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FEATURE Katrina Top 10: Public Policy Advocacy Lessons Learned After Hurricane Disaster BY BRUCE C. ALT EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT MISSISSIPPI FORESTRY ASSOCIATION Bruce C. Alt 1 2 s the “Voice of Forestry” in Mississippi, the Mississippi Forestry Association (MFA) quickly assumed a leading role in organizing the forestry community’s response to the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina on the state’s vast forest resources. In September 2005, and for many months thereafter, MFA members and “friends of forestry” worked to facilitate the maximum amount of timber salvage and resource renewal in order to help landowners recover and continue their long-term investment in forest stewardship. An important part of this overall effort was MFA’s leadership and participation in the public policy process at both the state and federal levels. These Top 10 lessons were derived from MFA’s government affairs efforts and experiences. A Be the preferred provider of information and data. When disaster strikes, do you know where to get accurate information? We relied on the Mississippi Institute of Forest Inventory, the Mississippi Forestry Commission and the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit for early estimates of timber damage, which we then shared immediately with members of Congress, their staffs and state and federal authorities. As a result of finding the most accurate data available, MFA and our sources were recognized as credible by decision makers and the news media, positioning us to be reliable sources of information in the future. Be unified. When disaster strikes, do you have an emergency reference source for all of your important partners? Do you know what their concerns and challenges are? Do you have an information and support system to handle the volume of information and demands, or do you need help from other organizations? Do you already have effective working partnerships with them? Shortly after the storm, MFA facilitated a large and inclusive meeting of the entire Mississippi forestry community that included manufacturers, wood suppliers and professional timber harvesters, landowners and land managers. Our purpose was to share information and to identify challenges, opportunities and resources. We sought to bring all parties to the table and keep them involved and informed. THE CONSULTANT 2008 30

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2008

Executive Director’s Message Mapping the Future of ACF
President’s Message ACF Celebrates 60 Years
Professional Forestry Education: The Present, from a Texas Perspective
The Future of Forestry Education: Will We Prepare Relics or Icons?
Forestry and Consulting: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Carbon – A Forestry Opportunity?
Advocacy – Its Benefits May Come With Frustrations
Katrina Top 10: Public Policy Advocacy Lessons Learned After Hurricane Disaster
‘Mighty Giants’ Details Rich History of American Chestnut Tree
The Cost of Breaking in New Employees
Hiring Practices: Questions You Shouldn’t Ask a Job Applicant
Graduate Forestry Degrees and Consulting Forestry
Taxation and Land Devaluation: An Examination of the Tax Burden on Non-industrial Private Landowners
Forester Licensing: Essential to Guarding the Forestry Profession
Forester Licensing: Not Worth the Effort
ACF Code of Ethics: Canon 15 What You Don’t Say or Do Can Hurt You
Philippe Morgan: European Forestry Consultant Extraordinaire
The Final Word: A Tale of Two Technologies

The Consultant - 2008