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June 2006 News Conference for Forest Owners Sponsored by Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc. Conference was recorded June 23 & 28, 2006.

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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

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Dr. David B. South


Can You Profit From Pine Clones?

David South is a professor with the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. He writes, "there are risks and benefits associated with planting genetically improved seedlings. In the case of clones, the costs, benefits and risks are increased. In some cases, the financial benefits from planting clones will occur at pulp mills and sawmills. Private landowners who choose to spend $90 to $200 more per acre to establish a clonal plantation should ask questions about the potential benefits and risks." He discusses some of these questions and offers some answers.

Other Questions to ask:

  • Will the mill pay the grower more per ton for clonal logs?
  • Is the percentage gain estimate based on heights at age 6 or weight per acre at age 30?
  • Are the yield predictions based on single-tree or row plots?
  • How many extra tons per acre of saw logs are expected at age 20 years?
  • What is the probability that the selected clone (on a given site) will produce less wood at age 20 years (when compared to a plantation established with second-generation seedlings)?

Phone: (334) 844-1022


Kenneth C. Stewart, Jr.


Tree Planting Drops Throughout South

Ken Stewart is the Director of the Georgia Forestry Commission in Macon, Georgia. Based on a GFC survey, F & W Forestry Services printed that pine plantings dropped 12 percent across the South in 2005 - their lowest level in years. "What may have appeared as a temporary situation due to low timber prices, adverse weather, and other factors now seems to have settled into a trend that is relatively consistent throughout the 11-state region." These latest planting numbers, based on estimates gathered from forestry agencies of the Southern states and complied by the GFC, raises many questions. Stewart attempts to answer some of these questions.

Other things to ponder:

  • If the trend persists for the long-term, does it mean a basic change in supply, demand, and prices for small diameter trees?
  • If so, when is this likely to be felt in the market place?
  • Can we turn this into an opportunity

Phone: (478) 751-3500


Dr. Kevin Robertson


Prescribed Burning Improves Soil Quality

Kevin Robertson is a fire ecology research scientist with the Tall Timbers Research Station's Fire Ecology Program in Tallahassee, Florida. He writes, "One question of concern to the public is how much of the carbon, nitrogen, and other nutrients stored in plants goes into the atmosphere, versus going back to the soil, when we burn. Of interest are the effects of prescribed burning on soil health and its contribution to greenhouse gases and global warming, which could influence the future of our right to burn...thus, our frequently burned pinelands burn much cleaner than your fireplace or a bonfire and return more nutrients to the soil." He explains the effects of prescribed burning on soil health and what we should know about how this affects soil quality.

Phone: (850) 893-4153x254


Joseph A. McGlincy


Providing Ideal Turkey Poult Habitat

Joe McGlincy is a wildlife biologist, environmental consultant, and Director of the Wildlife Company located in Bainbridge, Georgia. McGlincy has been looking into turkey poult survival and found that it does little good to produce additional poults if you do not have suitable habitat to house increased population. Suitable habitat means an abundance of insects, the primary poult food. "When thinking of poult habitat, think close to the ground, that's where the action is,"  McGlincy says. In addition, "fire is the best tool available to land managers for improving brood habitat." McGlincy discusses ideal poult habitat and what we should do to prepare our land for next year's poults.

Phone: (229) 246-5785


Gary Casper


Gator Hunting is Big Game Opportunity

Gary Casper is an animal nuisance control expert with Predator Control & Conservation in Mobile, Alabama. When we heard that Alabama would soon have an alligator hunting season, we thought of how exciting such a hunt would be, how rare the opportunity to hunt a gator would be, and how much some people would be willing to pay for that excitement and opportunity. If you have land that will someday be open for alligator hunting, you should become aware of the income possibilities. Don't give it away!

Phone: (251) 873-4609


Dr. James B. McCarter


Visualize Decisions with Computer Technology

James McCarter is a research scientist with the Rural Technology Initiative (RTI) at the University of Washington, College of Forest Resources. If landowners could see a simulation of forest management practices before we take any action, it might help us make better decisions. Landscape Management System (LMS) and associated Inventory Wizard is landowner-friendly software that can help us understand and decide our management options and outcomes. You simply enter your forest data and the program guides you through the entire inventory process in a practical, applicable way that directly relates to your situation and not some broad, confusing, theoretical idea. McCarter describes LMS, how it can help landowners, and how we can get access to it.

Phone: (206) 550-5983


Dante Pennacchia


Information Access and Forest Disasters

Dan Pennacchia is Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Pictometry International Corporation in Rochester, New York. Pictometry is the world's largest digital, oblique aerial photography company. The company develops and markets a sophisticated, integrated information system that allows users to have high-resolution images of neighborhoods, landmarks, roads, and complete municipalities from multiple views at the click of a mouse. Pennacchia tells us what sets Pictometry apart from other aerial imaging tools on the market and how an enterprising AFOA member could work with them to the benefit of all involved. After all, why should the police have all the fun?

Phone: (585) 486-0093x270


David M. Kelley


Timber Market Update

David Kelley is the owner of Kelley Forestry Consulting Services, LLC, a Montgomery, Alabama-based private forestry consulting firm with over 12 years experience in managing timberland for forest landowners. According to Ken Stewart's presentation, southern timberland owners now more than ever must be well-informed on new developments, changes, and trends that affect the management of their lands and markets for their trees. Kelley is offering his expertise to provide us with the latest in timber price trends and gives us some idea of what we should do regarding the market at this time.

Phone: (334) 263-1440