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2017 Quick Guide to Forestry Herbicides Used for Softwood and Hardwood Site Preparation and Release

By: Colby Lambert, Mark Megalos, James Jeuck

A quick guide providing commonly used herbicides used in forest site preparation and release treatments. Tables are broken into (1) conifer site preparation, (2) hardwood plantation site preparation, (3) hardwood natural regeneration site preparation, (4) conifer early release, (5) early hardwood release, (6) cut surface herbicides used for intermediate or crop tree release. Each table provides the herbicide active ingredient, trade names of labels approved for forestry applications, best time of year to use the herbicide, target species, and species that are resistant to the herbicide. The trade names are linked to the most recent specimen label so users may look up the details of that brand for safety, mixing, and delivery methods. The links use the CDMS database for specimen labels:

What’s a Timber Sale Contract? What Landowners Need to Know

By: Colby Lambert, Mark Megalos Eastern Forestry Notes

This Eastern Forestry Note discusses specific contract provisions that should be addressed in a timber sale contract. Sellers are advised to seek professional assistance to determine the value of what they are selling and to handle the sale when unfamiliar with the details and process.

Sample Timber Sale Contract

By: Colby Lambert, Mark Megalos Eastern Forestry Notes

This publication is an example of a timber sale contract for "pay as cut" sales where seller receives compensation once timber is harvested and leaves the property. The example details provisions that have "stood the test of time" and have gone through professional and legal review. The contract is provided for educational use and sellers are advised to seek professional forester assistance as well as tax and legal assistance as needed.

Understanding Your Timber Basis

By: Mark Megalos, Guido van der Hoeven, Colby Lambert Eastern Forestry Notes

This note explains the benefits of establishing a timber basis for tax and casualty loss benefit. Step by step examples are offered for owners to understand the process of calculating a basis and adding and depleting it when managing or harvesting timber, respectively. Finally, a copy of the federal Internal Revenue Service Form T (Timber) is provided to show how to document the establishment of a basis with tax authorities or for your personal records.

Valuing Immature Forest Stands

By: Rajan Parajuli, Mark Megalos, Colby Lambert Woodland Owner Notes

This publication discusses the process for valuing immature timber stands that may have been lost due to natural disasters, theft, or condemnation. It explains the method for valuing young forest stands that may not be appraised under typical timber appraisal methods.

Benefits of Using a Consulting Forester

By: Mark Megalos, Colby Lambert Eastern Forestry Notes

Many forest landowners can benefit from the use of a consulting forestry professional. Most often the use of a consultant can be justified solely on the increase in the value, potential and productivity of your forest. This publication identifies multiple benefits of using a consulting forester for management planning, oversight, sales, and pursuit of alternative strategies of forest resource and risk management.

Timber And Landscape Casualty Loss Treatment

By: Colby Lambert, Mark Megalos, Linda Wang Woodland Owner Notes

Timber or landscape trees destroyed by the hurricane, fire, earthquake, ice, hail, tornado, and other storms are “casualty losses” that may allow the property owners to take a deduction on their federal income tax returns. The key for most cases is to figure out the “adjusted basis” of the timber.

Accomplishing Forest Stewardship with Hand-Applied Herbicides

By: Mark Megalos, James Jeuck, Colby Lambert, Wayne Buhler

Hand-applied herbicide technologies are varied and effective tools which allow the landowner to selectively control vegetation in a variety of circumstances. This publication discusses the advantages and disadvantages of hand-applied herbicides, as well as application methods.

IRS Hurricane Matthew Tax Relief

By: Mark Megalos, Colby Lambert Eastern Forestry Notes

Victims of Hurricane Matthew that took place beginning on October 4, 2016 in parts of North Carolina may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service. The President has declared that a major disaster exists in the State of North Carolina. Following the recent disaster declaration for individual assistance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS announced today that affected taxpayers in the counties of Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Hoke, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, and Robeson Counties will receive tax relief. Individuals who reside or have a business in Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Hoke, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, and Robeson Counties may qualify for tax relief.

Creating a Limited Liability Company or Corporation

By: Mark Megalos, Colby Lambert Eastern Forestry Notes

Protecting farm and forest land can be complicated. In this publication we interview a family that has successfully established LLC or limited liability company to protect their family legacy and smoothly transition ownership and proceeds between generations.

Resilient Piedmont Pines: Risk Reduction Guide

By: Mark Megalos, Colby Lambert, Rajan Parajuli, Heather Aldridge, Leslie Boby, William Hubbard Eastern Forestry Notes

This publication details simple, practical actions you can take to minimize costs and impacts while growing healthy pines. Specific focus is placed on maintaining forest health and productivity suited for a range of future conditions.