Online Forest Landowner Academy Course: "The
University of Florida ... is offering an online Forest
Landowner Academy suitable for landowners in Florida and
in neighboring coastal plain regions of Georgia,
Alabama, and as far as Mississippi, Louisiana, and
eastern Texas. This is a self-paced course that provides
quality core educational content on forestry and
multiple-use stewardship concepts. Forest landowners
will gain comprehensive knowledge and skills related to
forest resources that they can use in their land
management and planning. Topics include identifying tree
species, pine, hardwood, land use management for both
solid wood and pulp products and non-timber forest
30% promotional discount available through Feb. 29.Promotion Code: SWDXWF
Cogongrass Control Program Now Open for Applications.
"Property with cogongrass infestations must be located
in any of the 67 counties of Alabama, although the
landowner is not required to reside on the property or
within the state. There is no minimum or maximum acreage
ownership requirement to enroll. It is a cost-free
Why The Future Of Wood Burning Stoves In Homes Is
Uncertain. "There is certainly something
nostalgic, earthy, and fascinating about using a
wood-burning stove in your home. The sound of the
crackling wood, the smell of the fire, and the ability
to control your home's heating with a log or two make
these stoves an attractive option to many. However, some
states (Alabama not included) believe these stoves are
causing too much pollution, and they're taking legal
action to get some of them banned." Source:
New Year, New Thresholds for Estate Planning,
from Braun & Gresham, 1/22/24.
"Each new year, the federal gift and estate tax
exemption is adjusted based on inflation. For 2024, the
exemption increased from $12,920,000 per individual to
$13,610,000 per individual. A married couple can give up
to $27,220,000 to children and others tax free.
"An individual also can take advantage of the annual
gift tax exclusion when making gifts to persons other
than spouses without using up any of the federal gift
and estate tax exemption. In 2024, the annual exclusion
amount was raised from $17,000 per recipient to $18,000
per recipient. For example, one person can make an
$18,000 gift to three different people for a total of
$54,000 without incurring a gift tax or using part of
the federal gift and estate tax exemption."
Tax Tips for Forest Landowners - 2023 Tax Year
(PDF) isn't the only useful information you'll
find on the
National Timber Tax Website. The website "was
developed to be used by timberland owners, as well as a
reference for accountants, attorneys, consulting
foresters and other professionals who work with
timberland owners regarding the tax treatment of timber
related activities." The 2023 Tax Tips was
included in AFOA's January issue of Capital Ideas,
our monthly newsletter.
(01/26/24)Opportunity to Explain to Tree Huggers Why
Markets for Low Quality Wood Support Forest Owners in
Our Efforts to Grow High Quality Sawtimber, Veneer Logs,
and Power Poles.
The Truth About The Wood Pellet Industry: A Community
Discussion, sponsored by the Dogwood Alliance,
will be held in Demopolis on Tuesday, January 30 at 6 PM
at The Ballroom, 114 East Washington Street, Demopolis,
Diapers from Pine Trees: In a 2-minute video,
Domtar Paper's John Edwards describes how fluff pulp is
made from pine trees.
Alpha-Gal Syndrome: Allergic Reactionto
Eating Red Meat, Consuming Dairy Products or Even
Interacting with Substances like Gelatinfrom
Tick Bite. One victim of AGS "explained that 'not
being able to eat ice cream, trying to get used to
almond milk, (exercising) extreme caution while eating
(and) dissecting menus at restaurants' came with a heavy
emotional toll." Read the whole article. The
best/worst is past the half-way mark. Source:
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1/12/24. See also:
We recommend waiting to
plant seedlings until the daily highs are above
freezing and the low temperatures have moderated.
Seedlings that were recently
planted have likely not been established in the soil
and could die.
Interstate Migration: Alabama is among the top
ten "inbound" states, according to the Tax Foundation.
Editor's note: Will increasing population be good or
bad for forest owners? Send me a note:
Luke Macaulay, University of Maryland, wrote to
AFOA this morning: "We held a workshop last November
titled 'Enhance Your Land for Wildlife', where we
covered seven topics related to land management for
wildlife. We've had a chance to edit and upload the
our YouTube channel and I wanted to share them
Politics Factor Into Where People Choose to Buy Land.
"According to the November LandThink Pulse [Survey]
results, a substantial share of Americans won’t buy land
in a place where the laws conflict with their political
beliefs. An overwhelming number of respondents (81%)
indicated that they WOULD NOT buy land in state that did
not align with their politics."
(12/28/23)Warning! Only 363 days to think about and come up
with handmade gifts for the special people in your life.
