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. There is an additional fee of $350 to attend the tax workshop.
Noted forest products and timber markets observer and industry consultant Brooks Mendell, CEO of Forisk Consulting will open the 2019 Family Forest Business Conference with a keynote presentation rooted in his ongoing market research. Mendell will offer a thoughtful look at the market dynamics driving timber and forest products markets and what they mean for private forest landowners. Mendell will offer attendees his observations on the similarities and differences in the major timber markets in the United States. What do recent investments in the Southeast in acreage and conversion infrastructure mean for private forest landowners there? Mendell’s discussion promises to deliver to attendees a comprehensive analysis of the trends and marketplace dynamics that impact both the timber prices and land values so important to the financial well-being of their forest investments.
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.
Roundtable discussions featuring the perspectives of other landowners has become a tradition at the Family Forest Business Conference. This panel looks at forest management concepts, ownership strategies, succession planning and the health of forest products markets from different perspectives. 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.
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
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.
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.
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 timberland sales, mitigation and conservation banks, carbon offsets, mineral rights and opportunities in solar power and wind energy.
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.
8:30 AM Depart hotel 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Public Lands vs. Private Forestland Management Practices and Challenges: Speakers: Staff of California Forestry Association, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Chantz Joyce, American Forest Foundation – Fire Fuel Practices and Widelife/Urban Interface – Cap and Trade Program and landowner incentive funding – Markets – CFIP 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Loyalton Biomass Power Plant Tour (approx. 1 hr from Squaw Creek) Speakers: Jim Turner – Facility Operations near Lake Tahoe Basin (Markets) 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch (The Full Belly Deli – Truckee, CA) Speaker: Tahoe Sierra Central Initiative, Steve Brink with CA Forestry Association and a member of the Initiative’s Steering Committee. 1:30 PM Return to hotel.