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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

We're Speaking for You
By MICHAEL DOONER, Florida Forestry Association President

hile the Florida Forestry Association performs many important functions for
its members, advocacy is clearly our top mandate. Whether it be on the local,
state or federal level, the Association remains the leading voice for Florida's forests, foresters and forest industry. This is important for many reasons.
As the largest segment of the second largest industry in the state, forestry's voice
needs to be heard. More specifically, it needs to be heard in solidarity, delivering a unified message on issues that have found common ground among our constituency. No
doubt, there is strength in numbers. We are currently 1,350 strong, with membership
and partnerships with allied groups continuing to grow. Together, we can accomplish
far more than any of us can alone.
Realistically, as members, we need someone to speak for us. We are all busy people
with more than enough on our professional plates. The requirements of our "real" jobs
already put us into overtime on a weekly basis. We simply don't have time to address
the multitude of existing and potential rules, regulations and statutes that are continually thrown our way. 
One of our members recently summed it up nicely as he explained the importance
of membership: "(The Association) has people in Tallahassee watching out for rules
and regulations that may negatively impact our ability to work...I don't have time to do
that, but it's our membership dues, quality staff and volunteer leaders that keep (the
Association) there for us."
On the local level, the Association has recently had success stopping negative regulations in their tracks in multiple areas. Surprisingly, even counties that depend heavily on forestry as an economic driver have proposed anti-forestry regulations. There is
still more work to be done as proposals that would increase costs or limit markets continue to be brought forward.
On the state level, this year we effectively worked with legislators and other ag groups
to obtain funding for the Rural and Family Lands Program. We also defended several
areas within the Florida Forest Service whose budgets had suffered serious cuts. In the
policy arena, the bills we were able to fend off are as noteworthy as the bills we helped
pass. A complete report is included later in this issue of Florida Forests. Never a fan of the
status quo, the Association has formed political action groups across the forested areas
of the state to make us more relevant by elevating our political involvement and profile.
On the federal level, the Association partners with like-minded organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C. Together we are working to protect current provisions
and to propose new provisions in the tax code that are crucial to the forest industry. 
We are also helping to recruit legislative members for the House and Senate Working
Forests Caucuses, which will be incredible resources for educating our representatives
and senators in Washington on forestry issues.  
Florida Forestry Association was founded more than 90 years ago by a group of
visionaries who understood the growing need for a strong, unified voice and for effective advocacy on all levels. I believe that if they could see what their efforts have yielded,
they would be proud of what they started.
We would be remiss if we rested on our laurels, though. The work never ceases.
Your involvement has never been more important. Rest assured, our efforts have never
been greater.  *
Florida Forests 7 Spring/Summer 2017

SURPRISINGLY, EVEN
COUNTIES THAT DEPEND
HEAVILY ON FORESTRY AS
AN ECONOMIC DRIVER
HAVE PROPOSED
ANTI-FORESTRY
REGULATIONS. THERE IS
STILL MORE WORK TO
BE DONE AS PROPOSALS
THAT WOULD INCREASE
COSTS OR LIMIT MARKETS
CONTINUE TO BE
BROUGHT FORWARD.



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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