Please read Laurie Henry's
The Gift of Memories in The December
Dispatch: A Gallery of Gifts.
(12/21/23)Game Birds. Just in case you want to release some
game birds on your land, Alabama Quail Hunters sent the
following list to their members last week:
Sabrina Stanga/Steve Bailey Springville
On Point Hunting Club Dylon Overdear
A.D.A.M.S. Quail LLC Adam Slaten
(12/20/23)Gifting: "My wife and I are both 75 years old and
we own 700 acres with no debt. ... Every year we think
about gifting, but we never do anything big. Sometimes I
think we should give big and sometimes I think we
shouldn’t do anything at all. What are the rules or the
advantages and disadvantages of gifting?" Source:
When is the best time to give large financial gifts?,
Successful Farming, December 2023.
(12/07/23)Agritourism Liability Law Helps Farmers Reduce Risk
is an article in the
December 2023 Neighbors magazine (scroll
to page 6). For those of you who may want to invite
the public onto your land for birdwatching, camping,
hiking, etc., Alabama's Agritourism Liability Law may
help you avoid a lawsuit if someone gets hurt on your
property. Ask your lawyer for advice.
"Surface rights determine who owns the rights to the
surface of the land, while mineral rights determine
who has the right to mine the minerals below the surface
of the property. Interestingly, mineral rights can be
separate from actual land ownership. This can lead to
some unique challenges for those looking to buy land."
Mineral Rights: The Hitch That Can Halt a Sale,
Harvesting Systems, with
Tom Gallagher, Auburn University College of
Forestry, Wildlife, and Environment, is the latest
issue of Alabama Extension's 2023 Natural Resources
About 61 minutes.
(11/28/23)Have people gone completely nuts? American
Airlines has agreed to pay $100 per ton to have sawdust
compressed into bricks and buried to lock up the carbon
for "a thousand years." Smart sawmills, dumb airline.
The Verge, 11/28/23 and
The Wall Street Journal, 11/28/23. The
Journal is behind a paywall.
the Storm: "Tornadoes and other severe storms
have always been a risk to timber ownership.
Unfortunately, there is no affordable insurance program
for timberland owners of less than 100,000 acres. So,
when timber damage occurs, owners are often left with
three options; do nothing, salvage the timber, or
take a loss." Source: Kingwood Forestry Services
Summer 2023 Newsletter. Good article with
several good examples.
(11/17/23)Alabama Forestry Commission Makes Changes to ‘No
Burn’ Order. "With rainfall amounts varying across
the state this week, the AFC is lifting the No Burn
details) in 33 counties in the southern half of the
Alabama Hunters Make It Two in a Row with No Fatalities.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources reported today: "Alabama hunters deserve a
roaring round of applause for their safety awareness.
Not only did hunters complete the 2021-2022 hunting
seasons without any hunting-related fatalities, a first
for Alabama since accidents started being recorded in
1974, they also repeated the phenomenal achievement with
no hunting-related fatalities for the 2022-2023
seasons." Reports like this can help keep hunting
liability insurance rates low. Encourage the hunters who
lease your land to be safety conscious.
Cellular Security Cameras: "For owners of remote
or rural properties, a cellular security camera has
emerged as a great solution to safeguarding homes,
properties, and loved ones. Unlike traditional Wi-Fi
cameras that rely on a stable internet connection,
cellular security cameras operate independently, tapping
into cellular networks to provide surveillance."
While the linked article from Great Days Outdoors,
10/17/23, promotes one brand of camera, there are many
on the market.
Click here for ideas.
Also, for further reading.
"I was horrified..." In the November issue of
Virginia Forest Landowner e-Update, Extension
Jennifer Gagnon describes her first contact with
a deer hunter as a child and her slow but steady
conversion to someone who understands the need for
hunting and who now enjoys eating venison harvested from
her land. If you are a Bambi lover and find it hard
to appreciate deer hunting, Jennifer's story is for you.
2022 Forest Resource Report, produced by the
Alabama Forestry Commission "pulls in county-level
Forest Inventory & Analysis data to report on values
such as forested acres by stand type and size class.
There are estimated timber volumes for key species,
estimated timber volume growth, and estimated harvest
removal. Using forest product severance tax numbers, the
Commission can share very detailed information on how
much harvested timber is coming from each county and in
what product types. There is also current economic
information, news about new forest industry in the
state" and more. 58 pages.
(10/20/23)Upstream Gifting: "When wealth passes between
generations, it generally flows downstream, passing from
an older generation to a younger one. Under certain
circumstances, though, taking a detour in the other
direction can help save you some money in taxes."
