Stewards of America's Private Forests

Our heritage; our livelihood; our legacy


The FLA works with policy makers at the national level to foster a strong business environment and balanced regulatory climate for the benefit of the families who own and manage forestland.


You have the power to influence policy by alerting your elected representatives on issues of importance to the management, ownership, and profitability of private forests across America.


While there are other organizations that lobby at the State level on behalf of forest landowners, FLA is the only organization that exclusively represents forest landowners and their economic interests at the national level regardless of size, corporate structure, location, certification status, or tax classification.








Forest landowners ensure healthy working forests and their sustainability for future generations. It is the long term management which enables multiple generations of timber to be harvested from the same ground.”


Frank Beidler
Forest Landowner






“A working forest is always changing — it is the growing and harvesting of timber that sustains a healthy forest. What makes a forest sustainable in my view is that it is also renewable.”


Robert Crosby






I consider it an honor to serve on the FLA Board, it gives me an opportunity to directly support an organization that helps protect our rights as private forest owners. It also serves as a great educational and networking tool to improve the way our family forest ownership operates.


David Hall
Forest Landowner









A pressing issue to face forest landowners is the presence of healthy markets, as they allow private landowners opportunities to not only maintain valuable forests that benefit the public in many ways, but also allow for incentives to keep their forests productive and benefit local forest industry.


Charles Vanover
Vice President, FIA





Family forests have been the backbone of our business since our beginning in 1954. Privately-owned forests are essential to the economy of this country.


John Gifford
President, FORECON






The top two policy issues I’d say concern me in regards to forest ownership policy are tax issues, and regulatory issues in relation to farming of trees for private landowners.


Marty Strauss
Forest Landowner






When I seek to protect my interests when it comes to forest ownership, I expect FLA to be leading the pack.


Robert Crosby
Forest Landowner






FLA’s value can be found in its unified voice, a unique perspective of actual landowners that can at times be watered down in DC.


Lynn Wilson
Director, Louisiana-Pacific






I value FLA for its role as a grass-roots organization. Most members are landowners voicing their opinions, and I believe this carries great weight with policy makers.


Andy Ferguson
Forestry Consultant





The FLA board is made up of an incredible group of thought leaders in our industry, working on a shared mission of protecting private property. It’s a privilege to be involved.


Barrett McCall
Forestry Consultant




Through FLA, landowners can receive objective advice from experts and fellow landowners.


Steve McKeand
Professor of Forestry, NCSU






I consider markets the most pressing issue to face forest landowners – in Arkansas particularly, we’ve lost many mills and stumpage prices are low.


Greg Hay
CPS, Timberland Div.







Most state forestry associations seem to represent the forestry industry rather than the forest landowner. As the name says, the FLA focuses mainly on landowner rights and issues.


Wayne & Jennie Alexander
Private Forest Landowners



So much was accomplished last year. For the near future I’d say Endangered Species Act reform and deductions for casualty losses remains my top priority, and what I hope to see pursued by the FLA.


Hayes Brown


Trump May Repeal an Endangered Species Act Rule That’s Punished Landowners For Decades

The Daily Caller |2:16 PM 04/05/2018 Michael Bastasch | Contributor The Trump administration proposed repealing a decades-old Endangered Species Act (ESA) policy that critics say undermines congressional intent and offers landowners no incentive to aid in the recovery...

Significant ESA Rollbacks in Motion

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has submitted two proposed rules of keen interest to forest landowners. The proposed rules, if implemented, will significantly change USFWS’ implementation of the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). Removal of Blanket 4(d) Rule...

Study Forecasts Softwood Lumber Consumption to Hit All-Time Highs by 2030

US softwood lumber demand is expected to continue its upward trajectory from the lows of the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, reaching an all-time high by mid 2020s, according to a newly released US Lumber Outlook Study by ForestEdge LLC and Wood Resources International LLC (USLOS2018). It is expected that supply sources will shift to meet future increase in lumber demand. Factors influencing these shifts include changes in the availability of timber supply, prices of sawlogs, competitiveness of lumber producers, exchange rates and developments in alternative markets for lumber producers in Canada and overseas

Who We Are

Our members range from large forest businesses whose land has been in their families for generations to those who have become forest landowners because they view forests as a long-term investment. Regardless of land size, all of our members manage their forestland with a sustainable approach, ensuring the prosperity of their forests for future generations.

What We Stand For

FLA was founded to advocate policy initiatives that address our members’ economic challenges, ensure their property rights, and promote the vitality of forest landownership.

America’s forest landowners face real management and regulatory challenges in today’s market. Discover FLA’s current Policy Priorities.

Meet America’s Forest Stewards

Forest America is an initiative among private forest landowners, and those representing all aspects of forestry, to promote the management, stewardship, and sustainability of America’s forests.