Promoting Private Forests

Agenda

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

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.

Opportunities to Align the Public Good with Private Enterprise and Property Rights in America’s Working Forests

Privately owned forests can and do deliver public benefits, but the preservation of private property rights and the economic rewards of forest ownership must be preserved if the cycle is to continue. This panel will explore pathways to preserve this delicate balance and expand upon existing successes.
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.
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Lunch Address

Making it Work: Identifying and Overcoming the Challenges in Habitat Restoration Projects on Active Working Forests

For any significant habitat or ecosystem restoration effort to achieve scale private, family owners must embrace it broadly. Habitat restoration and the preservation of property rights and economic opportunity need not be mutually exclusive. This panel will provide attendees with pathways and case studies of instances where conservation goals and the management objectives of landowners were in synch and ways to replicate them.

Welcome

Scott Jones, CEO, Forest Landowners Association

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
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
John Pait

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.
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.

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