How Passing Assets to Parents Can Lower Taxes,
Charles Schwab, 10/12/23.
This Land Is My Land. "A 21-year-old from Los
Angeles went viral on TikTok last week with a video
showing how he bought a small patch of land in Joshua
Tree for $200. He told Insider he made the
purchase because he thought it would feel good to stand
on grounds that he owned..."
This week is National Forest Products Week. "The
U.S. South, nicknamed the world’s wood basket, accounts
for over half of all sustainable timber production in
the country and generates more than $251 billion (about
$770 per person in the U.S.) annually in economic
(10/17/23)Row-Crop Farmers Unhappy with Damage from Deer
Populations in Some Areas of the State.Alfa's AgCast discussed ideas and Alfa policy that
might reduce deer/farmer conflicts (audio -
about 24 minutes). Farmers who have deer population
problems can obtain Deer Depredation Permits from
Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, but the venison
cannot be consumed by the farmers or those who help them
remove the deer from their land.
Forestry Report, always an interesting
newsletter, contains a story this quarter, Fall 2023, on
Timber Theft (pages 4 & 5) including a sidebar -
What is Timber Theft? - that all forest owners
should read. The newsletter also includes commentary on
timber markets and a report on agricultural land values
across the U.S.
"For those living off-the-grid or using
Starlink as a network redundancy in case of a
grid failure, the SpaceX-owned space internet company
announced on X that the service is now available
across the Lower 48 after deploying next-generation
satellites." Source: ZeroHedge, 10/2/23.
2023 North Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Meeting:
The presentations were recorded and can be watched as a
group or individually. Topics included Fire & Turkey
Habitat, Fire Initiatives for Private Landowners,
Reintroduction of Prescribed Fire to Fire Suppressed
Pine, and others.
Study Finds No Effect of LEED Certification on Federal
Buildings' Energy Efficiency. LEED Certification
is "the most widely used green building rating system in
the world." Editor's Note: May we be permitted to
question whether expensive green forest certification
programs such as Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) have had any
significant positive effect on the quality of mom & pop
forest management activities in Alabama? We suspect
Wildfires wipe out income for Louisiana forest
landowners: "For many people, the towering pines
that define the landscape of this rural region represent
family inheritances, years of investment and hopes for
the future. Growing trees takes a long time, but the
cash they bring in when cut is worth the wait. This
summer’s fires have dimmed those prospects for some."
(09/15/23)Property Taxes: For forest owners, Alabama is one
of the best states in the U.S. to invest your capital -
for many reasons, including our low property taxes.
While the Tax Foundation's article,
Where Do People Pay the Most in Property Taxes,
doesn't focus on forestland, it will give you a general
idea which states and even which counties in Alabama
encourage property ownership.
of Two [Lumber Production] Regions is an
interesting discussion of lumber production and related
log prices in the Western US and the South. Source:
Forest Research Notes, Volume 20, No. 2. "US
[lumber] production peaked at 40.5 BBF [billion board
feet] in 2005, then collapsed along with housing starts
and much of the global economy. Production then rose
steadily from the low of 23.3 BBF (lowest of the past 60
years) in 2009 to 37.6 BBF in 2022."
Forest Research Notes Archive.
(09/08/23)600 Square Miles: "Start with 383,934 acres of US
farmland. Divide that total by the number of acres in a
square mile — 640 — and it yields just shy of 600 square
miles. According to the US Department of Agriculture,
that’s the total amount of US farmland currently owned
by Chinese investors today." That’s the cover story of
Summer 2023 issue of The Land Report.
Scroll to page 98. On page 102 the article says
Canadians own more than 20,000 square miles of US Ag
(09/06/23)The Land Show, Episode 407, talked to
Ryan Basinger, with Westervelt Wildlife Services.
Ryan described "what landowners and hunting club members
can be doing to get their property ready for the
deer seasons." Ryan is the first guest on the
show from 4:30 to 17:41.
The Feather Atlas: Have you ever seen a
feather lying on the ground and wondered what kind of
bird left it there? The Feather Atlas provides
Browse, Search, and Identify features that will help you
identify the birds that live on your land. Enjoy.
Forisk News, Q3 2023, August 16, 2023,
contains a page full of highlights on Lumber, Pulp &
Paper, Wood Bioenergy, Timber Markets, Timberland
Investments, and more. Scroll to page 2.
"Alabama Power cancels Chandler Mountain project after
massive public pushback - 'Sometimes David does beat
Goliath,'" reported 1819 News yesterday.
