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
  • RockTenn and MeadWestvaco merge: In a move applauded by Wall Street, RockTenn and MeadWestvaco announced their decision to merge on Jan. 26, 2015.
    • 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.
       
       
    • 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. You 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.
       
       Silviculture Forester Needed:RoyOMartin is hiring a Silviculture Forester for its Oakdale forestry district. For more information, click here.
       
    • 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.
    • Opening in Arkadelphia, Ark: Forest Resource Consultants, Inc. is looking for a field forester/forestry technician for Arkadelphia, Ark. Read more 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