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FLA: A History
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History of FLA

Forest Landowners Association was founded as Forest Farmers Association in 1941 in Jacksonville by a group of timberland owners who wanted a stronger voice in matters affecting their business. Founders included W.M Oettmeier Sr., and Judge Harley Langdale, Sr. The 1940s was a time when the best interests of timberland owners were threatened by unfavorable legislative action in Congress. Founder, W.M. Oettmeier, was forcibly reminded that through united efforts private ownership of forestlands could move onto its proper place in the southern economy.

The result of meeting held in 1940 by several forest landowners was the organization of the Forest Farmers Association Cooperative chartered by the state of Georgia on February 21, 1941. The organization originally was chartered to "operate in the southern region as a non-profit organization, organized for the purpose of furthering the interests of owners of timbered lands in every legitimate manner”. The city of Valdosta was designated as the principal city of business of the Association and the incorporating directors were:

W. M. Oettmeier, Fargo, Georgia
A. V. Kennedy, Waycross, Georgia
S. J. Hall, Jacksonville, Florida
H. M. Wilson, Jacksonville, Florida
Harley Langdale, Sr., Valdosta, Georgia

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Interactive Timeline

FLA Presidents

William M Oettmeier, Sr.

Georgia

1941

1945

C.P. Kelly

Florida

1945

1947

William M Oettmeier, Sr.

Georgia

1947

1952

J. Vivian Whitfield

North Carolina

1952

1958

Harley Langdale, Jr.

Georgia

1958

1960

Herman E. Baggenstoss

Tennessee

1960

1962

John W. Squires

Mississippi

1962

1964

T. W. Earle Sr.

Georgia

1964

1966

Frank W. Bennett

Louisiana

1966

1968

O. G. Traczewitz

Alabama

1968

1970

Albert Ernest, Jr.

Florida

1970

1972

L. F. Kalmar

Georgia

1972

1973

Marcus G. Rawls

Florida

1973

1974

Wilbur B. DeVall

Alabama

1974

1975

John F. Sisley

Georgia

1975

1976

A Felton Andrews

Tennessee

1976

1977

Herman M. Hermelink

North Carolina

1977

1978

Ralph W. Law

Louisiana

1978

1979

William M. Oettmeier, Jr.

Georgia

1979

1980

Noll A. Van Cleave

Georgia

1980

1981

Fred C. Gragg

Alabama

1981

1982

Acie C. Edwards

South Carolina

1982

1983

Walter W. Herbst

Georgia

1983

1984

William M. Oettmeier, Jr.

Georgia

1984

1985

Dr. John H. Bowen

Tennessee

1985

1986

Kenneth D. Bailey

South Carolina

1986

1987

Dr. John F. Hosner

Virginia

1987

1988

A. Kent Van Cleave

Georgia

1988

1989

Eley C. Frazer III

Georgia

1989

1990

Bruce R. Miles

Texas

1990

1991

Dr. Sydney B. Kinne III

Georgia

1991

1992

Peggy Clark

Arkansas

1992

1993

Williamson S. Stuckey Jr.

Georgia

1993

1994

Ronald M. Bost

North Carolina

1994

1995

Bobby J. Neill

Arkansas

1995

1996

W. H. "Ace" Parker, Jr.

Maryland

1996

1997

Kirk P. Rodgers

Virginia

1997

1999

G. Edward Muckenfuss

South Carolina

1999

2001

L Keville Larson

Alabama

2001

2003

Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr.

Virginia

2003

2005

Otis B Ingram

Georgia

2005

2007

Phil A. Hardin

Washington

2007

2009

Mary Clapp

Arkansas

2009

2011

Derek Dougherty

Georgia

2011

2013

Alva Joe Hopkins

Georgia

2013

2015

Scott Rowland

Arkansas

2015

2017

 

 

 

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