What businesses need to know about CARES Act

On March 27, President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). One part of the CARES Act is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP allows any business concern, nonprofit organization, veteran's organization or tribal business to receive a covered loan if that entity employs not more than 500 people. Proceeds from the PPP can be used for payroll, insurance premiums, rent, utilities and more. PPP loans under the CARES Act will be distributed by banks directly to borrowers. Guidelines for qualifying for a loan should be available at banks in the next few days. It is best to contact your banker NOW to express your interest in participati

Tax tips for landowners

Looking for tax tips for 2019? Download this document to help up with what might help you as you prepare your tax return. National timber tax specialist Linda Wang with the U.S. Forest Service has several examples that could help you. She says there are important forestry-specific provisions for landowners who are managing and conserving timber. Download Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2019 Tax Year

Loggers, forest products essential to U.S. economy

The Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry is commending U.S. Department of Homeland Security for including forestry in its list of critical infrastructure, along with the agriculture that provides food to the country.. Commissioner Mike Strain released a statement Monday morning noting how pleased that President Donald Trump's administration has included agriculture and forestry in its list. “It is imperative for our national security that we continue to provide food, fiber, energy and health requirements for the human and animal populations. We must ensure these vital goods and services are protected and not interrupted,” Strain said in the press release. “We are committed to f

LSU website warns of fake virus news

By Katherine Manuel / LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE — Circulation of misinformation about the coronavirus and other fake news is a threat to social-media consumers worldwide, but one LSU professor is leading a team of students to educate the public through a website. Leonard Apcar, a professor at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, founded detectfakenews.com, a site designed to inform audiences about the dangers of fake news and offer tools to identify it, including misinformation surrounding COVID-19. According to the website, identifying fake news involves checking the quotes, images, attribution, sources, bias and a website’s URL address. Apcar says media consumers s

Session opens with virus announcement

By Maria Marsh, Catherine Hunt and Paige Daniel LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday disclosed the first case of coronavirus in Louisiana, a Jefferson Parish resident who was hospitalized in Orleans Parish. Although the case of covid-19 has yet to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control, the state is treating it as a “presumptive positive,” he said. “Now together we all — as a government, as health care systems and providers, as schools, businesses and as neighbors — must take action and be vigilant to prevent the spread of this virus in our great state,” Edwards said. Edwards made the announcement as he addressed the Louisiana Legislature to

Rapides man accused of timber theft

A Rapides Parish man is accused of timber theft, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Melvin Darren "D.D." Edwards is charged with timber theft in the amount of $178,271, the LDAF said in a press release issued Friday. Enforcement agents received a complaint from owners of two tracts of timberland in Rapides Parish alleging Edwards was hired to log the 180 acres in 2018. The landowners told investigators they suspected they were not paid for all of the timber that was harvested based on inconsistencies. Investigators determined that Edwards concealed form the landowners some of the proceeds form the sale of timber sale. “Timber is a valuable, long-term investmen

La. Logging Council turns 25

The formation of the Louisiana Logging Council (LLC) in 1995 can be likened to a clearcut—knocking down barriers between loggers in east and west, north and south Louisiana, giving clearer visibility to the aim of improving the lives of loggers everywhere. The LLC will turn 25 in 2020 and many milestones have been reached in the years since. “The Logging Council gave them a voice in developing forest policy,” said C.A. “Buck” Vandersteen, executive director of the Louisiana Forestry Association and the LLC. The LLC was formed under the umbrella of the LFA but with an independent board of directors. Tony Lavespere remembers going to the first meeting of the American Loggers Council (ALC) with

Internship available for forestry grad

Forestry graduates with an associate or bachelor's degree can apply for an internship with the U.S. Forest Service as a timber marker-resource assistant based out of Winnfield. The internship will last six months and pay $500 per week and is available through the Resource Assistants Program of the The Corps Network. It offers a good opportunity for a graduate to get a foothold in the forestry industry. Download the attached document to find out more and learn how to apply. The deadline to apply is March 22 with a start date of May 18. Click to download application

Louisiana pinesnake 4(d) rule published

The 4(d) Rule for protection of the Louisiana pinesnake has been finalized and published in the Federal Register. The publication, attached to this email and posted to the Louisiana Forestry Association’s website, can be downloaded for those wanting to read though the document in PDF form. Joe Ranson, field supervisor for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), said his office is working on developing a key for the Louisiana pinesnake to be included in IPAC — Information for Planning and Consultation — an online service that allows anyone to determine whether they have to clear a project in an area that could have the pine snake. He said once established, possibly in April, a forester or lan

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