CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
July 2001 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday,
July 18, 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 | 05/16/01
| 06/20/01 |
Dr. Jon P. Caulfield
Green Certification and the Future of Family Forests
Jon Caulfield is Vice President, Research and Investment
Strategy for TimberVest, LLC, a timberland investment management
company based in Woodstock, Georgia. He explains why he has studied the
various certification schemes and why you might want to learn more about
them, too. In a no-nonsense report
(click here) delivered to forest owners at the Washington, DC,
annual meeting of the Forest Landowners Association, Jon made it clear
that he finds little value in any of the forest certification programs.
Phone: (706) 425-0436
Dr. E. Carlyle Franklin
Farmers Improve Water Quality with Forest Filters
(by cutting the trees)
Carlyle Franklin is Director of the Woodlot Forestry Research
and Development Program at North Carolina State University. When
a tornado destroyed one of Franklin's forested filter zone research
areas, he refocused his research to study the storm water cleaning
ability of a clearcut forested filter zone. The surprising results are
Managing Vegetation in Upland Forested Filter Zones to Enhance Removal
of Sediments and Nutrients from Agricultural Runoff.
Phone: (919) 513-3852
Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr.
Conservation Easements: Book & Workshops
Harry Haney has written another book and has scheduled three
workshops, all to help landowners learn whether the use of conservation
easements might be useful to them. Conservation Easements may be a way
for you to limit property and estate taxes and prevent future
development of your land. According to Progressive Farmer
magazine, The Landowner's Guide to Conservation Easements,
by Haney and co-author Steven Bick, "offers an objective look at
the process without trying to sell you or dissuade on the idea."
To Order the Book: The guide is
published by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 4050 Westmark Drive, PO
Box 1840, Dubuque, IA 52004-1840. It may be ordered with a credit card,
by phone at 1-800-338-8290, by fax at 1-800-772-9165, or via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost, including shipping, is $30.20 plus
state sales tax.
Conservation Easement Workshops
Phone: (540) 231-5212
Dr. John L. Greene
to Avoid Taxes When Selling Damaged Timber
John Greene, US Forest Service economist, was with us last month
(click here for June conference) and explained with the help of an
example (click here for example) how to
increase loss deductions by using the "block method."
Today he describes how a landowner might
avoid taxes when selling storm or insect damaged timber at a reduced
price and yet realizes a gain for tax purposes. John suggests you return
to Chapter 8
(click here) of the Forest Landowners' Guide to the Federal
Income Tax. Scroll down to the 6th page of this file.
A few terms he uses are:
- casualty loss
- noncasualty loss
- taxable gain
- qualifying replacement property
- allowable replacement period
Phone: (919) 549-4093
Dr. Ron E. Masters
Reduce Risks Through Management Diversity & Selection System
Ron Masters is Associate Professor & Wildlife Specialist at
Oklahoma State University. He came highly recommended to AFOA as someone
who knew a lot about prescribed burning. We had planned to talk to him
about his long term observations on a 20-year prescribed burning
research project until he mentioned the ice storm. He said the
storm caused severe damage in young pine plantations, but very little
damage to stands that were managed under a selection system.
Click here to read his report on storm damage and management diversity
-- photos are included.
Phone: (405) 744-8065
Dr. Michael S. Golden
Oaks From Little Oaks
Mike Golden is Associate
Professor of Forest Ecology/Silviculture at Auburn University's School
of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. He spends his time studying both
bottomland and upland hardwoods. Mike reminds us that to regenerate
hardwood stands to quality species, the young trees of the right species
must be present before a harvest cut. To help us learn what they
look like, Mike suggests we visit
Auburn's Dendrology Web Site. (Click Here)
When you enter the Dendro
page, scroll down the left frame to FAGACEAE - Beech/Oak family.
In list, click on the following:
- cherrybark oak - a high-quality
bottomland red oak
- northern red oak - one of the
best upland red oaks
- swamp chestnut oak - a
high-quality bottomland white oak, with large acorns
- white oak - a high-quality oak of
uplands and well-drained bottomlands
Also look at OLEACEAE
- Olive family
- green ash - a fast-growing,
high-value bottomland species
Read about your favorite
trees in Silvics of North America: Vol. 2. Hardwoods.
Click here for PDF file or
click here for HTML file.
Phone: (334) 844-1069
Out of the Woods:
The Solitary Life of a Maverick Naturalist
argues for individual ownership of the land, maintaining that "the
world's greatest environmental tragedies are largely on public lands or
lands to which no one has a secure title or protection for a claim."
Read a two- page selection from his book,
Coming Out of the Woods, that
was printed in PERC Reports,
March 2001 (Click Here).
Click here to read reviews and buy the book.
$20.80 hardcover or $12.80 paperback at Amazon.com.
Phone: (919) 542-4072
Prof. Thomas G. Harris,
Only Sell If Absolutely Necessary
Tom Harris, Publisher of
Mart-South, a forest products price service available to
subscribers, opened his second quarter market report as follows:
"Market drivers this quarter included wet logging conditions, a glut of
small pine and mill curtailment/closures." A southeast stumpage
(click here) shows pine prices down and hardwood prices up from
a year ago. According to Harris, this is "a good time to be
accumulating inventory and only selling if absolutely necessary."
A few headlines from U.S. newspapers:
Click here to read past Timber Mart-South Market Newsletters.
Phone: (706) 542-2832
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.