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2018 National Conference of Private Forest Landowners

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Policy Priorities Enhancing Timber Markets and Continuing Regulatory Reform: FLA's Policy Priorities 

Building upon FLA's legislative success of 2017, FLA’s 2018 policy agenda fundamentally sets to foster a healthy business environment in both domestic and export markets for timber, and a balanced regulatory climate for the benefit of families who own and manage America’s core forestland.

FLA’s policies are consciously aligned with President Trump’s policy roadmap, unveiled during his State of the Union Address.  Many of the President’s policy themes are aimed at rural America, which coincides with the essential goals of forest landowners – from regulatory reform to domestic markets and foreign exports, as well as infrastructure upgrades. 

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FLA Successful in Defending Private Property Rights in Hunting Lease Lawsuit

FLA led an effort to support the rights of private forest landowners and preserve recreational opportunities on private forest lands by filing an Amici Curiae Brief in the case of Handberry vs. Stuckey Timberland, which received a favorable decision on March 14 by the Georgia Court of Appeals. Read more  →

USFWS Lists Louisiana Pine Snake as Threatened with a 4(d) Proposed Rule

The USFWS released its final determination of the Louisiana Pinesnake as a threatened species under the ESA.  Along with the final listing, the Service is also proposing a special rule under section 4(d) of the ESA that will allow protections to be tailored to those that provide the greatest benefit to the snake. The rule will allow some forest management practices considered critical to forest health and important for the snake’s recovery to continue. These include forest thinning, tree harvesting and planting to actively manage healthy open-canopied pine forests, and the use of prescribed fire and some herbicides.

Read the Proposed Rule Submit comments regarding the 4(d) rule

The Forest Recovery Act, HR 4962: Take Action Now

FLA member Joe Hopkins worked with his U.S. House of Representative to write and introduce legislation that eliminates the 'basis limitation rule,' allowing any individual or business who grows trees with the intent of sale, to deduct up to the fair market value lost, helping landowners to get back on their feet after a catastrophic event.

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Get the Most Out of the New Tax Code; Attend the Tax Workshop

The sweeping overhaul of the Tax Code passed by Congress in December 2017 triggered significant changes. To help the private forest landowners, foresters, loggers and timber businesses with their future tax return filings and planning for the new tax law changes, Forest tax expert Harry Haney will conduct a one-day tax workshop during the 2018 National Conference of Private Forest Landowners on June 26 at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga.  

This workshop will provide in-depth unique tax advantages of owning, managing and selling timber as well as specifics to the 2018 tax changes that will affect forest landowners. Register here.

Breaking Down the Tax Act

The Trump administration has delivered tax reform, along with regulatory relief, that helps private forest landowners. But the long-term effects on the timber business remain unclear.

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Louisiana Pine Snake Deadline Extended Because of Data and Scientific Uncertainties

In response to concerns expressed by the Forest Landowners Association (FLA) and other stakeholders, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced last week a six-month extension on the final determination to list the Louisiana Pinesnake under the Endangered Species Act.

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Q&A: Why do Landowners Need a Softwood Lumber Agreement

The Forest Landowners Association (FLA) recently spoke with Robert Crosby, FLA president and fourth-generation landowner, to get his perspective on the Canadian softwood lumber trade issue and its critical importance to private forest landowners in the U.S.

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Recent Actions by Trump Administration on Fair Trade Positive for Forest Landowners

On Sept. 26, the U.S. Commerce Department imposed preliminary anti-subsidy duties on the import of Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier’s CSeries jets. This indication of the Trump Administration’s strong stance on unfair trade subsidies is a promising development for private forest owners.

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Forest Landowners Applaud Treasury Department Decision to Withdraw Section 2407 Proposed Regulations

In a significant victory for family forest owners, the Treasury Department, in response to President Trump’s Executive Order, announced on Monday that the Section 2407 proposed regulations would be withdrawn. The proposed changes would have effectively doubled the estate tax valuations for timberland by removing legitimate valuation discounts for the estate, gift and generation skipping taxes.

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New Tax Reform Blueprint Cuts Death Tax, Positions Private Forest Owners for Success 

On Sept. 27, 2017, a group of senior White House officials and Republican leadership in the House and Senate released a tax reform blueprint that includes several major provisions aimed at reducing complexities in the tax code and promoting growth and investment.

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September Policy Updates

Congress returned to Washington with a heavy workload with several items focused on issues of importance for forestry ownership. FLA has been deeply engaged on all fronts ensuring legislation and administration policy is favorable to rolling back regulations, strengthening timber markets and advocating tax reform and provisions unique to forest ownership. 

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