The Arkansas Forestry Association works hard on its members’ behalf to be the voice of forestry in Arkansas. Since 1947, AFA has been the only nonprofit organization representing the state’s entire forestry community—landowners, loggers, forest product companies, sawmills, hunt clubs and others invested in ensuring healthy, productive forests.
AFA has a strong presence in state and federal public policy arenas through lobbying and grassroots efforts. Protecting private property rights, the right to practice forestry and maintaining a healthy business climate for manufacturing are tantamount to AFA’s mission: The Arkansas Forestry Association advocates the sustainable use and sound stewardship of Arkansas’s forests and related resources to benefit the state’s forestry community and all Arkansans, today and in the future.
As you can see from the list below, AFA and the AFA Education Foundation sponsor and administer a variety of programs and activities that advance the cause of forestry in Arkansas today and for generations to come.
AFA ensures that regulators and lawmakers stay informed about forestry issues. The Executive Vice President and Government Affairs Committee maintain a high profile with local, state and federal officials. Members receive regular updates on political endorsements, legislation and policy issues. The Forest Express Political Action Committee makes contributions to state-level candidates who support forestry.
To view what AFA has done for its members lately, click here.
Members receive a monthly printed newsletter, a weekly electronic newsletter and weekly email Legislative Updates from the Executive Vice President while the legislature is in session.
Networking and learning
The annual meeting, regional membership meetings, committee involvement, landowner workshops and other special events offer unique opportunities for learning and networking.
Active, member-driven committees include Forest Practices, Forest Protection, Strategic Review and Evaluation, Government Affairs, Landowner Education, Taxation, Membership, Communications, Tree Farm, Project Learning Tree, Log A Load For Kids and Wildlife Resources. To learn more about these committees, click here.
Members can apply for hunting lease, timberland liability and a variety of other forestry-related policies that provide affordable coverage from Outdoor Underwriters.
Witness Reward Program
The Witness Reward Program provides up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons willfully involved in the following crimes on AFA members’ property: forest arson, timber theft, equipment theft or vandalism, and illegal dumping.
AFA sponsors tours for elected officials and the media. We also work with conservation organizations to provide events and information to help family forest owners practice sustainable forestry.