View from the Stump

A blog for forest landowners, by forest landowners.

Forest Landowner Political Action Committee

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...

Perception is Reality

Perception is Reality

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.

Everyday is Arbor Day

Everyday is Arbor Day

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 ago. This image, and countless others like it, offer a portrayal of tree-planting that is certainly worth celebrating

A Century-Long Environmental Success Story

A Century-Long Environmental Success Story

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...

An Overlooked Connection: Clean Water & Forest Products

An Overlooked Connection: Clean Water & Forest Products

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...

Let Spring Rejuvenation Begin!

Let Spring Rejuvenation Begin!

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.

Working Forests Want to Contribute to a Low-Carbon Future

Working Forests Want to Contribute to a Low-Carbon Future

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...

Pro-Forest New Year’s Resolution

Pro-Forest New Year’s Resolution

In the spirit of using the early days of the New Year to consider life-improving resolutions, here’s one for your consideration. If you value America’s forests, use more wood.  The United States is rich in forest resources. We have over 750 million acres of forests,...

Forest Sustainability into the Future

Forest Sustainability into the Future

A recent NPR Marketplace report said forestland sales could spike in 2016 and raised concerns about the future as aging landowners weigh their options or children uninterested in continuing a family’s timber heritage…

Primetime for Political Activism is Here!

Primetime for Political Activism is Here!

The primetime for political activism is here! Your senators and representatives will be in their home districts for the entire month of August to listen to you, their constituents. This is your opportunity to make sure your elected officials are doing their jobs representing you.

Forest America – We are the real owners and stewards of America’s private forests

Forest America – We are the real owners and stewards of America’s private forests

Welcome to Forest America, an initiative among family forest landowners, as well as those engaged in all aspects of private forests. Forest America is committed to informing policy makers, the media and the public about how the responsible management and utilization of forests ensures—and not endangers—the sustainability of working forests in America. There’s a reason why we believe this is so important—while our forests are our livelihood, they are also our heritage and our legacy. We are the owners and stewards of America’s private forests.

International Day of the Forests 2015 — An Invitation for Real Sustainable Policies

International Day of the Forests 2015 — An Invitation for Real Sustainable Policies

March 21 is International Day of the Forests, established by the United Nations in 2012. The day celebrates and raises awareness with events around the world to recognize how important the planet’s forests are, and in part to remind people why and how forests are integral to sustainable development. At Forest America, we know that sustainable forests are integral to our community of private landowners. In simplified terms, sustainability is managing our forests so that they will continue to serve as a valuable resource for the nation and for landowners.

Good News About Wood

Good News About Wood

It may seem obvious, especially coming from people who are the caretakers of America’s private forests, but wood is good—good for the environment, as a component in new houses and as a construction element. This is often overlooked, especially when considering alternatives. In fact, wood has benefits that make it the best material compared to its alternatives, such as steel or concrete, and with good reason.

Death Tax Kills Family Forests

Death Tax Kills Family Forests

For the first time in a decade, the House is set this week to vote on a bipartisan bill to repeal the Federal estate tax. This has been a priority legislative issue for Forest America’s Caretakers for many years. The death tax, quite simply, places an immense...