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May 2006 News Conference for Forest Owners Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc. Conference was recorded May 17, 2006.

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This conference and all future conferences will be in the .mp3 format, which is compatible with Windows Media Player and most other media devices.

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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Carol W. LaGrasse


Elected Officials & You: How To Be Heard

Carol LaGrasse is the President of the Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc, a grassroots, non-profit organization out of Stony Creek, New York. As an expert in individual and group issues-rallying, she compiled a checklist of considerations to go through when you get ready to mobilize -- visit your representative in person. Here, she also speaks to the kinds of actions we can take in order to really be heard by our representative, how we can organize in order to be more effective in lobbying our reps, and also addresses the problem of voter apathy.

Phone: (518) 696-5748


Enrique R. Anderson


Wetlands Mitigation Banking: "New Found Money"

Enrique "Quito" Anderson is an associate with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, in Atlanta, Georgia. A developer who wants to build a shopping mall on a wetland area must compensate for the damage to the aquatic features, either on the site or off-site, in an area ecologically similar to the development site. Meanwhile, a savvy forest landowner saw potential profit by setting aside some of his land for conservation. The landowner set up a wetland mitigation bank, where the "bank" is a wetland that has been restored. The landowner makes a "deposit" in the mitigation bank and the developer purchases those "credits" from the owner of the conserved land. Anderson explains mitigation banking, how it works, how to set one up, and how it can make you money.

Phone: (404) 853-8126


Dr. Jeffrey Jackson


Applying Herbicides Creatively Diversifies Habitat

Jeff Jackson is a wildlife management consultant and retired professor from the University of Georgia. In an article written for the May/June 2006 issue of Tree Farmer Magazine, "Wildlife Management: Be Selective with Herbicides," he writes about smarter ways to use herbicides for wildlife habitat "because certain plants have value for certain wildlife species." He explains smart herbicide use, how it figures into wildlife management, and offers some examples of things he's done on his own property to diversify wildlife habitat.

Phone: (706) 543-2656


James Arthur Hitt


Landowner Assistance Programs: State & Federal

Arthur Hitt is the Landowner Assistance Forester with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) who specializes in assisting landowners with information regarding cost share programs. He also assisted our members at AFOA's annual meeting on April 29 by giving a presentation on Landowner Assistance Programs available through the AFC, as well as other cost share programs out there available through federal agencies. For those of you who missed the annual meeting, here is a synopsis of that presentation. Click here to find the Alabama Forestry Commission office in your county.

Recent Landowner Assistance Programs

Current Cost Share Programs

Phone: (334) 240-9300


Dr. Greg Ruark


Increase Current Income: CRP to Silvopasture

Greg Ruark is the Program Manager for the Technology Transfer & Applications Program at the USDA National Agroforestry Center, in Normal, Alabama. In many regions of the United States, landowners are considering agroforestry as a land use alternative. In the South, our flooded pulpwood market - along with declining forest product manufacturing capacity - has given rise to the suggestion that we convert Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands to Silvopasture lands. Silvopasture is the combination of trees with forage and pasture. The trees are managed for high-value sawlogs and, at the same time, provide shade and shelter for livestock and forage. To most of us who are used to dealing with only timber, that idea may seem a little alien. Ruark explains this concept and tells us if silvopasture makes sense economically.

Phone: (256) 372-4540


Dr. Stephen Dicke


Setting Up The Books

Stephen Dicke is an Extension Professor at Mississippi State University. Dicke somehow managed to give an informative lecture on timber taxes during an action-packed bus tour at AFOA's annual meeting on April 28, 2006. Such bravery should not go unpunished, so we've asked him to point out one of the features of his lecture, the Forestry Income Tax Series. You should find the Series especially useful because it was written primarily with you in mind, it lacks complicated tax jargon, and it teaches tax truths by lots of working examples.

Forestry Income Tax Series Presents:

Phone: (601) 857-2284


Dr. Robert A. Daniels


Alabama Timber Market Report

Bob Daniels is an Extension Forester at Mississippi State University. Daniels studies the Alabama timber market and has been closely following prices for timber products since Katrina. He gives us the report on the Alabama timber market and offers some advice for us regarding the market at this time.

Phone: (662) 325-3151