FLA CEO heads abroad to advocate US Landowners ability to meet world market's green energy and Wood demand
Follow the hashtag #USwood for updates on Scott's trip to Europe. Ask us questions, leave your comments using the hashtag #USwood in your tweets and Facebook posts.
FLA CEO, Scott Jones will be heading to Europe with the US Industrial Pellet Association on September 8th and will be meeting with United Kingdom, Dutch, and European Parliament to discuss how private forest landowners in the U.S. have the ability to provide wood to meet the green energy and wood products needs of countries around world.
On July 11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new farm bill (HR-262) by a margin of 216-208, and for the first time in a year will allow House-Senate talks on a final farm package.
The forestry community commended the House for including provisions preserving forest roads as nonpoint sources under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and otherwise promoting ...Read More »
Farm Bill Defeated: Celebration of Forest Roads Amendment Passage Short Lived
Wednesday in an overwhelming show of support, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment to the Farm Bill
Unfortunately, that celebration was short lived, as the House unexpectedly defeated the farm bill resoundingly on a 195-234 vote Thursday afternoon. “This is a sad day for bipartisanship, and for America’s farmers...read more »
Conference Speaker Presentations
Speaker presentations from the 2013 National Conference of Private Forest Landowners are now available for download in both PDF and PPT formats. Download Speaker Presentations»
Only Congress Can Provide Legal Certainty by Preserving EPA Regulation of Forest Roads as Nonpoint Sources.
As a landowner and voting constituent affected by this issue you can lend your political voice to get Congress to take action.
FLA CEO, Scott Jones is in Washington, DC meeting with members of Congress asking them to end legal uncertainty by supporting bipartisan legislation, the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act (S. 971 and H.R.2026), to preserve EPA’s 37-year old policy treating forest roads as nonpoint sources under the Clean Water Act (CWA) regulated under state-adopted Best Management Practices (BMPs).
You can have a huge impact on Scott's meetings in Washington, DC and the forest landowner’s community's efforts by telling your Members of Congress to cosponsor the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act. The more Members of Congress that become a cosponsor of S. 971 and H.R. 2026 the quicker the legislation will be considered for a vote in Congress.
The 113th Congress passed the 100-day mark in April. This newsletter provides an update on policy issues that are of importance to you as a forest landowner which are being considered and acted on in the United States Congress. Read more »
FLA Forms superPAC
The Forest Landowners Association CEO, Scott Jones, recently announced that paperwork has been filed with the Federal Elections Commission to establish a “super” political action committee (PAC). According to Jones, “The FLA superPAC was formed so that we could move forward our mission to preserve, protect and promote private ownership of forestland. We believe the addition of our super PAC will allow us to more effectively participate in the political arena”. Read more »
Supreme Court makes Ruling on Forest Roads
Court reasons that the State of Oregon's comprehensive system of Best Management Practices allows storm water runoff to be exempt from permitting under the Clean Water Act
Today, the Supreme Court issued its long-waited decision in Decker v. NEDC , No. 11–338. The Supreme Court’s decision reversed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and, in a 7-1 ruling, upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) interpretation that storm water runoff collected from forest roads was exempt from federal permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act. Read more »
Excerpts from Theodore Roosevelt’s 1901 SOTUA
We thought it would be fitting to take this time to reflect back in history by sharing with you excerpts from Theodore Roosevelt’s 1901 State of the Union Address. We believe TR got it right. In 1901, TR sent a 20,000-word Message, devoting 10 percent of it to the protection of forests, streams and ... Read more »
How the Fiscal Cliff Impacts Landowners
Congress Passes Fiscal Cliff Bill:
...Mostly what Congress did by passing the fiscal cliff was to make permanent the system that has been in effect for the past two years.
Specifically, this bill locks in place current tax rates for middle class families, provides a permanent patch for the alternative minimum tax (AMT), and holds down the death tax for farmers and ranchers... Read more »
FLA joins Coalition in Ninth Circuit Intervention
FLA, joined by a coalition of stakeholders, has intervened in litigation filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to defend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule clarifying that forest roads do not require point source industrial discharge permits under the Clean Water Act. Read more »
FLA Year In Review
As we approach the end of the 2012 we take a moment to look back on FLA’s accomplishments on behalf of our members and then focus on looking forward to the potential of what can be accomplished ...Read More »
e-Newsletter: November 29, 2012
Lame Duck Congress focus on Economy:
Yes, Congress is back in Washington, DC for a lame duck session. What if anything does this mean for private forest landowners and legislation supported by the FLA? Read More »
Newly Elected Members and Committee Chairmanships: FLA PAC contributions to candidates totaled $22,700, with a 78% success rate of candidates winning their election, including freshman Derek Kilmer (D-WA). Read More »
Status Update: FLA 112th Congressional Legislative Agenda:
S. 2346/H.R. 5873 Forest Products Fairness Act
S. 1392/H.R. 225: EPA Regulatory Relief Act EPA Final Ruling Status
H.R. 1433: Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2012
S. 1369/H.R. 2541: Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act
S. 2242/H.R. 1259: Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2011
Pat Raffaniello (Raffaniello & Associates) gave an outstanding presentation to the FLA Board of Directors on Tax and Budget Issues for the 112th Congress at the annual Board Meeting in Washington D.C..
