Dear FLA Members:
As we come to the end of another year, it is always exciting to look back at what has been accomplished. At FLA, 2012 has produced a narrowing of focus, and a new operating model has produced substantial progress toward the association’s goals. Not only have we made progress this year, but the plan forward and picture of greater success seems clearly painted. This clarity comes from a simple but focused mission statement geared at preserving, protecting and promoting private ownership: FLA will be a leading advocate for all private landowners — regardless of size, corporate structure, location, certification status, or tax classification.
This vision clarity is firmly rooted in the following core value of the association: FLA believes that security of property rights is paramount. Secure private ownership of forests is the best way for society to enjoy the numerous benefits forests provide and to protect the environment.
This clarity allows efficient and effective concentration of resources on the areas to champion, and the issues to defend against. A well-developed vision, core values, and focus help solidify the guiding principles of this organization. Going forward into 2013, we remain focused on these primary areas of concern:
- Erosion of Private Property Rights and Excessive Regulation. FLA believes that society cannot reap the numerous benefits of forests without secure private property rights.
- Tax Policy. FLA believes federal tax policies based on equality and certainty are required to encourage the nation’s private forest landowners to make sustained, long-term capital investments in forest management.
- Access to Free and Open Markets. FLA believes that the maintenance of free and open markets is vital to the preservation of private forests.
Building on a year of success, and positioning for a year of continued work at grass-roots lobbying and relationship building on Capitol Hill — with your help and support, and on your behalf — we will continue to move forward at a rapid rate.
In the meantime, I hope you can find multiple excuses to get out on your land in this beautiful season of the year. On behalf of the entire FLA staff and volunteers we’d like to wish you a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends.
Derek Dougherty, President, Forest Landowners Association
VOLUME 71 • ISSUE 6
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.