Leadership

David Hall

David Hall

President & CEO Hall Timberlands

“FLA provides a singular but loud voice to policymakers as well as non-forest landowners about what we do, why we do it, and why they should care and help protect us as stewards to the forest.”
Steve McKeand

Steve McKeand

Professor of Forestry & Env. Resources|Director, Cooperative Tree Improvement Program, NC State University

“As an educator and a scientist, I enjoy the opportunity to interact daily with landowners on the FLA board, the users of the technology that I help to develop.”

Bill Siegel

Forest Landowner & Attorney

1908 |3rd Generation| WI

“The most pressing issues facing family landowners is markets, regulations, and taxes. FLA is a strong advocate on each of these issues.”

Robert Crosby

Robert Crosby

Forest Landowner, Crosby Land & Resources

1888 |4 Generations | LA

“I can’t influence individually the issues affecting forest ownership as well as I can collectively, with other like-minded owners. FLA allows us all to be more effective”

Lynn Wilson

Lynn Wilson

Dir. Natural Resouces, Louisiana-Pacific

“FLA provides a unique perspective and in my role at LP we source 65% of volume from private timberlands.”
John Gifford

John Gifford

President, FORECON, Inc. | FLA Finance Chair

“I represent family forest landowners who manage hundreds of thousands of acres.  I know FLA has their back in Washington, ensuring their legacy for the future.”

I am both a representative of forestry-related business, and a family forest owner. My Wisconsin forestland has been in my family since 1908 – 3 generations with 3 family members involved.

Bill Siegel

Attorney

The most pressing issues facing family forest owners is access to well established markets, and the growing erosion of property rights.

Charles L Vanover

VP, Forest Investment Associates

While I don’t have much land to speak of myself, I represent thousands of landowners that have owned and managed hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of acres of forestland in the east.

John Gifford

President, FORECON Inc

My family now has fourth generation tree farmers, investing in South Carolina and Georgia.

Marty Strauss

Family Forest Owner, Southern Pines Farms

I can’t influence individually the issues affecting forest ownership as well as I can collectively, with other like-minded owners.

Robert Crosby

Family Forest Owner, Crosby Land & Resources

FLA provides a unique perspective, and in my role at LP we source 65% of volume from privately owned and run timberlands

Lynn Wilson

Director of Natural Resources, Lousiana-Pacific

As a business owner managing in multiple states, we cannot build the same relationships with our representatives as local landowners. Therefore, FLA and its connections are critical to our success.

Troy Harris

Private Forest Manager, Jamestown

 Building a family legacy of forestland is the most important and fun thing I can do with my remaining years – and I felt obligated not just for the board and association, but for my family and their future.

Wayne Alexander

Private Forest Landowners, Texas Forestry Assn. | Lousiana Forestry Assn.

 

FLA provides a singular but loud voice to policymakers as well as non-forest landowners about what we do, why we do it, and why they should care and help protect us as stewards to the forest.

 

David Hall

President and CEO, Hall Timberlands

Kingwood manages hundreds of thousands of acres of TIMO lands and family forests. Our business started by assisting private landowners, who are still the core of our enterprise. FLA membership is promoted to our clients.

Pete W Prutzman

Family Forest Owner, Kingwood Forestry Services, Inc

My family owns land in an limited liability company in Mississippi. There are 6 adults and 4 children involved with the property. This ownership is ten years old but is the result of an exchange of property that was in the family since the early 1960’s.

Barret McCall

Family Forest Owner, Larson & McGowin

As an educator and a scientist, I enjoy the opportunity to interact daily with landowners on the FLA board, the users of the technology that I help to develop.

Steve McKeand

Professor of Forestry & Enviromental Resources | Director, NC State University | University Tree Improvement Program

FLA keeps me up to date on what is occurring with government regulations, timberland taxes and current legislation.

Mary S. Clapp

Family Forest Owner, Stevens Forestry Service, Inc

I feel I have a responsibility to participate actively in representing my profession as a consulting forester and the rights of my clients who manage their forest land with a strong stewardship ethic.

Greg Hay

CPS, Timberland Div.