HOUSE & SENATE SCORECARDSUse FLA's House & Senate Scorecards to see where your U.S. Members of Congress stand on key issues impacting YOU... Read More » View the Scorecards »
FLA PACWith Congress leaving a lot of unfinished business in the 112th Congress, those elected to serve in the 113th Congress will have a great impact on our issues. We need your support to ensure private forest landowners and businesses that depend on forest resources... Read More »
REGIONAL MEETING CANCELLED The 2012 Delaware Regional Meeting has been cancelled... Read More »
Now Available: Charlotte Presentations & Photos
The 2012 Charlotte Regional Meeting was a success. Presentation slides given by the speakers are now available online. Additionally, photos taken at the meeting have now been posted on our website. View Charlotte Proceedings »
Forest Roads Issue Continues To Move
Even though Congress is in recess, the Forest Roads issue continues to be debated in the administration and in the courts. As reported in the last FLA E-Newsletter, HR 2541, the Silvicultural Regulatory Consistency Act, passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. This was a positive sign of ... Read More »
Now Available: Educational Session Power Point Slides
The 2012 National Conference of Private Forest Landowners Educational Sessions were a hit. The slide presentations from the educational session speakers are now available here »
A Flurry of Activity Takes Place As Congress Prepares for Summer Recess:
With Congress scheduled to adjourn this week for August recess, a flurry of activity has taken place and FLA has been busy tracking and making sure private forest issues and constituents were being represented. A summary of recent key votes and actions includes:
Senate Tax Vote We were tracking this closely and while there was much news leading up to the vote and despite the action taken in the Senate, it was apparent that the bill would not be taken up for a vote in the House... Read More »
Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act - HR 2541 Hearing This bill is scheduled for a vote in the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee this morning, August 1... Read More »
Softwood Lumber Trade Issue The Softwood Lumber Coalition requested FLA’s help in garnering support from House Members to sign onto a letter to President Obama. The letter urged his... Administration Read More »
2012 Advocacy Day Postponed After thoughtful consideration about the 2012 Advocacy Day, it was decided to postpone the full Advocacy Day event for the membership... Read More »
How Certification Mandates Threaten Private Forests
The Forest Landowners Foundation Commissioned the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) to conduct a research project on the economic institutions affecting the financial and environmental performance of private forests.
The history of environmental and agricultural policy in some ways is analogous to Robert Burns' poem "To a Mouse" in that sometimes our best-laid plans often go awry.
Nonetheless, it's surprising to consider how sustainability certification and renewable biomass mandates - two measures intended to promote environmentally sensitive forest stewardship - could actually accelerate the decline of nonindustrial private forests. Read the full report HERE »
Regional Meetings Update
When the green in your portfolio is in millions of trees, it’s important to have expert help mangaing your resources. FLA provides vital information through the 2012 Forest Management & Economics Series. Interact with industry experts and your peers at our Charlotte, North Carolina & Wilmington, Delaware regional meetings to help boost profitibility, improve stewardship, and sustain your legacy for the next generation... Read More »
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Have you seen the “Latest Industry News” on our website? Industry Intelligence provides this relevant information that is key to managing our timberlands. Check the left side of the FLA homepage for hourly-updated news and click on any headline to read the full story.
In addition to the newsfeed, our partnership with Industry Intelligence gives FLA members a discount on the company’s market intelligence services. Click here for a 14 day free trial »
FLA Member Named Outstanding Tree Farmer of the year
Dr. Walt A. McPhail, Mauldin, SC -- was named NATIONAL Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year by the American Tree Farm System on June 16 at the group’s 2012 National Tree Farmer Convention in Jacksonville, FL. Read More»
2012 National Conference of Private Landowners
The 2012 National Conference of Private Landowners held at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach was a success. Pictures from the conference have been posted to our facebook page! Click here to go directly to the 2012 National Conference Photo Album.
Boehner Pressured to Call Vote on 'Death Tax' Repeal
The House Republican freshman class has ratcheted up pressure on Speaker John Boehner to bring full repeal of the federal estate tax — popularly derided as the “death tax” — to a vote on the House floor.
