Louisiana Forestry Association

The mission of the Louisiana Forestry Association is to promote the health and productivity of Louisiana's forests for present and future generations through the practice of Sustainable Forestry.

The Louisiana Forestry Association was formed in 1947 to foster the practice of forestry, to rebuild the state's cut-over lands, and to build a healthy forest industry. Now, 50 years later, forests cover 48% of the state's land area and forestry is the second largest manufacturing employer in Louisiana. That is the true Louisiana success story.

The Louisiana Forestry Association today is a statewide, private, nonprofit association made up of 5,000  members, mostly large and small landowners along with foresters, employees of forest products industries, wood suppliers , loggers and related industries. You can check out our committees by clicking here and then volunteer to join with us.

You can also keep up with the activities of the Louisiana Forestry Association on our Facebook page with up-to-the mnute notices of interest to the forestry community.

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 What's New Around Louisiana
  • La. Tree Farm Group Certified: Auditors have certified the Tree Farm Independent Managed Group made up of Louisiana landowners with over 10,000 acres. The Tree Farmers in the regular program are also certified under a different certificate. For more on the recent audit, click here.
    • Forestry Facts for Louisiana 2014
      The latest statistics on forestry are available here.  Click here
       
    • Southern Forest Products open
      Donny Roughton of Southern Forest Products in Chalmette said the company has not closed and will continue to ship overseas. The July La. Logger magazine said the business has closed. He can be reached at 205-473-9493.
       
    • Convention at Sam's Town Resort
        The annual convention Aug. 26-28 will be at Sam's Town Resort in Shreveport. Exhibit info and registration info is available here.
       
    • Doggett offers 0% for equipment buy
      The Doggett Group is offering 0% APR for 36 months on new John Deere loaders, feller bunchers, tracked harvesters and skidders. The offer lasts till Sept. 30, 2014. The ending day of June 1 was incorrect on the La. Logger ad. See more here.
       
    • Group Insurance forms ready!
      Members of the Louisiana Forestry Association are eligible for group rates on hunting lease liability, timberland liability and combo policies. See more here.
       
    • SmartLogging certifies 3 in La.
      Three La. loggers passed on-the-ground audits to be certified under the SmartLogging program. Read more on page 3 of the La. Logger here. 
    • Jeffrey Martinez named FRA regional logger. The Zwolle logger was chosen over all other nominees from the South. To read more click here.
       
    • Specialty License Plate
      The Office of Motor Vehicles is now selling the specialty forestry license plates. Those who signed up for number 1-100 have received their instructions. Others can go to www.expresslane.org and check special plates to receive one of your own.proceeds going to the Office of Forestry for its fire fighting fund.
       
    • Rayonier forester position: Rayonier is looking for an experienced forester in the Lufkin, Texas area. Click here for more details.
    • Campbell Global Forester Opening: Campbell Global is seeking a forester for the DeQuincy area. For information, click here.
       
    • Silviculture Forester Needed:RoyOMartin is hiring a Silviculture Forester for its Oakdale forestry district. For more information, click here.
       
    • Crest Forester Opening: Crest Natural Resources with offices in Pineville, has an opening for a forest technician for western La. and east Texas. Click here.
       
    • Davey Tree Opening: The Davey Tree Expert Company is looking for utility foresters in Shreveport and Longview, Texas. Click here for Shreveport and here for Longview.
       
    • Crowell Forester Needed: Crowell Lumber Industries is looking for a full-time experienced forester for its operations. Read more.
       
    • Plum Creek Opening: Plum Creek is looking for a senior resurce forester in Charleston, S.C. For more info, click here.
 Forestry Related Tax News

Jindal signs tax credit for loggers, mills

Loggers and mill operators can exclude three cents from the state sales tax on parts and labor in July 2012. Two years ago the bill was passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to phase in the sales tax exclusion.

A logger who buys a $20,000 transmission will be able to exclude three cents of the state sales tax in July 2012 -- a $600 saving. The exemption  is removed entirely in 2013.

To receive the exemption loggers must fill out the same paperwork as they do for the equipment exemption (see above). The form to look for Under Applications for Exemptions is R-1070 and there will be special instructions for the Dept. of Revenue for this new program. The website has both the form and instructions to download. For questions or help call the Dept. of Revenue at (225) 219-7462.
 
Check the website link at http://revenue.louisiana.gov/sections/taxforms/default.aspx?code=SLS&year=2012