FLF Funded Research

FLF funded research supporting the economic viability of the private forest landowner in areas of expanding the use of wood, new markets, management and ownership of family forests

Markets and Investment Potential for Cross-Laminated Timber and Massive Plywood Panels Manufactured from Southern Yellow Pine

A study to understand the dynamics of CLT and MPP production in the nation’s southern wood supply. Currently, there are only two CLT producers in the United States, located in Montana and Oregon, which use Douglas-fir and species from that region. The Southern U.S. has ample southern yellow pine resources to meet the potential markets for CLT and MPP, as there are several sawmills and plywood plants in the region that are idle due to a post-recession reduction in demand or a resulting lack of freight-logical markets. Results of this study will help position the southern yellow pine wood supply to enter into the CLT and MPP market.

Analysis of Increased Wood Demand Based On A US Wood Policy

The Forest Landowner Foundation retained FTI Consulting, Inc. (“FTI”) to assess how private forest landowners would benefit from a $1 trillion infrastructure bill by including Buy American Timber. Using American grown and manufactured forest products to help rebuild the infrastructure of this great nation is an opportunity that family forest landowners are anxious to partner with the administration to accomplish.

 

How Sustainability Certification and Renewable Biomass Mandates Threaten Nonindustrial Private Forests

Just as when the Forest Landowners Association was founded more than 80 years ago, private and family forest lands are under intense scrutiny and social demands for pristine management and false assumptions. To address this issue, the FLF commissioned a research study to evaluate the impact of sustainability certification and renewable mandates.

 

Surveys of Private Forestland Owners Cost-Share Benefits and Obstacles for Family Forest Land Owners

Many family forest owners use cost-share assistance from government and non- government entities to offset the cost of implementing practices to benefit forestry and wildlife on their property. FLF examined landowners’ opinions about cost-share
programs with the goal of making these opportunities as efficient and effective as possible for family forest owners.

 

Endangered Species Act Impact and Attitudes of Private Forest Landowner

The FLF supported the research of Lauren K. Ward, Doctoral Candidate at UGA Warnell School of Forestry. FLF’s support of this project resulted in the largest ESA survey and research project specifically focused on private forest landowners, with a response of 1,120 forest landowners.

The survey had four key research objectives:1) To assess non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners’ attitudes and opinions regarding the current state of the ESA, 2) To assess NIPF landowners’ perceptions of potential incentive programs for providing critical habitat, 3) To assess NIPF landowners’ attitudes and opinions regarding currently listed species under the ESA, and 4) To assess NIPF landowners’ attitudes and opinions regarding proposals to list new species for protection under the ESA.

 

Education Resources

Woodlands Management Course: A Guide to Improving Our Forests

Written and published by the Forest Landowner Foundation, the Woodlands Management Course guidebook is essential reading for new or long-time landowners who do not have an extensive background in forestry. This practical, concise book introduces the key aspects of owning and managing forestland.

The goal of the Woodlands Management Course (WMC) is to provide to those who do not have an extensive background in forestry a thorough understanding of forestry management activities, without requiring an inordinate investment of their time.

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.

 

Forest Landowners Tax Workshop

Landowners, accountants, foresters and members of the public involved in land management benefit every year from this in-depth, day-long course presented in conjunction with the Forest Landowners National Conference of Private Forest Landowners. Attendees learn the latest updates in the IRS tax code, timber tax planning/preparation techniques and much more. The instructor is Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr., Garland Gray Emeritus Professor of Forestry at Virginia Tech, national renowned timber tax expert and regular contributor to Forest Landowner magazine.

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