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September 2002 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
Conference was recorded Wednesday, September 18, 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

Click Here to View & Hear Prior News Conferences.


Dr. Loren W. Burger, Jr.


Pine-Grasslands Restoration
Why & How.

Wes Burger is a Professor and Wildlife Biologist in the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries at Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi. He has been experimenting with the use of Selective Herbicides to restore unburned Pine-Grasslands, a fire-dependent forest type that is home to quail, red-cockaded woodpeckers, and gopher tortoises. He points out the difference between using a mix of herbicides that may kill all plants except pines and using selective herbicides that favor pines but still allow understory plants such as forbs and legumes to flourish.

A Report: Bird Response to Prescribed Burning and Herbicide in Loblolly Pine Plantations

3 Slides: Benefits to Quail, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and Gopher Tortoise. (very slow loading)

Phone: (662) 325-8782


Gary Moody


Protecting Alabama's Deer Herd from Chronic Wasting Disease

Gary Moody is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and Chief of the Wildlife Section of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He has been spending a lot of time lately describing Alabama's efforts to prevent introduction of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) into the State's deer herd. This disease could get into the pocketbook of many forest owners who lease hunting land to deer hunters. This is an important "heads-up" topic for all of us.

Phone: (334) 242-3469


Teresa Brannon


On Becoming an Outdoors Woman 

Teresa Brannon, a wife and mother of three sons, has been learning outdoors skills such as shooting a rifle, paddling a canoe, and cooking supper over a campfire. She has learned these and other skills at programs sponsored by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The three day events are called On Becoming an Outdoors Woman and she thought women who own forestland would benefit from attending just as she has. 

Click here for a complete description of the October 4-6 workshop, including course outlines, maps, and registration information. The three day program costs $175 and includes room and board at the 4-H Center near Columbiana on Lay Lake.

Phone: (256) 593-0028


Dr. Andrew Ezell


Management of Existing Hardwood Stands 

Andy Ezell is Professor and Silviculturist in the Department of Forestry, College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi. In November, he, along with Dr. John Hodges and Dr. Steve Meadows, will teach a popular forestry shortcourse entitled Management of Existing Hardwood Stands. "The program provides a practical state-of-the-art basis for making silvicultural and marketing decisions in hardwood management and presents current advances in hardwood research."

Click here to visit the November 11-14 Shortcourse Web Page.  

Phone: (662) 325-1688


Martin W. Christie


Enhance Your Voting Power 

Martin Christie is founder and President of Public Affairs Strategies, Inc., a consulting firm based in Montgomery, Alabama. He reminds us of several rather simple things we can do, before and on November 5th, that will help protect and enhance our forestland investments.

1. Register to vote and encourage family & friends to register. 
2. Hold a registration drive among friends or at your business. 
3. Show your list of favored candidates to employees or friends.
4. Don't fail to vote on Election Day. 

To help you study the candidates and the amendments: 

Phone: (334) 264-0508


Dr. Vernon R. Hayes, Jr.


Energy Bill Prejudiced Against Forest Owners 

Vern Hayes is the government affairs director for the Forest Landowners Association based in Washington, DC.  The U.S. House and Senate have each passed Energy Bills (HR-4) and the differences are now being discussed and fought over in a conference committee. Vern describes several problems with the current bills and recommends we write our Congressmen and members of the Conference Committee to make important changes before the bill is sent to the President for his signature.

Explanation and Action

Phone: (301) 877-6898


Tyson Gair


Extending the Knowledge of the University:
Mississippi's Better Farming Radio 

Tyson Gair is Senior Editor-Broadcast with the Office of Agricultural Communications at Mississippi State University. Mr. Gair produces daily farm programs with a special forestry feature each Friday. Although the programs are broadcast only on radio stations in Mississippi, they are available to you to with a click of your computer mouse. 

Sample programs: 

All Better Farming programs are accessible through the MSUcares ( web site by clicking the "news" link in the right hand column and then clicking the "Better Farming" link.   Click and go directly to Better Farming Radio. 

Phone: (662) 325-1725


Bruce S. Lanier, Jr.


Stumpage Market Report:
"Everything is good...except for pine pulpwood."

Bruce Lanier is Vice President of the forestry consulting firm McKinley & Lanier Forest Resources, Inc., based in Northport, Alabama. He makes many timber sales each year for private forest owners. From that experience he discusses the interaction of timber supply and demand and speculates a bit on stumpage markets in the future. 

Phone: 1-800-247-0041

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