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2012 FLM JULY / AUG [Free Version] Page 07 Conference
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Chuck Leavell


“My interest and connection in forestry came in part from the connection it has to my career.”


“I would often remind Mick Jagger and Keith Richards from where their instruments come.”


“The nation’s forest landowners can’t keep growing trees without markets for this natural, organic and renewable product. We need to stay on message and keep hammering. Private forest landowners along with the forestry and wood and paper products industry needs to counter environmental campaigns against forestry.”


“The American public needs to have a better understanding that you can’t keep growing trees without markets for your products, and that if you can’t afford to grow trees and pay taxes on your land, then all of the environmental, health, and recreation benefits that our nation’s private forests provide will disappear.”

Cinda jones, Chuck Leavell, and Pete Williams 

Cinda Jones


“I have sawdust in my veins. So I said OK when my dad told me I was “so good at running non-profits I should come home to run the family lumber business.” Leaving home and the family business to gain perspective and valuable experience in Washington, DC was the best decision

Chuck’s email tagline reads: “Notice: It’s OK to print this email. Paper is a biodegradable, renewable, sustainable product made from trees. Growing and harvesting trees provides jobs for millions of Americans. Working forests are good for the environment and provide clean air and water, wildlife habitat and carbon storage. Thanks to improved forest management, we have more trees in America today than we had 100 years ago.”

I ever made. Returning home to manage the family forest was the second best.”


“The importance of the FLA and its members getting involved nationally is that major environmental and forest policy that will help or hurt your chances of success is made at the national level. No trade association or representative is taken seriously until they can parade real affected people before decision makers. If you don’t write that letter, attend that meeting with the FLA, or testify when asked, we’re going to lose.” “


“An important piece of advice about sustaining your family forest. If it doesn’t work, don’t do it. Change gears. Figure out what this generation’s best use of your forest asset is, and evolve.”

FOREST LANDOWNER             July/August 2012             7
















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