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10/27/2015 » 10/29/2015
Forest InSight - October 27-29, 2015




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Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, HR 1105 Passes the United States House

The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, HR 1105 passed the House on Thursday, April 16, 2015 with a 240-179 vote. Thank you for all of your help bringing death tax repeal front and center to your Representative. This was a big win for family forests, as well as for any family landowner or business and a positive step forward for the death tax repeal movement. Read More »


Death Tax Repeal Vote Scheduled for this week

For the first time in a decade, the United States House is set this week to vote on a bipartisan bill to repeal the Federal estate tax.

The death tax, quite simply, places an immense financial and emotional burden on the families who own and manage America’s private forests at a time of grief for families.

Please, contact your Member of Congress now and let them know to support H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, when it is brought to the House floor this week. 

Tell your Representative to vote YES on H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015.



Forest Landowners Association Launches Timber Talks and Forest Forum Campaigns

Georgia forest landowners host Cong. Hice for first event

On Timber Talks sets the stage for forestry stakeholders to meet face-to-face with elected officials and advocate on behalf of forestry stakeholders to give policy makers a first-hand look at how private landowners manage their forests and how policy considered in Washington has an impact.

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Georgia Forest Landowners Host Cong. Hice for First Timber Talks Event

On The FLA Timber Talks campaign got off to a great start on April 2, with more than 50 representatives from the forestry community attending an event to engage in dialogue with freshman Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA10). Serving his first term in Congress and the only Member of Congress in the Georgia delegation appointed to the House Natural Resources Committee, Congressman Hice was proactive in contacting FLA to organize a Timber Talks event.

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USFWS Decision to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Threatened Species under ESA Draws Criticism from Congress.

On Wednesday, April 1, the USFWS announced that it is listing the northern long-eared bat as “threatened.” The agency was considering listing the species as "endangered" — a more serious designation — but decided on "threatened" because the bat's population has not been affected outside areas where the fungal disease has caused problems. The agency is... Read More »



Washington Post Slams Biomass Market Accusing EPA Of Encouraging Deforestation


FLA Responds stating claims are “simply not true and a drastic overreach”

On March 4, the Washington Post published an editorial entitled ‘the EPA’s not so-green emissions plan,’ in which the editorial board questions the EPA’s direction on new rules that would provide credits for alternative energy sources, including bioenergy and the use of wood pellets as a fuel source. The editorial contends that EPA’s position on bioenergy and the use of wood pellets as a fuel source would result in the mass exploitation of our nation’s forests.

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 Death Tax Update

Congressman Brady (R-TX) and Congressman Bishop (D-GA) introduced HR 1105 the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 and FBC sent our coalition letter up the hill with 82 groups signed on in support. 

The full coalition letter is available here: 

We'll be promoting the coalition letter on social media using the hash tag #burythedeathtax.



2015 Policy Priorities


Following are the 2015 policy priorities approved by the FLA Board of Directors at the Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. FLA believes these are the issues that will have the greatest impact on forest landowners and their ability to manage and make a profit from their working forests. Additional, FLA recognizes that private forests landowners can play an important information and education role in creating a greater awareness of these issues among policy makers as their voting constituents. FLA will work to ensure landowner representation at Congressional Town Hall Meetings and Federal Policy Field Hearings as well as serve as a resource to Congressional staff and federal agencies representatives at the local, regional and national level.


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2015 National Conference of Private Forest Landowners 

The National Conference of Private Forest Landowners is the only venue that brings together private forest landowners to interact, learn and exchange knowledge on issues impacting forest landowners with leaders from the private, NGO, federal and state sectors.

The FLA conference offers insightful forums, workshops and speakers addressing a broad range of forestry issues of impacting today's private forest as well as focusing on issues that are on the horizon. 

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

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

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NEW: Online Ordering for Woodlands Management Course

Woodlands Management Course: A Guide to Improving Our Forests

In 2009, the Foundation released the book Woodlands Management Course, a guide to forestry management activities for landowners who do not have an extensive background in forestry. The book educates landowners on options for managing their forests, the benefits and costs of forest management, how to organize activities to meet their objectives, and finding professional foresters to manage their chosen activities.
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