CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
February 2001 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, February 21, 2001
Hayes D. Brown
Hayes D. Brown, attorney and forest owner, will moderate this
telephone news conference. Hayes' email address is
Review prior telephone conferences:
Death Tax Not Dead Yet
Frank Stewart, Executive Director of
the Forest Landowners Tax Council,
reminds us that the death tax causes untold destruction to managed
forests each year when heirs must prematurely cut timber to pay the
death tax. FLTC's web page has several interesting essays on the
Council's goals, but please take time to read the
death tax page. (interview
Phone: (703) 549-0747
Dr. William D. Eshee
Adverse Possession and Trespass Issues
Dr. William D. Eshee is Professor of Business Law, MSU, and
Municipal Court Judge, Starkville, MS. On March 27-28 Dr. Eshee will
teach a continuing education course on adverse possession and trespass
laws that will be attended by many foresters and forest owners.
Visit the course web page for a full description of topics to be
Phone: (662) 325-1983
Bob Lee Tjaden, Jr.
Tjaden, a Natural Resource Extension Specialist based at the Wye
Research and Education Center in Maryland, has developed a
correspondence course that will be of interest to many Alabama forest
owners. Bob has prepared a detailed
course description for your review.
Phone: (410) 827-8056
on Planted Longleaf Survival
Mark Hainds, Research Coordinator for the
Longleaf Alliance, will share the results of studies he has done
with a turf "scalper" that removed grass and weed competition from the
top soil layer just before planting. The
pictures (click here) are worth a thousand words, but for you
number crunchers, Mark has included some
graphs (click here) of his results as well. Discussion topics:
Scalping, herbicides, planting depth.
Phone: (334) 222-7779
Dr. James Miller
Plants of the Southeast
and Their Wildlife Uses
Dr. Jim Miller, a U.S. Forest Service forest ecologist, has
co-authored a book that will be valuable to you if you want to learn the
names of plants useful to wildlife. "It has the best plant photos I've ever
seen," was the comment from one reader. Cost: $36.
Picture of Cover and ordering information.
Sample text and photos.
Phone: (334)826-8700 ext. 36
Dr. Stephen K. Nodine
for Forest Owners
Steve Nodine is president of
Forest Resources Systems Institute, a non-profit "Consumer
Reports" organization that focuses on forestry software and field
computers. There are many computer programs and resources that can be
used by landowners. Some help determine forest land values and estimate
the potential profitability of forestry practices. Others help make maps
of your forest land or view maps prepared by your forester. And other
software and hardware help you find your way through the woods (GPS
systems), measure trees more accurately (computer calipers), and measure
distances and heights more precisely (electronic distance measurement
The FORS Institute has developed a
special web page (click here) for you to ask questions and
review FORS information. FORS would like your ideas on software that
would be helpful to you. They also are always seeking ways to use
commonly available software such as Excel, Word, etc. to solve forest
Phone: (864) 656-7723
Morrow, Resource Management Service, Inc., specializes in
services and information needed by private forest owners. Being aware of
all the factors that affect stumpage markets is a necessary part of
every workday at RMS.
A future RMS newsletter (to be posted to the Internet by 3/1/01)
will support Rob's comments. For a variety of information on markets and
trends visit www.forestweb.com
and scroll down to the "Latest News" headlines.
Phone: (205) 991-9516
Fletcher Majors, owner of
Great Southern Land, LLC, has a 135 acre forested tract for sale in
Tallapoosa county. He calls it the Sougahatchee Creek Tract and is
offering it at $250,000. Click here for property
description with pictures.
Phone: 1-800-782-5263 ext. 205
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.
County Zoning (current-use assessment)
Right to Farm & Practice Forestry
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.