Forest Resource Assoc. Annual
The FRA’s annual meeting, was held the first week of May in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
One of the highlights for the attendees was a lunch with Mark Rey, Under
Secretary for Natural Resoucres and Environment U.S. Departemnt of Agricluture,
who spoke openly about issues affecting the industry, including the President’s
Healthy Forest Initiative (HFI). Additional support was rallied for the HFI by a
panel of well spoken and motivated men: Bruce Vincent, President for Communities
for a Great Northwest; John Heissenbuttel, vice-president of AF&PA; and Jim
Peterson, Executive Director, Evergreen Foundation. Each spoke out on why it was
vital to stand up and take an active part in support of the HFI. This was a
critical time — before there are more fires, and while there is still a limited
window of opportunity with a supportive administration.
APA Annual Meeting
You can sign up early for the Engineered Wood Association (APA) annual meeting
and Info Fair supplier exhibition, to be held Sept. 13-16 at Loews Coronado Bay
Resort in San Diego, Calif. Information on the Info Fair will be distributed to
prospective exhibitors in March, with overall meeting information mailed to all
members in June. For more information log onto
Logging Associations Speak Out
Against Logging Equipment Excise Tax Fund
Many are aware that last fall the IRS published a proposal eliminating the
exemption of off-road mobile equipment (including log loaders, chippers, and
delimbers) from federal excise taxes). The industry spoke out on February 26 at
an IRS hearing, with representatives from the Forest Resource Association (FRA),
American Loggers Council, Virginia Loggers Association, and American Forest &
Paper Association. Testimony was presented describing the devastating $200
million economic impact that removing the exemption would cause. All members of
the Mobile Machinery Coalition (which includes the FRA) are now raising funds to
present the industry’s point of view to Senate Finance Committee and House Ways
& Means Committee members. The Coalition needs to raise $150,000 to continue the
AF&PA Partners With U.S. Fire
The AF&PA and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) have announced a joint
partnership to develop and distribute information on the performance of
lightweight construction components during fires. Commenting on the new project
R. David Paulison, U.S. Fire Administrator, said, "Each year, firefighters lose
their lives due to building collapse. We are pleased to join with AF&PA in
development of this innovative outreach and educational initiative designed to
better understand building dynamics during fire, and to ultimately create a
safer America for citizens and firefighters."
The Forest Resource Assoc. (FRA) members who own or manage land for hunting
leases can review the Davis-Garvin Agency Hunting Lease Liability Insurance
Program. This pro- gram, which the FRA helped develop, has been in operation for
12 years; over 25 million acres are enrolled. The program provides affordable
insurance even for small holdings, broad policies that reduce the total cost of
administering a lease, and a uniform coverage option for multiple hunting clubs.
If you are interested in the program, the FRA invites you to contact Ed Wilson
at (800) 834-3163, (803) 732-0060, or
email@example.com for more information or for a quote.
Officers Elected to Educate
The California Forest Products Commission board of directors has elected new
officers to help in its mission to educate the public about the environmental
and consumer benefits of forest management. Three new officers have been elected
to one-year terms. John R. Mount has been elected to the position of chairman.
Mount has worked for Southern California Edison for more than 20 years, managing
the company’s 20,000 acres of private land. Jim Brown, vice-president of Simpson
Resource Company, Korbel, has been elected vice-chairman. Under Brown's
leadership, Simpson Resource Company has protected the habitat of sensitive
species on its 450,000 acres of Douglas fir trees and redwoods in California,
while providing the lumber and plywood needed to build homes and offices. And
Pete Himmel, manager of Timber Products Company’s California operations, has
been elected secretary-treasurer.
EPA Selects AF&PA
On April 30 the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) was selected by the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to represent the forest products industry
under the new Sector Strategies Program. "We are pleased to be representing the
forest products industry sector in this new program," said Sharon H. Kneiss,
AF&PA's vice-president for regulatory affairs. She described the sector program
as "a vehicle for obtaining changes in the regulatory system that inhibits our
ability to do more to protect the environment, while, at the same time, reducing
or eliminating regulatory burdens that only get in the way of improvements."
Helping remove regulatory impediments that conflict with the industry's climate
change commitments was cited by AF&PAas an example of an area where the new
program could be of value.
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