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Latest from the Forest Landowners Association!

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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