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legislators and helping them see how specific issues
impact their districts. The state programs of the
American Tree Farm System are a key piece of this
grassroots advocacy effort.
At the national level, the American Forest Foundation
(AFF) is ensuring family forest owner voices are heard
by ensuring policy makers understand the impact of
the damage caused by recent hurricanes, flooding,
and wildfires. This is important in working with the
Administration and Congress to advocate for solutions
that assist landowners recover and restore their woods.
Many of the American Forest Foundation's conservation
programs and American Tree Farm System members
are in areas that were hit by these disasters, which
means this relief can be put to work more quickly in
landscapes where landowners are already engaged
with AFF, in collaboration with state forestry agency and
other local partners.
In addition to being the voice of family forest owners in
Washington, D.C., AFF has organized a coalition to build
broad forest and conservation support for forest policy
priorities in disaster funding and policies - particularly in
cases of hurricanes and wildfire. This coalition includes
25 forest and conservation groups representing all
aspects of the forest sector, including forest owners,
conservationists, hunters, anglers, forest industry and
natural resource professionals.
In a letter to key representatives on the House and
Senate Committees on Appropriations, the coalition
highlighted the impact of Hurricanes Florence and
Michael on landowners in the South to illustrate the
extent of the damage and the ramifications on the
economy and the ecosystems in this region:
"The extensive effects of recent hurricanes
Florence and Michael are being felt by many
forest landowners. According to initial estimates,
Hurricane Michael damaged or destroyed more
than 2,360,000 forested acres in Georgia, more
than 2,800,000 forested acres in Florida, and more
than 42,000 forested acres in Alabama. Hurricane
Florence damaged more than 1,200,000 forested
acres in North Carolina with additional damage in
other Atlantic coastal states. With the estimated
economic losses from the forest destruction

STEPHEN LLOYD.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LAURA BOSWORTH.

of Hurricane Michael alone totaling an estimated
$2,071,622,712, landowners of all forest ownership
types are facing significant financial barriers to
addressing the vital restoration efforts which must
be undertaken.
While properly managed forests are highly resilient,
if left in a damaged state, they will face significant
threats, including those from invasive species and
wildfires. As the wood basket of the nation and the
world, restoration of Southern forests is of critical
concern.
We respectfully ask that you recognize the pivotal
nature of Southern forests in the hurricane recovery
process, and include the following solutions to
empower landowners and ensure economic and
infrastructural forestry losses are minimized:

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Woodland - Spring 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Spring 2019

Overstory
Forest Interactions Seedlings
Forests and Families
Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
Tools and Resources
Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Overstory
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forest Interactions Seedlings
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forests and Families
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - ‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
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