Neil Ward

Neil A. Ward, Vice President, Public Affairs, Forest Resources Association Inc.

Forest Resources Association Inc.

Neil Ward joined the FRA staff in 1982. As Vice President, Public Affairs, he is the point man for the 79-year-old Association's public policy, external affairs, and communications functions, working out of FRA’s national office in Washington, DC. Neil edits the quarterly Forest Operations Review and the electronic FRA Bulletin, and he oversees the Association's web site at, as well as several related web projects. Apart from his other responsibilities, he serves as staff liaison for FRA's national Public Policy/Advocacy Committee, Supplier/Consumer Relations Committee, and Bio-Energy Task Group.

Neil's background is in the arts and letters. He holds a BA in theater arts and German literature from Brown University and an MFA in playwriting from Carnegie-Mellon. Reach him at

Congress has until this May to pass some kind of Highway Bill, since the current Highway Bill—known as MAP-21—expires that month, ... more »

Feb 15, 2015 12:00 AM Guest Columns

The forestry world has lost another giant. John Marker, a much admired U.S. Forest Service retiree, recently passed away at his home in Hood River, Oregon following a brief illness. more »

Feb 2, 2015 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Although the federal Highway Bill passed in early 2012 called for the Department of Transportation to conduct a study of the impacts of several configurations of heavier or longer trucks,... more »

Nov 27, 2014 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Congressional incumbents and challengers are now in vigorous campaign mode for what is shaping up to be a very consequential mid-term Election on November 4. more »

Nov 4, 2014 12:00 AM , Guest Columns

There were indications this summer that the federal Department of Transportation would shortly release a preliminary “technical” report of its Congressionally mandated investigation into the impacts of various configurations of productive trucks. more »

Nov 2, 2014 12:00 AM , News

The forthcoming mid-term Election on November 4 is looking like a key opportunity to influence policies important to the wood supply chain and forest-dependent communities. more »

Oct 16, 2014 12:00 AM Guest Columns

The nine-month revenue extender that Congress passed on August 1 to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent until May 2015 also reduces pressure on Congress to pass a substantive Highway Bill. more »

Sep 11, 2014 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Forest Resources Association (FRA), along with other business sectors that use migrant and seasonal guestworkers from abroad, are advocating that recent Department of Labor rulemakings regulating the program are replaced with more workable rules. more »

Aug 6, 2014 12:00 AM , News

A July 16 article in Canada’s Financial Post reports that Greenpeace Canada has lost a pivotal legal decision in defending the suit Resolute Forest Products . more »

Aug 6, 2014 12:00 AM , News

On July 24, Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Florida) introduced the Right to Haul Act (HR 5201), which would allow “agriculture and forestry haulers” access to the federal Interstate system at their respective state’s legal weight limit . more »

Aug 6, 2014 12:00 AM Guest Columns

At an April 29 hearing, a federal judge declined to dismiss remaining litigation linked to questions about the regulation of “forest roads” through Clean Water Act. more »

May 28, 2014 12:00 AM , News

On May 7, Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) introduced the Future Logging Careers Act (HR 4590), which would exempt loggers’ family members ages 16 and 17 from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s current prohibition from employing anyone under 18 in logging. more »

May 28, 2014 12:00 AM Guest Columns

In mid-April, the American Transportation Research Institute indicated that it would soon release a report documenting what many have observed... more »

May 28, 2014 12:00 AM , News

House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp’s (R-Michigan) much-awaited Tax Reform Act of 2014, introduced February 26, contains provisions that potentially threaten independent contractor status. more »

Mar 19, 2014 12:00 AM Guest Columns

On February 7, President Obama signed a five-year Farm Bill including important provisions for which FRA and other pro-forestry advocates had campaigned for over several years. more »

Feb 24, 2014 12:00 AM Guest Columns

FRA members and other pro-forestry advocates continue to emphasize the importance of including the terms of the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act—currently in the House version of the Farm Bill— more »

Jan 17, 2014 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Recently, two of FRA’s most important allies in Congress, Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) and Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisconsin), joined together to form the Congressional Paper Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. more »

Dec 30, 2013 12:00 AM Guest Columns

FRA and other members of the H-2B Workforce Coalition are following up on our win, this April, in defending last year’s preliminary injunction blocking the federal Department of Labor’s 2012 H-2B Guestworker “Program Rule,”. more »

Sep 2, 2013 12:00 AM Guest Columns