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CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!

June 2002 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, June 19, 2002.

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Hayes D. Brown

starting time: (00:00)

Moderator

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

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Dr. Patrick Moore

(00:31)

Trees are the Answer

Dr. Patrick Moore is "...a member of a family that has been logging on northern Vancouver Island [British Columbia] for three generations..." and "...a lifelong environmentalist who was a co-founder and long-time leader of Greenpeace." In his book, Green Spirit Trees are the Answer, he "demonstrates that rather than reducing our consumption of wood, we should be planting more trees and using more renewable wood in order to reduce our reliance on non-renewable fuels and materials." An article by Dr. Moore appeared in the March 26, 2002, Los Angeles Times entitled: Greens Don't See Forest for the Trees. As you might imagine, many environmentalists don't like his message and one group has created the "Patrick Moore is a Big Fat Liar" webpage. Moore has responded with a webpage entitled: PATRICK MOORE IS NOT A BIG FAT LIAR! Enjoy, and then...

Order the Book. $15 US.

Phone: (604) 221-1990
Email: patrickmoore@greenspirit.com
Website: www.greenspirit.com/

Dr. Peter J.  Roussopoulos

(04:01)

Forest Research: How does it help us?

Dr. Pete Roussopoulos is the Director of the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station and in that role, he manages forestry research at 18 laboratories across 13 Southern States. AFOA members who attended our 2000 Annual Meeting at Auburn, Alabama will remember that the George W. Andrews Forestry Sciences Laboratory hosted a Friday field trip and a Saturday workshop. Most of us may not be able to describe any specific research work that has been useful to us in the management of our forests, and yet we know that we don't use the same techniques today for planting pines or regenerating hardwoods that were used 25 years ago. Research is often unappreciated because we have adopted its recommendations so readily.

Take time to look at a few of the thousands of publications derived from research at the Southern Research Station, Click Here. Then type in any of the following topics in the Description box of the Focused Search area on the lower-left of your screen and click on Submit Query.
Try searching for:
  kudzu
  longleaf
  herbicide
  southern pine beetle

Dr. Roussopoulos also recommends a review of Forest Landowners' Guide to the Federal Income Tax - Ag Handbook # 718.

Phone: (828) 257-4300
Email: proussopoulos@fs.fed.us

Dr. Honorio F. Carino

(08:12)

Older is Better

Dr. Honorio F. Carino is Professor of Forest Products Production/Operations Management at Auburn University. He and Dr. Evangelos Biblis have done a study that examined the volume and value of lumber that might be expected to be produced from 25 to 50 year-old loblolly pine plantations. Based on Summer 2000 prices, they found that stumpage values of the 25 year old sawtimber would be about $250 per thousand board feet, while the stumpage value of the 50 year-old sawtimber was worth about $450 per thousand board feet. The research suggests that sawmill stumpage buyers should pay less for young trees and more for older trees. In a parallel vein, forest owners should be sure to market their older (and more valuable) trees to mills that appreciate high quality.

Phone: (334) 844-1090
Email: carinhf@auburn.edu

Dr. Terry R. Clason

(13:14)

Pruning Pines Improves Quality

Dr. Terry Clason is a research forester at Hill Farm Research Station, Homer, Louisiana. A few months ago he was a guest on Capital Ideas - Live! describing the effect that tree planting spacing would have on the value and timing of future thinning operations. Today he discusses the value of pruning loblolly pines (click here to view "how-to" slides) to improve timber quality and value. Click here to read a paper on a financial evaluation of thinning and pruning. Gulf States Paper Company, owner of a sawmill, has been pruning thousands of acres of pine plantations for several years. Pruning may be an economical choice for landowners who process their pruned logs at their own sawmills, but for those of us who don't own a sawmill, pruning may not be a rational activity at this time. To be of value to most Alabama forest owners, pruning may need the assist of a "Pruning Certification" system that does not now exist in the U.S. Click here for a glimpse of Pruning Certification in New Zealand.

Phone: (318) 927-2578
Email: tclason@agctr.lsu.edu

Beth W.  Richardson

(17:08)

Poultry Litter as Forest Fertilizer

Beth Richardson is an Area forester with Clemson University Extension Service in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She recently conducted a workshop for forest owners on the use of poultry litter as a forest fertilizer. In a brief paper on the subject (click here), Beth includes considerations of tax deductions as well as expected points on timing of application, advantages and disadvantages. For forest owners in Cullman and other areas of Alabama where poultry litter is available, her ideas will be useful.

 Beth suggests a visit to the bugwood fertilization web page.

Phone: (803) 534-6280
Email: mrchrds@clemson.edu

Dr. Robert G. Haight

(21:49)

Forest Structure Affects Wildlife

Dr. Robert G. Haight and Dr. Stephen DeStefano are the co-editors of a new book entitled Forest Wildlife-Habitat Relationships: Population and Community Responses to Forest Management. The structure of the forest environment - big trees vs. small trees, closed canopy vs. forest openings - and how structural differences affect various wildlife species are examined by the authors of the 26 papers included in the 288 page book. We wonder what affect the pruning activities discussed by Terry Clason (above) or the lengthening of stand rotation ages discussed by Honorio Carino (above) might have on wildlife populations?

Click here to review the titles of the included papers and/or order the book. Cost: $57. Published by the Society of American Foresters.

Phone: (651) 649-5178
Email: rhaight@fs.fed.us

Henry Barclay, III

(25:37)

Judge Quashes Tax Advantages for Limited Liability Entities!

Henry Barclay, CPA and forest tax expert at Lehmann, Ullman and Barclay, LLP, Birmingham, Alabama, recently brought to our attention two cases where a U.S. Tax Court Judge has denied certain tax advantages enjoyed by Limited Liability Entities. Many forest owners have formed LLEs in the past few years and many more are considering forming them to take advantage of the gifting discounts that LLEs have made possible. Henry urges you and your tax advisor to review the Hackl and Harper cases that he has described (click here).

Phone: (205) 328-5966
Email: henryb@lub.com

Wade Camp

(29:43)

Lumber Sales Predict Stumpage Markets

Wade Camp follows regional and global lumber markets for the Southern Forest Products Association. He discusses stumpage values and their relationship to lumber prices and gives us an idea of the 2002 market outlook for southern pine.

Food for thought:

  • Pine beetle outbreak stuns officials (link no longer works)
  • Investors Buy Irish Paper Company (link no longer works)
  • Russian Cabinet Approves Timber Industry Development Blueprint (link no longer works)
  • Fire Season Includes Summer in Virginia ; Gypsy Moths Creating Fall-LIKE Surroundings (link no longer works)

Phone: (504) 443-4464
Email: wcamp@sfpa.org

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 or Federal Issues
  • EPA Proposed Water Quality Trading
  • Energy Bill
  • 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