Latvian Forest Owners' Association (LFOA) is a non-governmental organization. One of the basic principles of the Association is openness - any forest owner can turn to us, get acquainted with the basic documents of the LFOA and submit application to join the organization.
There are both big and small forest owners in LFOA, as well as companies and local governments who are forest owners or the property holders.
In the beginning of the 2008 the members of the LFOA own and manage about 1.68 million ha of forest, which constitutes 57% of the total forest area of Latvia. The people who are the founders of the LFOA and the people who we would like to have as our members, we could best describe as ones that see the forest not as an immediate source of income, but as a bank for investment that would generate interest that would be high enough to promote forestry development.
They are people who understand that in order to have sustainable forest management (so that our children and grandchildren have the same amount and quality of forest resources as we do now), one has to observe also the economic aspects, one has to understand that forestry is entrepreneurship and that it is not something bad. It does not mean just harvesting the forest. Forestry should be viewed as a cycle where harvesting is not the end of the forest, but sooner the beginning of a new forest. They are people who support nature protection, understand the forest social role (e.g. recreation) and want to manage the forest and want to do it economically effectively.