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Go Site-Seeing! www.FloridaForest.org Leading By Example Executive Outlook By Alan Shelby FFA Executive Vice President E ntire libraries could be filled with all the books that have been written about leadership. From the beginning of time, it seems that people have philosophized over the best ways to lead families, industries, nations and everything in between. I personally believe the best way to lead is by example. I'm not alone in that. Recently, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam announced that FFA President Lynetta Usher Griner had been selected as the 2013 Woman of the Year in Agriculture. Putnam noted Lynetta's success in leadership, business, service and stewardship as a testament to her commitment to a better Florida. Actions, after all, speak much louder than words. The current class of FFA's leadership group, Forestry Forward, will be able to experience this philosophy firsthand this year. Their agenda includes exposure to some of the best and brightest in the industry. Not only will they be able to network with our own Association leadership, but they will also learn from the heads of member businesses. It is our hope that they themselves will one day take leadership roles and keep the cycle going. FFA members met with our state leaders during the legislative session to discuss the Association's priority issues. While leadership does require action, sometimes a great deal of dialogue is needed as well. We were very fortunate to be able to meet with representatives and senators from members' districts and with the House Speaker Designate, Rep. Steve Crisafulli. While in Tallahassee, FFA leaders also took the opportunity to meet with environmental advocates and governmental officials for the  Working Forests Partners roundtable discussion and reception. By working together to find common ground, we can lead the way to stronger consensus and create new allies in the effort to keep working forests working. Leadership in collaborative efforts often yields the fulfillment of a shared vision, as demonstrated by the construction of the new Austin Cary Forest Learning Center at the University of Florida. We are very proud of the unity shown by the forest industry in this important endeavor. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with so many excellent leaders in the Association. I strive every day to follow their example as FFA continues to lead the way in advocacy and education for the forest industry in Florida. Thank you for all you do. By working together to find common ground, we can lead the way to stronger consensus and create new allies in the effort to keep working forests working. Florida Forests 7 Spring/Summer 2014 http://www.FloridaForest.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2014

Executive Outlook
Woman of the Year in Agriculture
Leading Forestry Forward
Advocating for You
Teamwork: The Forestry Community Develops the New Austin Cary Forest Learning Center
Snapshots: Membership Matters
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FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2014