Storm the Halls of Capitol Hill

Join the Hardwood Federation Fly-In

The annual Fall Fly-In is the Hardwood Federation's biggest, most anticipated and most important event of the year. Each fall members of the hardwood industry gather in Washington D.C. to walk…and sometimes run…the halls and tunnels of Congressional office buildings to meet with Representatives, Senators and staffs from their - and other important - states to tell their stories.  Our goal is clear and consistent:  To have industry leaders provide their personal and professional perspectives about what the most important issues affecting the industry are and how our businesses are being impacted….and what Congress can do about it.

Although 2016 is a big election year, it is still important to make our voices heard.  Many of the elected officials we will meet with will be back in 2017 and, with a new Administration and many new faces in Congress; we will need returning members to have a clear understanding of our issues.

Last year was one of our most successful Fly-Ins in HF history with more than 50 attendees and over 100 meetings on the Hill.  We also had exceptional attendance at both the Republican HFPAC reception and the Democratic HFPAC breakfast. It's our intention to build on this excellence and make this year's Fly-In even better - and that starts with you.

Over the summer HF will closely monitor the issues affecting the hardwood industry and begin to craft what our top 2-4 issues to be covered will be.  We will almost certainly be continuing to discuss the importance of bringing common sense management to our national forest system.  We will also likely be discussing how the federal government regulates biomass…will it be viewed as carbon neutral or considered as a toxic fuel that requires additional regulatory oversight?  Other issues will almost certainly emerge during the weeks before Congress departs in July for the Democrat and Republican Conventions and the traditional August break.  We focus on those issues that are most pertinent to the industry at the time of the Fly-In in order to most effectively leverage the time that Fly-In participants have with the Members of Congress and their staff. Each participant is encouraged to tell their own stories of their business, their employees, their struggles and triumphs, and generally how the formation of Federal policies affects them. These are the personal stories that resonate and let the offices know how their individual constituents - or voters - are feeling.  Hearing directly from you—face to face—helps inform the policy debates here in Washington that are happening now on issues that affect everything from access to fiber that feeds our mills to energy we use in our facilities to promoting and keeping open end markets for our products.

We hope you will take the time to join us in Washington.  While it is a commitment of both resources and time, it is a commitment that can have direct impacts on your bottom line.  The Hardwood Federation staff is proud to represent the industry in Washington, D.C. and over the years we have built excellent relationships with key members of Congress who look to us for advice and counsel on issues impacting the Hardwood industry.  But when members hear from you, their constituents, employers in their district, and community leaders, the message takes on a special significance and impact.

This year's Fly-In will take place on September 20-22, 2016, with a welcome reception the evening of September 20.  Anyone related to the industry is welcome to join us in D.C.  Our special rate at the host hotel expires on August 15; be sure to make plans before it is too late!!  You may register for the Fly-In at the following link: HF Fly-In 2016. Please don't hesitate to contact the Hardwood Federation staff at 202-463-2705 or dana.cole@hardwoodfederation.com if you have any questions or would like more information.

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