Legislative Affairs

Forestry Awareness Day

NYFOA member Stacey Kazacos reports:

On March 19, 2018 NYFOA fielded a five-person team to take part in Forestry Awareness Day (FAD) in Albany. FAD afforded NYFOA's participants to meet directly with over 20 New York State assemblypeople, senators, and legislative staffers who will have an impact on the state budget vote -- expected around April 1st. Our main focus was to support most of the governor's proposals under the Empire Forests for the Future Initiative (EFFI) -- DEC summary of EFFI below. Note that NYFOA supports the proposed changes to the forestry tax law. We oppose, however, the proposal for pre-notification of timber harvests, a point we made in all of our meetings with legislators during FAD. Another aspect to the proposed budget, which NYFOA supports, is $500,000 to fund grants to private woodlot owners who undertake one or more recognized forest management practices.

This year, FAD was organized by the Empire State Forest Products Association (ESFPA), an organization whose positions on key forestry issues is consistent with NYFOA's. We thank ESFPA for including NYFOA in FAD and for all of the administrative/support work they did to make FAD a success. Also, thanks to the members of the NYFOA team: Art Wagner, Jerry Michael, Mike Zagata, Dick Gibbs, and Stacey Kazacos.

Click here for the DEC's statement on The Empire Forests for the Future Initiative.

NYFOA has a representative on the New York State Invasive Species Advisory Council which provides guidance to the The New York State Invasive Species Council.

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NYFOA is an organizational member of the National Woodland Owners Association which advocates for woodland owners at the federal level.

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