Unfortunately David didn't beat Goliath and Goliath is
not Alabama Power. Goliath is a collection of government
regulations and incentives that are steadily pushing
Alabama Power Company and all other electric generators
to buy solar power and close down efficient coal, gas,
nuclear, and hydro power sources. Landowners were
saved today from the power of eminent domain, but
cancelling this project will not put off the brown-outs
and black-outs just over the horizon.
(08/08/23)Beware of Logging Scam! The Alabama Forestry
Commission is warning forest landowners to beware of a
timber cutting scam. The permit / "lumberjack" contract
in this photo is a fake. Neither Rafael Ruis Delvizo
nor the Lumber Tech Frames Inc. are representatives of
the Alabama Forestry Commission and are in no way
affiliated with the agency. If you are contacted or have
been approached by anyone using this counterfeit
document, please contact Scott Rouse, Deputy Attorney
General for the Alabama Forestry Commission, at (334)
Expect to See Alligators Throughout Alabama.
“Alligators eat beavers, muskrats, deer, if they can
catch it, or a coyote,” [reported Jud Easterwood,
Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries’ Supervising Wildlife
Biologist in District I in north Alabama]. “A dog coming
through a shallow water swamp is no different from any
of those animals. They are just natural prey to an
alligator, not unnatural at all." Source: Alabama
Outdoors, author David Rainer, 7/13/23.
(07/27/23)Private forests provide the raw material for
lumber, paper, energy, pellets and a whole lot more, and at
the same time they provide wildlife habitat, jobs,
recreation, clean water, and a host of other benefits.
AND while they do all that, the private forests in the
lower 48 states sequestered enough carbon to offset more
than half of the private car emissions in those same
states. To prepare yourself for the next debate with
your Aunt Martha, who thinks trees should never be cut
so they will store the maximum amount of carbon to
prevent global warming, read:
Private Forests Doing Public (Carbon) Good by
Eric Kingsley, Forest Resources Association, 7/13/23.
(07/26/23)Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) in Alabama:"We are detecting more beetle spots this year than
last year. Aerial surveys have been completed for most
of the western counties," reported Dana Stone,
Forest Management Division Director, Alabama Forestry
Commission, 7/26/23. After opening
the Commission's map, zoom in to see exactly where
beetle spots are located. You can select "Imagery
Hybrid" in the "Basemap Gallery" (located under the
words "Insect and Disease Map") to see names of map
features such as towns and highway names on a photo-like
image. There are lots of spots near the Bankhead
National Forest (Lawrence & Winston
counties), and in Pickens, Hale, Choctaw, Washington,
Clarke, Monroe, and Conecuh counties.
Forest Markets Newsletter is published each
Friday by the National Association of State Foresters.
It contains a couple dozen news headlines each week
which frequently report on news and issues that we pass
along to you, both on this page and in our monthly
newsletter, Capital Ideas.
Cost-Share for Southern Pine Beetle Prevention
is a new program available through the Alabama Forestry
Commission. The application window is from July 14, 2023
through August 31, 2023. Prevention practices that are
available for incentive payments:
commercial thinning of loblolly or shortleaf pine
prescribed burning of loblolly or shortleaf pine
loblolly pine planting for suitable sites
(07/17/23)Alabama Private Forests will be broadcast on
Alabama Public Television on Thursday, July 20 at 8 pm.
The 54 minute video was produced by Discovering Alabama
with host Dr. Doug Phillips. If you can't wait
until Thursday, or want to watch the video at some later
click here for an archived copy.
(07/14/23)The Ground at My Feet: Sustaining a Family and a
Forest by Ann Stinson is "a memoir about loss
and grief as well as a portrait of a family, a region,
and an industry."
$19.54 in paperback at Amazon. A
excerpt from the book was reprinted in National
Woodlands magazine, Volume 46, Number 3.
Death & Taxes: Did you know that "When
someone dies, their surviving spouse or representative
must file a final tax return for the deceased person."?
Source: DeLoach, Barber & Caspers, P.C. Newsletter,
See Inside One of America's Last Pencil Factories:
The family-owned facility in Tennessee produces more
than 70 million pencils annually. Editor's note:
Along with being a big user of pencils (remember
drafting classes years ago?), we've shared Lawrence
I, Pencil, many times since reading it the
first time back in the '80s.
Thinking Smartly About Climate Change,
Imprimus, April/May 2023, Bjorn Lomborg
discusses the economic costs of climate policy and
questions whether we are making the right decisions.
