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Latest from the Forest Landowners Association!

Being Prepared

Generations of boys have learned about the woods through Boy Scouts of America. With kids spending more time indoors and in front of screens, BSA’s efforts are increasingly important in educating the next generation of forestry. (more)

Barreling Along

Though Alexandra Richman’s grandfather and his siblings sold the Jack Daniel’s distillery six decades ago, the fourth-generation landowner manages more than 6,000 acres of Tennessee forestland in the shadow of where her great-great grand uncle founded his famous whiskey empire.(more)

Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works Holds Hearing on Endangered Species Act Modernization

On Wednesday, February 15 2015 the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, chaired by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (WY) held a hearing entitled “Oversight: Modernization of the Endangered Species Act. Offering both written and verbal testimony at the hearing (more)

Tax Time

Forestland tax rules change every year and 2016 was no exception. Here’s what you need to know as you prepare your returns for April.

This report provides up-to-date federal income tax information affecting timber transactions. It assists woodland owners, logging professionals, foresters and their tax accountants in filing the 2016 tax returns. The information presented here is for educational purposes only and is not intended for legal or accounting advice. It is current as of September 30, 2016. (more)

Tar Heels in the Forest

Modern forestry has deep roots in North Carolina, home to one of America’s strongest forest industries and site of FLA’s 2017 national conference.

When the Forest Landowners Association welcomes members to the Omni Grove Park Inn for the annual National Forest Landowners Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, on May 30, it will return to arguably the birthplace of American forestry.

The Tar Heel state’s nickname originates from the earliest days of the colony, when the area’s vast pine forests were an important source of tar, pitch, and turpentine to the British Navy.

Organized forestry began around the start of the 20th century out of a need to restore and protect the Appalachian Mountains, which had been damaged by more than a century of abusive lumbering and fire. At the time, nearly all of North Carolina was clearcut to make way for farms. (more)

FLA Amongst 132 Organizations Pushing for Death Tax Repeal Act

On Tuesday January 25th a letter written by the Family Business Coalition and signed by 132 different trade associations, including the Forest Landowners Association (FLA),  was sent to Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD) in support of their Death Take Repeal Act of 2017. The letter thanked the senator and congresswoman for their bill saying, “The negative effects of the estate tax make permanent repeal the only solution for family businesses and farms. Your legislation will help America’s family businesses create jobs, expand operations, and grow the economy.” (more)

Landowner Engagement

Stepping Up the Message

Timber talks and forest forums spotlight role of private forests in at-risk species conservation and environmental benefits; FLA events held in Georgia, Alabama.

FLA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Host Forum at Auburn

FLA and representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) held a Forest Forum on Nov. 10 at Auburn to strengthen the relationship between forest landowners and the USFWS.

FLA members respond quickly to IRS on the proposed change

More than 35 family forest stakeholders responded to FLA’s Call to Engage by sending comments to the IRS on the US Department of Treasury proposed changes to the way estates are valued in what is known as section 2704. 

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Investing in a Consulting Forester

Retaining a forestry professional can be a landowner’s best move. The key is to check credentials and find the one best suited for your needs.

When it comes to choosing a forester,one size does not fit all. Given the individualized nature of a forest property in terms of management goals, it can be a challenge to identify and hire the proper professional.

Forestry commission foresters and extension agents provide valuable free advice. While the price is right, public service foresters tend to provide only a cursory examination of woodlands and generic recommendations for forest management. Many landowners seek a more thorough review of the property and a more in-depth report. (more)

The 2016 Forest Year in Review

From a bitter Presidential campaign to concern about increasing government regulation, forest landowners won't soon forget 2016.

Just about any issue or trend that impacted forest landowners in 2016 was overshadowed and influenced by the 2016 Presidential election.

Whether it was the death tax, markets, regulation on multiple fronts, they were all subplots to the most polarizing Presidential election in American history. (more)

Presidents Letter

Happy New Year! Regardless of how you voted in the general election or what predictions might be made about the impact of the results, we can be sure of one thing: this presents an opportunity for private forest landowners.

   It has been more than a decade since the executive branch and Congress were aligned under the Republican Party and the first time since 1928 that a Republican President has taken office with a majority in Congress. Although we are not a partisan association, we all can agree that the priorities of private forest landowners often are advanced by the Republican Party. The GOP, after all, tends to have a better understanding of our shared values. (more)


FLA Board Meeting Set for February 6-8 in Washington DC

The Forest Landowners Association Executive Committee and Board of Directors will meet February 6-8 in Washington DC to discuss strategic priorities for the upcoming year, conduct official association business and meet with elected representatives on Capitol Hill.

