FORESTRY 411
FEDERAL DISASTER AID PACKAGE PASSES

On Monday, June 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the long-delayed disaster recovery package that will send $19.1 billion to states and territories hit by flooding, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters in recent months.

A highlight of the package for the forest industry is $480 million through the Emergency Forest Restoration Program to private landowners for debris removal and replanting. The USDA has also been given $3 billion in block grants to cover producers' net exposure to losses. The distribution of these funds to impacted areas across the nation has not yet been decided.

The disaster aid package now goes to President Donald Trump, who has previously indicated his support.

Many thanks to Florida's congressional delegation and to Commissioner Nikki Fried for their leadership on this vital issue.




FOREST RECOVERY ACT BILL INTRODUCED IN U.S. SENATE

The Forest Recovery Act legislation which would allow any individual or business growing trees with the intent of selling them to deduct up to the fair market value lost as a result of a catastrophic event, such as a hurricane or fire, was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week (S.1687).

The House version of the bill (H.R. 2607) was introduced earlier this year.

Many thanks to Representatives Neal Dunn, John Rutherford and Ted Yoho and Senator Marco Rubio for cosponsoring this important legislation!
POSITION AVAILABLE

With Mike Branch's impending retirement, the Association is currently accepting applications for a Director of Forestry & Regulatory Affairs.

ANNUAL MEETING & TRADE SHOW 2019:
"FOREST STRONG"

We are excited about our upcoming Annual Meeting! We hope you will join us August 20-22 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on the breathtaking Emerald Coast! We have a great line-up of speakers and networking events. You also don't want to miss the state's largest forestry trade show, which is held in conjunction with our Annual Meeting each year.

Sponsorships and exhibit spaces are still available. Contact Whitney Hough for details.

A FORESTER'S PERSPECTIVE ON THE LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT PLAN

The American Forest Foundation's newly released blog post on the Landscape Management Plan features an interview with Association member Greg Marshall of the Florida Forest Service and the Florida Tree Farm Program.

"This year we are focused on training more foresters, both county, and consulting foresters. We hope that the more people hear about it, its credibility and the efficiencies it is creating, the more foresters will begin using it to engage more landowners in enrollment in the Tree Farm and Forest Stewardship programs." -- Greg Marshall

FORESTRY FORWARD
Forestry Forward, the Association's leadership development program, is currently accepting applications for its next class, which starts in October.

This program is a great opportunity for learning about different aspects of the forest industry, meeting industry leaders and becoming more involved in the Association.

FOREST STRONG MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN
The Association's Forest Strong Membership campaign has begun! The stronger we are, the stronger YOU are! (Also, the top recruiter has a choice between two great prizes!)

WANT MORE BUCKS?
 Saving money is always a good thing!

Partnering with Outdoor Underwriters, Inc., the Association offers our members special reduced rates for liability insurance for hunting leases and timberland.
 
Click here for details  or contact Mike Branch (850.222.5646 or  Mike@ForestFla.org ).
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
June 5-6, 2019
8 AM (EDT)
Master Logger 2-Day Training
Lake City, FL

July 16, 2019
10 AM (EDT)
Executive Committee Meeting
Location TBA

July 18, 2019
8 AM (CDT)
Master Logger CLE Training
DeFuniak Springs, FL

August 20-22, 2019
Annual Meeting
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Miramar Beach, FL

August 21, 2019
4 PM (CDT)
Board of Directors Meeting
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Miramar Beach, FL

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