Issues

To sustain private working forests, we must sustain the people who own them.

Every year, Congress considers legislation with the potential to enhance or diminish private forest landowners ability to own and manage their land. Additionally, regulatory constraints imposed by federal and state governments hinder forest landowner incentives, discourage industry growth, and drive some landowners to abandon forestry for economic survival by selling their land for development. Viable markets and reasonable regulations are fundamental to sustaining private forests, forestry-related jobs and forest stewardship.

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Memo warns of 'fatal' flaws in WOTUS rule

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 - Internal documents released by a House committee show the Army Corps of Engineers questioning the legal and technical basis for the Obama administration's Clean Water...

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Inhofe asks Corps to confirm lack of support for WOTUS rule

July 29, 2015—On July 27, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a letter to Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works...

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Forest America – We are the real owners and stewards of America’s private forests

Welcome to Forest America, an initiative among family forest landowners, as well as those engaged in all aspects of private forests. Forest America is committed to informing policy makers, the...

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EPA’s Critics on Bioenergy Aren’t Seeing the Forest For the Trees

The Washington Post last week published an editorial questioning the EPA’s direction on new rules that would provide credits for alternative energy sources, including bioenergy and the use of wood...

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International Day of the Forests 2015 — An Invitation for Real Sustainable Policies

March 21 is International Day of the Forests, established by the United Nations in 2012. The day celebrates and raises awareness with events around the world to recognize how important the planet’...

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Good News About Wood

It may seem obvious, especially coming from people who are the caretakers of America’s private forests, but wood is good—good for the environment, as a component in new houses and as a...

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Death Tax Kills Family Forests

For the first time in a decade, the House is set this week to vote on a bipartisan bill to repeal the Federal estate tax. This has been a priority legislative issue for Forest America’s Caretakers...

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The Proposed Listing of the Black Pinesnake as Threatened Under the ESA

The US. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is proposing to list the black pinesnake (BPS) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with a proposed section 4(d) rule. This ruling is...

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FWS Designates NLEB as Threatened, Rather Than Endangered

On April 2, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it would be listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened, rather than endangered, as it had initially proposed in...

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EPA's Policy Direction on Biomass Carbon Emissions is a Step in the Right Direction but Uncertainty Remains

The EPA has taken a step in the right direction, but it is not a win for forestry yet.  The new draft accounting framework and guidance memo released shows EPA recognizes the overall...

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