Strongly supported by FLA, the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2011 has 206 House co-sponsors, including four Democrats, ensuring its likelihood of passage in the GOP-dominated House. On the Senate side, Republican John Thune proposed a version of the same legislation in March of this year. That bill currently has 36 cosponsors.Read More »
Ocean Policy Plan Could Have Far Reaching Impacts on Private Forest Management FLA Joins Interest Groups in Speaking Out
On April 12, 2012, the Forest Landowners Association joined eighty-one groups in submitting a letter asking for language to be included in all fiscal year 2013 appropriations bills prohibiting the use of funds to implement the new National Ocean Policy.
The letter was sent to U.S. House Appropriations Committee Chairman, Harold Rogers (KY), as well as the Chairperson of each House Appropriations Subcommittee. The request was made as part of an effort to achieve a pause in policy implementation that would provide more time for oversight and examination of potential impacts. Read More »
2012 National Conference of Private Forest Landowners
Rooms are available at the Sawgrass Marriott under the FLA room block for $169 a night plus applicable taxes.
Attendees can call 1-800-457-Golf or go online at Sawgrass Mariott and select Reservations, then enter group code FORFORA for a deluxe guestroom or FORFORD for a standard guestroom by April 30, 2012. Read More »
THE DEATH TAX: CALLING ALL MEMBERS TO ACTION!!!!
Contact your Representative in the U.S. Congress and urge their support of H.R. 1259, the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act. Congress will act but only if they hear your voice.
The Death Tax law will be reinstated at the rate of 55% on all assets above a $1 million exemption on January 1, 2013 unless Congress acts to permanently repeal the tax. The current, but temporary, 2011 law set the Death Tax rate of 35% with a $5 million exemption. This tax will have devastating consequences on you, your family, and your employees.We’re asking you to force attention to this important issue by contacting your Member of Congress now. Read More »
Regional Meetings Update
When the green in your portfolio is in millions of trees, it’s important to have expert help mangaing your resources. FLA provides vital information through the 2012 Forest Management & Economics Series. Interact with industry experts and your peers at our Augusta & Hattiesburg regional meetings to help boost profitibility, improve stewardship, and sustain your legacy for the next generation... Read More »
Farm Bill Update
A series of four Senate Agriculture Farm Bill hearings kicks-off February 15, 2012 with an examination of energy and economic growth opportunities in rural America. In preparation for the hearing, Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) requested the Forest Landowners Association submit key priorities of importance to private forest landowners. This request followed a one-on-one meeting FLA CEO Scott Jones had in January with committee staff to strengthen relationships and emphasis FLA’s value in being able to serve as a resource on policy issues. Read More »
After the Recession: Finding Our Way Out of the Woods
Scott Jones, Forest Landowner Association CEO, will be a guest speaker at this year's annual Southeastern SAF Meeting. He will be presenting perspectives on the Future of Forestry Funds in the Farm Bill. Forest markets, economics, taxation and policy will be topics of the 2012 Southeastern SAF Meeting entitled, "After the Recession: Finding Our Way Out of the Woods," to be held February 19-21, 2012 at Oceanside Inn and Suites on Georgia's Jekyll Island.
Forest landowners, SAF members, other forestry professionals and anyone interested in today's top forestry issues are invited to attend. Seven hours of Continuing Forestry Education credits are available. Read More »
The State of the Association
As the second session of the 112th Congress commenced in mid-January, FLA was walking the halls of Congress, meeting with House and Senate leadership committee staff. It remains to be seen if lawmakers can make progress towards sending legislation to the President for signature during what is expected to be months of political posturing leading up... Read More »
Hearing Voices at FLA
We started out the new year with our Landowner to Landowner question: "With continued economic turmoil and political uncertainty in 2012, what specific changes are you considering in your forest management plans?" Immediatley, hundreds of responses from our members... Read More »
Regional Meetings Update
We will be hosting two regional meetings in March. The first meeting will be in Augusta, Georgia on March 13 and the second in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on March 20th... Read More »
FLA is now on Twitter
In our efforts to stay connected with you, we are now bringing you the most up to date information via our live twitter feed... Read More »
Forest Roads Update and the Silvicultural Exemption
On December 17, Congress passed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, funding nine federal agencies for the 2012 fiscal year. The bill includes language that stays NPDES permitting for silvicultural activities until October 1, 2012.
This represents a huge advancement in the forestry community efforts to seek a permanent reversal of this misguided decision from the legislative perspective. On the second front of the Supreme Court challenge, progress was made on December 17 when the Supreme Court officially asked the Solicitor General to explain the government’s position... Read More »