Property Rights

Property rights continue to be a difficult issue in maintaining the health and sustainability of America’s workng forests. Sound conservation practices go hand-in-hand with respecting and protecting essential property rights for caretakers of the land. This section highlights policy initiatives that impact property rights, and actions needed to take to address those issues.

ESA Bills Move in Congress; RCW 5 Year Assessment Underway

ESA Bills Move in Congress; RCW 5 Year Assessment Underway

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.

FLA Submits Comments on Administration’s Proposed Regulatory Rollback

FLA Submits Comments on Administration’s Proposed Regulatory Rollback

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.

Weyerhaeuser vs USFWS: Private Property, the ESA, and the Supreme Court

Weyerhaeuser vs USFWS: Private Property, the ESA, and the Supreme Court

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.

Significant ESA Rollbacks in Motion

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...

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.

The Proposed Listing of the Black Pinesnake as Threatened Under the ESA

The Proposed Listing of the Black Pinesnake as Threatened Under the ESA

The US. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is proposing to list the black pinesnake (BPS) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with a proposed section 4(d) rule. This ruling is vital to forestry stakeholders because it has the potential to set a precedent on forestry management restrictions not only for the BPS, but for all future ESA listings as well.

FWS Designates NLEB as Threatened, Rather Than Endangered

FWS Designates NLEB as Threatened, Rather Than Endangered

On April 2, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it would be listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened, rather than endangered, as it had initially proposed in October of 2013. The listing gives the bat new protections but does not enforce all of the requirements that would have been relevant had the bat been listed as endangered.

The US Fish & Wildlife Service designated the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) a threatened species, but attached an interim special rule that it states removes uncalled-for regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies, and others in the bat’s multistate range. The listing is seen by some as FWS’s most restrictive designation to date with the potential to affect a number of US industries, including forestry.

Both the interim rule and the final rule regarding the bat’s status will take effect May 4, 2015.

Endangered Species Reform

Endangered Species Reform

The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) has long been one of the major flash points in debates over government interference with property rights.