FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 6

EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK

Advocating for Forestry
By ALAN SHELBY, Florida Forestry Association Executive Vice President

T

he Florida Forestry Association serves our membership in many ways, but
advocacy remains the heart of our mission. This issue of Florida Forests features several aspects of the way the Association and our members represent
the forest community in a variety of circles of influence.

Our advocacy efforts are most recognized on the state level. In this issue,
we provide highlights of the 2017 legislative session, including photos from our
annual Forestry Day at the Capitol. We are grateful for our leaders who faithfully
visit Tallahassee each session to meet with their legislators. We are also excited to
introduce our Political Action Regional Groups. Coupled with fundraising efforts
for TREEPAC, the Association's political action committee, these groups will help
further strengthen our political profile and increase our relevance within the legislative arena. We are truly "Putting the Action in Political Action."
"Taxing Matters" highlights some of our work at the federal level as well.
Association board member John Alter explains tax code provisions, their effects on
Tree Farmers and what they can - and cannot - do on their operations. Best of all,
he explains it in such a way that you don't have to be a tax attorney to understand.
Speaking of our members, this issue also highlights two members who have
recently been acknowledged for their advocacy efforts and contributions to the
forest industry in pretty spectacular ways: Mr. William Cook, with his induction
into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame; and Lynetta Usher Griner, with her invitation to participate in a select farmers roundtable at the White House, where she
met with both President Donald Trump and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
Another benefit we provide our members is our affiliation with great partners. Included high on that list are the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and
Conservation (SFRC) and the Florida Forest Service. In this issue, we are happy
to introduce Dr. Red Baker, the new SFRC director, and State Forester Jim Karels
reports on the wildland fires that have flamed across Florida this year.
We close with "Snapshots," highlighting the very best asset the Association has
to offer: our members. The pictures included here were taken at the three membership meetings we held in March.
As always, it is an honor to work for an association whose membership represents its industry so well. Thank you for the opportunity. *

Florida Forests 6 Spring/Summer 2017

WE ARE GRATEFUL
FOR OUR LEADERS
WHO FAITHFULLY VISIT
TALLAHASSEE EACH
SESSION TO MEET WITH
THEIR LEGISLATORS.
WE ARE ALSO EXCITED
TO INTRODUCE OUR
POLITICAL ACTION
REGIONAL GROUPS...
THESE GROUPS WILL HELP
FURTHER STRENGTHEN
OUR POLITICAL PROFILE
AND INCREASE OUR
RELEVANCE WITHIN THE
LEGISLATIVE ARENA.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017

Executive Outlook
President’s Message
Wildland Fires on the Rise
William Cook Inducted Into AG Hall of Fame
2017 Legislative Report
Forestry Day at the Capitol
Putting the Action in Political Action
Taxing Matters
An Audience With the President
2017 Florida Southern Pine Beetle Forecast
UF Sfrc Welcomes Terrell Baker
Snapshots
Products & Services Marketplace
Index of Advertisers/ advertisers.com
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - Intro
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - cover1
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - cover2
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 3
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 4
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 5
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - Executive Outlook
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - President’s Message
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 8
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - Wildland Fires on the Rise
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - William Cook Inducted Into AG Hall of Fame
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 11
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 2017 Legislative Report
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 13
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - Forestry Day at the Capitol
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - Putting the Action in Political Action
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 16
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - Taxing Matters
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 18
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - An Audience With the President
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 20
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 2017 Florida Southern Pine Beetle Forecast
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 22
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - UF Sfrc Welcomes Terrell Baker
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - Snapshots
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 25
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 26
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 27
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - Products & Services Marketplace
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - 29
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers/ advertisers.com
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