FORESTRY 411
SECRETARY PERDUE TOURS HURRICANE DAMAGE
United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited Bristol on Friday to take a helicopter tour with the Florida Forest Service of areas impacted by Hurricane Michael and to hold a listening session.

The participating group was small due to space restrictions but represented a broad spectrum of small and large landowners and mill representatives from Florida and Georgia. The discussion centered on the damages they incurred, challenges they are facing and ways that the United States Department of Agriculture can help.

"It was a productive time together and demonstrates the commitment to the recovery effort," said Florida Forestry Association Executive Vice President Alan Shelby. "In a lot of ways, the extent of the damage needs to be seen to be truly understood. We appreciate the involvement of Secretary Perdue, Congressman Neal Dunn and Senator Bill Montford in the recovery process and look forward to continuing our work together."
USFS CASUALTY LOSS WEBINAR
Timber or landscape trees destroyed by fires, hurricanes or other storms are “casualty losses” that may allow the property owners to take a deduction on their federal income tax returns. To help timberland owners who suffered timber damages with their tax reporting, the United States Forest Service is hosting a webinar on December 7, 2018, at 1 PM Eastern, focusing on the new tax law changes that Congress passed in 2017 that affect the casualty loss deductions starting in the 2018 tax year.

Please visit the hurricane recovery resources page on our website by clicking the button below to see all the latest information regarding the hurricane and recovery.
EMERALD ASH BORER
In just 20 years, the emerald ash borer has caused the largest tree-death event on the American continent. It has now established in North Georgia and is spreading south. Jiri Hulcr of the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the Florida Forest Service worked together with  Untamed Science  to make a short and fun movie about what this means for Florida.

ASSOCIATION WELCOMES ITS NEWEST TEAM MEMBER
Say hello to the newest addition to the Association team!

Palmer Kate Hough, daughter of proud parents Whitney and Jason, made her much-anticipated arrival on November 7, 2018 -- 20.25 inches long and 8 lbs and 11 oz strong!

According to her unbiased mom, she is absolutely perfect. We could not agree more!!!
HUNTING FOR A WAY TO SAVE MONEY?
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
December 6, 2018
8 AM*
Lake City, FL

December 13, 2018
8 AM*
Blountstown, FL

January 22, 2019
10 AM*
Executive Committee Meeting
Location TBD

March 6-7, 2019
Forestry at the Capitol Events & Board Meeting
Tallahassee, FL

April 30, 2019
10 AM*
Executive Committee Meeting
Location TBD

August 20-22, 2019
Annual Meeting
Sheraton Bay Point Resort
Panama City Beach, FL

*Local times