CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
AUGUST 2023 News Conference for Forest Owners
Produced by the Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
This Conference was recorded at 10:00 am Central Time on August 9,
2023 with a live audience. If you would like to be a member of the audience
on the next program, call (205) 624-2225 to register.
Hayes D. Brown
starting time: (00:00)
Hayes D. Brown, attorney and forest owner, will moderate this news
conference. Hayes' email address is
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Primitive Camping Could
Offer Early Revenue Stream for Forest Landowners
Patrick Hiesl is an Associate Professor of Forest Operations
Clemson University. With an extensive background in timber
harvesting and experience collaborating with forest owners, Patrick knows
well that it can take years--or sometimes even decades--for landowners to
produce annual income through their land. He also knows a potential solution
to create early revenue: primitive camping. The primitive camping trend came
on strong during the Covid-19 pandemic as a way for people to escape and
social distance, and it has continued. In a recent
article for Forest Landowner, Patrick shared how offering these
low amenity and low maintenance campsite trends could benefit landowners,
and he joins us to share the details on how landowners could get in on the
Phone: (864) 656-7293
East Central Alabama
Mineral Survey: What Might They Find?
Dane VanDervoort is a Geologist with the Geologic Investigations
Program at the
Geological Survey of Alabama. The state of Alabama was recently
given $1 million by the U.S. Geological Survey to help fund a survey in the
Graphite Belt, a stretch of land in the east-central portion of the state.
Through the survey, researchers will be looking for a variety of minerals
that are used in everything from household essentials to solar energy
generation. Dane joins us to share the specifics on what researchers hope to
find and how the survey will help provide a better understanding of the
mineral resources in Alabama.
Phone: (205) 247-3626
Cost-Share for Southern Pine
Austin Reese is a Forest Health Coordinator at the
Alabama Forestry Commission. The Alabama Forestry Commission has
been detecting more beetle spots this year than in years' past, and to
combat the issue has launched the
Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Cost-Share Program. Administered by the
Alabama Forestry Commission through a grant from the USDA Forest Service,
the program seeks to help forest landowners implement forest management
practices that will reduce not only damage caused by southern pine beetles,
but also outbreaks themselves. Austin joins us to talk about the program and
the specific ways in which the program can help landowners.
Phone: (334) 274-5507
Tuscaloosa County Teaching
to Provide Hands-On Experience to Young Kids
John Cameron is a County Extension Coordinator at the
Tuscaloosa County Extension. Having years of experience working in
workforce and economic development in the state, John has seen firsthand the
impact agriculture has had in Alabama. Alabama's Agriculture, Forestry, and
related industries have created approximately 580,000 jobs in the state and
led to $70.4 billion in revenue. With the average age of farmers in the
state being 58, he also sees the need for workforce development as well. To
alleviate the growing issue, the Tuscaloosa County Cooperative Extension
Office has partnered with the Tuscaloosa County School System and Northport
Career Tech Annex to create a Teaching Farm for students within the school
system and the surrounding areas. The farm will be the first in Alabama to
provide hands-on agriculture educational experience for students and prepare
students for the more than 500,000 agricultural and forestry-related jobs
needed in the state. John joins us to talk about the status of the project
and the many benefits it may bring.
Phone: (205) 349-4630