Editor's note: I question the policy that forces me to
buy gasoline intentionally contaminated with ethanol --
my cars and trucks run less efficiently and I have to
drive extra miles each year to buy non-ethanol gas for
lawn mowers and chainsaws to prevent gummed-up
carburetors. Tax and other incentives to build solar and
wind farms may cause a collapse of our power grid, and
may be the driving force behind projects such as Alabama
Power's controversial Pumped Storage
Hydroelectric Generating Facility on Chandler
Mountain in St. Clair County.
Access to Broadband: For many who live in rural
areas of Alabama, lack of access to a broadband internet
connection is very important. So...
Last week, "President Biden announced $42 billion in
funding to build internet infrastructure across the
country, with the goal of getting every American
connected to the internet by 2030." The initiative "aims
to bring high-speed internet to the roughly 8.5 million
households and small businesses that are still lacking
this infrastructure." "Doing the math, Rep. Thomas
pointed out that it will cost about $4,941 for each
family that is connected to the internet. By contrast,
Elon Musk’s Starlink can do the job for $599 per family,
Wealth Taxes to come before the U.S. Supreme Court.
As property tax payers, we know that state and local
governments have the right to tax wealth. In Alabama,
the bills arrive shortly after October 1st. And while
not related to the Supreme Court case, the Biden
administration has proposed wealth taxes, see 4/6/22, below. "The
Supreme Court’s decision to hear Moore v. US is
very good news for Americans,” said Competitive
Enterprise Institute general counsel Dan Greenberg. “A
century of precedent shows that – in order to be taxed –
income requires realization: this means that income
taxes can only be levied on realized income." See
Norway's Wealth Tax is Backfiring. Are Americans Paying
Tell us all about the Alabama Forest Owners' Association.
AFOA's Lee Laechelt was a guest on The Land
Show, Episode 399 a few days ago. Audio: From
19:44 to 38:50. Also, in his wrap-up to the show,
host Jonathan Goode reported on recent real
estate scams and potential red flags that you should
be aware of when purchasing land. Begins at 52:49.
How to Make an Offer on Rural Land. "Buying land
is an exciting prospect. You get to think about what
kind of place you want it to be, customize it how you
want, and envision how it will be for you and your
family for years to come. What if the seller accepts?
What if they don’t? And what are the steps involved with
making an offer on rural land in general?" Source:
Tom Brickman, Cyprus Partners,
Family Business Transitions Gone Wrong is the
The June Dispatch. Davon Cook discusses "Faulty
Assumptions in Ownership Transitions," Ethan Smith
touches on "Communications Failures in Management
Transitions," and Lance Woodbury wraps up the
Dispatch with "Relationship Mistakes in Family
Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Generating Facility
is being planned by Alabama Power Company for the
northeast end of Chandler Mountain in St. Clair
County. Probably most landowners in the affected
area already know about this plan, since the power
company already owns much of the land in the reservoir
areas. We suspect the power of eminent domain will
be used to encourage any holdouts to sell.
(06/14/23)"Your opinions are needed! Help [NC State
University] understand impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
to southeast forest landowners ... Your responses will
help strengthen landowner programs, forestry markets,
and forest management policy."
Open the survey here.
(06/05/23)Randolph County Revenue Commissioner aggressively
reassessed forestland as lakefront property. Forest
owner Keith Warren’s family has owned their forestland
in Randolph County before Lake Wedowee/Lake Harris was
created. Their land has been assessed as forestland (see
Current Use) until recently when the assessment was
raised 400 percent. Warren doesn’t agree with the change
in assessment and has scheduled a meeting with the
assessor this coming Friday, June 9. If you can offer
help or advice to Keith, please send a note to AFOA
RLL@AFOA.ORG and we’ll forward it to him. Thanks!
(06/02/23)Tree Planting in the South is done mostly by Central
Americans brought to the U.S. legally by contractors
using H-2B Visas. If you would like to encourage LEGAL
Migrant Workers who return to their country of origin
when the planting work is done, the Forest Resources
Association would like your help to "Urge your
Representative to Support DHS Appropriations Bill."
Read full details
(06/01/23)Developing Goals and Objectives for Your Forestland.
"Many of you have, or will eventually, meet with a
forester or other natural resource professional to get
help managing your land. This could be to sell your
timber, to create wildlife habitat, to plant a riparian
buffer, or to start many other projects."
Continue reading the June 2023 Virginia Forest
The Forest Technology program at Lurleen B. Wallace
Community College "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
Forisk News, Q2, 2023, contains lots of
market related information you may find interesting. If
you are planning to buy forestland, you will likely find
helpful the map in
Southern Pine Timber Inventory Outlook under
Research Highlights. Hint: Avoid dark green areas
where pines are growing twice as fast as they are being
Alabama gets $1 million to map mineral resources,
AL.com, 5/5/23. "The survey will be concentrated
in an area of [East]-Central Alabama known as the
Graphite Belt, and look for minerals such as aluminum,
arsenic, bismuth, cobalt, germanium, graphite, rare
earth metals, tin, tungsten, vanadium and others."
