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Timber Harvesting Safety
“Only five companies nationally are still willing to write log truck vehicle insurance.”  This recent statement from forest industry insurance agents point to the underlying reasons for the formation of TEAM Safe Trucking (“TST”)--a coalition of forest products industry insurance companies, wood suppliers, wood consumers, associations, and others.  TEAM’s goal is “to reduce accidents through effective fleet management, increasing the number of safe, qualified drivers in order to deliver a sustainable and profitable supply chain.”
The Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Grand Rapids, Michigan was host to the Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conference held February 1-2, 2017. More than 100 people attended the event, with good representation from both the public and private sectors.
It is always a hit with FRA regional members when two regions come together for a joint meeting. Last October’s Joint Southeastern and Southcentral Region Policy Committee Meeting, combined with a Southwide Forest Products Security Group Meeting, was no exception.
We all know that forests and forest industries are important to rural economies, but how important? One way to measure economic impact is to drive through any forest industry town and observe the activity...
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