Forest Management Publications

BMPCover Alabama's Best Management Practices for Forestry
Published by the Alabama Forestry Commission
The Alabama's Best Management Practices for Forestry booklet lays out a framework of sound stewardship practices that, when consistently applied, will contribute positively to maintaining a high degree of water quality flowing from a forest. These BMPs are not intended to be all inclusive. Rational and objective on-site judgment must be applied to ensure that water quality standards are maintained.

Additional Information: BMP Overview Video | Random BMP Monitoring

A Guide for Forest Access Road Construction and Maintenance in the Southern Appalachian Mountains
Published by the NC Forest Service

The title of this Guide is a little misleading. Although it was originally developed for road construction in Southern Appalachian Mountains the general principals and guidelines set forth in the manual can be and should be applied to all forest road construction. Roads in steeper terrain are more difficult to construct. While the degree of difficulty on flatter terrain roads is less, they have a lot in common. This book is a good guide that addresses subjects to be considered in all road construction:

Pre-Construction Planning | Design Guidelines | Surface Drainage | Stream Crossings
Laying out of the Road | Getting Ready for Construction | Constructing the Road
Establishing Groundcover | Maintaining Your Road
2012 Implementation of Forestry Best Management Practices
Published by SGSF
Forty-four statewide monitoring surveys have been conducted since the initial development Forty-four statewide monitoring surveys have been conducted since the initial development of the Framework in 1997, with 24 in the last five years. The number of surveys completed to date provides a useful dataset for determining BMP implementation across the region, as well as changes in state implementation, since the inception of the Framework.
"Coastal Pre-harvest Guide for Forest Landowners"
- Published by the Alabama Forestry Commission
This Guide was developed by the Alabama Forestry Commission through a grant made possible by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources- State Lands, Coastal Section. Although specifically developed for and presented in Alabama’s coastal counties, the content can be applied across the state in all 67 counties. This manual gives guidance for forest landowners, foresters, and other natural resource professionals in making wise decisions involving forest activities that impact wetlands, especially with regard to timber harvesting. This manual can be used in conjunction with the “Selling Your Timber “ brochure that was also developed by the Alabama Forestry Commission.
"Selling Your Timber" Basics to Consider
Published by the Alabama Forestry Commission

For many landowners, selling timber from their forestland may occur only once or twice in their lifetime. Dr. Richard Brinker, Dean of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, said, “A timber sale is a serious matter requiring careful preparation. The results of many years of past timber growth are at stake, and the condition of the forest after the sale profoundly affects its productivity for many years to come.” This four-page brochure is packed with tips and recommendations for landowners who are planning a timber sale.
"Forest Certification Programs: Status and Recommendations in the South" SGSF
Forest product certification has become more important as many consumers consider the impact of their purchasing decisions. The retailers of many types of forest products see the advantage, and often the need, of offering products with “green” labeling. This is occurring with all types of paper and packaging, with building products, and to energy products produced from wood. Market access to these “green” products by wood suppliers will often depend on the presence of certified forests at the source of the wood. While there may not be a significant pricing advantage, there are obvious benefits to the industry and forest landowners in having a larger market for their wood production.
"Rare Species Inventory List" - The Alabama Natural Heritage Program

One of the important tasks each heritage program performs is the regular compilation of a "Rare Species Inventory List" for the state that ranks by priority each element based on the number and quality of occurrences. This list is revised and published annually. Although these lists are compiled using the best scientific information available at the time, there is always more current information available on a particular species, distribution and/or status. We would appreciate any new information on the location, abundance, or rarity of any of the species on our list. If you notice any errors or have any questions regarding the tracking list or this web site, please contact us. Please send your comments to the appropriate staff member.

Printable Complete Tracking list - October 2012

Search list by county of occurrence or species name

Back Yard Woods Bring Your Vision to Life
Your backyard woods is like a garden that needs to be tended to get the best results. By weeding, adding new trees and shrubs, managing insects and diseases, and harvesting products, you’ll help nature create the backyard woods that meets your needs and wants.

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is committed to providing a clear and concise explanation of its farm loan process, and is pleased to announce the online publication titled “Your Guide to FSA Farm Loans.”

The guide is designed to serve as an informational tool and resource to help provide outreach and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers. Including information about FSA’s farm loans and loan servicing options. A list of additional resources is also included in the guide.

The guide is available online at
Why is the 2008 Farm Bill important to me?
As the owner of forested property or woodlands, you may qualify for
landowner assistance under the 2008 Farm Bill program. If the future plans or
goals for your property include:

• Conserving soil and water resources
• Establishing wildlife habitat
• Sustaining your woodlands
• Implementing your forest management plan
• Restoring wetlands

This Farm Bill has opportunities for those interested in technical and financial
assistance for applying conservation activities in their woodlands.
Woodlands Management Course: A Guide to Improving Our Forest (order form)

In 2009, The Forest Landowner Foundation released a new publication, Woodlands Management Course: A Guide to Improving Our Forests. Essential reading for new or long-time landowners who do not have an extensive background in forestry, this practical, concise book provides an introduction to the many aspects of owning forestland. Woodlands Management Course educates landowners on options for managing forestland, the benefits and costs of forest management, how to organize activities to meet individual objectives, and finding professional foresters to manage chosen activities.

