Louisiana Forestry Association

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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
  • Drax receiving wood in Morehouse Parish: Drax started receiving wood the first week of October at their plant near Bastrop. The company is also readying its Gloster, Miss. mill for opening. Pellets will be produced, shipped to storage tanks in Baton Rouge and then sent to the United Kingdom.
    • Forestry Facts for Louisiana 2014
      The latest statistics on forestry are available here.  Click here
       
    • Severance taxes for 2015
      The Louisiana Forestry Commission set stumpage values to be used for timber severance tax computations. These are in effect from Jan.1-Dec. 31, 2015. Click here for listing. 
       
    • Dr. Shaun Tanger, LSU forest economist, has his quarterly blog on stumpage pricing. Click here.
    • German Pellets accepting wood Oct. 1
      German Pellets in Urania plans to start buying wood around Oct. 1. They have hired Mike Kile as their procurement forester. For more information, call (318) 302-4450.
    • Forester needed in DeRidder
        Molpus Timberlands Management has an opening for a Forest Manager reporting to its DeRidder office.  This opening is an entry level positionand will support the forestry staff.  Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in forestry with one to five years of experience.  Responsibilities include land management and harvesting activities.
       
      If you are interested in this opportunity click here or email resume to jpokorny@molpus.com
    • Tax Tips for Forest Landowners                   Linda Wang, timber tax specialist, publishes tax tips for forest landowners each year. The 2014 tax year bulletin is available now. Click here for the advice.

     

     

    • 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 resource forester in Charleston, S.C.and Fordyce, Ark. For more info, click here.
 Forestry Related Tax News

Sales tax credit available for loggers and 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