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Saturday, May 9, 2020
VFA Resource Update: News on EIDL Loans & Waiver Expiration
As the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan for a phased reopening of the state was announced Monday, the Small Business Administration announced that eligibility for its Emergency Injury Disaster Loan would be limited to U.S. agricultural businesses until further notice.  Additionally, emergency transportation waivers implemented as part of the early response to the COVID-19 pandemic are scheduled to expire in the next several days, including:
  • Virginia DMV’s temporary emergency waiver of certain registration, licensing requirements, weight, width restrictions and hours of service requirements are set to expire on May 19th at 5:00 P.M. 
  • The FMCSA’s emergency declaration, last extended on April 8, 2020, is set to expire on Friday, May 15th.
VFA continues to update its COVID-19 Resource Page to provide reliable and timely information regarding the impact of the pandemic on companies, employees and individuals in Virginia’s forestry supply chain. For questions or to request additional assistance, please contact VFA Executive Director Corey Connors.
Tapscott Brothers Recognized as 2020 Southeastern Region Outstanding Logger
The Forest Resources Association has selected Tapscott Brothers Logging of Scottsville, Virginia, as the winner of FRA’s 2020 Southeastern Region Outstanding Logger Award.  FRA’s SE Region encompasses the geographic area from eastern Virginia/Maryland to Florida.

Winners of VFA's Logger Merit/Outstanding Logger Awards in both 1993 and 1998, brothers Charles "Binky" and Troy "Guke" Tapscott (pictured below) are long-time VFA members known across Virginia for their ability to conduct all types of timber harvests. VFA wishes to congratulate Tapscott Brothers Logging on this prestigious honor.

For more about Tapscott Brothers Logging and this most recent award, you may view FRA's press release or VFA's Facebook page.

In Memory of Rhea Hale
VFA extends its condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Rhea Hale, Director of Public Policy at WestRock, who passed away on April 27, 2020 following a brief illness. She was a respected voice on sustainability, innovation, and the environment, and was integral to the forestry community’s advocacy efforts in Virginia. She will be greatly missed. 
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for trees to be planted in Rhea's honor or a donation to the Broome County Humane Society and the LUNGevity Foundation. To read more about Rhea’s life and passions, click here.

FRA Issue Update - 5/8/20
Forest Resources Association - May 8, 2020

With unemployment claims increasing by 3.2 million and unemployment rates near 15 percent, the Trump Administration is drafting a ban of non-immigrant seasonal....MORE
Tissue Production Reaches Record High Levels
Recycling Today - May 1, 2020

U.S. tissue mills manufactured about 700,000 tons of tissue in March...more tissue was produced in March than any other month since 2007....MORE
Forisk's 2020 Survey of Private Forest Management in the U.S. South
Forisk - May 5, 2020

Forisk surveys private timberland owners and managers in the U.S. South every two years to summarize forest management trends and common silviculture practices...MORE
Depression-Era Wooden Money Returns in Small Washington Town
Woodworking Network - May 6. 2020
The small town of Tenino...became famous 90 years ago during the Depression, after it became the first town in the country's history to print wooden money...MORE
VIDEO: F2M's Joe Clark Discusses the Lumber Industry in the U.S. South
Forest2Market - April 24, 2020
Forest2Market discusses the impacts of COVID-19 on the sawmilling industry in the US South...WATCH VIDEO

UPDATE: To ensure alignment with Virginia's guidelines for social gatherings due to COVID-19, the VFA Board and staff have rescheduled the re-opening of registration and online hotel reservations to June 10, 2020.

We are excited to see everyone in August for the 2020 Virginia Forestry Summit!
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