CAPITAL IDEAS -- LIVE!
AUGUST 2022 News Conference for Forest Owners
Produced by the Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.
This Conference will be recorded at 10:00 AM Central Time on
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 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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Starlink: A Gamechanger for Rural Alabama
Robert King is
a realtor with Southeastern Land Group, and he's been selling rural land for
more than 25 years. As a rural landowner himself, he fully understands the
connectivity issue faced by many living in rural areas around the state.
After much frustration with a variety of technology, both dial-up and
satellite solutions, he found what is providing reliable internet service
through Starlink. A
division of SpaceX, Starlink is a high-speed, low-latency broadband internet
solution specifically designed for rural locations, and it's being used in
countries around the globe. Robert will join us to talk about how it has
helped his family and how it can help thousands of others--even with an
impact on property value.
Phone: (844) 855-0680
Investing Millions into South Alabama Sawmill
is a Forest Economic Development Specialist for the
Alabama Forestry Commission. As practically any landowner will tell
you, the Southeast--and Alabama in particular--is an ideal geographical
location for forest product capital investments. With so many benefits to
companies to do business in Alabama, the forest product sector thankfully is
growing in the state. The most recent investment being from Canfor Corporation. Canfor recently
announced that the company will be investing $210 million in a new
state-of-the-art sawmill complex to be built in south Alabama. The company
projects the new sawmill will have an annual production capacity of 250
million board feet on a two-shift basis and employ approximately 130
workers. Gary will join us to talk about the excitement surrounding this
recent announcement and what this specific activity--and others--means for
the industry in Alabama.
Phone: (334) 240-9320
Current Use Property Tax Assessment: What It Is
& Why You Should Apply
is manager of the Ad Valorem Tax Department at
Larson & McGowin.
She assists clients every day understand and apply for Current Use
assessment for property (ad valorem). Current Use assessment for property
taxes was put in place by the Alabama legislature in 1982 in order to slow
development and to allow landowners to keep their forests and farms in open
land rather than being forced to develop them because of tax pressure. While
regular tax assessment looks at the highest realistic value of the property,
Current Use allows for the property to be assessed based the way it is
currently being used. The importance of the difference is that Current Use
will typically save landowners money. Yet oftentimes, that fact isn't shared
with landowners at the courthouse. Jessica joins us to talk about how landowners can apply for
Current Use, what is required from landowners, and the basics landowners
need to know on the topic.
Phone: (251) 604-7768
The Benefits of Certified Burn Management
is the owner of Professional Timberland Services. As a certified
burn manager in multiple states, John knows firsthand the many benefits of
completing the course and becoming a certified burn manager. As stated by
Alabama Forestry Commission, any forest land owner, forester, wildlife
biologist, consultant, contractor, or agency personnel who is interested in
using prescribed wildland fire as a management tool must have prescribed
burn manager certification. Currently, there are approximately 1,200
certified prescribed burn managers in Alabama, and approximately 177 people
have been added to this list through three courses held so far this year.
With just a few prescribed burn courses available each year--and only one
left on the calendar this year--now's the time to sign up. John will talk
with us about the benefits of the classes and why all landowners should be
filling those spots.
Phone: (334) 253-2139