View from the Stump
A blog for forest landowners, by forest landowners.
The Forest Landowner Foundation is the only entity dedicated to focused research, data, and communications that enable those who own and manage their working forests with a holistic approach – financially, environmentally and socially – to fulfill their family’s forest legacy and pass on the tradition to future generations.
Sign up for the live webinar “Casualty Loss and Income Tax Deductions Related to Timber and Landscape Trees” taking place at 1pm on December 7th, 2018, with Dr. Linda Wang, a National Timber Tax Specialist with USDA Forest Service in Washington D.C.
Supreme Court rules 8-0 in favor of private landowners in Weyerhaeuser v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife case
The Forest Landowners Association hails the property rights victory of the unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court in favor of private property rights. Tuesday’s 8-0 decision in the Weyerhaeuser v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife case is a clear win for forest landowners.
As the ramifications of the mid-term elections begin to settle in, this is a good time to review the impact of the elections on the Forest Landowners Association and our policy agenda.
During National Forest Products Week, FLA recognizes that challenges remain for the family forest landowners who supply the resources that we celebrate this week. We examine the issues that our members face in today’s economy.
On September 27, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on nine bills that would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). Four of those bills were voted to the House floor for consideration.
On September 25, FLA submitted technical comments to the Federal Register providing the private forest landowner perspective on three proposed rules that would modify several current regulations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). FLA urges the Trump Administration to consider a stricter stance toward the USFWS’s ability to designate critical habitats, which have been shown to infringe upon private property rights.
The security of private property rights has been a guiding principle for the work of the Forest Landowners Association since our formation in 1941. FLA is deeply troubled by the potential outcome of the Weyerhaeuser Company vs US Fish and Wildlife Service case, which heard oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court on October 1st, 2018.
Until the popular narrative disseminated from the NWOS and its summary reports tells the story of America’s true forest stewards, policy will continue to prescribe solutions to the wrong problems. We break down a few of the alarming facts originating from the NWOS and begin to offer a more accurate representation of family forest landowners.
Over the past 10 years the Forest Landowner Political Action Committee has contributed over $325,000 to the campaigns of those individuals seeking office that not only understand our goals but champion them in DC. Every year, Congress debates hundreds of...
In June Two Sides North America, a “nonprofit organization created to promote the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper”, released the results of a survey it had commissioned to better understand consumer attitudes about the sustainability of print and paper.
The Indian government says it will invest over $6 billion to reforest roughly 12 percent of the country. India is roughly one-third the size of the United States but home to nearly four times as many people (1.2 billion).
Grant Wood’s 1932 painting titled “Arbor Day” portrays a group of school children planting a tree outside of their country schoolhouse in an otherwise treeless Iowa landscape. It has become an iconic representation of a national observance established over a century...
It’s been 46 years since the first Earth Day, an event that gave rise to the modern environmental movement. Earth Day was inspired by widespread concern about the ability of the planet to sustain itself under the pressure of the food, material and energy requirements...
The role that forests play in the water cycle is widely known and celebrated. Yet, many are unaware of the contributions of forest product markets in the forest/water relationship.Monday was International Forests Day. Tuesday was World Water Day. In 2016, there will...
A well-managed forest is a healthy forest.
We all value trees and a forest that’s recently been thinned, clear cut, or managed through a controlled burn is not the prettiest sight. It’s only temporary and is important for the long-term health of a forest.
The United States Supreme Court recently stayed implementation of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which seeks to limit carbon pollution from power plants. While the development might generate bigger headlines, a story worth watching is the...
The obvious and not-so obvious ways America’s working forests help Super Bowl 50 be more super.