FORESTRY 411
CALL TO ACTION!
TIMBER SALVAGE INCOME
DEDUCTIONS ON EFRP PAYMENTS

The USDA wants to deduct timber salvage income from Emergency Forest Restoration Program payments for impacted landowners in the path of Hurricane Michael. We have contacted USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to express our concerns, and we encourage you to join us in that effort.

A decision is expected next week, so it is vital that we take action immediately!

We have created a sample letter that you can use as a guide and personalize or you can, of course, write your own. Read our sample letter here.

Click here to email your completed letter to our communications director, Lee Ann Fisch. We will forward all the letters we receive to Congressman Neal Dunn's office, who will then convey them to Secretary Perdue.

Please send your letters to Lee Ann by noon on Tuesday, February 25.
STATE LEGISLATIVE REPORT
The Florida legislature concludes Week 6 of its session today. Lobbyist Jim Spratt says that a t this point, there are a couple of policy issues which need to work themselves out in order for the Senate and House to sit down and negotiate a final budget. 


CHINA ENCOURAGES TARIFF EXCLUSION REQUESTS
Our partners at the American Forest & Paper Association report that China’s Customs Tariff Commission announced on Wednesday that it would expedite the acceptance of applications for tariff exclusions on a range of imported products from the U.S.

These exclusions include dissolving wood pulp, bleached chemical softwood pulp, recovered paper, unbleached kraft linerboard, clay coated free sheet paper in rolls, clay coated bleached paperboard and resin coated bleached paperboard weighing more than 150g/m2.

According to the notice, relevant Chinese enterprises can apply for tariff exclusions to the Customs Tariff Commission as of March 2, 2020.
SUSTA TO HOST YELLOW PINE INBOUND TRADE MISSION
The Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) has been awarded funding to support Southern yellow pine companies. SUSTA hosted buyers from China, India, and Vietnam in December and found these events to be very successful for the states involved.

SUSTA is currently planning another inbound trade mission and has asked if any of our members are interested in participating.

Interested parties should contact Deb May or Whitney Lett with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Marketing and Development Division (Phone -- 850.617.7333) for more information by Tuesday, February 25.
TRILLION TREES LEGISLATION FILED IN U.S. HOUSE
Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) has introduced the  Trillion Trees Act   (HR 5859), legislation that supports the U.N. Initiative to plant one trillion trees globally by 2050.

The bill calls for planting more trees in the U.S., incentivizing the use of wood products to store carbon, improving carbon storage through active forest management, and directing the EPA to establish policies reflecting the carbon neutrality of biomass. It also directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish targets for increased wood growth on domestic forests and create a reforestation task group that will advise the Secretary on wood growth targets.

JENKINS HONORED BY FWC
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) honored Association member Bob Jenkins as the 2020 Florida Land Steward Landowner of the Year at its meeting this week in Tallahassee

Jenkins is the owner and manager of Jenkins Millview Trace, a 600-acre tract of land in western Escambia County. A lifelong land steward, Jenkins has made great strides in restoring his family's forest property, making it an exceptional location for wildlife, education and outdoor recreation.
 
“Private working lands are vital to Florida’s wildlife, and no one knows these properties like the landowners who manage them,” said Jennifer Goff, director of the FWC’s Office of Conservation Planning Services. “Without dedicated landowners like Mr. Jenkins, we wouldn’t have the natural resources that make Florida such a special place. We are truly grateful for his efforts.” 

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 .

Please note: RSVP deadline for the March 4 event is
Monday, February 24!
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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