CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
June 2020 News Conference for Forest Owners
Produced by the Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
This Conference was recorded at 10:00 AM Central Time on
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 with a live audience. If you would like to be a
member of the audience on the next program, call (205)
624-2225 to register.
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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Today's issue of Capital Ideas - Live!
is brought to you by
Forester Search, a web resource developed
by the Alabama Forest Owners' Association with the support of the
Bradley/Murphy Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Trust.
a list of Consulting Foresters in your area.
Mr. John Stivers, RF
Fire: Management Uses and Landowner Training
Stivers is the owner of
Professional Timberland Services and a board member at the
Alabama Prescribed Fire
Council. We asked John Stivers to
speak with us as part of a trio of speakers focused on vegetation management.
Prescribed fire has been part of forest management for thousands of years,
but modern scientific methods have provided a wealth of knowledge about how
to apply fire. "Apply the science," John said, and you won't have any
surprises. He gave some tips on achieving topkill on hardwood understory,
and suggested several resources for landowners interested in
learning more, beginning with attending a
Burn Manager class or a Learn-and-Burn workshop. Check the
calendar regularly for fire education events.
Alabama burn permits
The Fire Effects
Information System (FEIS)
Phone: (334) 253-2139
Ms. Michelle Isenberg
Prep for Planting, Road & Trail Maintenance, and More.
owns and operates
Habitat Solutions in Dadeville, which specializes in aerial and ground
application of forestry herbicides. With 25 years of experience in the
forestry herbicides business, Michelle is one of our go-to experts on the
question of vegetation management through herbicides. We asked Michelle for
advice to landowners who harvested their timber the year before and are
ready to plant. She said one of the factors is choosing the right time after
green-up so the herbicides will be most effective, and the site and species
help determine which herbicides she would recommend.
Herbicides in Forest Management
Understanding, Selecting, and Applying Herbicides for Vegetation Management
Phone: (256) 749-3261
Dr. Uma Karki
Grazing: Reduce Fire Hazards and Clean
up Land with Goats
Dr. Uma Karki is a professor and
State Extension Livestock Specialist at
Tuskegee University. Her research has established that woodlands can
be managed well for expanding the grazing opportunity for small ruminants
and, at the same time, enhance the growth of timber trees and reduce fuel
build-up in the system, thereby decreasing the possible fire hazard. She
sees tremendous opportunities for developing silvopastures when forest and
planted stands are thinned or clear cut. We asked Dr. Karki what landowners
need to consider when looking at goats or sheep to control vegetation.
Grazing goats on woodlands involves the
- A perimeter fence to keep goats in and
- Constant source of clean water
- Minerals or nutrient supplementation may
be needed to keep the animals healthy
- Artificial shelters for harsh weather
- Alternative food sources during winter
and the dormant months
- Husbandry and care year-round
- Guardian animals (dogs) may help if
predators are a concern
- Vegetation higher than 5 feet may need
to be cut back initially so the animals can reach
Woodland Grazing (With Research Highlights)
Phone: (334) 727-8336
Mr. Marvin Rogers
Oil and Gas Prospects in
Alabama, and Oil and Gas Board Services
is an Alabama assistant attorney general and general counsel for the
Alabama Oil and
He is also a Choctaw County forest owner and a former member of the AFOA
board of directors. Among other services of the Oil and Gas board, you can
maps as well as detailed
at the Oil and Gas board website. Marvin said the outlook in Alabama for oil
and gas exploration is improving after the events of this spring. The Oil
and Gas Board offers a range of resources for landowners, but most
importantly, if anyone needs help collecting royalties, give him a call at
the number below.
Phone: (205) 247-3680
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