Forest Landowners Association Recognizes ArborGen with Corporate Member of the Year Award

ArborGen selected for its outstanding involvement with the FLA and for supporting the needs of private landowners through its superior seedling products and operations

RIDGEVILLE, SC – June 11, 2013 – ArborGen, a world leader in the development and commercialization of technologies that improve the productivity of trees, announced today that it has been recognized by the Forest Landowners Association (FLA) as its Corporate Member of the Year.  The FLA Awards Program honors outstanding landowners and forestry professionals contributing to the advancement of the private forest landowner community.   “We are pleased to name ArborGen as  this year’s Corporate Member of the Year in recognition of the significant contributions the company and its employees have made to the FLA,” said Scott P. Jones, CEO of Forest Landowners Association.“  In addition to its work with our Association, this award underscores the positive impact that ArborGen has made on our members through their outstanding operations and seedling products that enhance and support the needs of private landowners.” FLA Corporate Members are affiliated companies who are not necessarily landowners, but closely aligned to private forest landowner interests. The investment made at the corporate level helps support and enhance landowner member programs and enables the FLA to be more effective advocates for private landowners. “We are proud to be recognized by the FLA for our corporate contributions to the Association and its membership,” said John Pait, vice president of sales, marketing and product development of ArborGen. “With more than 50 years of tree improvement research and combined expertise in forestry, we are developing products that are creating opportunities for timberland owners and managers. We look forward to our continued work with the FLA and helping to further advance the private forest landowner community.”

ArborGen accepted the award at a ceremony during the FLA’s National Conference in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho on Friday, June 7.  The National Conference of Private Forest Landowners is the only venue that brings together private forest landowners to interact, learn and exchange knowledge on issues impacting forest landowners with leaders from the private, NGO, federal and state sectors.

About ArborGen:
ArborGen is revolutionizing productivity in forestry. ArborGen is the largest global supplier of seedling products and a leading provider of improved genetics to the forest industry. Through innovations in conventional breeding, improved genetics and emerging biotechnology advances, ArborGen is developing high-value products that significantly improve the economic returns and productivity of a given acre of land.   These products enable ArborGen’s customers to grow trees that yield more wood per acre with greater consistency and quality in a shorter period of time. ArborGen’s work is improving the sustainability of working forests while helping to meet the world’s growing need for wood, fiber and energy.

About the Forest Landowners Association:
Since 1941, FLA has provided its members, who own and operate more than 43 million acres of forestland in 47 states , with education, information, and national grassroots advocacy, which enables them to sustain their forestlands across generations. FLA’s outreach on behalf of private forest landowners nationwide enhances their forestland management practices and stewardship, and provides peace of mind that they have an advocate working to bring them richly deserved compensation for their work that safeguards America’s forestlands.