Never take no for an answer. Even though the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service concluded in October 2022
that "the risk factors acting on the gopher tortoise and
its habitat, either singly or in combination, are not of
sufficient imminence, scope, or magnitude" to warrant
threatened or endangered status, The Center for
Biological Diversity and Nokuse Education filed a notice
of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over
Common Ticks of North Carolina: An Identification Guide
by Bertone, Reiskind, Crawley, and Watson contains
the best pictures of ticks that we have seen. The tick
that has been biting us lately in Shelby County is the
lone star tick. You are likely to be surprised when you
learn where their eyes are located.
Day is Earth Day for Private Forest Landowners.
Private forests provide clean air, clean water and
essential wildlife habitat." "Fifty-six percent of
forestland in the United States is privately owned and
sustainably managed by families and private companies.
That’s 445 million acres." Source: Forest Landowners
Forest Inventory Basics For Family Forest Landowners
by Barlow, Maggard, and Kush is an interesting new
handbook published by Alabama Extension System which
includes well-done narratives as well as video
tutorials. "This handbook provides the basics of forest
measurements and inventories, how and why they are
taken, and how to interpret the results of those
measurements. Applying the information will help
landowners (1) understand the need for a forest
inventory, (2) set goals and communicate more easily
with natural resource professionals who assist them, and
(3) understand the importance of a quality forest
inventory conducted by a professional."
Defer Capital Gains With Sec. 1031 Exchanges.
If real estate's your game, did you know that it's
possible to defer capital gains by taking advantage
of a tax break that allows you to swap investment
property on a tax-deferred basis?
the Death Tax, urge 40+ U.S. Senators, including
Senator Britt and Senator Tuberville. AFOA recognizes
that this bill will not pass both houses, and even if it
did, would never gain the President's signature, but we
are glad that both of our Senators are on the right side
of the issue.
Casualty Loss and the Forest Landowner is the
topic of the latest Episode (#07) of Timber University,
a podcast series sponsored by Mississippi State
University Extension and Arkansas Center for Forest
Business. Podcast: about 26 minutes. AFOA hasn't listened to past episodes, so if
you listen to one or more and think we should feature it
here, let us know: send recommendation to
To Sweden's lumber producers, "what really stands out is
the U.S. market. Imports from Europe and Sweden
have strengthened dramatically and in 2022 the U.S. has
been established as Sweden's most important lumber
product market after the UK." One wonders why more
sawmill investments haven't come to the U.S. South,
where we are covered up with standing trees ready to be
Timber Tax Talk earlier today featured JMF's CPA
Rachel Taylor interviewing JMF's Timber and
Natural Resources practice group leader Orman Wilson
on most of the basics for owning timber land and how it
is taxed. They touch on the most common ways to
calculate your tax basis of land and timber, timber
farming, a forestry management plan, and estate and
inheritance strategies around timber. Video: about 30
Recordkeeping: A How-to-do-it Guide for Small Woodland
Owners, by Elwood and Gregory, may be
something you can use in the future. "Capturing the
facts and figures from your woodland operation and
turning the seemingly disjointed and unrelated data into
usable information is what recordkeeping is all about.
It’s just as important as other management activities
done on your property."
The Southern Group of State Foresters (Alabama
Forestry Commission is a member) reminded Secretary
of Agriculture Tom Vilsack last month that "Current
international market restrictions, and overly
restrictive trade measures that are not science-based,
are negatively affecting U.S. exporters as well as the
sustainability of the private forests that supply the
full letter here.
(03/20/23)Banned by the FDA. "People might be surprised
that root beer, one of the most iconic of the fizzy
drinks, was originally made from actual roots. Even more
surprising, the main ingredients of those natural root
beers have been banned by the FDA." In
The Roots of Root Beer, Northern Woodlands,
Ben Lord describes various forms of root beer
and even provides a recipe to cook some up yourself.
Question: Have you ever pulled up the roots of a
sassafras seedling and taken a sniff? If not, try it.
"Governor Kay Ivey has proclaimed
‘Prescribed Fire Awareness’ Month in the state of
Alabama. A coalition of state, federal, and
private organizations under the umbrella of the Alabama
Prescribed Fire Council requested the proclamation to
raise awareness of the essential role that fire plays in
both the stewardship of our natural resources and the
protection of lives and property."