To order the book, please complete the order form or contact the Forest Landowner Foundation at (800) 325-2954 or

Stewardship Handbook for Family Forest Owners -Published by NASF

Stewardship is the pursuit of a forest owner’s personal goals within a set of principles that result in the overall and long-term health and vigor of a forest or woodlot. But the family forest owner who wants to “do right by the land” encounters both opportunities and challenges. This handbook is designed to help the family forest owner:

• understand the many issues involved,
• develop a stewardship plan, and
• recognize the results of good stewardship on the ground.

If you would like a hard copy of this brochure contact your local Alabama Forestry Commission office.

Key to Successfully Planting & Establishing Longleaf Pine
Published by the Longleaf Alliance
Will-managed longleaf pine forest provide quality wildlife habitats and promote a diverse ecosystem. This two page brochure gives you recommendations for planting and establishing longleaf pines.
  Site Preparation and Competition Control Guidelines for Hardwood Tree Planting - Published by the UT Extension 
Establishing a successful hardwood planting requires attention to several key elements, including proper species selection, seedling quality, proper planting technique, and short- and long-term control of competing vegetation. This publication addresses these aspects of successful hardwood plantation establishment and maintenance, with special emphasis on controlling competing vegetation.
Carbon Cover Carbon Sequestration FAQs - Published by the Alabama Forestry Commission

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) believes the Carbon Sequestration market has the potential to provide landowners another opportunity to increase their forest investment financial return. At the same time, like any new market, it’s important that sellers take the time to educate themselves about the market and what steps they need to take to ensure their interests are protected. This brochure answers some of the most commonly ask question about Carbon Sequestration.
NRCS Cogongrass Cover Cogongrass Help Needed to Destroy This Nuisance Weed - Produced by USDA NRCS
This NRCS brochure talks about Cogongrass and the impact it has on native vegetation. It also gives you tips on how to identify this aggressive weed and methods of control.
Estate Planning Cover  Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What Will Become of Your Timberland? USDA FS
The purpose of this book is to provide guidelines and assistance to nonindustrial private forest owners and the legal, tax, financial, insurance, and forestry professionals who serve them on the application of estate planning techniques to forest properties. The book presents a working knowledge of the Federal estate and gift tax law as of September 30, 2008, with particular focus on the unique characteristics of owning timber and forest land.
"Federal Income Tax on Timber - FAQs"
This publication provides a quick reference on timber tax laws that are important to woodland owners. It presents a concise and easy-to-understand explanation of the most commonly asked tax questions.

The intended audience includes consulting foresters, woodland owners and loggers who need a basic understanding of federal income tax rules on the management of woodland property. It is also a valuable resource for tax practitioners: CPAs, tax managers, enrolled agents, attorneys, and tax return preparers who seek a quick overview of timber tax rules.
TaxTip08 Cover Tax Tips 2012 for Forest Landowners - Produced by the USDA Forest Service
This bulletin summarizes key federal income tax provisions for forestland owners, foresters, loggers, forest product businesses, and tax practitioners.
Just in Time! Updated Forest Landowners’ Guide to the Federal Income Tax
Produced by the USDA Forest Service
“The main purpose of this guide is to foster good management of family-owned forest land by providing an explanation of provisions and incentives related to forest ownership and management under Federal income tax law. The guide introduces tax planning and basic tax considerations and explains the Federal income tax as it pertains to timber and forest land. It also covers the tax implications of other forest-related topics.

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Profitable Farms and Woodlands: A Practical Guide to Agroforestry for Landowners, Farmers and Ranchers - Produced by the USDA Forest Service
A much needed practical guide in Agroforestry has been developed by a team of agroforestry specialists from the 1890 and 1862 Land Grant Universities and the USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC), led by the 1890 Agroforestry Consortium. The purpose of the guide is to assist underserved and limited resources farmers and woodland owners to adopt best management technologies in agroforestry. The guide depicts step-by-step methods and principles on developing agroforestry practices for farmers and woodland owners for the purpose of enhancing the economic and environmental benefits of their farms and woodlands.
Economic Impacts of Alabama's Agricultural, Forestry, and Related Industries
The Auburn University Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
The agricultural and forestry industries consist of crop, livestock, timber, and fisheries production; food and kindred products manufacturing; and forest product manufacturing. Related industries encompass food and kindred products distribution and agricultural
inputs and services. These also utilize goods and services from other industries as well as local labor, which additionally contributes to the state economy.