Dear FLA Members:
By the time you receive this issue of Forest Landowner magazine, the Democratic and Republican Conventions will have been concluded and the Presidential and Congressional elections will be pending. Congressional legislation is one of the most impactful factors on the success or failure of private forest landowners. Our presence in Washington, in cooperation with our allies, is a cornerstone of the FLA mission, and now is the time to build on that cornerstone for this pivotal election. The FLA Political Action Committee Wiill be extremely active from this point forward. There are many issues that will be decided following the elections and it would behoove us to do our best to ensure that candidates for the House and Senate understand our issues, especially under already difficult market conditions. Our PAC does not buy votes, but it does provide the FLA staff ready access to Congress and it allows your voice to be heard on the important yet unresolved or evolving issues such as Forest Roads, Boiler MACT, Estate Taxes, Forest Taxes, Canadian Lumber Imports and the important Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Not to mention those issues that tend to manifest themselves in legislation such as mandatory certification requirements, trade issues and governmental preference for biased purchasing requirements, such as LEEDs. Your participation in the PAC is critical. Any amount helps the cause, and it's easy to do. Just go to the FLA website, click on Get Involved, and from that menu click on Contribute to the PAC. From there it will take you less than five minutes to make your contribution.
Can you really afford to:
- Have your private property rights diminished - or worse! Can you allow Congress and the courts to run rough shod over your private property rights?
- Be forced to liquidate your timberland holdings to pay the Death Tax of your predecessors?
- Miss our on legitimate forest land tax deductions?
- Be forced to permit every logging road on your property and at the same time be subject to citizens lawsuits?
- Miss out on potential markets for forest products due to legislative language or burdensome regulartory restrictions?
Of course you can't. So join the fight today!
Derek Dougherty, President, Forest Landowners Association
VOLUME 71 • ISSUE 5
PUBLISHER - SCOTT P JONES
EDITOR - EDDIE LEE RIDER
SENIOR STAFF WRITER - PETE WILLIAMS
DESIGN DIRECTOR - TIM ROBINSON
GUY VISE III - MADISON, MS
TOM STRAKA - PENDLETON, SC
CLAIRE PAYNE, CHAIRMAN- ASHVILLE, NC
BRAD DETHERO - FLORENCE, AL
JOHN HEARNSBERGER - HOT SPRINGS, AR
MARY JEANNE PACKER -WATKINS GLEN, NY
CHARLIE THOMPSON - AMHERST, MA
STEVE MCKEAND - RALEIGH, NC
EDDIE LEE RIDER
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
FOREST LANDOWNER FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
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.