NYFOA is a sponsor of the Master Forest Owner Program in NYS. Learn more about the MFO program >>>
NYFOA is a member of
The mission of the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA) is to promote sustainable forestry practices and improved stewardship on privately owned woodlands in New York State. NYFOA is a not-for-profit group of people who care about NYS trees and forests and are interested in the thoughtful management of private forests for the benefit of current and future generations.
Through local chapter and statewide activities such as woods walks and tours, the bi-monthly New York Forest Owner magazine, and affiliation with other organizations with similar objectives, NYFOA helps woodland owners to achieve their management objectives for their properties and encourages the appreciation of the qualities and importance of New York’s forests.
NYFOA on TV
From Niagra Frontier Chapter's Secretary, Pat Glidden: "Here is a link to the Time Warner Cable’s “Outdoor Beat” hosted by Bill Hilts Jr. interviewing our Chapter Chairman Bob Glidden and Vice Chairman Mitch Banas. Bob and Mitch focused on the benefits of NYFOA membership. It is a half hour video, so please take the time when you get a chance to watch it. For those local in the Buffalo area the show will be re-broadcasted approximately 20 times on TWC Channel 22 if you want to watch it on the big screen!! Hope you enjoy and Happy Holidays!"
NYFOA Has Issued Qualified Support for DEC's proposed 480a Revisions but Remains Opposed to Proposed Harvest Notification Requirements
Members of the NYFOA Board Executive Committee and the Policy Committee have met with DEC representatives regarding these proposals on at least five occasions over the past two years. The proposals have also been discussed (debated) at regular NYFOA Board meetings, including input furnished by Chapter-designated Board Members. For several years, surveys of forest owners by National Woodland Owners Association have identified property taxes as the single greatest concern of forest owners, and this finding has been confirmed by our Board and our Chapters. Considering that the average woodlot size in NY State is 17 acres, we feel that our highest priority is to see SOME level of tax relief for forest owners who own less than the 50 acre minimum required for 480a. We have presented strong objections to some aspects of the original proposals we saw last year, and the DEC has responded to some of them. After I wrote Commissioner Seggos in October, Director of Lands & Forests Rob Davies requested a conference call to discuss our remaining concerns. During this call, Rob confirmed that plan updates for current 480a enrollees would be increased from 5 to 10 years. We agree that this, together with the elimination of stumpage taxes, is a reasonable tradeoff for the lower assessment reduction after 10 years. Rob also agreed to increase the minimum forested acreage under the proposed 480b from 20% to 50%, which was a major concern for some of our policy committee members.
A followup letter to DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos offers our position.
REGISTER FOR OUR ANNUAL MEETING
Our Annual Meting will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017 on the ESF Campus in Syracuse. The theme this year is 21st Century, Our Woodlands, Our Watch. More details to follow in our magazine, The New York Forest Owner. But why wait? You know it will be great! You can get your registration in now by filling out this registration form.
NYFOA Silent Auction – April 8, 2017 – Get Ready!
NYFOA has rekindled the tradition of having a silent auction coincident with its annual meeting. The auction's beneficiaries for 2017 have been selected from several worthy organizations that are passionate about woodlands and NY's young people. And the winners are.....NY's 4-H Forestry Invitational Team and NYFOA's Woodlands Mini Grants! Please click here to learn more about this exciting development!
NEW BENEFIT FOR MEMBERS!
NYFOA Rewards Program- Members now have the opportunity to get significant discounts on goods and services through participating dealers. See here for a list of participating dealers and associated discounts. Membership application here.
Find out about the SUNY-ESF
NYFOA is a proud sponsor of the...
The Northeast Timber Growing Contest is designed to help improve the long-term productivity and health of small private woodlands in the northeastern forest through the engagement of landowners and forestry professionals in a process that includes education, research, technology transfer, and friendly competition.
For more information, click on the logo above or go to www.TimberContest.com and get ready to grow BIG trees!
Click the logo above to find out why New York’s Forests are an “endangered species” and how NYFOA’s “Restore New York Woodlands” initiative is addressing the crisis.
"The Future of New York Forests at Risk-
Search the entire NYFOA site...