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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The State Death Tax

Though the federal estate tax exemption rose to $5.34 million in 2014, a number of states retain much lower thresholds that can hit forest landowner estates hard. Don’t fail to account for state...

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Endangered Species Reform

The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) has long been one of the major flash points in debates over government interference with property rights.

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Tax Reform Threatens to Eliminates Key Timber Tax Provisions

Family forest owners and stakeholders OPPOSE timber proposals included potential tax reform legislation.

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CWA Proposed Rule Expands Federal Jurisdiction Over Streams and Wetlands

The proposed rule would redefine the scope of federal power giving the Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction over almost all physical areas with a connection to downstream navigable waters...

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Adopting Policy for Forest Bioenergy That Recognizes Carbon Benefits of Forests.

 

Specifically urging the U. S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to amend the greenhouse gas Tailoring Rule to fully recognize the carbon benefits of forest bioenergy.

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