“There is no better place for us to jump right in to our work on behalf of private forest landowners in 2017 than in Washington DC,” said FLA CEO Scott Jones. “Congress and the administration have both begun to realize the economic and environmental importance of larger private forest landowners and the FLA will continue to reinforce our role in having the needs and concerns of these landowners clearly communicated.”

 

The meeting will kick off on Monday with two smaller breakout meetings. The Strategic Planning Implementation Committee will meet in the morning and the Executive Committee will meet in the afternoon. (more)

Measuring the Pellet Impact

 

Though biomass has made a major impact on forestry in recent years, a closer look reveals that many of the benefactors are landowners closest to pellet mills.

 

With the development and growth of the bioenergy market in the U.S. South, landowners often wonder about the impact on their local markets.

 

With the additional wood demand these facilities have placed on the markets in which they operate, specifically in regard to pulpwood, one might suspect these local markets have experienced a rise in stumpage prices. But do the numbers actually support this? (more)


Sky-High Demand for Wood

Builders increasingly are turning to cross-laminated timbers for tall buildings in place of concrete and steel.

New technology is allowing for greater use of wood as a structural component in tall buildings. Products such as cross-laminated timbers have been shown to perform comparably to more traditional but less sustainable materials such as steel and concrete. (more)

 

 

Forest Landowners Association finalizes 2017-2020 Strategic Plan

During a November 15, 2016 teleconference the FLA Board of Directors approved a strategic plan that will be used to guide the organization’s efforts over the next three years. “The approval of our strategic plan is now small thing,” said FLA CEO Scott Jones. “A strategic plan that is well understood and agreed to by our board helps to keep the organization’s day-to-day work focused on what is most important.” (more)

A Tough Eight Years

The outgoing administration has extended executive branch and regulatory powers, presenting challenges for forest landowners. Will the new administration offer change?

The past eight years of federal regulatory policy have not been good for the forest landowner. After 9/11, President Bush aggressively expanded the executive branch power, focusing on national security. President Obama pushed this expansion of executive branch into many other areas, including health care and the environment. (more)

A Truce for the Trees

U.S. Congressman Bruce Westerman explains how the Resilient Federal Forest Act represents win-win policy for federal forests.

With an axe and a saw our forefathers conquered the forest to build a mighty country. With a pen and a gavel our contemporaries silenced the axe and are literally loving our forests to death.

There is a better way to be stewards of our forests - a way that is reasonable and science based that focuses on one goal: to make our federal forests healthy and resilient. (more)

FLA, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Host Forest Forum

The Forest Landowners Association (FLA), together with the representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) held a Forest Forum on Thursday, November 10th at Auburn University’s School of Forestry Dixon Center in Andalusia, Alabamato discuss the Endangered Species Act (ESA),its impact on private forest landowners and strategies to increase cooperation between private forest landowners and the agency.

 

“Communication is the key to understanding that private forest landowners and the Service share the same value of healthy forests,” said FLA President Scott Rowland, “By forging relationships through Forest Forums we can avoid unintended consequences of unnecessary regulation created by a lack of understanding of how private forests are managed." (more)


FLA Host Timber Talks, Welcome Congressman Hice

On Friday, November 4th Forest Landowners Association CEO Scott Jones along with FLA Board Member, Derek Dougherty of Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry hosted Congressman Jody Hice from Georgia’s 10th congressional district for a Timber Talk. (more)

Forest Forum on At-Risk Species Listings & How They Impact Forest Management

Please join the Forest Landowners Assocition (FLA) for a Forest Forum, Thursday November 14, 2016, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm at the Solon Dixon Education Center, Andalusia, Alabama to increase dialogue and strengthen relationships between forest landowners and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The conversation will focus on at-risk species listings, rulings and the impact on managing your forestland for economic returns, as well as the utilization of cost-share programs.(more)

Forest Landowner Comments on Proposed 2704 Rule Changes

On August 2 the US Department of Treasury proposed changes to the way estates are valued in what is known as section 2704(b).  Public comment is being sought through November and a public hearing will take place in December 1 in Washington, DC.

The Forest Landowners Aociation is supporting 2 bills in Congress aimed at stopping the proposed rule changes, working with partner associations and Congress on letters to Treasury highlighting the negative impact of the changes to landowners and will provide direct comments and testimony during the comment period and public hearing.(more)

Petitioning Process for Endangered Species Act to Change

The process by which parties petition for endangered species to be listed, delisted or reclassified under within the Endangered Species Act will change in late October.

Specifically, the changes will require increased engagement with state wildlife agencies while petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries (the Services). Moving forward, petitioners will need to notify the state wildlife agency in which the species the petitioner has identified is found 30 days prior to officially petitioning the Services. According to a release issued by the USFWS, this will allow the states to coordinate with federal agencies and provide them with the pertinent information required by them to make an informed decision.(more)

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