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July 2005 News Conference for Forest Owners
Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc. Conference was recorded
July 20, 2005.
Hayes D. Brown
starting time: (00:00)
Hayes D. Brown, attorney and forest owner, will moderate this news
conference. Hayes' email address is
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Walter E. Cartwright
$3 Million Forestry
Damage From Dennis
is the assistant director of the
Alabama Forestry Commission's
Forest Management Division in Montgomery. Cartwright highlights the
AFC's damage assessment report of Hurricane Dennis, along with a map of
damaged areas in Escambia and Monroe counties. He will describe the extent
of timber damage to Alabama’s timber lands, where the damage occurred, and
offer an overall estimate of damages. He will also provide information on
how we can obtain assistance.
Phone: (334) 240-9331
Dr. William L. Hoover
Hurricanes and Your Taxes
Bill Hoover is the assistant department head, professor of forestry,
and extension coordinator at the
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at
Purdue University. In addition, he is the director of the
National Timber Tax
Website. For those of us who experienced damage as a result of
Hurricane Dennis, Hoover will address some tax matters we should become
Phone: (765) 494-3580
Attention Alabama Lawmakers: Suggestions for
Effective Eminent Domain Legislation
Berliner serves as a senior attorney at the
Justice located in Washington, D.C. She has researched eminent
domain issues and was one of the lawyers who represented homeowners in the
Supreme Court case of
Kelo v. City of New London. According to the Institute for Justice,
at least twenty-five states are pushing bills to restrict the use of eminent
domain, including Alabama. Alabama lawmakers take note:
Berliner offers suggestions on legislation that would curb the recent
eminent domain ruling and narrow the definition of "public use" for land
takings. Some legislative fixes being debated in the Special Session of the
allow eminent domain condemnation
of private land for private industrial development. Protection of
forestland owners whose land might be taken for a park is not even being
Excerpts from Berliner's comments:
- Due to a "very broad and frightening"
1985 Alabama Supreme Court ruling, Alabama property owners have very
little protections and should be worried. Thus:
- Implement legislation that would limit
eminent domain in certain situations
- Pass a statute that lists what kinds
of things it would be appropriate to use eminent domain for - i.e.,
actual public projects, public utilities
- Divide the statues so that it's
possible to have financing for larger areas, but implement a
stricter standard for actually taking somebody's property away.
- Alabama’s Constitution can have statutes
which offer protection by simply forbidding using eminent domain for
Phone: (202) 955-1300
J. Peyton Knight
ESA Reform On Hold. Now What?
Peyton Knight is the director
of Legislative Affairs for the
Center, a grassroots, activist think tank headquartered in
Warrenton, Virginia. He will tell us what happened recently with
Resources Committee Chairman
Richard W. Pombo's
efforts to reform the Endangered Species Act. In addition, he suggests some
things that could be done now and gives his thoughts on what should
be in the law (as well as what shouldn't be in the law).
Small landowners should contact Chairman
Pombo (fax: 202-225-5929) and their own representatives and tell them:
- Full protection of private property
rights is absolutely mandatory in any ESA reform effort.
- Invasive Species language would only
broaden the current ESA and make it much worse for property owners."
In the News
Phone: (540) 341-8911
So, Who Works for YOU?
Melisa Love is President of
Forestry Consultants, Inc., in Opelika. Lisa is also the secretary of
the Alabama Board of
Registration for Foresters (appointed by the Governor) and is also
being considered by the Governor as an appointee to the Alabama Forestry
Commission. In her article in The Registered Forester: "Protecting
the Public: Will landowners benefit from forester 'agency disclosure'?" she
brings up the "buyer beware"
problems landowners face due to being confused about the different roles
of various forestry professionals. She describes why this is a problem
and defines these roles to help us be smarter consumers of forestry
AFOA urges you to recognize that many foresters in Alabama are registered
foresters and many timber buyers are registered foresters. The question to
ask is, "Who is looking out for me?"
Categories of Forest "Advisors"
||a) the buyer is not representing
you in the sale
b) the buyer is not a forester and should not attempt to
||selling timber is an integral part of
practicing forestry and thus only registered foresters (or those legally
exempt from registration) may legally perform this task.
||a) since these are registered foresters,
they can give you advice about forest management and practices.
b) but in a timber sale transaction, know that you are his
customer, not his client.
||a) can give practical forestry advice
and assist you the timber sale transaction.
b) must represent only you - which typically means seeking to get
you the highest possible price with the best possible terms.
Additional Clarifications on Forest
Phone: (334) 745-7530
James E. Miller
Shooting Over a Baited Field: What's the Issue?
Jim Miller is a research scientist in the
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State
University. Rumor has it that Alabama will see
legislation introduced that would legalize hunting white-tailed deer
over baited fields. He is here to argue his case that baiting and
supplemental feeding of wildlife are not suitable replacements for habitat
sustainability and management. He will explain what's behind the push to
make hunting of deer over bait legal, why the majority of state Fish and
Wildlife agencies prohibit this, and the possible threat such legalization
would pose to the future of public support for hunting.
Phone: (662) 325-2619
Dr. David J. Moorhead
Practical Ideas on How to Kill Weeds and Brush in
Your Timber Stand
is a professor of
forester with the
Warnell School of Forest Resources at the
University of Georgia.
He will talk about woody plant control
by referring to some highlights from the
Ohio State University
Controlling Undesirable Trees, Shrubs, and Vines in Your Woodland.
He points out that, "timber stand improvement (TSI) treatments are used
in developing stands to regulate stocking, growth and quality. One of the
most common treatments is the removal or deadening of
undesirable vines, shrubs, and other trees in the stand. Cutting,
girdling, and frilling along with the
application of herbicide can be effective TSI treatments.
Selected Timber Stand
Improvement Techniques (From
Randall B. Heiligmann)
|Frilling & Girdling
||Methods of killing standing trees that
may be done with or without an herbicide.
||Involves introducing an herbicide into
the undesirable tree through spaced cuts made around the trunk of the
tree with an ax, hatchet, or tree injector.
|Basal bark spraying
||Method where the lower or basal 12 to 18
inches of the trunk portion of small diameter stems can be treated with
herbicides and penetrates the bark to kill the tree and basal buds that
|Cut stump application
||A common treatment that is used to
prevent sprouting when a stem is cut.
Extension office for current herbicide use information and
always read the entire label before using any herbicide and. The label
contains complete instructions for use, along with other valuable
information such as personal and environmental safety considerations and
procedures. The labels also list information about the effectiveness of
the herbicide in controlling different species of trees, shrubs, and
Phone: (229) 386-3298
Alabama Tree Planting
Contractor Not in the News
is owner of Forestree Network Services, located in Roanoke, Alabama.
We thought it might be good to introduce you to an Alabama-based forestry
services contractor this month, because of the attention being given tree
planting contractors in Georgia, Louisiana and Arkansas. A
law suit focused on the forest industry and labor rules could cause
problems for you next winter if you plan to plant trees. Tony Hernandez
is NOT named in, nor associated with, the above lawsuit. In fact,
Hernandez was recommended to AFOA as someone who does a good job. He
will tell us about his tree planting business and some of the other services
he provides, including pine straw raking and bailing.
Phone: (334) 863-8524