CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
June 2001 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday,
June 20, 2001.
Hayes D. Brown
starting time: (00:00)
Hayes D. Brown, attorney and forest owner, will moderate this
news conference. Hayes' email address is
Review prior news conferences:
01/17/01 | 02/21/01 |
| 04/13/01 | 05/16/00
Tax Credit Goal to Clean Water
Mike Foreman is program
manager for riparian and land conservation with the Virginia
Department of Forestry. He administers an interesting state program
that attempts to protect watersheds by encouraging landowners to leave
uncut or partially cut buffer strips of timber alongside Virginia's
streams and rivers. Mike encourages you to read the material on his
very comprehensive web page
before calling with questions.
Click here to visit the Riparian Buffer Tax Credit web page.
Dr. Brian Lockhart
Growers How-To Book
Brian Lockhart is Associate
Professor, School of Forestry, Wildlife, & Fisheries at
Louisiana State University. He is knowledgeable in the management of
bottomland hardwoods which should be of interest to many west and south
Alabama forest owners. He has produced a large collection of
silviculture notes that is available to you for the cost of packing and
To order Arkansas Bottomland
call Mail Boxes Etc. at (501) 821-6300. Cost: $15.
Questions for Dr. Lockhart about
Joseph W. Eiland
Consulting Forester Uses Specialized Logger
is a partner in the consulting forestry firm, Hatcher & Eiland
Forestry, LLC, and is based in Birmingham, Alabama. Joe recognizes that
the goal of thinning a young pine stand is usually to improve it so that it
will produce large amounts of high quality sawtimber in the future. To keep
costs low on thinning operations, Joe uses loggers who have the skills to
select the best "crop trees" while minimizing damage to those trees.
Joe suggests a visit to the following
Phone: (205) 655-0191
Dr. John L. Greene
Deductions with "Block" Method
John Greene is a forest economist with the USDA Forest Service
and a co-author of the
Forest Landowners' Guide to the Federal Income Tax. Using the
Guide, pages 67-68, John describes the two types of natural event
losses -- casualty and non-casualty (click
here). On pages 68-70 of the Guide you will find a three step
process to calculate timber loss deductions.
John has provided us with an example
(click here) to compare the traditional and the "block" methods
of calculating a deduction. He points out that the "block" method is
easier to calculate and gives bigger deductions.
Other links of interest to tax payers:
Phone: (919) 549-4093
Robert S. Morrow
2.0: On Line Management System
Rob Morrow, Resource Management Service, Inc., talked to us
in February about timber markets and now, to cheer us up, he returns to
describe a new, "real-time, user friendly online management system for
Southern forest landowners." ForestHawk 2.0
allows the landowner to combine property and map data in an integrated
system which helps avoid time-consuming paperwork. At this time, because of
cost, ForestHawk is not a practical solution for landowners with less than
5,000 acres, but we suspect that ForestHawk 6.0 or ForestHawk 8.0 (or a
competitor) will be available to owners of smaller acreages soon.
Dr. Harry V. Wiant
There a PDA in Your Future?
(new website) has done many things in his life, but during the last
ten years he has been professor of forestry at West Virginia
University, president of the Society of American Foresters,
keynote speaker at AFOA's 1997 Annual Meeting, and, most recently, a
Palm Pilot computer programmer. The little Palms and competitors
like Handspring Visor cost about $150 and have an amazing capacity to
crunch numbers and manipulate database information, like names and
addresses, and management plan to-do lists. Dr. Wiant has carried their
use one step further than most of us, by writing programs that can be
used to measure trees and cruise timber.
Click here and scroll down to his programs. (new
You might want to visit these websites,
Phone: (304) 599-6618
John Leidner is a regional editor for the
Progressive Farmer magazine. Progressive Farmer has published a
collection of articles on the bobwhite that we think you will find
interesting. Three of the 37 page booklet's chapters include Back to
Field Borders, Stocking Pen-Raised Quail, and Top 20
Plants to Attract Quail. John thinks the Plant Source Guide
might be especially useful to you.
To order the book, click here.
More on the Bobwhite:
Phone: (229) 386-0778
Arthia W. Rye
Strong Timber Market
Rye is the president of Forest Management Specialists, Inc.,
a firm that assists with the management and marketing of timber for
private landowners throughout the mid-south region. His report has the
potential to be upbeat and positive. Canadian softwood lumber has not
yet inundated our southern markets since the March 31 expiration of the
Canadian lumber quota. Click here to read
"Moving Among Bears."
A few recent headlines:
Phone: (256) 765-0397
Issues and Topics AFOA is following.
To suggest an issue or a topic
for a future telephone conference, please
send an email note to AFOA by clicking here.
- Energy Crisis & Federal Eminent Domain
- Palm Pilots & Forest Records
- Red Hills Salamander
- County Zoning
- Right to Farm & Practice Forestry
- Illegal Dumping
- Constitutional Revision/Tax Reform
- Industry Consolidation & Timber Markets
- Stumpage & Forest Product Markets
- Seasonal Forest and Wildlife Management
- Forestland For Sale
- Repeal of Estate Tax
- Forest Taxation: income, estate, &
- Southern Pine Beetle: salvage &
- Wood Buying Policies During SPB
Section 631(b) Capital Gains Tax Change
- Delaney Family Current-Use Case
- Jefferson Co. Storm Water Management
Lawsuit & Appeal
- Alabama's Pine Straw Wholesale Market
- Useful Computer Software
- Forest Fertilization
- Intensive Forest Management
- Long Rotation Management & Natural
- TMDL, CWA, EPA Basins, CARA, Forest
- Minerals, Gas & Oil Activity
- Recreational Businesses for Forest
- Current Use Tax Assessment Rates
- Local Harvesting Restrictions & Road
- Bridge Repairs & the Alabama Trust Fund
- Dog Hunting & Hunter Trespass
- and many more.