2012 National Conference of Private Landowners
The 2012 National Conference of Private Landowners held at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach was a success. Pictures from the conference have been posted to our facebook page! Click here to go directly to the 2012 National Conference Photo Album.
Boehner Pressured to Call Vote on 'Death Tax' Repeal
The House Republican freshman class has ratcheted up pressure on Speaker John Boehner to bring full repeal of the federal estate tax — popularly derided as the “death tax” — to a vote on the House floor.
Strongly supported by FLA, the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2011 has 206 House co-sponsors, including four Democrats, ensuring its likelihood of passage in the GOP-dominated House. On the Senate side, Republican John Thune proposed a version of the same legislation in March of this year. That bill currently has 36 cosponsors.Read More »
Ocean Policy Plan Could Have Far Reaching Impacts on Private Forest Management
FLA Joins Interest Groups in Speaking Out
On April 12, 2012, the Forest Landowners Association joined eighty-one groups in submitting a letter asking for language to be included in all fiscal year 2013 appropriations bills prohibiting the use of funds to implement the new National Ocean Policy.
The letter was sent to U.S. House Appropriations Committee Chairman, Harold Rogers (KY), as well as the Chairperson of each House Appropriations Subcommittee. The request was made as part of an effort to achieve a pause in policy implementation that would provide more time for oversight and examination of potential impacts. Read More »
2012 National Conference of Private Forest Landowners
Rooms are available at the Sawgrass Marriott under the FLA room block for $169 a night plus applicable taxes.
Attendees can call 1-800-457-Golf or go online at Sawgrass Mariott and select Reservations, then enter group code FORFORA for a deluxe guestroom or FORFORD for a standard guestroom by April 30, 2012. Read More »
THE DEATH TAX: CALLING ALL MEMBERS TO ACTION!!!!
Contact your Representative in the U.S. Congress and urge their support of H.R. 1259, the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act. Congress will act but only if they hear your voice.
The Death Tax law will be reinstated at the rate of 55% on all assets above a $1 million exemption on January 1, 2013 unless Congress acts to permanently repeal the tax. The current, but temporary, 2011 law set the Death Tax rate of 35% with a $5 million exemption. This tax will have devastating consequences on you, your family, and your employees.We’re asking you to force attention to this important issue by contacting your Member of Congress now. Read More »
Regional Meetings Update
When the green in your portfolio is in millions of trees, it’s important to have expert help mangaing your resources. FLA provides vital information through the 2012 Forest Management & Economics Series. Interact with industry experts and your peers at our Augusta & Hattiesburg regional meetings to help boost profitibility, improve stewardship, and sustain your legacy for the next generation... Read More »
Farm Bill Update
A series of four Senate Agriculture Farm Bill hearings kicks-off February 15, 2012 with an examination of energy and economic growth opportunities in rural America. In preparation for the hearing, Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) requested the Forest Landowners Association submit key priorities of importance to private forest landowners. This request followed a one-on-one meeting FLA CEO Scott Jones had in January with committee staff to strengthen relationships and emphasis FLA’s value in being able to serve as a resource on policy issues. Read More »
After the Recession: Finding Our Way Out of the Woods
Scott Jones, Forest Landowner Association CEO, will be a guest speaker at this year's annual Southeastern SAF Meeting. He will be presenting perspectives on the Future of Forestry Funds in the Farm Bill. Forest markets, economics, taxation and policy will be topics of the 2012 Southeastern SAF Meeting entitled, "After the Recession: Finding Our Way Out of the Woods," to be held February 19-21, 2012 at Oceanside Inn and Suites on Georgia's Jekyll Island.
Forest landowners, SAF members, other forestry professionals and anyone interested in today's top forestry issues are invited to attend. Seven hours of Continuing Forestry Education credits are available. Read More »
The State of the Association
As the second session of the 112th Congress commenced in mid-January, FLA was walking the halls of Congress, meeting with House and Senate leadership committee staff. It remains to be seen if lawmakers can make progress towards sending legislation to the President for signature during what is expected to be months of political posturing leading up... Read More »
Hearing Voices at FLA
We started out the new year with our Landowner to Landowner question: "With continued economic turmoil and political uncertainty in 2012, what specific changes are you considering in your forest management plans?" Immediatley, hundreds of responses from our members... Read More »
Regional Meetings Update
We will be hosting two regional meetings in March. The first meeting will be in Augusta, Georgia on March 13 and the second in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on March 20th... Read More »
FLA is now on Twitter
In our efforts to stay connected with you, we are now bringing you the most up to date information via our live twitter feed... Read More »
Forest Roads Update and the Silvicultural Exemption
On December 17, Congress passed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, funding nine federal agencies for the 2012 fiscal year. The bill includes language that stays NPDES permitting for silvicultural activities until October 1, 2012.
This represents a huge advancement in the forestry community efforts to seek a permanent reversal of this misguided decision from the legislative perspective. On the second front of the Supreme Court challenge, progress was made on December 17 when the Supreme Court officially asked the Solicitor General to explain the government’s position... Read More »