Dear FLA Members:
As we prepare for our upcoming National Conference in Ponte Verde, I would like to encourage each of you to make plans to attend.We’ve put together an excellent line-up of panels and workshops on forest taxes, legal issues, and forest products. Featured speakers include Adam Putman, Commissioner, Florida department of Agriculture; Chuck Leveall, award winning musician and landowner; Jeff lageman, former NFL player and landowner; John Pait, Arborgen; Marshall Thomas, President of F&W Forestry; and Mark Barford, Executive director of the National Hardwood Lumber Association. The live auction, tradeshow, receptions, golf tournament, and networking opportunities combine with this great slate of speakers and panels to produce an event well worth your consideration.
On the “local level”, our recent regional meetings in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Augusta, Georgia were successful and well attended.We’ll have two more regional meetings this year— Charlotte, NC on August 23 and Wilmington, DE on October 17. The agendas will focus on forest management and economics, so plan to attend if you’re nearby either location.
On the federal policy front, our Government Affairs Committee recently met to discuss forest roads and other policy issues affecting private forest landowners. Following the discussion, the committee passed a motion to send out a “call to action” on HR1259 (the death tax repeal Permanency act). Take a look at the great personal testimonies on the Estate tax located on page 8. If you haven’t given much thought to passing your timberland down to succeeding generations, consider giving this article a serious review.
One other note on the government affairs front—in mid April, Scott Jones and Melinda Gable hosted a briefing for Senate and House Agriculture and Forestry Staff to educate them on their private forest landowner constituents and the impact of private forests on our country’s environment and economy. Every year, Congress considers legislation that will enhance or diminish forest landowners’ ability to manage their land. These briefings serve to strengthen relationships with staffers and establish FLA as a go-to resource for information. This activity goes to the very core of FLA’s mission to promote the rights and freedoms of the private forest landowner. Thank you for doing your part by being a member of the Forest Landowners Association!
Derek Dougherty, President, Forest Landowners Association
VOLUME 71 • ISSUE 3
PUBLISHER - SCOTT P JONES
EDITOR - EDDIE LEE RIDER
SENIOR STAFF WRITER - PETE WILLIAMS
DESIGN DIRECTOR - TIM ROBINSON
CLAIRE PAYNE, CHAIRMAN- ASHVILLE, NC
BRAD DETHERO - FLORENCE, AL
JOHN HEARNSBERGER - HOT SPRINGS, AR
MARY JEANNE PACKER - WATKINS GLEN, NY
HAYES BROWN - BIRMINGHAM, AL
MELINDA GABLE - C2IT STRATEGIES
DEREK DOUGHETRY - ATHENS, GA
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
ROBERT OLSZEWSKI - ATLANTA, GA
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
SCOTT P. JONES - ATLANTA, GA
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.