CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
OCTOBER 2019 News Conference for Forest Owners
Produced by the Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
This Conference was recorded at 10 AM Central Time on Wednesday,
October 9, 2019 with a live audience. If you would like to be a member of
the audience on the next program, call (205) 624-2225 to
Hayes D. Brown
starting time: (00:00)
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conference. Hayes' email address is
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Defense of Property Rights May Be Declining
is the Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies at
the executive editor of the website,
and executive director of the Houston-based Center for
Urbanism. A noted speaker, consultant and writer, and considered an
international authority on global, economic, political trends, Mr. Kotkin
wrote that President Franklin D. Roosevelt believed that a nation of
homeowners--of people who own a real share in their land, is unconquerable.
Now, the shift to ever more concentrated property ownership threatens the
future of liberal democracy. Survey data among millennials — the group most
effected — already shows a substantial shift toward a socialistic mindset.
In his latest book,
The Human City, Dr. Kotkin addresses how
most new urban development that adheres to similar tenets: tall structures,
small units, and high density, and suggests that they do not consider the
needs and desires of the vast majority of people. In fact, exclusively dense
urban development, the book suggests, might be doing more harm to future
generations than good. Also, if not addressed, our politics will become ever more dominated by a race
between parties to see who can give the most away to the modern-day
peasantry, who, having nothing, will have less reason to guard the property
rights of others. A policy agenda that recommits us to creating new
opportunities for ownership, largely by building on the urban fringe as well
as underutilized commercial areas, can reverse the trend of favoring
Property and Democracy in America
The Center for
Phone: (714) 997-6815
Dr. Karen Abt
Economic Benefits of Wildfire Prevention Education
Karen Abt is a
research Economist with the
U.S. Forest Service at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory in North
Carolina, working primarily in bioenergy and wildfire economics.
Fire prevention has the promise of reducing overall expenditures and damages
from wildfires. Prevention program elements can include burn permits,
public service programs or announcements, outreach efforts to schools, youth
groups, equipment operators, and law enforcement. Dr. Karen Abt has
published several articles about the economic benefits of fire prevention
education, including the timing of the education programs and how it pays
for itself many times over.
Economic Benefits of Wildfire Prevention Education
The Net Benefits of Wildfire Prevention Education Efforts
The Optimal Timing of Wildfire Prevention Education
Phone: (919) 549-4094
Make No Mistake: The Devaluation of the Dollar
is a Tax
John Tamny is
Director of the Center for Economic Freedom at
a senior economic adviser to
Toreador Research &
Trading, and editor of
In a recent article, he wrote that currency devaluation is a tax. While
devaluation of our currency might result in higher prices for hard assets,
like forestland, devaluation also reduces the buying power of the payments
we receive for our stumpage. Capital gains from a land or timber sale may be
inflated and result in higher actual taxes, as well.
Currency Devaluation is a Tax
Foundation for Economic Education
Phone: (202) 644-8780
Effects on Food Plots and Wildlife
is a recreation manager/certified wildlife biologist for
Westervelt Wildlife Services, a habitat management company that
specializes in habitat management for deer. Landowners use habitat
management to increase specific types of wildlife on their property. Habitat
management for deer plans range from clearing invasive growth, to restoring
vegetation, to controlled wildlife hunting. Planning describes what is
expected during the project, including seasonal duties and preparation. The
wildlife habitat restoration begins with the identification of both
disturbed and healthy habitats. From there, the two main goals are to
protect the healthy habitats from potential damage, and restore native
plants and wildlife to the disturbed habitats. Habitat management for deer
will help increase the capacity for larger populations of deer, but a good
plan will often increase the capacity for other species as well. Habitat
management for deer is a complex process, requiring a certain biological
background for tasks like soil analysis, studying existing populations,
bedding areas, and available food sources. When we have a hot and dry summer
like Alabama experienced the past few months, wildlife managers need to take
that into consideration when managing wildlife activities, food plots and
The Drought is affecting Alabama Forests and Wildlife
The Alabama Drought
Habitat Management for Deer
Phone: (334) 289-4700
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