(03/13/23)Tax Implications When Employed in the Family
Business. When a family member employs someone, the
tax implications depend on the relationship and the type
of business. Taxpayers and employers need to understand
their tax situation.
Click here for details. Source: DeLoach, Barber &
Caspers, P.C., March 2023 Newsletter.
(03/10/23)Message to Lawmakers: If you want the forests of
Alabama to flourish, Encourage Us! Read
How to Get the Most Out of Others, Foundation
for Economic Education, 3/7/23, for some encouraging
advice. Hint. Congratulate the private owners of
Alabama’s forests for providing millions of acres of
wildlife habitat, clean water, clean air and the raw
materials for thousands of jobs.
Market prices for
lumber decreased as demand softened.
Low lumber demand
and higher operating costs contributed to the
closure of West Fraser’s sawmill in Perry, FL.
Within weeks of
this announcement, the reduced supply has allowed
other sawmills to improve their yield.
Better yields in
the sawmills mean fewer byproducts and other waste
used by pulpmills and chipmills.
chipmills will have to buy pulpwood and chips
directly at higher costs than sawmill byproducts.
continue to play a role in where and how additional
product prices will respond.
In areas where
sawmills increase minimum specifications--and if
these changes hold long-term--timberland owners may
reassess current thinning regimes and/or
This will reduce
the financial impacts of product specification
changes on future harvest plans and potentially
identify other opportunities for improvement.
Forest Taxation: Just The Basics features U.S.
Forest Service Research Forester Gregory Frey,
one of the authors of Tax Tips (see
below, 1/9/23), which was published in AFOA's
January issue of Capital Ideas. This webinar was
produced by Forest Landowners Association on February
15, 2023. About 56 minutes.
The Forestry Project is the child of Auburn
University graduate research assistant Jace McCauley
(see below, 1/12/23). Let us
know if you see something on the Project that we should
pass along to other forest owners. The Project's
YouTube Channel has several videos available.
Creating Open Woodlands to Promote Regeneration &
Development of White Oak with
Dr. Wayne Clatterbuck, Professor of Silviculture
& Forest Management at the University of Tennessee, was
produced by Southern Regional Extension Forestry. "Oaks
grow slowly and can be outcompeted by faster growing
species, but a few management practices can make a
difference. This is the first of three webinars in the
Woodland Stewards 2023 webinar series titled:
Exploring Practices to Create and Maintain Woodlands in
Open Forest Environments."
Vernal Pools hold water only a few months of the
year; they're not connected to any other body of water,
and they can be critical habitat for a number of
species, like the wood frog. "Learn more about the
importance of vernal pools and the cool critters that
use them from Virginia Master Naturalist Judy McCord
in this Fifteen Minutes in the Forest video."
Forest Update, March 2023.
Master Tree Farmer Course: "Clemson Cooperative
Extension has recently opened registration for The
Master Tree Farmer course. The goal of this course is to
build on basic forestry knowledge to enhance timber and
ecological resource management." Source: SREF News
Digest, 2/27/23. One of the four registration
options is "Online
Managing Forests for Wildlife and Forest Health
is a 45 minute webinar featuring
Dr. Mark McConnell, Mississippi State
University. McConnell discusses "management strategies
to achieve a multi-use forest in the southeastern U.S.
by covering topics including preferred tree species for
wildlife and different management approaches for various
wildlife species, all while maintaining a productive and
healthy forest ecosystem."
(02/22/23)Another company that didn't get the memo about carbon
credits? "Three months ago, it was announced that a
consortium led by T. Rowe Price Group subsidiary Oak
Hill Advisors paid
$1.8 billion to acquire 1.7 million acres of
timberland in 17 states from The Forestland Group. This
standout transaction was even more noteworthy because
the ultimate goal of the purchase was not to maximize
timber production. Instead, carbon storage was the
highest priority." Source: The Land Report, 2/23.
See "memo" comments below.
Plan now to learn more from Trip Jobe,
Forest2Market, when he speaks to us about "Why We
Should Ditch Forest Carbon Credits" at our
Annual Meeting on April 15.
Everything You Need to Know About Property Access --
Part 1 by Felicia Cristofaro, Compass Land USA,
will give you some ideas about questions frequently
forgotten when buying forestland. If I sell timber,
does the logger have a right to cross my new neighbors
to get to the county road? If I build a cabin on the
property, will I always be able to cross my neighbors'
land to get to it, even if my neighbors sell their land?
