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We talk about sustainable forestry, how important forests are to Louisiana and its economy and how forests benefit everyone. We also talk about the issues important to the forest products industry.

We talk about sustainable forestry, how important forests are to Louisiana and its economy and how forests benefit everyone. We also talk about the issues important to the forest products industry.

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United States

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We talk about sustainable forestry, how important forests are to Louisiana and its economy and how forests benefit everyone. We also talk about the issues important to the forest products industry.

Language:

English


Episodes

Procurement Forestry

7/20/2021
Tony Diaz, a chip mill operations manager for Graphic Packaging International in West Monroe, talks about his job as a procurement forester. Diaz also is president of the Louisiana Forestry Association. Learn more about the Louisiana Forestry Association by goin to www.laforestry.com.

Duration:00:24:15

Legislative Wrapup

6/24/2021
With the 2021 Regular Legislative Session wrapped up, LFA Executive Director Buck Vandersteen talks about the Louisiana Logger Relief Act, one of the industry's big wins. In the time of this recording and its release, the governor has signed HB 642, which created Act 410 and officials, including representatives of the LFA and Louisiana Logging Council, will help with creating the guidelines to help loggers and log truck businesses that lost revenue in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Duration:00:18:16

Legislative Session

4/8/2021
Each year, Louisiana Forestry Association Executive Director Buck Vanderstreen keeps an eye out on the state Legislature to see if any action it takes would affect landowners, loggers or wood manufacturers and uses his longtime experience promoting the forest products industry. When the Louisiana Legislature begins its next Regular Session April 12, what should we look out for? Also, if you'd like to get updates on the session from the LFA, send an email to lfa@laforestry.com and ask to be...

Duration:00:18:45

Forest Productivity Program to keep forests as forests

3/16/2021
Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry has a program that helps small landowners in their quest to manage their forestland by helping with sustainable forestry practices. State Forester Wade Dubea talks about this program and an overall view of what LDAF does to help keep forests in Louisiana.

Duration:00:21:55

Reform & Revenue Part 2

2/23/2021
UPDATE: Since the release of this series, state Rep. Jack McFarland has withdrawn his efforts to propose a fuel tax in the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session. He said he will continue to purse some reforms of the GRIT Act and restructure the way taxes are spent for transportation. When the Louisiana Legislature convenes this year, it might consider a bill that would reform how money is spent by the state Department of Transportation and Development and propose a new fuel tax that would be...

Duration:00:26:29

Reform & Revenue Part 1

2/9/2021
UPDATE: Since the release of this series, state Rep. Jack McFarland has withdrawn his efforts to propose a fuel tax in the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session. He said he will continue to purse some reforms of the GRIT Act and restructure the way taxes are spent for transportation. When the Louisiana Legislature convenes this year, it might consider a bill that would reform how money is spent by the state Department of Transportation and Development and propose a new fuel tax that would be...

Duration:00:20:21

Timber & Taxes Part 2

1/11/2021
Tax attorney and estate specialist Paul Spillers, who also is a past president of the Louisiana Forestry Association, talks about the tax benefits of timber landowners. In this episode, he talks about the tax deductions in managing your forest.

Duration:00:15:47

Timber & Taxes Part 1

12/28/2020
Tax attorney and estate specialist Paul Spillers, who also is a past president of the Louisiana Forestry Association, talks about tax benefits for timber landowners. This part one of a two-part series.

Duration:00:12:48

Morehouse Family Forest Initiative

11/30/2020
Dr. Michael Blazier is a professor and research project leader for LSU and statewide forestry extension specialist for the LSU AgCenter based at the Hill Farm Research Station in Homer, Louisiana. He is project leader for the Morehouse Family Forest Initiative, a project that seeks to help small, family forests to become managed forests, based on goals of the owners, as well as become part of the American Tree Farm System.

Duration:00:07:06

Hurricanes Laura and Delta hits La. timber hard

11/6/2020
Dr. Michael Blazier of LSU talks about the impact of hurricanes Laura and Delta to the Louisiana timber industry.

Duration:00:12:08