Meet Our Leadership
FLA President “I can’t influence individually issues affected by forest ownership as well as I can collectively with other like-minded owners. FLA is the lead organization that I support to protect my forest business and legacy.”
“FLA is the pure voice for the ownership of forests. They are very effective for the size of staff and budget.”
“I attended my first FLA Conference in 2001. I was fascinated by the people I met and the programs presented. I was hooked.”
“FLA has given me perspective on how policy impacts forestry ownership and my business.”
“The Underlying principles of FLA support all aspects of private forest ownership. They are the premier group being effective in forest ownership.”
“FLA gives us the voice and representation needed to ensure our future.”
“FLA uses sound science and common sense in the arena of conversation policy and market issues for forest landowners”
“No other organization advocates for forest landowner interests at the federal level like FLA”
“The future of private forests’ ownership and their economic viability is bright if we mentor the forestry students that will soon carry the torch. FLA’s Next Generation programs are vital in supporting future forestry leaders.”
“FLA’s programs provide valuable information on the range of management options available to meet objectives for all sizes of forest landowners”
“The most important issues facing forest landowners are regulation and lack of appreciation by the public of our contribution of environmental benefits. FLA is a proven advocate on both of these issues.”
“I have a great affinity for FLA and their representation on developing markets. No one promotes the position of the base of forest landowners better”
“Serving on the FLA Board is a worthwhile cause, it’s the best group in which to share ideas that can make a difference.”
“FLA is important to RMS because of their presence in Washington, DC. I appreciate what FLA means for family forestry ownership, regardless of size.
“As you become older – and wiser, – your appreciation grows and you feel the responsibility of taking care of something that will be passed on for generations. It’s more than just a business.”
“We remained behind the scenes and that hurt us. FLA brings our voice and issues to the forefront speaking for the larger constituency of landowners”
“Serving on the FLA board is a way to give back to an organization that has been instrumental in preserving private property rights.”
“I feel I have a responsibility to participate actively in representing my profession as a consulting forester and the rights of my clients who manage their forest land with a strong stewardship ethic.”
“FLA provides a singular but loud voice to policymakers about what we do, why we do it, and why they should care. They promote us as the true stewards of the forest.”
“I represent families who manage thousands of forest acres. I know FLA has their back in Washington, ensuring their legacy for the future.”
“It is getting harder to pass land to the next generation and FLA helps ensure that legacy for my family.”
“FLA is aligned squarely with the interest of private forest landowners more than any other organization”
“FLA has a strong focus on representing the market aspects of forest ownership. 65% of our sourcing comes from private forests, so we have a vested interest in the success of FLA and it’s members.”
“FLA gives me a voice for forestry stewardship, education, and fellowship connecting me to other landowners.”
“As a member of FLA for over 30 years, it’s an honor to serve on the board. It gives me a chance to give back to the association that serves my interests so well.”
“FLA is at the forefront of representing forest landowners on ESA regulations. They also promote the stewardship and ethics of private forest landowners to corporate and policy decision makers.”
“Roseburg values the work FLA does to represent our interests on both regional and national issues”
“FLA is an expert at managing the regulatory and legislative risks of private forest landowners”
“No other organization has the central purpose to sustain the forest landowner, not just the forest.”
“My family has been involved in FLA since I was a kid. FLA covers all aspects of forest ownership that ensure my family legacy.”
“FLA’s is effective in all areas important to my business, policy, networking, and updates on latest management and market issues.”
“I am a small landowner. I am a small 3rd generation landowner, my grandchildren will be 5th generation. FLA is an organization that is there for the private landowner. They have our best interest in the areas of tax, regulations, and policy in general”
“FLA ensures our forest landowner clients are represented and keeps us informed of the issues that matter most to them.”
“FLA’s track record on advocating for forest landowners private property rights and tax issues is outstanding.”
“Forest landowners ensure healthy working forests and their sustainability for future generations. It is the long term management which enables multiple generations of timber to be harvested from the same ground.”
“A working forest is always changing — it is the growing and harvesting of timber that sustains a healthy forest. What makes a forest sustainable in my view is that it is also renewable.”
I consider it an honor to serve on the FLA Board, it gives me an opportunity to directly support an organization that helps protect our rights as private forest owners. It also serves as a great educational and networking tool to improve the way our family forest ownership operates.
A pressing issue to face forest landowners is the presence of healthy markets, as they allow private landowners opportunities to not only maintain valuable forests that benefit the public in many ways, but also allow for incentives to keep their forests productive and benefit local forest industry.
Family forests have been the backbone of our business since our beginning in 1954. Privately-owned forests are essential to the economy of this country.
The top two policy issues I’d say concern me in regards to forest ownership policy are tax issues, and regulatory issues in relation to farming of trees for private landowners.
When I seek to protect my interests when it comes to forest ownership, I expect FLA to be leading the pack.
FLA’s value can be found in its unified voice, a unique perspective of actual landowners that can at times be watered down in DC.
I value FLA for its role as a grass-roots organization. Most members are landowners voicing their opinions, and I believe this carries great weight with policy makers.
The FLA board is made up of an incredible group of thought leaders in our industry, working on a shared mission of protecting private property. It’s a privilege to be involved.
Through FLA, landowners can receive objective advice from experts and fellow landowners.
I consider markets the most pressing issue to face forest landowners – in Arkansas particularly, we’ve lost many mills and stumpage prices are low.
Most state forestry associations seem to represent the forestry industry rather than the forest landowner. As the name says, the FLA focuses mainly on landowner rights and issues.
So much was accomplished last year. For the near future I’d say Endangered Species Act reform and deductions for casualty losses remains my top priority, and what I hope to see pursued by the FLA.