Do you sometimes feel you would like to have a group of like-minded individuals to discuss your woodland issues with? Wouldn’t it be great to be part of a group that allows you to share information about loggers, consultants, prices, products, cost-share, agency support, and many other issues that you face alone as landowners. Landowner associations offer information sharing and networking opportunities. North Carolina woodland owners are starting to see an increase in various types of associations to participate in. These range from national and state-wide to county and multi-county associations. Who do you choose? You may participate in any or all these associations but do a little research. See which ones benefit you directly and closely align with your ideals. Below is a brief description of each taken directly from the association website (additional notes not from the official website are in italics). If no website is given, the phone number of the mail contact will be provided.
National Woodland Owners Association (NWOA) http://www.woodlandowners.org/
The National Woodland Owners Association (NWOA) is a nationwide organization made up of non-industrial private woodland owners with offices in the Washington DC area. Membership includes landowners in all 50 states and Canada and also includes affiliations with 36 state and 287 county woodland owner associations throughout the United States.
Founded by non-industrial private woodland owners in 1983, NWOA is independent of the forest products industry and government forestry agencies. NWOA works with all organizations to promote non-industrial forestry and the best interests of woodland owners. Some of these organizations include: The National Council on Private Forests, Natural Resources Council of America, National Forestry Association, and Society of American Foresters.
Forest Landowners Association (FLA) http://www.forestlandowners.com/:
Private forest landowners protect America’s natural resources. The Forest Landowners Association (FLA) protects private forest landowners. Since 1941, FLA has provided its members, who own and operate more than 40 million acres of forestland in 48 states, with education, information, and national grassroots advocacy, which enables them to sustain their forestlands across generations. FLA’s outreach on behalf of private forest landowners nationwide enhances their forestland management practices and stewardship, and provides peace of mind that they have an advocate working to bring them richly deserved compensation for their work that safeguards America’s forestlands. Typically landowners with >1000 acres join this association.
NC State-Wide Associations
NCWoodlands is an independent grassroots not-for-profit organization that provides its members with a voice on national, state, and local issues affecting North Carolina’s private woodlands. Our mission is to advance the interests of North Carolina’s woodland owners and to encourage responsible stewardship of their property. We also seek to inform all North Carolinians on the benefits of forestry which include wealth creation, more wildlife, cleaner water, fewer wildfires, and healthier, more productive forests. NCWoodlands is a recently created state affiliate of NWOA and membership is growing.
North Carolina Forestry Association (NCFA) http://www.ncforestry.org/:
The NCFA, the state’s oldest conservation organization, was established in 1911. Today it is a private, nonprofit partnership of more than 4,200 forest managers, landowners, mill operators, loggers, furniture manufacturers, educators and others concerned about the long-term health and productivity of the state’s forest resources and the industries they support.
Mission Statement: The North Carolina Forestry Association actively promotes healthy, productive forests by supporting the efforts of landowners and forestry-related businesses and organizations who responsibly manage or use forests.
The NCFA seeks to serve its membership through four major programs – Legislative Affairs, Training for Forestry Professionals, Education and Communications.
North Carolina Tree Farm Program (NCTFP) http://www.nctreefarm.org/index.html:
Tracing its roots back to the 1940’s, The American Tree Farm System can lay claim to being the oldest form of certification or recognition system for the practice of growing trees and maintaining sustainable forests in America…..
…For generations, American landowners and farmers have proudly posted their Tree Farm signs as a way of displaying their stewardship values. “Our sign has been out there in the woods for some 60 years,” stated Dave Woodmansee, a Co-Chair of North Carolina Tree Farm. “Most folks recognize the sign means that the forest is being well-managed.”
Tree Farm has gained impressive momentum over the past 9 years and tree farmers may gain certification for certain emerging “green wood” markets. A management plan must be developed and reviewed by a Tree Farm Inspector prior to acceptance to this group. While not an association per se, NCTFP does offer the ability to network with woodland owners and agencies through annual state and national meetings.
County and Multi-County Level Woodland Owner Associations
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Cape Fear Forest Landowners Network
Membership: Cumberland, Bladen, Sampson, and Robeson Counties, however anyone is inviter to attend.
Location: Rotates through each county
Meets: Spring and Fall meetings with tour, also plans 2-hour indoor meetings Jan- Mar in each county.
Dues: No cost
Contact: Colby Lambert at email@example.com or call 910-321-6875
Caswell Area Forestry Association
Membership: 60 private forest landowners
Location: historic Caswell County courthouse, Yanceyville, NC
Meets: 2-3 times per year
Contact: Jim Long at firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Carolina Forestry Club
Membership: Open to all who support the objectives of the club but woodland owners in Anson, Chatham, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Scotland, and Stanley County are highly encouraged to join.
Location: JFR Barn Steakhouse, Southern Pines, NC
Meets: Second Tuesday monthly September – May, also with separate December holiday and May cookout meetings
Dues: $20 Per Year
Contact: Jason Lefler, President, at email@example.com or Pat Wefel, Secretary-Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Harnett County Forestry Association
Membership: Primarily Harnett County residents but all are welcome
Location: Harnett County Agriculture Center, Lillington, NC
Dues: $15 Per Year
Contact: Gary Pierce at email@example.com or call 910-893-7530
Lee County Forestry Association
Membership: Lee County residents but all are welcome
Location: Tony’s Seafood Restaurant, Sanford, NC
Meets: 3 times per year
Dues: $6 per family
Contact: Stephanie Romelczyk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-775-5624
Warren County Forestry Club
Membership: Warren County residents but all are welcome
Meets: annual banquet and periodic tours
Contact: Paul_McKenzie at email@example.com or call 252-438-8188
Wilson County Forestry Association
Membership: Wilson County residents but all are welcome
Location: Wilson County Agriculture Center, Wilson, NC
Meets: January, February, March, with a tour in November
Contact: Billy Little at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252-237-0111
County Extension Email Lists
These are not formal associations or clubs but are active forestry workshops or meetings conducted by County Extension Agents. These are also excellent places to meet with your peers and share ideas and information. In many instances these serve as “informal associations”.
Anson County Forestry Email List
Membership: All are welcome
Location: Anson County Agriculture Center, Wadesboro, NC
Meets: Schedule Varies
Contact: Aimee Marshall at email@example.com or call 704 694-2415
Randolph County Forestry Email List
Membership: All are welcome
Location: Randolph County Cooperative Extension Office, Asheboro, NC
Meets: Annual Field Days, Evening Workshops
Contact: Mary Helen Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-318-6000
Vance County Forestry Email List
Membership: All are welcome
Location: Vance County Agriculture Center, Henderson, NC
Meets: Most months
Contact: Paul McKenzie at email@example.com or call 252-438-8188