I am a fourth generation family forest owner, with our forest being in our family for about 90 or so years.

W. McLeod Rhodes

Family Forest Owner, Essex Farms LLC

Serving on the FLA Board is a worthwhile cause, and the best group in which to share ideas that can make a difference.

Dr. Guy T. Vise III

Family Forest Owner, Vise Timberlands

Myself and my 2 son-in-laws are a first generation family forest owner, for 30 years.

Johney I Haralson

Board Member, Denmak

Serving on the FLA board is a way to give back to an organization that has been instrumental in preserving private property rights

Andy Ferguson

Forestry Consultant, American Forest Management

As a member of FLA for over 30 years, I consider it an honor to serve on the board. It gives me a chance to give back to the association that serves my interests so well. It is a unique opportunity to be better informed and I also enjoy making friends with others who have similar interests. Hayes Brown

Attorney

I’m a fourth generation family forest land owner, and a second generation female forest landowner. Next year I will be a Century Farm – and I’m pretty proud of that. We could not operate without FLA being such a strong advocate and leader in the Farm Bill.

Alex Richman

COO, Cumberland Springs Land Company

I am a first generation landowner and forestry consultant. I own land which has been for sale on the open markets throughout the past 25 years. I want to lend my voice to promote developing markets for timber.

Steven K Templin

Family Forest Owner, Templin Forestry Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest landowners ensure healthy working forests and their sustainability for future generations. It is the long term management which enables multiple generations of timber to be harvested from the same ground.”

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Frank Beidler
Forest Landowner

 

 

 

 

 

“A working forest is always changing — it is the growing and harvesting of timber that sustains a healthy forest. What makes a forest sustainable in my view is that it is also renewable.”

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Robert Crosby
Landowner

 

 

 

 

 

I consider it an honor to serve on the FLA Board, it gives me an opportunity to directly support an organization that helps protect our rights as private forest owners. It also serves as a great educational and networking tool to improve the way our family forest ownership operates.

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David Hall
Forest Landowner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pressing issue to face forest landowners is the presence of healthy markets, as they allow private landowners opportunities to not only maintain valuable forests that benefit the public in many ways, but also allow for incentives to keep their forests productive and benefit local forest industry.

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Charles Vanover
Vice President, FIA

 

 

 

 

Family forests have been the backbone of our business since our beginning in 1954. Privately-owned forests are essential to the economy of this country.

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John Gifford
President, FORECON

 

 

 

 

 

The top two policy issues I’d say concern me in regards to forest ownership policy are tax issues, and regulatory issues in relation to farming of trees for private landowners.

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Marty Strauss
Forest Landowner

 

 

 

 

 

When I seek to protect my interests when it comes to forest ownership, I expect FLA to be leading the pack.

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Robert Crosby
Forest Landowner

 

 

 

 

 

FLA’s value can be found in its unified voice, a unique perspective of actual landowners that can at times be watered down in DC.

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Lynn Wilson
Director, Louisiana-Pacific

 

 

 

 

 

I value FLA for its role as a grass-roots organization. Most members are landowners voicing their opinions, and I believe this carries great weight with policy makers.

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Andy Ferguson
Forestry Consultant

 

 

 

 

The FLA board is made up of an incredible group of thought leaders in our industry, working on a shared mission of protecting private property. It’s a privilege to be involved.

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Barrett McCall
Forestry Consultant

 

 

 

Through FLA, landowners can receive objective advice from experts and fellow landowners.

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Steve McKeand
Professor of Forestry, NCSU

 

 

 

 

 

I consider markets the most pressing issue to face forest landowners – in Arkansas particularly, we’ve lost many mills and stumpage prices are low.

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Greg Hay
CPS, Timberland Div.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most state forestry associations seem to represent the forestry industry rather than the forest landowner. As the name says, the FLA focuses mainly on landowner rights and issues.

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Wayne & Jennie Alexander
Private Forest Landowners

 

 

So much was accomplished last year. For the near future I’d say Endangered Species Act reform and deductions for casualty losses remains my top priority, and what I hope to see pursued by the FLA.

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Hayes Brown
Attorney