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EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK

Recovery Solutions:
Moving Forward

H
REFORESTATION
IS NEEDED TO
ENSURE THE FUTURE
SUSTAINABILITY OF
THE CONSUMING
MILLS, THE LOCAL
ECONOMIES AND
THEIR WAY OF LIFE. 

urricane Michael.
Those two words alone tell a story. Many stories actually.
The first stories they told were of disaster and destruction. With
time, effort and an incredible amount of resilience on the part of those
involved, the stories have shifted, adding hints of hope, of recovery and
rebuilding. In early June, the passage of the federal disaster relief package set the stage for a new chapter to begin.
Before an agreement had been reached, I had the honor of being part
of a panel that testified before Florida's congressional delegation. My fellow panelists included Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, Florida
Farm Bureau President John Hoblick, and Florida Fruit and Vegetable
Association President Mike Joyner.
I shared the impact that Hurricane Michael has had on the forest industry in the Panhandle and the need for immediate relief. I explained that
with the equivalent of 2.5 million log trucks' worth of wood on the ground
as a result of the storm, debris management remains a serious issue for
both reforestation efforts and the mitigation of increased wildfire threats. I
stressed that local economies depend on a healthy and vibrant forest industry. Reforestation is needed to ensure the future sustainability of the consuming mills, the local economies and their way of life. 
And once again I was reminded of what an honor it is to represent an
industry that never backs down from a challenge. As I have worked with
impacted members, the focus has always been on solutions, not problems;
on the importance of moving forward, not looking back; on the communities and the next generations, not themselves.
As we transition into the next phase of recovery, I want to thank the
elected officials who led the charge on state and federal levels, as well
as our members who served as spokesmen and -women for a variety of
media interviews and tours of the disaster zone these past many months.
And I also want to thank our partners at the Florida Forest Service, who
hit the ground running when the storm passed and have not stopped yet.
The story isn't over. There remains a lot more work to do and a lot more
resilience to show. Until the last page is turned and the last word read,
the Association will be here, moving forestry forward in the Panhandle
and across the state.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve. *

Florida Forests 6 Spring/Summer 2019



FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019

Executive Outlook
2019 Legislative Report
Forestry Day at the Capitol
Suppression Challenges in the Panhandle Confirmed
Timber Damage Further Quantified
Community Tree Recovery Program Regrows Panhandle Canopy
Project Learning Tree Brings the Forest to the Kids
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom
Forest Stewardship Program Builds on Partnership and COMMUNICATION
Snapshots
Noteworthy
Products & Services Showcase
Index of Advertisers
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - intro
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - cover1
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - cover2
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 3
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 4
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 5
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Executive Outlook
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 2019 Legislative Report
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 8
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 9
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Forestry Day at the Capitol
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 11
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Suppression Challenges in the Panhandle Confirmed
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 13
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Timber Damage Further Quantified
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 15
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Community Tree Recovery Program Regrows Panhandle Canopy
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 17
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Project Learning Tree Brings the Forest to the Kids
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Florida Agriculture in the Classroom
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 20
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Forest Stewardship Program Builds on Partnership and COMMUNICATION
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 22
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 23
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Snapshots
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Noteworthy
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Products & Services Showcase
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 27
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 28
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - 29
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - Index of Advertisers
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - cover3
FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2019 - cover4
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