If I lease my land to a hunting club, will they have the
right to enter the property by crossing my neighbor's
Forest Landowner Academy, an online course
offered by University of Florida Extension, is now open
for enrollment. Seven modules include:
enterprises such as pine straw and hunting leases
Why We Should Ditch Forest Carbon Credits in 2023
by Harvey Greer on Forest2Market Blog will surely worry
the folks who have built an industry around carbon
credits. Greer quotes Pete Stewart (see below) in his
concern for greenwashing, "Carbon credits -- of any
type -- only provide justification to pollute more."
Publicly Available Mapping Tools with
John Gilbert is the latest issue of Alabama
Extension's 2023 Natural Resources Webinar Series.
About 56 minutes. Editor's Note: If you have any
interest in mapping your property, this video is a must
watch. Packed with great information! It was originally
presented to the members of the Alabama Prescribed Fire
Council, which explains why John included the smoke
management tools in the presentation. John will talk to
us about maps at our
Annual Meeting at Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge on
84% Hasn't Got Anything to Do with Farms or Forests.
Have you ever wondered why the giant welfare
programs related to food (some may remember food stamps)
and the giant welfare programs related to farm and
forest land are all clumped together in The Farm Bill?
Did you know that the nutrition programs (food stamps)
make up most of the spending (76% of the current Farm
Bill and 84% of the likely 2023 bill)? Since the
farm and forest welfare programs are largely supported
by rural interests and the nutrition programs are
largely supported by urban interests, would it make
sense to separate these two programs if one were trying
to pare them down a bit? Asking for a friend.
(01/25/23)Land Market Update with Ryan Folk, co-founder of
LandFlip.com and the University of Montevallo's
President's Outdoor Scholars Program with William
Crawford were both featured on
Episode 377 of The Land Show. The
two interviews are numbers 1 and 2 of the program.
Outdoor Scholars Video.
Don't Eat! PFAS Pollution Causes Venison
Consumption Advisories in Four States.Not an
announced problem in Alabama, but may be soon.
PFAS stands for per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances,
which contain a strong carbon-fluorine bond that allows
them to accumulate over time in the environment and in
the bodies of animals and people, posing health risks."
See also 2-minute video:
What Are PFAS?
Storm Paths -- January 12, 2023. "On January 12,
2023 the State of Alabama suffered damages throughout
several counties as a result of severe storms,
straight-line winds, and tornadoes. There was
approximately a 218-mile stretch of storms that produced
several tornadoes across Alabama and Georgia. An EF-2
with winds of 130 MPH impacted Selma, Alabama, and an
EF-3 tornado with winds of 150 mph ran 76.7 miles
leaving a path of destruction across several counties.
The Alabama Forestry Commission is encouraging
landowners affected to reach out to their local Farm
Service Agency (FSA) offices to request the Emergency
Forest Restoration Program (EFRP). Landowners will need
to put in a request for EFRP in order to have an
Environmental Assessment done in regards to their storm
related damages. Once landowners have reached out to the
FSA, the FSA office will request EFRP implementation."
Click here to find the contact information for your
local FSA office. Source: Draft News Release,
Alabama Forestry Commission, 1/19/23.
Great Video Series on Pond Management, Stocking, etc.
reports Alabama Fish & Pond. Topics include Principles
of Pond Management, Construction of a New Pond,
Management Practices Prior to Stocking, Stocking and
Management of New Ponds, Management Maintenance of
Established Ponds, Pond Problems, Reworking an Old Pond,
and Other Pond Options.
(01/12/23)When you and your consulting forester talk, do you
think you're being heard? Communication between
landowners and consulting foresters is important, so
Auburn University forestry graduate research assistant
Jace McCauley is doing research that might be useful to
us. Jace would like to hear what you have to say about
communications with consulting foresters and has
developed a survey to help him understand the issues.
If you are a landowner and wish to participate,
click here. Please note, the survey will close
on February 28th, 2023.
Android phones to get satellite connectivity,"
reported BBC News on 1/6/23. "A new partnership
between the satellite phone firm Iridium and chip giant
Qualcomm will bring satellite connectivity to premium
Android smartphones later in the year. It means that
in places where there is no mobile coverage, handsets
can connect with passing satellites to send and receive
messages." See also 8/31/22.
The Land Report 100 features short stories about
the largest landowners in the U.S. and includes quite a
few forest owners including several in Alabama. The
article in the Winter 2022 issue of The Land Report
begins on page 114.
(01/03/23)Bonus Depreciation Will Be Phased Out. Forest
owners have used the Bonus Depreciation when buying
computers, vehicles, off-the-shelf software, machinery
and equipment and more. A short paper,
Big Tax Payoff for Bonus Depreciation, by
JamisonMoneyFarmer's Bobby Bragg provides more