Archived 2011 News, Issues & Information
Wood is Good!
Timber trapped behind unusable roads and
bridges is devalued. Will this be a problem for your land? Or is it
already? According to co-author Pam Villarreal, an amendment to
Alabama's state constitution will not allow state-level fuel taxes to be
used for bike trails, roadside wildflowers, light rail projects, etc.
That's a plus. Federal gasoline &
diesel taxes are systematically diverted from productive construction and
roads and bridges.
landowners who are considering replanting after tornado damaged areas
have been cleaned up,
Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force Landowner Program.
it might be good to watch Dr. Ken McNabb's presentation.
In Oregon, high tech tool used for wildfire detection. www.ktmr.com,
-- Flow trails might be good way to
bring mountain biking income to some north Alabama landowners. Source:
"25,000 Visitors a Year" The Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2011
Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force Public Landowner Meetings --
beginning July 18 in Tuscaloosa. The Alabama
Forest Recovery Task Force has a website at
Dates & Locations
Source: Rep. Michele Bachmann as quoted in
"Zero out capital gains. Zero out the alternative minimum tax. Zero out
the death tax."
The Wall Street Journal, 6/11/11.
Forestry Commission, 6/7/11
No Burn Order Declared by Governor Bentley.
by Deborah A. Gaddis, Ph.D., Claiming a Timber
Casualty Loss Capital Ideas,
June 2011, page 4.
A treat for your imagination:
Climbing Robot Feels Its Way Up A Tree. New Scientist
-- NOAA Cartographer Jon Sellars on Aerial Imagery of Tornado
Damaged Forestland -- links to maps, photos, & hints on how to use Capital Ideas - Live!
-- a power point presentation by Dr. John L. Greene,
USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station. Can I Deduct Timber
by David Mercker, Extension Forester, Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries,
University of Tennessee. Dr. Mercker was a guest on AFOA's May 2008
When a Tornado Strikes: Steps to Claim a Timber Casualty Loss Capital Ideas - Live! when he discussed "claiming a
timber casualty loss." To listen to his comments and read the
information that supported his interview,
Dealing with Storm Damaged Timber -- see related links.
" Remember, none of these Forever Wild properties pay taxes.
Therefore, every acre placed under their control is removed from the tax
rolls. or local
services and needed government functions such as police and fire
protection must be curtailed." Source: Talking Point #5, This means that the remaining property
owners must pay higher taxes to make up the short fall [Lawmaker]
Call List & Forever Wild Talking Points, Alliance for Citizen Rights
& Take Back Alabama, 4/12/11. Source posted from
Federal Government Proposes 8,166 Acre Expansion of Grand Bay
National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi and Mobile County, Alabama.
Federal, State, & Local Agencies will meet on April 14 at 5 Rivers --
Alabama's Delta Resource Center. We suggest you send your
comments to Alabama State Forester Linda Casey ( Linda.Casey@forestry.alabama.gov)
so that she may include them with the Alabama Forestry Commission's
response to the proposed expansion. Please read:
Department of the Interior
letter to Alabama State Forester;
Map of proposed expansion
area; 205 Page Draft
Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment.
Jefferson County Federation of Teachers spokesperson advocates
higher forestland taxes for Alabama landowners. A member of the Alabama
Forest Owners' Association brought this video to AFOA's attention. We
thought the rest of our members and other Alabama forest landowners
would be interested/alarmed in watching it. Please alert AFOA to news
stories that may be of interest to forestland owners. This video has
been edited in length from the original.
If you would like to let WBRC-FOX6 know your opinion about this video please
direct your comments to:
Lou Kirchen, General Manager, WBRC-FOX6
P. O. Box 6
Birmingham, AL 35201
Forest Stewardship Council
certification of Wisconsin forestland requires "adherence with
internationally-recognized labor standards, including the rights of
workers to collectively bargain." Source:
Markets for Wisconsin Paper Products Threatened by Governor's Efforts to
Repeal Collective Bargaining Rights. Ashland Current,
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting, 1/12/11. We
wonder how long it will take the
$320 million down the drain in Georgia; commercial cellulosic ethanol
newly announced Greene County, Alabama cellulosic ethanol plant to run
through $250 million and announce its closure? Source: Birmingham
Business Journal, 1/20/11.
has created a website to provide a
perspective to a 30 mill county property tax different from that of the Board of
Education's. The tax will be on the ballot on February 8.
Against Raising Taxes (SMART) See AFOA's Calendar of Events.
"Group urges citizens to say no to property tax renewal" Source:
Shelby County Reporter.
in agreement with changes from the newly enacted tax law on December 17,
2010 -- Public Law 111-312). Updated Version of
Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2010 Tax Year
Source: Western Institute for Study of the
"Industrial giant Georgia-Pacific has climbed in bed with radical
Forest2Market Economic Outlook reports,
"Those who are predicting a 2013 or 2014 recovery for housing appear to
be on the right track." If housing improves, can stumpage
prices be far behind?