What are forest resources?
Forest Resources are any value or benefit deriving from the forest. They include forest products, of course, but also fish and wildlife habitat, watershed protection, air and water purification, and recreational opportunities.
What is the Forest Resources Association?
Forest Resources Association (FRA) is a national trade association that promotes the interests of forest products industry members in the economical, efficient, and sustainable use of forest resources to meet the needs of the wood fiber supply chain through private enterprise.
What is the wood fiber supply chain?
Use of this term recognizes the connected interests that are all necessary to generate value in the forest resource. The chain begins with the landowner and continues with planting and land management through harvesting and transport of raw wood products to processing them and manufacturing them into paper, lumber, and other finished products. Each of these links needs to be strong to promote the common goal of a sustainable forest resource.
Who are FRA’s members?
The nation’s consumers of unprocessed wood fiber, including pulp, paper, and building products plants; the nation’s suppliers of unprocessed wood fiber, including logging contractors and wood dealers; enterprises that support the forest resource industries, such as providers of equipment, tools, and services; and owners and managers of forest lands.
What are FRA’s goals?
As expressed in FRA's 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, the organization directs itself to the following three goals:
Build Public Policy Engagement – Successfully influence public policy to defend and enhance the wood supply chain’s operating environment.
Enhance Supply Chain Relations – Promote development of a competitive framework within which members may implement supply chain efficiency improvements and create profit opportunities throughout the supply chain.
Address Forest Operations Challenges – Share/promote technical best practices, promote personnel skills/human resources and encourage process improvement, operational excellence, promote industry development and technology transfer.
What does FRA do for its members?
FRA is a forum in which all members of the forest resources community—foresters, loggers, landowners, and product manufacturers—can meet to solve problems and leverage opportunities within the wood fiber supply chain.
FRA members publish reports of technical innovations, public outreach strategies, as well as woodlands safety and security case studies to allow useful information to circulate throughout the forest resources community. FRA also gathers statistics on wood fiber consumption and transportation from various points in the wood supply chain and collates and publishes them for members.
Committee work, undertaken through meetings, conference calls, and e-mail exchanges, shares our members’ expertise in projects—whether to develop a training curriculum, draft voluntary performance guidelines, or form policies. FRA’s strength lies in its diverse membership’s commitment to common values.
FRA recognizes individuals and organizations committed to supporting the right to manage forest resources on a sustainable basis through regional and national award programs and documenting successful or promising actions in its publications. It also maintains an archive of pro-forestry activism tools at its Be Active! web site. FRA mobilizes its geographically diverse membership to respond to action calls on public policy through its e-mail network.
Be a change agent
FRA’s active national and regional committee structure has allowed FRA to lead the forest resources sector in adopting cultural change. FRA led the movement to raise logging safety awareness in the 1980s, to form logger training and education programs in the 1990s, and today’s push to improve relations between wood suppliers and consuming mills through structured workshops. As changes occur in the wood supply chain, FRA has both the depth and agility to foster adaptation among supply chain components.
Structure problem-solving workshops
FRA’s “Improving Wood Supplier Relationships” workshops, in which participants at different points of the wood supply chain examine strengths and weaknesses in supply relationships and develop recommendations that produce savings and efficiencies throughout, show the special access FRA’s position and culture provides.
Provide member education
FRA has developed continuing education modules filling members’ educational needs on business, legal, professional, and operational skills topics, all designed for workshop presentation in a format that recognizes the principles of adult education. Some modules are designed to be led by an FRA staff member; others may be led by volunteer discussion leaders working with videos and other curriculum materials.
What is FRA’s role in public policy?
On national legislative or regulatory issues affecting the safety or efficiency of harvesting and supply chain management, including in-bound transportation of unprocessed forest products, FRA has the lead forest industry role. FRA has represented forest resource users on fuel and highway use taxation, federal safety regulation, reforestation manpower, and policies and regulations affecting independent contractors’ rights.
FRA does not have the lead lobbying role on federal natural resource policy but helps mobilize its members’ support for allied organizations’ campaigns on those issues.
How can I join FRA?
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