Policy Priorities

Policy Priorities

As an organization that was founded to advocate policy initiatives that address our member’s economic challenges, ensure their property rights, and promote the vitality of forest landownership, our policy priorities are central to FLA’s purpose.

We work diligently with policymakers at the national level to foster a strong business environment and balanced regulatory climate for the benefit of private forest landowners.

Forest landowners face real management and regulatory challenges in today’s market:

Trade Imbalances

Trade imbalances that disadvantage our members as timber producers.

Timber Supply

Uneven supply of raw timber products that has depressed prices at domestic mills.

Regulatory Policies

Regulatory policies that impose undue economic burdens on forest landowners.

Although specific policy issues facing forest landowners have evolved since our founding, today’s economic challenges still require FLA’s patient attention to our members’ needs and passionate advocacy on their behalf.

Current Policy Priorities

FLA’s Policy Focus Areas

01.

Taxes

FLA believes that federal tax policies based on equality and certainty are required to encourage the nation’s private forest landowners to make sustainedlong-term capital investments in forest management.

02.

Growth in Markets

FLA believes that working to achieve policies that address the concern of forest landowners’ ability to sell timber both in the U.S. and in the global wood supply chain is important.

03.

Fair and Balanced Regulations

FLA believes that human society cannot reap the numerous benefits of forests without secure private property rights.

04.

Private Property Rights

FLA believes that the private property rights of forest landowners are vital to ensure that forests can be managed in a sustainable and economically viable way.

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