I hope this newest issue of Forest Landowner magazine finds each of you doing well and enjoying the summer. A large group of us kicked off the summer well, attending a wonderful 2012 Annual Conference of Private Forest Landowners in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The conference presented a great opportunity to fellowship with other like-minded landowners as well as to sit and listen to some excellent speakers.The conference also provided an opportune place to unite the FLA Board of Directors and review the effectiveness and status of the association. Iam proud to say that the directors did their job diligently, with attendance nearing 90%. Our goal of being the most effective advocate for private U.S. timberland owners was reviewed, considerable progress toward reaching the goal was reported, and the next steps and path forward were outlined.
Not long after returning home from the conference, I found myself on a morning run as the sun was just breaking the horizon in the rural area that I live in northeast Georgia. The beauty was impossible to ignore that morning, but the mood was broken by the moth-balled wood products mill that was highlighted on the horizon. This was a mill built in the late ‘80s.Amill where many of my graduating high school peers went to work at directly out of school, only to have to make major career changes three years ago when it closed down to poor product demand.This was just one of many wood processing facilities that have closed in our area.
It hit me in directly in the face that morning. We’ve accomplished much this year at the FLA— installing a strong vision statement, defining the business plans for membership, communications, and government relations, and hitting the ground running with strong staff and volunteer implementation. But while the early returns and successes of this dynamic group are rewarding, I was reminded that the enemy of GREAT is GOOD. Let’s not settle for good. Much is at stake, and there is much opportunity to gain if we resolve to make an advocacy effort worthy of being called excellent. If you have not done so lately, check out our website at www.forestlandowners.com to see what the association stands for and to see how to financially contribute to the association’s passionate advocacy effort in this important election year. Thanks for your continuing support!
Derek Dougherty, President, Forest Landowners Association
VOLUME 71 • ISSUE 4
EDITORIAL PUBLISHER - SCOTT P JONES EDITOR - EDDIE LEE RIDER SENIOR STAFF WRITER - PETE WILLIAMS DESIGN DIRECTOR - TIM ROBINSON PUBLICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
GUY VISE III
CLAIRE PAYNE, CHAIRMAN- ASHVILLE, NC
BRAD DETHERO - FLORENCE, AL
JOHN HEARNSBERGER - HOT SPRINGS, AR
MARY JEANNE PACKER - WATKINS GLEN, NY
STEVE MCKEAND - RALEIGH, NC ADVERTISING EDDIE LEE RIDER SALES@FORESTLANDOWNERS.COM 800.325.2954 GOVERNMENT RELATIONS MELINDA GABLE - C2IT STRATEGIES FLA OFFICERS PRESIDENT DEREK DOUGHETRY - ATHENS, GA INCOMING PRESIDENT JOE HOPKINS - FOLKSTON, GA IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT MARY CLAPP - EL DORADO, AR REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS ROBERT CROSBY - MANDEVILLE, LA TROY HARRIS - CUMMING, GA KIRK RODGERS - FALLS CHURCH, VA SCOTT ROWLAND - MAGNOLIA, AR EARL SMITH - GREENSBORO, GA HENRY DARDEN - CENTERVILLE, MS INFORMATION & EDUCATION CHAIR JOHN HEARNSBERGER - HOT SPRINGS, AR FOREST LANDOWNER FOUNDATION PRESIDENT ROBERT OLSZEWSKI - ATLANTA, GA MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
TROY HARRIS-CUMMING,GA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
SCOTT P. JONES - ATLANTA, GA STAFF VICE PRESIDENT-STEVE ROUNTREE DIRECTOR OF ADMINSTRATION - SUSAN JOHNSON MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR - KATELIN BAKER Private forest landowners protect America’s natural resources. The Forest Landowners Association (FLA) protects private forest landowners. since 1941, FLA has provided its members, who own and operate more than 40 million acres of forestland in 48 states, with education, information, and national grassroots advocacy, which enables them to sustain their forestlands across generations. FLA’s outreach on behalf of private forest landowners nationwide enhances their forestland management practices and stewardship, and provides peace of mind that they have an advocate working to bring them richly deserved compensation for their work that safeguards America’s forestlands.