The latest news related to the economic interests of family forest landowners and their unique natural resource assets.

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...

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

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

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Deep Dive on Market Assumptions

Deep Dive on Market Assumptions

Dr. Cubbage’s data-rich discussions have been eagerly consumed at forestry conferences around the country by forestry stakeholders wondering when a rebound in sawtimber might be anticipated. The Forest Landowners Association caught Dr. Cubbage between travel commitments for a short preview of the presentation that has garnered industry-wide interest.

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The Opportunity for Tax Reform is Now

FLA is at the forefront ensuring policy makers understand the unique operations of managing and owning timberland regarding tax policy. The Quick Update The Senate took a significant step toward its goal of overhauling the tax code with the passing of a budget...

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Call to Action on Tax Reform

Help the Senate Pass Tax Reform! Tell Your Story to Your Senators Today. House Kills the Death Tax; Your Voice is Needed in the Senate   Last week, the House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, which provides a path to permanent repeal of the death tax. The...

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ITC Ruling Positive For Timber Markets

ITC Determination A Step in the Right Direction for Timber Markets Earlier this morning, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) made affirmative determinations in its final phase of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations regarding softwood...

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Tax Reform Blueprint

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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House Vote: Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

One More Hurdle to Clear Before Celebrations Can Begin Legislation provides much needed relief and will help sustain the role private forests play in rural economies and the environment. Today, the House of Representatives is set to vote on the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act....

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Valuations: IRS 2704 Rule Changes

Valuations: IRS 2704 Rule Changes

During the waning months of the Obama Administration, the IRS proposed changes to section 2704(b) that would remove legitimate valuation discounts for estate, gift and generation skipping taxes. In a significant victory for family forest owners, the...

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