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Malone Buchanan (l) with a legislative assistant to Rep. Trent Kelly
(R-MS 1st District)

Specifically, participants asked their representatives
to:
* Pass a disaster aid package  - Last year alone, more
than 17,000 family forest owners were affected,
and 5 million acres were damaged or destroyed by
Hurricanes Florence and Michael. With an estimated
$2 billion in timber loss, these landowners are still
struggling to find the resources they need to restore
their woodlands to health. By helping family forest
owners to recover after these natural disasters, we
can help them restore these lands to healthy forests,
support local economies, and make sure that these
forests can continue supporting essential species
and providing clean water to local communities.

Dora Woods (left) and Sequoyah Browning (right) with
Sen. John Boozman (R-AR).

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* Pass the Forest Recovery Act  - House bill H.R. 1444
was reintroduced by Representative Buddy Carter
(R-GA 1st District) and will soon be introduced in
the Senate by Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS).
Many Fly-In attendees brought this tax bill up in
their meetings in hopes that their representatives
would understand the importance of this legislation
and would co-sponsor it. The bill specifically allows
forest owners who grow timber for the purposes of
sale to deduct from their taxes the full value of the
timber at the time of the loss. Under current law, the
landowner is only allowed to deduct the adjusted
basis value of the timber, which is oftentimes only a
fraction of the stands current value. This discounts
the time - in many instances decades - and work the
landowner has invested to bring the healthy stand to
market.
* Support markets for wood products by asking
congressional members to support $25 million in
funding for the Community Wood Energy/Innovation
Program and $7.8 million for Wood Innovation
Grants. - In order to increase markets for wood
products, we must increase the demand. Growing
these markets continues to help family forest owners
afford the good stewardship needed to protect
habitat, improve water quality, plant trees and more.
It is essential to develop new and expand existing
markets, so that wood can continue to support
private landowners.
* Increase funding for the Landscape Scale
Restoration Program to $20 million - To successfully
protect America's forests, we must work across
multiple ownership to tackle landscape-wide issues
such as wildfire, at-risk wildlife, species decline such
as white oak, and sources of sustainably grown
wood to mills. Through the newly improved LSR
program, we will be able to see measurable results
like clean drinking water and species conservation.
* Provide $30 million towards Farming Opportunities
Training and Outreach Program - One program that
would specifically benefit from this funding is the
Sustainable Forestry and African American Land
Retention (SFLR) program. With the increase in
available resources, SFLR would be able to continue
their work to increase the profitability and value of
African American owned forests and promote forest
retention in this population.
AFF would like to thank all those who participated in
the week's events. Strong policies for family woodland
owners and forest conservation would not be possible
without the voices of Tree Farmers and forest owners
on Capitol Hill. To keep up to date with ongoing forest
policy issues, visit www.forestfoundation.org/action b
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Overstory
Foresets and Families
Forest Interactions
The Family Forest Carbon Program
2019 Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced
Tree Farmers Visit Washington to Advocate for Family Forest Interests
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