Indiana’s forests produce a wide range of products, most of which can be made in Indiana: from timber to lumber and veneer, and paper, and from these products to furniture, cabinets, mill work, flooring, pallets and more. Don’t forget energy, maple syrup, Christmas trees, food, herbs, medicine and more. Finally, there’s recreation, tourism and hunting.
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IHLA is a relevant, member-driven trade association, whose members share a passion for creating the world’s finest hardwood products, and a determination to maintain the sustainable productivity of our nation’s forest resources.
IHLA is a non-profit trade organization comprised of sawmills, wholesale brokers, equipment vendors, secondary manufacturers, loggers, landowners and others who recognize the benefits of working together on issues and projects for the good of the hardwood industry. Today, IHLA has members in 27 states and 3 Canadian provinces.
Unique to IHLA, however, is a rich tradition of volunteerism, one that provides powerful momentum and gets things done. Whether it’s championing a cause at the State Capitol or in Washington, pooling resources to provide value on insurance or joining forces for philanthropic causes, our members take pride in their ability to get results for the good of the entire industry
The Indiana Forest Industry Council was formed with a clear purpose – to provide a working forest for the next generation and all future generations. In 2010, IFIC merged with IHLA, but still retains its identity as IFIC, now serving as the forestry council of IHLA.
The Indiana Forest Industry Council Mission is
- to encourage and promote the exchange of ideas and information among individuals, partnerships, corporations and others doing business in the state of Indiana who are engaged in timber buying or the primary or secondary wood-using industries.
- to facilitate the resolution of problems associated with the growing and harvesting of Indiana’s forest resources.
- to educate those engaged in the forest industry.
Since 1900, the Society of American Foresters has provided access to information and networking opportunities to prepare members for the challenges and the changes that face natural resource professionals.
SAF Core Values are:
- Forests are a fundamental source of global health and human welfare,
- Forests must be sustained through simultaneously meeting environmental, economic, and community aspirations and needs,
- Foresters are dedicated to sound forest management and conservation, and
- Foresters serve landowners and society by providing sound knowledge and professional management skills
The Licensed Timber Buyers, or LTB Program was created in 1972 to administer and coordinate the Indiana Timber Buyer Licensing Law (I.C. 25-36.5). The law, sponsored by the forest products industry, was created to reduce the amount of timber theft occurring in the state. Timber theft, or cutting trees from a forest and removing the logs without paying the landowner, was a large and growing problem during that time. The prosecution of unlicensed buyers, and the resolution of timber theft cases, are coordinated through the LTB program.
The Timber Buyers Licensing Law requires all buyers of standing timber and their agents to be licensed with the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry. The Goals of the Licensed Timber Buyers Program are:
- To protect timber growers from unscrupulous buying practices
- Efficiently provide services to the licensed timber buyers and timber growers of Indiana
- Investigate all timber trespasses and thefts on all state-owned properties in an unbiased manner, and actively pursue restitution or prosecution in cases involving violations.
- Assist Conservation Officers and county prosecutors in cases involving criminal prosecutions when these investigations involve timber.
- Cooperate with the DNR Division of Hearings and with DNR attorneys in administrative actions involving alleged violations of the Indiana Timber Buyer Licensing Law. Attend hearings and conferences, furnish technical expertise and promote dialogue that results in understanding and settlement.
- Publish monthly LTB Bulletin.
- Since its inception, the program has reduced the amount of timber theft on private and public lands.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is about promoting the responsible management of forests worldwide. FSC certification is an accreditation attained by timber products supplied by an FSC certified timber manufacturer. The goal is to have product that has been certified to have come from a sustainable source, delivered and maintained (Chain of Custody) consistently in the same way.