he didn’t want to be sitting in an office all day, just looking out the window. As a consulting forester, he gets plenty of time in the Alabama outdoors. Across six counties in north and central Alabama, he helps manage both family forests and large tracts of forestland for sustainable, long-term timber production. His newly revamped website at wegrowembig.com says it all in the web address: they help Alabama woodland owners grow big, healthy trees.

In 2018, Alabama’s forest industry generated $16.3 billion and 41,600 jobs. Alabama’s family forests are an integral part of the landscape. Consulting foresters help private landowners manage their resources for the next generation and keep the land profitable and forested. From selling timber and replanting, to managing land for hunting and wildlife, consulting foresters like Chip Graham help ensure that Alabama the Beautiful will keep growing forests for decades to come.

Family forest owners who are interested in finding help managing their land can find a consulting forester in their area at the website ForesterSearch.com, a free service made possible by a grant from the Bradley/Murphy Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Trust.

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SEPT. 17, 2019
Forestry Consultant Speaks to Area Landowners

Consulting Forester Billy Rye spoke to a group of landowners in Waterloo, Alabama, Tuesday, September 17 about the work he does as a consulting forester, as he led a tour on a private owner’s property in Lauderdale County. The landowners toured a white oak stand and learned about growing that hardwood species and the return on investment. About 20 people attended the tour with attendees coming from Lauderdale and surrounding counties, Birmingham, and even Memphis, Tennessee.

Rye is a Registered Forester in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, and holds membership in both the Society of American Foresters and the Association of Consulting Foresters. He has served as the Chairperson for the Northwest Alabama Chapter of the Society of American Foresters three times, is the Director for the Alabama Division of the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, currently serves on the TREASURE Forest Certification Subcommittee, and has received two commendations from the Governor of Alabama.

“I love helping people reach their objectives, and that’s the motivation behind it all for me.” Rye said. “That’s the passion that drives me to do the best job possible for my clients, “I love helping people.” 

For more information about Rye, visit www.forestersearch.com, a website directory of consulting foresters in Alabama, made possible by a grant from the Bradley/Murphy Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Trust.

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AUG. 15, 2019
Forestry Consultant Shares Expertise with Landowners
On August 15, Brian Agnew spoke to a group of about 30 landowners about using burning and thinning to enhance timberland. After lunch at 82-West, the group toured Dean Waters’ private property just outside Union Springs. Agnew shared his expertise and experience on a variety of topics, including prescribed burning, how and when to thin a stand of trees, and gave information about each saw timber mill that accepts wood from Bullock County.

“I remember watching TV and a commercial for Weyerhaeuser came on, showing a forester planting trees,” he said. “I loved backpacking and hiking in the woods and knew then that forestry was something I wanted to do. I imagined living in a cabin in the woods. I fell in love with the forestry business.” 

Agnew has been in the forestry business since the mid-1970s when he was still in college at Auburn University, spending his summers in Montana. After stints with W.J. Sorrell Lumber and Pulpwood and Natural Resource Consulting, Agnew opened his own company, Southern Land Management in 1998. He is also a licensed real-estate agent with Speaks Land Company. Agnew works in Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike and Russell counties.

For more information about Agnew, visit www.forestersearch.com, a website directory of consulting foresters in Alabama, made possible by a grant from the Bradley/Murphy Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Trust.

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