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

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Hayes D. Brown

starting time: (00:00)


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

Click Here to View & Hear Prior News Conferences.


Don Knight


Deer Hunting With Dogs

Don Knight is President of the Alabama Dog Hunters Association. The association was formed back in 1982 in response to numerous threats that hunting deer with dogs was going to be eliminated in the State of Alabama. AFOA receives several complaints each year about trespassing dogs, but we thought you might want to learn something about dog hunting from someone who is an active participant and enthusiastic defender of the sport.

Don would like you to read the following:

Click here to view a few pictures of happy dog hunters.

phone: (256) 236-8453


S. Marvin Rogers


Preparing for Oil & Gas Exploration on Your Land

Marvin Rogers, General Counsel of the Alabama State Oil & Gas Board, had so much to tell landowners about the oil and gas business that he wrote a 26 page booklet about it. A few of the things that you will find answers to in the guidebook are: 

  • What are landowner's rights when approached by a company wanting to lease rights to drill oil & gas?
  • How do landowners receive payments when signing a lease?
  • How do landowners receive payments as the oil & gas are being produced?
  • Does a well have to be drilled on a landowner's property for him to receive payments from the oil & gas production?

Click here to read a short section, "Payment of Royalty," from the guidebook.

A landowner's guide to oil and gas in Alabama  ordering information cost: $4.50

phone: (205)349-2852
email:   ... "in another life..."


Teddy Reynolds


Play Serious "What If" Games with Alabama Forest Inventory Data

Teddy Reynolds is President of Reynolds Forestry Consulting, based in Magnolia, Arkansas. He is also the host of Timber Talk, a weekly radio show about forestry that you can listen to on the web. But a few weeks ago Teddy called AFOA and excitedly described what could be learned by playing what-if games with the Alabama forest inventory data that is posted on the Internet for anyone to use.

Web Site:

  • Section I: State/County.
  • Section II: Alabama 2000 - 2000 - Specific Counties - Autauga.
  • Section III: All Ownerships - All Stand Ages - All Volume Classes - All Slopes - All Forest Types - All Past Forest Type Groups - All Stand Origins - All Past Stand Origins - All Site Classes - All Physiographic Classes.
  • Section IV: All Species - All Trees - All Damages.
  • Section V: Skip Table Customization to Section 6 for Standard Tables.
  • Section VI: "Autauga County, Alabama" - Standard Tables - Submit Query - Select and View Tables "00 - 25".

The data is the basis for the report given last month by Andy Hartsell, but it is posted in a way that allows you to ask questions, such as, "How much pine sawtimber is growing in Central Alabama?" or "How many acres are in pine plantations in Northeast Alabama?" 

phone: (870)234-0200 ext. 1202


Brett J. Butler


What Makes You Do That?

Brett Butler is a research forester at the USDA Forest Service’s Northeastern Research Station in Pennsylvania, and the coordinator for the National Woodland Owner Survey. While Teddy Reynolds, above, was amazing us with the biological data gathered by the Forest Service and Alabama Forestry Commission, Brett is trying to figure us out by gathering social data -- what do we, the landowners, want from our land and from the organizations and agencies that serve us.

He is preparing a survey of forest owners that will be mailed to 291 forest owners in Alabama in a few weeks and about 10,000 forest owners from all across the U.S. Click here to review the current draft of the Alabama survey.

We wonder how the data will be used? How will it help the forest owners of Alabama. Brett explains.

phone: (610) 557-4045


Dr. Barry Shiver


Forest Management Short Courses

Dr. Barry Shiver and Dr. Bruce Borders have teamed up many times to bring up-to-date forest management techniques to foresters and forest owners across the South. The current series of short courses they will be teaching includes one in Alabama and 3 others in Mississippi and the Florida panhandle.

Click the following for course outlines:

Click below for date, place and registration information from AFOA's Calendar of Events:

phone: (706)542-3009


John McMillan


A Political Action Committee for Forestry Interests

John McMillan is Executive Vice President of the Alabama Forestry Association and ForestPAC is the official political action committee of the Association. We've been impressed during the past few years with the work of the AFA's PAC committees and we think you will be, too, if you get involved. We don't always agree with the final choices of ForestPAC, but we do appreciate the way they seek out the advice of contributors in local races.

ForestPAC's "mission is to elect candidates for legislative, local and statewide offices who demonstrate a commitment to conservative principles and support of forestry issues." As forest owners, it's hard to disagree with that mission statement, wouldn't you agree?

Facts about ForestPAC

phone: (334)265-8733


Dr. William L. Hoover


Allocating Stepped Up Basis

Bill Hoover is Professor at the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. But most forest owners know him as one of the co-authors of the Forest Owners' Guide to the Federal Income Tax (currently Ag Handbook # 718). Dr. Hoover explains, with an excellent set of examples (click here), why the new tax law makes it important to establish your basis in your forest investments.

The examples, above, are located within a web site called the National Timber Tax Website. You will want to visit this website and tell your tax advisor about it, too.

phone: (765)494-3580


Thomas E. Carignan, Jr.


Stumpage Markets: A Central Alabama Perspective

Tom Carignan is President of Carignan Forestry Consultants, LLC and is frequently called on by AFOA members for advice on the management of their forestland. Today we are asking Tom to peer into his crystal ball and tell us whether or not to plant trees for markets two decades down the road. Or perhaps you only want to know if harvesting your timber now or waiting six months is the best thing to do. Either way, Tom has a tough job, and we appreciate his attempt to help us understand the complicated wood products market and how it affects us, the stumpage growers.

Points to ponder:

  • Stop Staples April 11
  • Merger to Hurt Results (link no longer works)
  • Ontario's Forest Industry Outraged At Proposed U.S. Export Tax Of 37% On Softwood Lumber (link no longer works)
  • Canadian trade minister travels to Washington to help resolve lumber dispute (link no longer works)
  • Dutch Greenpeace Attack Russian Timber-carrier (link no longer works)

phone: 1-888-840-7887


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.

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