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2015 National Conference of Private Forest Landowners
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2015 National Conference of Private Forest Landowners

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6/2/2015 to 6/5/2015
When: 6/2/2015
Where: Hilton Oceanfront Virginia Beach
3001 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia  23451
United States
Contact: Susan Klco

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The 2015 Conference will be held in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Hotel Reservations:
Make hotel reservations by calling  1-800-HILTONS  before Saturday, May 2, 2015Ask for the Forest Landowners rate of $175 per night.

Registration Fees and Deadlines


Members-Only Early Bird Rate:
$450 per registrant (rate ends May 2)

Non-Member & Regular Rate:
$525 per registrant (rate ends May 15)


Evening Events:  $215
Evening Event registration includes: President’s Reception, Cocktail Reception, and Evening Event at the Aquarium.

Wednesday Only: $225
One day registration for Wednesday Speakers, Breakout Sessions, and President’s Reception. NOT a full conference registration.

Tax Workshop Only: $225
One day registration for Tax Workshop. NOT a full conference registration.

Child under 21 Thursday Dinner: $30
Registration for children under 21 to attend Thursday Dinner at Aquarium - price covers transportation to aquarium, dinner, and IMAX movies.

Table of Contents


June 2 - 5


Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
3001 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451


The hotel is about a 30 minute drive from Norfolk International Airport



7:30 - 4:00

Tax Workshop (Additional fee: $225) - Sponsored by the Forest Landowner Foundation


Executive Committee/Deans Reception (committee members only)


7:00am - 4:00pm


7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast Buffet

8:30am - 7:00 pm

Exhibits Open

General Session

8:30 - 9:00

Joe Hopkins, President
Forest Landowners Association

Scott Jones, CEO
Forest Landowners Association

9:00 - 9:30

Creating a Lasting Legacy
How do you pass your family's values and heritage to future generations in addition to preserving your forest land and other assets? Few issues are of greater importance, and success requires thoughtful, proactive planning. This session will discuss the process of Wealth Integration: how to first define and clarify your family's unique goals and values, and then how to integrate your business and tax planning and the work being done by all your advisers based on these goals and values.

Brian Friedman
Wellspring Associates

9:45 - 10:15

What Do We Really Want to Accomplish with this Timberland
David will speak on the importance of planning for the family forest, the people that sustain it, and the people that it sustains. We will examine several actual case studies illustrating how attitudes, actions, and practices implemented today can impact the future forest and next generations. Specific topics will include legacy, goal setting, inventory, valuation, and management planning.

David Foil, President
Forest Resource Consultants

10:15 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:15

Tax Mitigation and Business Strategies for Forest Landowners
There are numerous financial efficiencies which timberland owners can achieve using tax mitigation strategies. Timberland owners should consider the potential incorporation of conservation easements into their forestry plan as a way to generate significant tax benefits which can offset their income. Further, these easement benefits can potentially help provide the landowner with liquidity that can be used to reduce or eliminate debt, provide capital for additional property acquisitions, and other such benefits. Timberland owners may also consider the use of tax-­‐deferral strategies under Section 1031 when it comes time to sell their land and/or their timber. We will explore these tax strategies in detail and discuss their various risks and rewards.

Ricky Novak, Founding Partner
Strategic Capital Partners


11:15 - 11:45

Tax Efficient Strategies for the Timberland Owner
Before the cloud of sawdust clears from the cutting of a timber tract, what are some basic tax considerations for the timberland owner? This program will provide a framework for analyzing the current federal tax environment and outline several tax planning strategies to efficiently manage the timberland owner’s overall tax posture; structuring of timberland ownership; how to achieve capital gain rate treatment; capital costs and reforestation expenditures; basic depletion concepts; passive loss rules; casualty losses and other involuntary conversions; installment sales.

Tim Watt, Partner
Bennett Thrasher

12:00 - 1:30

Lunch Buffet / Awards Ceremony

Wednesday Breakout Sessions: 1:30 - 4:15
1:30 - 2:15 Breakout


1:30 - 2:15


Attracting and Managing for Wildlife
Graham Hansen, National Wild Turkey Federation


1:30 - 2:15


Q & A from Morning Session
Brian Friedman, David Foil, Ricky Novak, and Tim Watt


1:30 - 2:15

Introduction to Silviculture (Genetics and Forest Management)
John Pait will teach landowners how to get the most productivity off  your lands so you can maximize profits.

John Pait, Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Product Development, ArborGen

2:30 - 3:15 Breakout
  2:30 - 3:15  

Where can I get advice? Public or Private assistance - which is best for me? How to select a Consulting Forester.
Jay Farrell, Executive Director, National Association of State Foresters


Lynn Wilson, Executive Director; ACF

  2:30 - 3:15

Landowners Learning from Landowners
Q & A forum for landowners with landowners. - Moderated by Pete Williams

Take this opportunity to ask questions you may have on family business planning, family shareholders, hunting leases, cell phone towers, getting the best advice, and any other question you may have managing your land to Robert Crosby, a fourth generation landowner from Louisiana and Kirk Rodgers a private forest landowner on the Eastern shoreline of Maryland and Virginia.

