ACF Weekly Update
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dstaples at livingston.net
Fri Oct 31 13:41:03 EST 1997
The following is an update from the National Office
regarding its activities for the past week. Chapter
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Activities for this week:
Planning for New Hampshire Meeting
Preparations for a Chapter building meeting were
made. ACF members in New Hampshire and Maine will
meet in Concord, New Hampshire, October 21.
Certification discussion with Forest Service State
and Private Employee
Mike Higgs of State and Private Forestry called to
discuss the article on certification I wrote for the
"Consultant." Mike Higgs attended the NCPF meeting
October 16 and presented information regarding the
Forest Service's position on Certification (See
October 17 Week Update). The Forest Service
directed Higgs to investigate Certification programs
that either exist or are under development.
Higg's underlying message, and one probably that
exists with many in the Forest Service, was that
regardless of what the program may be, if it gets
landowners to actively manage timber then everyone
should embrace it. In response, I told Higgs that
economics should be a major consideration of using
any program. Higgs was not understanding my point
that "Certification" programs cost landowners money
and at this time their is very little or no return
for their investment. Thus, there is little
incentive to seekcertification.
This conversation illustrates the persistence by some
within Government at the National level to pursue
forest certification, and why the National Office is
confronting this issue as much as it is. Meanwhile,
at the landowner and local level there is little or
no interest for certification.
American Cyanamid Proposal For Annual Meeting
Mark Stober, who works for American Cyanamid's
advertising agency - Dudnyk, contacted the National
Office to provide an update on the efforts to develop
a presentation for the 1998 ACF Annual meeting.
Stober has developed a concept proposal from the
information he obtained while meeting with the
Strategic Planning Committee in Memphis earlier this
month. His current idea is to hire a Business
Consultant to make a presentation to members
attending this year's annual meeting and provide
printed material on how to improve their marketing to
potential clients. More information will follow as
it becomes available.
American Cyanamid Planning Special Tour to
Representatives of Dudnyk Advertising Agency have
approached the ACF with a proposal to have American
Cyanamid host a bus trip to Yellowstone Park next
summer during the ACF Annual Meeting. This trip will
be available to any member on a first come-first
serve basis. More information on this proposed tour
will be available when registration materials are
distributed for the Annual Meeting.
West Virginia "Moonlighting" Not Within USDA Forest
I reported earlier on a Moonlighting Brochure that is
under development by the West Virginia Division of
Forestry. The brochure is aimed at state forestry
employees who moonlight on the weekend as consulting
foresters. The Forest Service notified that National
Office that, after discussing the situation with
agency lawyers, they have determined they have no
jurisdiction of over state agencies and can be of no
help in this issue. Alternative approaches will be
followed to deal with this issue.
I contacted the AQB this week to learn the fate of
the AQB's draft interpretations regarding appraisal
experience. The AQB, in an apparent reconsideration
of its earlier intentions, have bowed to pressure
from the ACF and decided to use the language
recommended by the ACF.
The following is the rule as it will now apply to
real estate appraisals experience credit:
"Real property appraisal experience credit should be
awarded for appraisals of real estate components or
interests unless the appraiser has not complied with
USPAP Standards 1 and 2."
The ACF originally testified because of its concern
with language found in Section lll.A.3.b. par. 5 & 6
pertaining to experience credits for appraisals of
timber interests (refer to p. 28).
In draft proposal Paragraph 5 stated " . . .
experience credit should not be given for appraisals
of, or quantifications of, marketable minerals,
timber, growing crops, or other severable interests,
if predicated on an assumption that the buyer will
sever the components from the land."
Paragraph 6 stated the corollary that experience
credits should be given for appraisals of properties
that include timber if it includes either the timber
with the associated land, or, the associated land
under an assumption that the timber has been severed
to the extent precisely described in the appraisal
The final version was practically verbatim to the
last statement I made to the AQB. As they were
wrapping up discussion on the issue, they asked me
how I thought the final version should read. I
simply stated that experience should be given for
real estate appraisals that comply with USPAP
Standards 1 and 2.
Thanks and congratulations to all who assisted on
This concludes this update.
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