We’d like to share some insight and information about an association that has toiled in the trenches for private forest landowners for more than 75 years. We are delighted to be associated with this group, and encourage our readers who are forest landowners or have an interest in the health and well-being of private forestland in the USA to consider membership in this fine organization.
The Forest Landowners Association (www.forestlandowners.com) was founded as the “Forest Farmers Association” in 1941 in Jacksonville, Florida, by a group of timberland owners who wanted a stronger voice in matters affecting their business. The 1940s, like today, was a time when the best interests of timberland owners were threatened by unfavorable legislative action. Since then FLA has grown into a vocal advocacy group, providing collective muscle behind the voices of forest landowners who provide us with a wealth of natural resources (wood, water, wildlife, clean air, recreation) across the United States.
Forest Landowners Association (FLA) membership is diverse, consisting of small non-industrial private landowners, large institutional forestland investors, industrial forestry organizations, consulting foresters, lenders, and academics – anyone with a stake in the health of America’s private forests. The Association provides a variety of ways for its members to share concerns and core values, and is especially active in legislative issues that affect forestry and the forest landowner.