Robert Crosby, a fourth generation landowner from Louisiana

Kirk Rodgers, a private forest landowner on the Eastern shoreline of Maryland and Virginia

  2:30 - 3:15

Alternative Land Use / Income Possibilities
Wade Hall will give a presentation that challenges landowners to look at the entire basket of financial goods that land ownership offers.

Wade Hall, President & CEO, Stuckey Timberland, Inc.

3:30 - 4:15 Breakout
  3:30 - 4:15 Selling Timber Wisely

Barrett McCall owns and operates one of the larger forestry consulting firms in the Southeastern US with experiences managing forestlands abroad and at home. McCall will share his experiences on the best way to market your timber to achieve the highest return on investments.

Barrett McCall, President, Larson & McGowin

  3:30 - 4:15

Documenting Family History
You’ve invested much time, energy, and resources in your forest land, in some cases across several generations. You’ve also made lots of memories. But how do you capture them for future generations as well as for public outreach? Join the staff of the Forest History Society—the leading library and archive of forest and conservation history in the world—to learn how to document your family accomplishments on the land. Topics will include how to organize your papers, establishing a personal or family archival collection, and determining the most suitable method(s) for recording and storing information.

Dr. Steven Anderson, President & CEO, Forest History Society

  3:30 - 4:15   The ESA, USFWS and Forest Landowners
Doug Krofta, Acting Chief, Division of Conservation and Classification; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

6:00 - 7:00

President's Reception



7:00 - 11:00


7:00 - 8:00

Breakfast Buffet

7:30am - 1:00 pm


General Session

8:00 - 8:30

Protecting Landowner Rights
Scott Jones, CEO
Forest Landowners Association

Melinda Gable, Government Affairs Consultant
Forest Landowners Association

8:30 - 9:30

Market Panel - Moderated by Bob Izlar
Mike Clutter, Vice President and Director of Research & Investment Strategy; Forest Investment Associates

10:00 - 11:30

Issues Panel
Dave Tenny, NAFO
Denise Bode, Cornerstone Government Affairs
Marshall Thomas, F&W Forestry

11:30 - 12:30

Boxed Lunches for Enviva Tour and Golf


Enviva Pellets Southampton Plant Tour



5:30 - 6:30


6:30 - 10:00 Dinner at the Aquarium

Buses will be running continuously from the hotel to the Aquarium beginning at 6:00 pm.

Enjoy dinner, cocktails, and two showings of an IMAX film all while touring the full aquarium.

8:30 - Noon Board Of Directors Meeting (Breakfast begins at 7:30 for members of the board)
Noon - 2 pm Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting


Tours & Workshops:


June 2, 2014


7:30 - 8:30:  Breakfast in Princess Anne Room

8:30 - 12:00:  Discussion in Albemarle Hall

12:00 - 1:00:  Lunch in Princess Anne Room

1:00 - 3:00:  Discussion in Albemarle Hall

3:00pm:  Snack Break in Albemarle Hall

3:00 - 4:00 pm:  Discussion in Albemarle Hall


Tax Workshop

Landowners, accountants, foresters, and anyone involved in land management will benefit from this in-depth, day-long course.

The tax workshop will be held at the 2015 National Conference of Private Forest Landowners in Virginia Beach on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

Attendees will learn the latest in the IRS tax code, timber tax planning/preparation techniques, strategies for positioning yourself for the expected economic recovery, and other issues affecting your forestland investment. The instructor is Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr., Garland Gray Emeritus Professor of Forestry at Virginia Tech, who is a nationally renowned timber tax expert.




(757) 563-9440 Golf Shop Extension 1
*$30 golf club set

*Please call at least a week in advance for golf club rental

Virginia Beach National opened in May of 1999 as the premier public golf course in the Tidewater Area. A Pete Dye Design with assistance from PGA Tour Hall of Famer Curtis Strange, VB National is a masterful blend of natural grasses, waste areas, rolling fairways and “tour quality” greens. The course has challenged some of the best players in the world in past years as host of the NATIONWIDE TOUR’s Virginia Beach Open. This Par 72 course stretches to well over 7200 yards from the Championship markers, however, five sets of tees offer players of all abilities the opportunity to play within your “comfort zone.”
Thursday, June 4th Tour Schedule
11:30    Pick up box lunch in Princess Anne Room.
12:00    Transportation to Golf Course.
5:00   Return to hotel.

Enviva Pellet Plant Tour



Individuals going on this tour will need to wear long pants and boots (preferably steel-toed). Hard hats and safety vests will be provided on-site.

Take a fascinating tour of a wood pellet manufacturing facility in live action! Enviva Pellets Southampton LLC is Enviva’s fifth wholly owned and operated industrial wood pellet manufacturing facility. The plant has a production capacity of 510,000 metric tons of pellets per year.

Thursday, June 4th Tour Schedule
11:30    Pick up box lunch in Princess Anne Room.
12:00    Bus departs from hotel.
2:00   Arrive at Enviva Pellets Southampton wood pellet manufacturing facility.
3:30    Depart Enviva Pellets Southampton wood pellet manufacturing facility.
5:30   Arrive back at Hotel.
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