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States Ask Federal Appeals Court to Reconsider Endangered Species Act Ruling

On August 10, 2016 fifteen states including Georiga, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama filed a petition in support of a landowner’s request to have his case heard by the entire 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In the case of Markle vs. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Louisiana landowner is hoping to keep his 1500 forested acres from being classified as “critical habitat” to the dusky gopher frog, a species classified as endangered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 

When land is classified as critical to the survival of an endangered species act, a landowner’s ability to make management decisions for piece of property may be curtailed. At the center of this case is that the land in question, deemed essential by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is in Louisiana where the dusky gopher frog has not been observed since 1967.(more)

Treasury Department Proposes Changes in Family Business Valuation Approach

Earlier this month, the Internal Revenue Service proposed changes to section 2704(b) that would remove what family business advocates consider legitimate valuation discounts for estate, gift and generation skipping taxes. These discounts have been used for nearly twenty years to protect family business from over taxation at the time of a transfer of shares via death or gift.

The Family Business Coalition (FBC) is urging anyone that owns and operates a family-owned business to make themselves familiar with the proposed rule and to submit comments about how the rule will negatively impact their business before the deadline on November 1, 2016. (more)


FLA awarded $100,000 grant for engaging large timberland owners in longleaf restoration and at-risk species conservation

The Forest Landowners Association (FLA) has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to engage large, private timberland owners in ongoing efforts to increase and improve coordination among federal and state agencies to engage working forests landowners in longleaf restoration and the conservation of at-risk species.

A primary objective of the grant is to ensure at-risk species determinations do not discourage timberland owners from planting longleaf pine stands. Instead, the goal is that through collaboration and better understanding of the management of working forests, a pathway that encourages large timberland owners to plant longleaf pine stands can be developed. This pathway would balance at-risk species regulations, forest management objectives and the economic interests of the private landowner. (more)
 

Survey Explores Private Landowner Attitudes About Endangered Species Act

A doctoral candidate at the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Georgia has authored and issued a survey aimed at better understanding the attitudes private landowners have about endangered species and the Endangered Species Act. Lauren Ward, the principal author of the survey told the Forest Landowners Association that she thought the study was important because the issue thus far hasn’t been studied.

“When we looked into the research in this area, we found that there had never really been a comprehensive study addressing the private forest landowners’ perspective on endangered species conservation and the disincentives that are out there under the Endangered Species Act,” Ward said.

Ward approached the Forest Landowners Association about distributing a link to the survey to its members. The response to the survey was a pleasant surprise for Ward. “We didn’t know how many respondents we would be able to get,” Ward said.  “At the end of the day we had over 1100 respondents who filled out our survey, which was a number that was far and above our expectations.” (more)

 

Forest Forum Focuses on Private Forest Landowners, Endangered Species, Increased Collaboration

On Wednesday, June 1 the Forest Landowners Association held a forest forum with key members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The forum preceded the National Conference of Private Forest Landowners and focused on endangered species and the role that private forest landowners can play in efforts to protect those species. (more)

 

  

 

EPA will not regulate forest road discharges via Clean Water Act

On Monday, June 27th the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water submitted a notice in the federal register that it would not regulate storm water discharges from forest roads under the Clean Water Act. (more)

 

 

Survey Finds High Levels of Attendee Satisfaction with National Conference

In our ongoing effort to organize an annual conference that delivers exceptional value to our members, we authored and issued a follow-up survey to better gauge overall satisfaction with this year’s National Conference of Forest Landowners. (more)

 

 

Forest America’s Social Media Presence and Impact Growing Rapidly

Forest America is the Forest Landowner Association’s online and social media effort to take the message of the role that working forests play in maintaining forest acreage to a broader audience. In March a daily campaign was launched with a particular focus on increasing the number of total followers on Twitter, a popular social media site, thereby increasing the overall reach of Forest America’s message. (more)

 

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