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EPA's Waters of the US Proposal Introduces Costly Burdens for Forest Landowners


Waters of the US

In late spring, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released a proposed rule that identifies the waters that are jurisdictional under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).

The proposed rule would redefine the scope of federal power, expanding the list of water features subject to regulation under the CWA.

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Attend the 2014 Policy Summit in Atlanta, Georgia on August 14th to learn more about this issue and other issues that will directly impact private forest landowners.
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Implications Proposed ESA Listing of NLEB will have on Private Forest Landowners and Managers


Northern Long-Eared Bat

The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the Northern Long-Eared bat (NLEB) as an endangered species protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The proposed listing under current proposed restrictions would put a halt to summer logging in 39 States and have little impact on helping the species to recover as the sole threat to these bats’ populations is a non-native fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome (WNS) for which there is no known cure. Read More »

Attend the 2014 Policy Summit in Atlanta, Georgia on August 14th to learn more about this issue and other issues that will directly impact private forest landowners.
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2014 Forest Landowner Policy Summit

Forest Landowners Association along with Smith, Currie, and Hancock are hosting the first 2014 Forest Landowner Policy Summit on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in Atlanta Georgia at the Hyatt Regency. The 2014 Policy Summit will address current policy challenges facing the private landowner sector. 

Qualifying CFE Credits:
 Cat 1-CF credits - 
5.5 hours 

Visit the 2014 Policy Summit information page and register today »


2014 National Conference of Private Forest landowners

The 2014 National Conference was a hit with over 350 attendees this year. We'd like to thank our sponsors who made this conference possible and all the attendees for their support of FLA.

We have made speaker presentations available for you to download off of our conference website. 

SAF has awarded 6.0 Cat 1 - CF credits for attendance of the 2014 National Conference. The sign up forms have been mailed to SAF the week of June 16th and certificates are available for download. 

Pictures taken on Thursday are available to download up until September 14th off the photographer's website. Download pictures from the 2014 National Conference here: Forest Landowners Association 2014 Annual Meeting Photos 

View images in any of the these folders:

Huckabee Meet and Greet
Jane Hearn
Jay Dardenne
Keynote Address-Huckabee
Panel Discussion

Watch Live Webcast of FLA President's ESA Hearing Testimony


FLA president, Joe Hopkins has been invited to testify before the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 10:00 am EST. He will provide a testimony and respond to questions from Members of the Committee regarding the implications of the Endangered Species Act.

The hearing will be webcasted live on the Committee's website.

Supreme Court rules in Favor of Wyoming Private Landowner

Court rules government's Rails-to-Trails project violated private property rights.

On Monday March 10th, Marvin Brandt and his wife shed tears of joy as their near decade long battle with the United States government finally comes to an end after the Supreme Court ruled in their favor.

Chief Justice John Roberts, said “the Government loses this case in large part because it won when it argued the opposite before this Court more than 70 years ago, in Great Northern Railway Co. v United States”. The 2006 Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Government retained a right of continued use for hikers and bicyclists of the abandoned right of way which crosses 30 landowners and Brandt’s private property contradicts the Government’s position in the Great Northern case. The Court refused to “endorse such a stark change in position” and Roberts referred to the Government’s testimony as a “self-serving” contradictory position stating that the Court “cannot over look the irony” of the Government’s arguments on other Supreme Court rulings.

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Tax Reform Discussion Draft Released

Chairman CampChairman Dave Camp of the House Ways and Means Committee released his tax reform discussion draft Wednesday, February 26th. The draft hit most industry groups hard including forestry where all of our 3 most important tax expenditures were repealed.

In January 2014, a coalition of forestry organizations including Forest Landowners Association sent the following letter to the Senate Finance Committee outlining the importance of our timber tax expenditures. 

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Farm Bill Passes with Forest Roads Provision

The nearly $1 trillion farm bill received final approval on Tuesday from the Senate, which sent the compromise already passed by the House to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. The bill includes a provision preserving the treatment of forest roads and forest management as nonpoint sources subject to state-derived Best Management Practices (BMPs) under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). Read More »



Now Accepting Awards Nominations

The Forest Landowners Association Awards Program recognizes outstanding landowners and forestry professionals contributing to the stewardship and sustainability of private forests – and protecting the rights of the families who own them. FLA is counting on you to nominate outstanding landowners for our three highest honors. 2014 Nominations are due by April 1, 2014

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NEW: Online Ordering for Woodlands Management Course

Woodlands Management Course: A Guide to Improving Our Forests

In 2009, the Foundation released the book Woodlands Management Course, a guide to forestry management activities for landowners who do not have an extensive background in forestry. The book educates landowners on options for managing their forests, the benefits and costs of forest management, how to organize activities to meet their objectives, and finding professional foresters to manage their chosen activities.
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