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Saturday, April 25, 2020
VFA Board to Meet April 29th, VFA Annual Meeting Slated for August Summit
 
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rescheduling of the Virginia Forestry Summit to August 2020, the VFA Board of Directors will meet via web conference next Wednesday, April 29, 2020. During this meeting, VFA will transition to a new association year with a virtual passing of the gavel and the onboarding of new Directors for 2020-2021.
 
VFA’s Annual Meeting of its general membership, as well as formal recognition of outgoing Officers and Directors from the 2019-2020 Board of Directors, will take place at the Virginia Forestry Summit on August 12, 2020. Though we look forward to recognizing their contributions in-person in August, VFA wishes to thank the following outgoing Officers and Directors for their outstanding service to Virginia’s forestry community:
  • Matt Dowdy, Dowdy's Forest & Land Mgmt, LLC
  • Greg Gambrel, American Wood Fibers
  • Carl Garrison
  • Billy Newman, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
  • Ben Reeves, Weyerhaeuser
  • John Reid, Forest Resources Mgmt Inc. 
  • Jay Sullivan, Virginia Tech-CNRE
Veto Session Roundup: General Assembly Delays Minimum Wage Boost
 
From the Roanoke Times: "Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the General Assembly reconvened Wednesday to give its final approval to numerous bills, including raising the minimum wage and a plan to establish a funding stream for school construction."

For the full article, click here.
 

Carroll County Board Delays Action on Use Value Taxation Repeal
 
During a virtual public hearing on April 13th, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors voted to delay consideration of repealing the county's use value taxation until July 13th. VFA submitted public comments in advance of the hearing, encouraging the Board to conduct a work session with the Virginia Department of Forestry before proceeding with a final repeal vote. In voting for the delay, the Board of Supervisors indicated that they hope to receive in-person testimony during their rescheduled session.

For a full report from WDBJ TV, click here.
FRA Issue Update: COVID-19 Aid Package Passed by Senate
Forest Resources Association - April 22, 2020
On Tuesday, April 22, the Senate approved a $480 billion COVID-19 aid package. Most of the approved package will replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)...MORE
WATCH: Forest2Market's Industry Experts Roundtable on COVID-19 Impacts
Forest2Market - April 16, 2020
Forest2Market industry experts discuss the impact Covid-19 has had on the forest products industry in the United States, Brazil, and Europe...MORE

Paper Sector Adjusting to the 'New Normal'
Recycling International - April 17, 2020
The year 2020 had got off to a promising start: demand was good even though prices were low. This resulted in large volumes being exported to India, Indonesia, Thailand...MORE

Virginia has $1.65 billion in federal relief funds, but faces limits on its use
Richmond Times-Dispatch - April 23, 2020
Virginia has gotten guidance from the federal government on how to spend the $1.65 billion that dropped into the state bank account last week, but the aid is not likely...MORE

Forest2Market's Economic Outlook: Metrics that Matter to the Forestry Industry
Forest2Market - April 21, 2020
Every month, Forest2Market publishes updated forecasting products designed specifically for participants in the forest value chain. The Economic Outlook is a macro...MORE

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund Awards 2020 Grants
US Endowment for Forestry and Communities - April 23, 2020
The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund (the Fund) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2020 grants in the total amount of $500,000. The projects funded will help...MORE
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