ACF Occaisional Update

Don Staples dstaples at livingston.net
Sat Nov 21 02:26:07 EST 1998


TO: ACF Members
Subject:  FRIDAY UPDATE - November 20, 1998

- MORE ELECTION RESULTS FROM NOVEMBER 3 
As reported earlier, the election ballot in Oregon contained an
initiative 
that would effectively halt the management of forests in the state if 
passed.  Fortunately, the good people of Oregon defeated MEASURE 64 
by a ratio of 4 - 1.  It appears that work is already underway for a new 
initiative to appear on the 2000 ballot. 

- REGIONAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY IN SOUTH
On November 13, ACF Executive Director Loren Larson appeared as a 
speaker during a south wide forum called "Perspectives on Sustainable 
Forestry for the South."  Loren was asked to provide insight as to the
role
Consulting Foresters play in Sustainable Forest management and what 
policy options are needed to promote sustainable forest management to 
private landowners.  The major policy options advanced by Loren included 
fixing the federal tax code that is biased against forest investments,
fixing  the estate tax code, increasing educational activities, divert
energy from 
those programs which don't work to those which do.  Loren also 
commented about the AF&PA Sustainable Forestry Initiative, bringing 
attention to fact that the SFI program does not encourage landowners to 
use professional foresters when harvesting timber, thus it may not be 
"sustainable forestry."

- LARSON MEETS WITH DIRECTOR OF COOP FORESTRY
On Wednesday, November 18, Loren Larson met with Steve Satterfield, USDA
Forest Service Director of Cooperative Forestry, to discuss ways the ACF
and the feds could work more closely on forestry issues and
appropriation
issues.  Loren told Steve that for the most part, the programs relied
upon to entice
landowners to manage forests for the last 25 years have resulted in poor
results. Furthermore, Larson asked the Forest Service to consider new
programs
or vehicles that would reach more landowners, and to support tax reforms
that target increased investments and management on nonindustrial
private
forests. It is not anticipated that the meeting will result in big
changes.
Satterfield indicated that the State Foresters are still the priority
group to deal
with on issues. Perhaps with additional pressure and continued contact
the Forest Service may eventually come around.

- UPDATE ON FIP APPROPRIATIONS
It appears that of the $10 million appropriated for the Forest
Incentives
Programfor 1999, $9 million will be going to landowners in Florida who
lost timber
as a result of this summers fires.  The remaining $1 million will be
distributed
to the rest of the nation.  

This ends this update.
-- 
Don Staples

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