FORESTRY 411
STATE LEGISLATIVE REPORT
The Florida legislature concludes Week 4 of its session today. Highlights of the week include action on the budget, BMAPs, BMPs and hemp.

TAX TIPS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS
With April 15 on the horizon, forest owners, foresters, loggers, and timber businesses could benefit from a guide to the applicable federal income tax laws, including the latest tax law changes, for filing 2019 tax returns.

SEASONAL FORECAST
According to the Florida Forest Service seasonal forecast, rainfall woes will likely continue in Northern Florida through March. The northern half of Florida is likely to receive below average rainfall, and temperatures are forecast to remain generally above seasonal norms. In areas that are currently dry—such as Northeastern Florida, the Big Bend, and the Panhandle—this particular forecast could lead to a more significant impact in spring fire activity.

MIT STUDY HIGHLIGHTS BENEFITS OF USING WOOD-BASED BUILDING MATERIALS
In a recently released study done in partnership with Weyerhaeuser, MIT scientists determined that using lumber products instead of cement, iron and steel could significantly cut construction emissions and costs. 

Specifically, researchers determined that the CO2 intensity of lumber production — tons of CO2 emissions per dollar of output — is less than 25 percent of cement, less than 50 percent of iron and steel, and about 20 percent less than fabricated metal products. In other words, substituting wood for other construction materials not only reduces emissions, it also reduces the  cost  of reducing emissions.

2020 Logger of the Year Award
Nominations for Florida's 2020 Logger of the Year Award are now being accepted!

Please RSVP to Krista Harvard --
850.222.5646 or Krista@ForestFla.org.
SESAF ANNUAL MEETING
February 23-25, 2020
Panama City Beach, FL
Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort

"Recovering From The Storm"
Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
February 22, 2020
8 AM-12 PM
Master Logger CLE Workshop
Branford, FL

March 4, 2020
11:30 AM
Membership Meeting
Hal Y. Maines Community Center
Lake Butler, FL

March 18, 2020
11:30 AM
Membership Meeting
Coastal Plywood Company's Magnolia Lodge
Quincy, FL

April 28, 2020
10 AM
Executive Committee Meeting
Lake Butler, FL

June 3-4, 2020
Master Logger 2-Day Training
Gateway College
Lake City, FL


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