Promoting Private Forests


Day 1
30 May 2017

Tax Workshop

Landowners, accountants, foresters, and anyone involved in land management will benefit from this in-depth, day long course. Attendees will learn the latest in the IRS tax code, timber tax planning and preparation techniques, strategies for positioning yourself for the expected economic recovery, and other issues affecting your forestland investment.
Harry Haney
Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr.
Day 2
31 May 2017

The Missing Link: Tracing the Efforts to Make Long Leaf Pine Restoration Workable for Private Forest Landowners

America’s Longleaf Initiative was formed in 2007 with a goal of restoring 8 million acres of longleaf pine back to its native range in 15 years. After 10 years of experience many lessons have been learned, but one barrier still remaining is effectively engaging large private landowners in this initiative. This presents an opportunity for large landowners to inform this process to meet the needs of landowners and conservation initiatives. This will be an interactive session where landowners are encouraged to participate in the discussion about how we can take part in programs that meet their needs and helps them be successful.
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking & Refreshment Break

Private Landowner Roundtable: Perspectives on the Varied Roles our Forests are Asked to Play and How It Impacts The People that Own Them

Populated by private forest landowners this discussion will offer attendees an opportunity to better understand how private forests are managed to serve an array of their owner’s wants and needs. The discussion will explore current landowner attitudes about conservation programs and a frank discussion of the benefits and challenges of incorporating them into their overall management plan.

A Resource in Transition: Surveying the Motivations For and Expectations of the Next Generation of Private Forest Landowners

For the practice of private forest landowning to perpetuate the generation positioned to inherit and carry forward the forest owning legacy must fully embrace the opportunity inherent in owning timberland. That said, different generations are often motivated by different things and may be seeking different outcomes from private forest ownership. This panel will be comprised of individuals who will eventually be called upon to carry the torch of private forest ownership forward who will engage in a discussion about how they hope to shape their own forest legacy and where the points of departure may be from their attitudes and those of their parents and grandparents.
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Lunch Address

Data Keynote: An In-Depth Look at the State of American Forests, Who Owns Them, and How They are Being Managed

Society places significant demands on America’s forests and receives significant benefits, but their ownership picture is not broadly understood. This data-rich presentation will set the table for the conversations that follow by staking out who owns forests in this country, their motivations for ownership and how this impacts their management approaches.


Scott Jones, CEO, Forest Landowners Association
Scott Jones

Keynote Presentation

Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR)

There’s a New Sherriff in Town: Forestry and Private Forest Ownership’s Opportunity and Risk under a Trump Administration

For the first time in nearly a decade there is a new administration in charge in Washington D.C, and this administration promises to be like no other. President Trump touted a platform of common sense regulation reform and tax reform as a means to create jobs to win the election, both of which are key areas of policy focus for the association. This panel will provide the audience with the latest insights into how this fast moving administration is rolling out its policy agenda and how it will most meaningfully impact private forest landowners
Barrett McCall
Alexander Vogel
Scott Jones
Day 3
01 Jun 2017
7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

Devising and Executing a Robust, Well-Considered Forest Management Plan

Forests do not manage themselves and the financial return from a forest asset is tightly correlated to the quality of the management plan. This panel will break down the development and deployment of forest management plans into logical parts and help attendees understand who they should enlist in the development of a plan, how to make decisions about the goals they could and should have for the plan, and the process by which they put the plan into action.
Trip Chavis
Tyler Hill
Thomas Rudd

Understanding How the Endangered Species Act Impacts Property Rights While Tracing the Efforts to Modernize the Policy

A newly installed, reform-minded administration in Washington has rekindled hope that regulations that have become tools to control the land management decisions of private forest landowners might very well be reformed. Already a Senate committee hearing has focused on modernization of the Endangered Species Act and private forest landowners are hopeful the momentum for this reform is maintained. This panel will look at the unfortunate reality of how the ESA diminishes property rights without meaningfully making a positive difference for wildlife.
Lauren Ward
Jacob T. Cremer
Gordon Myers
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking & Refreshment Break

Data Dive: What the Latest Numbers Say about Stumpage Rates, Land Values and Ownership Trends

Thoughtful landowners hoping to better understand the dynamic landscape around them will appreciate this data-rich panel that will explore what we know about who currently owns forests, what that land is worth and what they are getting for their wood when they do harvest. A strong focus will be placed on exploring current trends that are a clear departure from historical norms.
Andy Hartsell
Andy Ferguson

Preparing For and Making the Most of a Timber Sale

The revenue side of a working forest management plan is a timber sale. Unlike row crop agriculture, timber sales are not an annual occurrence and their infrequency demands that forest landowners maximize the revenue opportunity when they do occur. This panel will walk attendees through the process of a timber sale step-by-step, outlining the critical components.
Kris Irwin
Steven Peter
Tom Williams
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Awards Lunch

The How and Why of Responsible Family Forest Succession Planning

Whenever a forest parcel changes hands, there is a risk of fragmentation or conversion to other uses often against the implied wishes of the previous owners. This panel will outline the steps current forest landowners need to take to ensure that the wishes they have for their forest assets after they are gone. The panel will outline the steps to take and the parties to involve to ensure that their wishes are carried out and their legacy of forest ownership is carried forward.
Dally East
Joel Hubbard
Jason Page
David Foil

An Introduction to the Forest Products Markets that Most Significantly Impact Private Forest Landowners

Demand for wood and wood fiber underpins the financial return of owning forests. This panel will offer attendees a comprehensive look at who buys and converts wood as well as the relative trajectory of those foundational markets. Additionally, attention will be given to the price histories in the biggest wood categories as well as a look at today’s most promising emerging markets.
Barrett McCall
Tom Harris
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking & Refreshment Break

Modern Forest Regeneration: Principles and Practice

After a timber sale, the work towards the next timber sale begins almost immediately. How forested areas are prepared for replanting, the science behind seedlings and fertilization and competition control will all be explored in this panel. While panelists will concentrate on the basic concepts of reforestation, experienced landowners hoping to brush up on the latest science will also find value in the content.
Greg Hay
Derek Dougherty
Jason Watson

Silvicultural Practices Being Deployed by Today’s Most Productive Private Forest Landowners

The bedrock of sound forest management is Silviculture. Without this science and its practitioners, forest landowners in the United States would not have been able to meet growing demand for wood while maintaining stable forest inventories for over a century. This panel will explore the latest thinking in silvicultural principles and how today’s most progressive landowners are putting the latest science to work on their property.
Phil Dougherty
Michael Blazier
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Reception in Exhibit Hall

Blue Jeans and Bluegrass

After a busy day it’s time to relax and unwind, Great Smoky Mountain style. Put on your blue jeans and dancing boots and come enjoy some food, drink, and live bluegrass music.
Day 4
02 Jun 2017
7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast in Exhibit Area

Not Your Grandfather’s Timber: What the Future May Hold for the Next Generation of Forest Landowners

For a century, the United States has been a model of sustainable forestry, yielding a stable forest inventory despite massive increases in demand for wood and wood fiber. Private forest landowners have been a huge part of that success story. This panel will offer a forward look at how the forest ownership landscape has and is, changing. How can private forest landowners best position themselves to preserve the opportunities and rewards they’ve enjoyed for another century? This multi-generational panel will take a long view on the science, market growth and advocacy work that lies in front of all forest stakeholders if the next 100 years are to be as prosperous as the last.
David Coyle
Marshall Thomas