Promoting Private Forests

Family Forest Business Conference Agenda 2019

Day 1
18 Jun 2019

Tax Workshop 2019

Make sure you are getting the Most Out of the new tax code; Attend the Tax Workshop at the FLA Family Forest Business Conference 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 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. There is an additional fee of $350 to attend the tax workshop.
Harry Haney
Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr.
Day 2
19 Jun 2019

Keynote Presentation

Brooks Mendell

West to East: Why Timberland in the Southeast is Drawing Attention from Western Investors

Increasingly institutional timber investors operating in the West and Northwest are making land acquisitions in the Southeast. Running in parallel is the trend of diminishing forest products conversion assets in the West and persistent and growing fire risk in the region. This discussion will explore which of these factors or others is most responsible for this growing trend and will be populated with western investors actively involved in Southeastern forestland markets.
Rhett Rogers
Scott Folk

Plenary Discussion:

Moderator: Brooks Mendell, President, Forisk Consulting
Brooks Mendell
Day 3
20 Jun 2019

Landowner Roundtable: A Conversation about the Motivations for Landowning and the Opportunities and Challenges Facing Today’s Forest Owners

Roundtable discussions featuring the perspectives of other landowners has become a bit of a tradition at the National Conference of Private Forest Landowners. These panels offer attendees the opportunity to look at forest management concepts, ownership strategies, succession planning and the health of forest products markets from a different perspective. Moderated by Pete Williams, editor of Forest Landowner Magazine this panel promises a rich and varied deep dive into the opportunities and challenges confronting landowners today.
Michael Crowell
Alexandra Richman
Andy Barrs
William Van Devender, Jr.

Gaining Ground: What Some Recent Wins Tell Us About the Trajectory of Property Rights Work for Private Forest Landowners

Candidate Donald Trump generated incredible momentum in the primaries and general election by promising to attack the culture of over-regulation that overtaken federal policy once elected. Now, two years into his administration private forest landowners are beginning to see those commitments impact their operations. Focusing primarily on the preservation of property rights, this panel will look at some recent legal wins the sector has had under the Trump administration and the work yet to be done to free private forest landowners from the encumbrances created by the misguided application of federal policies like the Endangered Species Act. Moderator: Dr. Lauren Ward
Greg Corbin
Dr. Lauren Ward

Track 2 – Mass Timber: A Close Look at the Forest Product Sector’s Hottest New Innovation and It’s Potential Market Impact

The momentum behind mass timber and cross-laminated timber is palpable. Architects love the product’s look, its structural qualities and the efficiencies it brings to construction projects. Its steep growth trajectory continues to stoke interest from wood converters across North America and the roster of sawmills investing in the required infrastructure to produce mass timber components is growing. This panel will take a close look at the product, how it is manufactured, the wood species used and whether the segment’s scope and scale will by itself generate appreciable new timber demand.
Jason Reynolds

Track 1 – Reviewing the FLA’s Ongoing Efforts to Educate and Advocate for Private Forest Landowners with Federal Agencies and Policymakers

As frustrating as it can be to see an inaccurate and uninformed picture of private forest landowners painted in the public domain, willfully ignoring this reality is not a practical strategy. The good news is that the association long ago recognized the importance of not allowing our narrative to be shaped by those ignorant of or openly hostile to private forest landowners. Populated by FLA staff, this panel will offer the audience a close look at the work the association is doing to ensure that policy makers, federal agencies, NGOs and the general public understand the critical role private forest landowners are playing in the sustainable preservation of this country’s working forests.
Dr. Lauren Ward

Track 1 – Revenue Diversification: The Non-Timber Income Opportunities You Can’t Afford to Ignore.

Most private forest landowners understand that there are revenue opportunities available to them outside of timber sales but keeping up with the opportunities and what is required to participate can be challenging. Populated by professionals charged with maximizing alternative revenue streams from forest tracts this panel will offer attendees a chance to refresh their understanding of how else they might leverage their property for economic benefit. Attention will be paid to mitigation and conservation banks, carbon offsets, mineral rights and opportunities in solar power and wind energy.
Don Warden

Track 2 – Sustaining Forests and The Families that own Them through multiple Generations.

Families and the forests they own have a symbiotic relationship forged by consistent management through multiple generations. Supported by strong and growing markets, these large-scale family forest businesses have honored their legacy while preparing for the future. What can be learned from their experience, and what more can be done to strengthen the family/forest relationship? This panel features the results of a recent nationwide multi-family study that explored best practices from these families and the forest businesses they run. The results of the study will be shared followed by a discussion with representatives of some of the participating families.
David Hall
Chuck Henderson
Day 4
21 Jun 2019