Empire Forests for the Future Initiative

The Governor’s 2018-19 Executive Budget proposal included several proposals related to forestry, collectively referred to as the Empire Forest for the Future (EFFI) proposal. The EFFI addresses items related to: state agency procurement preference, Empire Forest Incentive program, amendments to the Right to Practice Forestry law, Community Forest Grant program, Commercial Timber Harvest Notification, and changes to the Forest Property Tax law (480 and 480-a). Of particular interest to Tug Hill communities are the proposed amendments to the forest property tax law.

The bill text can be found here:  http://www.tughill.org/services/natural-resource-management/proposed-forestry-legislation/