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February 2002 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, February 20, 2002.

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Hayes D. Brown

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Hayes D. Brown, attorney and forest owner,  will moderate this news conference. Hayes' email address is

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Andrew Hartsell


Alabama Forest Survey: Significant Growth

Andy Hartsell is Research Forester with the Forest Inventory & Analysis, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service. Andy has put together a summary of the results of the most recent survey of Alabama's forests that is quite remarkable.

Phone: (662) 338-3131


Dr. Donald W. Floyd


Forest Sustainability: The History, The Challenge, The Promise

Professor Floyd teaches Advanced Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at the State University of New York at Syracuse, New York. His new book, Forest Sustainability: The History, The Challenge, The Promise, looks at the history of sustainability from "conservative lumbering," "sustained yield," "multiple-use," "ecosystem management," and finally "sustainable forestry." If you enjoy pondering what it means to others when we say "we want to leave our land in better shape than we found it," then you will enjoy this book.

You may order Forest Sustainability from the Forest History Society by calling (919) 682-9319 or Click Here to Order on their Website. Cost is $10.95.

Phone: (315) 685-8083


Dr. Patricia A. Frishkoff


Tax Cuts on the Web

Dr. Pat Frishkoff is the founding director of the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University. Pat has developed a webcast entitled Tax Cuts on the Web that you will find very useful. The program is divided into three segments:

  • The New Tax Law and You--The Family Business Owner
  • Critical Decisions for Farmers and Forest Landowners
  • Impact of the New Tax Law on the Economy

You may view a menu of the webcast segments by clicking here. If you wish to read or print written materials that support the webcast you will want to register or "log in" by clicking here.

Phone: 1-800-859-7609


Larry H. Gibson, Jr.


Forest Management Tour

Larry Gibson is the owner of Gibson Forest Management, Inc., based in Aliceville, Alabama. On April 12, the day before AFOA's 21st Annual Meeting, Larry will lead members on a forest management tour that will include the following topics:

  • Pine Plantation Management
  • Establishment
  • Prescribed Burning
  • Thinning
  • Various Site Preparation Treatments
  • Selective Harvesting in Bottomland Hardwood Stands
  • Hardwood Plantation Establishment and Management
  • Different types of natural pine stand management
  • Longleaf Plantation Establishment and Herbaceous Release

Phone: (205) 373-6168 


Bill Bush


Hunting Lodge Business

Bill Bush[    ] owns and operates Bush Creek Plantation in Southeast Alabama. [His] successful new hunting business offers ideas for many forest owners who are looking for a way to make their forestland pay its keep. For the tourists among us, please note that Bush Creek Plantation Lodge is available as a bed & breakfast during off-season months. Click here to tour Bush Creek Plantation.

Phone: (334) 775-9718


Don McClain


Alabama Pine Straw Market & Demonstration

Don McClain sells pine straw balers and was a guest on Capital Ideas - Live! back in September of 2000. We still see a lot of Georgia pine straw being hauled into Alabama and we remain curious as to why Alabama pine straw hasn't completely dominated the local markets. Perhaps Don can bring us up to date with his report. To learn more about the business, visit Don's website at

Phone: (706) 234-0454

* If you can help AFOA to be better informed about the pine straw business in Alabama, please send an email note to AFOA.

Eric Pugh


Timber Insurance Available in Alabama

Eric Pugh specializes in the development and underwriting of timber insurance with Great American Insurance Company, based in West Des Moines, Iowa.  Great American provides a wide variety of insurance to agriculture and forestry businesses and their new TimberGuard policy will be of interest to many forest owners in Alabama. The policy covers losses caused by fire, lightning, wind, ice and snow, theft and vandalism.  Click here for a description of the coverage.

Phone: 1-800-356-6040 or (515) 222-9975 x 140


Arthia W. Rye


Stumpage Markets Surprisingly Good
...except for pine pulpwood

Billy Rye is the president of Forest Management Specialists, Inc., based in Florence, Alabama. He last reported on timber markets to us on June 20, 2001 and predicted a recovery for timber prices soon. According to Billy, his recent timber sales have been receiving good bid prices and he remains upbeat on most forest products except pine pulpwood. 

Food For Thought:

  • Import Tariffs on Wood Products to Be Cut - China Daily - February 18, 2002 (link no longer works)
  • Lumber Industry to Phase Out Arsenic-Treated Wood - Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News - February 15, 2002 (link no longer works)
  • Baucus Urges Administration To Resolve Softwood Lumber Dispute - E&E Publishing - February 15, 2002 (link no longer works)
  • Abitibi-Consolidated's $50 Million De-inking Plant in Thorold, Ontario, Nears Completion, in An Advisory by - Business Wire - February 13, 2002 (link no longer works)
  • World Paper Consumption Fell Last Year - - February 13, 2002 (link no longer works)

Phone: (256) 765-0397


Issues and Topics AFOA is following.

To suggest an issue or a topic for a future news conference, please send an email note to AFOA by clicking here.

  • Tax Breaks for Non-Profits Unfair to Private Forest Owners
  • CCA Treated Southern Pine Lumber
  • TMDLs
  • EPA Basins Projects
  • Constitutional Revision/Tax Reform
  • CARA
  • Forest Certification
  • 2002 Farm Bill
  • Energy Crisis & Federal Eminent Domain
  • Palm Pilots & Forest Records
  • Red Hills Salamander
  • County Zoning
  • Right to Farm & Practice Forestry
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Industry Consolidation & Timber Markets
  • Stumpage & Forest Product Markets
  • Seasonal Forest and Wildlife Management Tips
  • Forestland For Sale
  • Repeal of Estate Tax
  • Forest Taxation: Income, Estate, & Property
  • Southern Pine Beetle: Salvage & Prevention
  • Wood Buying Policies During SPB Epidemic
  • Section 631(b) Capital Gains Tax Change
  • Delaney Family Current-Use Case
  • JeffCo Storm Water Management Program
  • Alabama's Pine Straw Wholesale Market
  • Useful Computer Software
  • Forest Fertilization
  • Intensive Forest Management
  • Long Rotation Management & Natural Regeneration
  • Minerals, Gas & Oil Activity
  • Recreational Businesses for Forest Owners
  • Current Use Tax Assessment Rates
  • Local Harvesting Restrictions & Road Weight Limits
  • Bridge Repairs & the Alabama Trust Fund
  • Dog Hunting & Hunter Trespass
  • and more