FORESTRY 411
COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGE
The Association has created a COVID-19 resource page on our website as a means of keeping the information you need at your fingertips.

In these disruptive times, it is especially important to stay updated and to follow the guidance of local, state, and federal agencies. We have compiled information on applicable legislation, regulations, and programs at all levels, as well as other resources we think will be helpful. The page will be updated continually.


SHELTER IN PLACE/STAY AT HOME ORDERS
Governor Ron DeSantis continues to remain firm on his stance against issuing a statewide Shelter in Place (SHIP) order. Realizing that could change as the pandemic progresses, the Association has been working with his executive office to ensure forestry's designation as a critical industry.



However, local governments are beginning to issue Stay at Home/Safer at Home orders. At this point, there have been no problems with forestry operations in those areas being able to remain operational. The Association will continue to monitor local activity and work with the local governments as needed.



DOT EXPANDS TRUCK WEIGHT ORDER TO INCLUDE FORESTRY
On March 13, the Florida Department of Transportation announced the suspension of truck weights up to 95,000 pounds for divisible loads on any vehicles transporting emergency equipment, services, supplies, and necessary agricultural commodities for the purpose of COVID-19 Public Health emergency response.   We are pleased to share that we have been successful in our efforts to expand the order and timber is now included as a necessary ag commodity.


DOR EXTENDS PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE
The Florida Department of Revenue is giving Floridians more than two extra weeks to pay their property taxes as the state deals with the effects of the COVID-19 virus.


IRS, TREASURY EXTEND TAX DEADLINE
The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.



U.S DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT
The U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.

Learn more about FFCRA. (Please note that we have been advised #15 and #37 might be of special interest.)

COVID-19 STIMULUS PACKAGE
Our colleagues at the Forest Resources Association have provided an excellent summary of the COVID-19 Stimulus Package.

REMINDER: EFRP FILING DEADLINE APRIL 30
T he Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) helps the owners of non-industrial private forests restore forest health damaged by natural disasters. The EFRP does this by authorizing payments to owners of private forests to restore disaster damaged forests.

The sign-up deadline for those impacted by Hurricane Michael is April 30, 2020.

2020 LOGGER OF THE YEAR AWARD: NOMINATION DEADLINE APPROACHING
Nominations for Florida's 2020 Logger of the Year Award are currently being accepted! The deadline for submission is  March 31, 2020 .

REMINDER: CDL DRUG AND ALCOHOL CLEARINGHOUSE
Logging Industry - Have you signed up for the CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?

Since January 6, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun requiring all CDL holders and companies who employ them to register themselves with the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. This clearinghouse was created in order to reduce the number of CDL drivers with a drug/alcohol violation who are operating in a different state than they are currently employed. 

Employers are required to run a check on all employees prior to the close of 2020 and all drivers must be registered in order to have a check run.  Drivers and employers can learn more and register here .

Please let us know if you have questions and thank you for all you do!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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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