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The Inflation Reduction Act Passes the Senate

On Sunday afternoon the Senate passed the reconciliation Bill- coined the Inflation Reduction Act - which includes $369 billion to combat climate change and bolster U.S. energy. This legislation has the power to help unlock the potential in family-owned forests to tackle climate change while providing a critical economic infusion in rural communities.

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Small Fire


What’s the Latest with Western Fire Resilience Efforts? The California Situation

Claire McAdams, California Forest Conservation Foundation and Forest Landowners of California
June 13, 2022

There are more than 87,000 discrete small forest landowners throughout California. The state’s main policy focus is to “increase pace and scale:” to mitigate catastrophic wildfires by treating landscape- or watershed-scale parcels. Unfortunately, this focus on larger scale lessens direct aid opportunities for thousands of scattered small private-owned forestlands.

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Casualty Losses As a Result of Fire or Other Casualty Events1

Your timberland has just experienced damage from a wildfire. What must you do now, to be able to claim a potential loss on your Federal and state tax returns?

What is a casualty loss? A casualty loss for individuals is defined in Section § 165(c) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) as follows: In the case of an individual, the deduction under subsection (a) shall be limited to (1) losses incurred in a trade or business; losses incurred in any transaction entered into for profit, though not connected with a trade or business; and . . . losses of property not connected with a trade or business or a transaction entered into for profit, if such losses arise from fire, storm . . . or from theft.

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How to Reach Us During Our Hybrid Work Hours

As we ease out of the pandemic, we are supporting our staff teams to work in the office and remotely. We do not have access to live telephone answering. The best way in which to reach us is by email. Email us at info@forestlandowners.org. We will respond to messages in the order they are received within 48 hours. We thank you in advance for your continued patience as we navigate this situation. The voice mail is checked daily, and you may leave us a detailed message with your telephone number and/or email information at (877) 326-3778.

Thought we were safe

Jim Doerksen passed the first night of the Glass fire watching anxiously as the blaze burned to the east of his longtime St. Helena Road home, turning the sky an unsettling, deep red as the wildfire crossed the Mayacamas Mountains on its march toward east Santa Rosa and Highway 12.

The fire was close but moving south and southwest, on a path away from the refuge on Mark West Creek that Doerksen and his wife, Betty, have shared for nearly 40 years. Their 120-acre property, now owned by LandPaths, is home to the nonprofit’s Owl Camp, attended each year by hundreds of school-age children who immerse themselves in the landscape Jim Doerksen, 81, has stewarded since 1967.

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