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CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

August 2000 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.

Conference was recorded Thursday, August 24, 2000

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Hayes D. Brown

starting time: (00:00)

Moderator

Hayes D. Brown will moderate this telephone news conference. Hayes' email address is hbrown@hayesbrown.com.

Review prior telephone conferences:  
7/27/00

 

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Ron Arnold

(01:46)

Lowe's to "squeez[e] 'non-compliant' suppliers" of forest products.

Ron Arnold is Executive Vice President of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise in Bellevue, Washington. In his book, Undue Influence, he explains why he believes Lowe's (a major forest products retail outlet with stores all across the US) sees limiting their wood purchases to "sustainably managed" forests as an "opportunity [for Lowe's] to create a legal monopoly..." The results may be costly to forest owners. See pages 288 to 298 in his book.

About the book and the author: http://www.undueinfluence.com/
Phone: (425) 454-9470
Email: rarnold@eskimo.com

 

Jerry Johnson

(06:37)

Techniques for Longleaf Planting Success

Jerry Johnson is State Forester for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama and has been checking dozens of sites newly planted to longleaf pines. Unfortunately, he has found many planting failures. To improve future success rates, the Longleaf Alliance has scheduled four training sessions for agency personnel, tree planters, and landowners in South Alabama as follows: September 22, Monroeville; September 26, Andalusia; October 10, Dothan; and November 9, Montgomery. Watch AFOA's Calendar of Events for details.

Phone: (334) 887-4560
Email: jerry.johnson@al.usda.gov  

 

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Tim Traugott

(10:28)

Are My Pine Trees Ready to Thin?

Tim Traugott is an Area Extension Forester with Mississippi State University. He teaches numerous workshops on pine plantation management to Mississippi forest owners and is using the brand new publication, Are My Pine Trees Ready to Thin?, as a practical guide for landowners. "Many people thin their plantations too soon, an expensive mistake."

To order the publication: (662) 325-3150

Phone: (662) 226-6000
Email: timt@ext.msstate.edu

 

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Ed Wilson

(14:18)

Seeking Peace of Mind During Hurricane Season

Ed Wilson is an insurance agent (and forester) with the Davis-Garvin Agency based in Columbia, South Carolina. Hurricane season will be with us for the next few months. Many people remember Opal and other storms that moved out of the Gulf and into our forests and wonder if there is any way to insure against the losses caused by hurricanes.

Phone: 1-800-845-3163
Email: ewilson@davisgarvin.com

 

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Dr. William C. Siegel

(16:34)

IRS Ruling Allows Casualty Loss Deductions

William C. "Bill" Siegel has long been a national resource for information on forestry taxation and is one of the co-authors of Forest Owners' Guide to the Federal Income Tax. A recent change in the IRS's position on casualty losses on "low basis" timber will allow larger deductions in many cases.

Phone: (504) 914-1868 (phone number updated 02/28/13)

 

D. Gannon Murphy

Hunting Lease Strategy Pays Variety of Dividends

Gannon Murphy manages several thousand acres of Pruet Family, Inc., forestlands in east Alabama. In an effort to combat timber theft he uses the help of hunters. His search criteria for the "right" hunting groups may provide you with a valuable perspective when leasing your land.

Phone: (770) 889-5227
Email: marcom@mindspring.com

 

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L. Frank Walburn

(22:43)

Forestland For Sale

Frank Walburn is vice president and chief forester for Mossy Oak Properties, Inc. He has two properties for sale in Monroe, Wilcox and Dallas Counties that you might find interesting.
For details, click here.

Phone: (334) 682-4039
Email: fwalburn@pinebelt.net

 

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Eric D. Gee

(25:30)

Southern Pine Lumber Market

Eric Gee is with the Southern Forest Products Association, Kenner, Louisiana. The SFPA provides marketing and promotional assistance to lumber manufacturers throughout the South. The stumpage market has been faring poorly lately, caused by a combination factors including easy, dry weather logging conditions, a flood of beetle-killed timber, and a slowed rate of housing starts. Eric will tell us something about the southern pine lumber market and help us see the stumpage market from a broader view.

Statistical Information from SFPA: http://www.sfpa.org/IndStat.htm
Phone: (504) 443-4464
Email: egee@sfpa.org

Market related links:
http://foxmarketwire.com/082100/timber.sml
http://news.excite.com/news/r/000817/13/economy-mortgages

 

Issues and Topics AFOA is following, but may not cover in this conference.

 
  • Repeal of Estate Tax
  • Southern Pine Beetle Epidemic: salvage & prevention
  • Wood Buying Policies During SPB Epidemic
  • 631(b) Capital Gains Tax Change
  • Delaney Current-Use Case before Alabama Supreme Court
  • Jefferson County Storm Water Management Program Lawsuit
  • National Monument status on Bankhead & Talladega National Forests
  • Alabama's Pine Straw Wholesale Market
  • Useful Computer Software
  • Forest Fertilization
  • Intensive Forest Management
  • Long Rotation Management & Natural Regeneration
  • Total Maximum Daily Load & EPA regulations
  • Minerals, Gas & Oil Activity
  • Recreational Businesses for Forest Owners
  • Current Use Tax Rate for Next Year
  • Local Harvesting Restrictions & Road Weight Limit Problems
  • Bridge Repairs & the Alabama Trust Fund
  • Dog Hunting & Hunter Trespass
  • and many more.