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Dear FRA Members,

Welcome to the new format for FRA’s Bulletin. While all of the same material will still be available in each edition you will see a change in that our Forest Operations Review will now be entirely online. We compile our Technical Releases and make them easily available on our website along with updates from our partners at Log-a-Load, THAT’S, and WSRI. Each region has been working hard to keep this information updated and pertinent to your needs.

There’s a lot going on at FRA and we want to make sure you don’t miss anything.

  • Time is running out to reserve your spot at FRA’s Annual Meeting
    May 2-4 in Charleston, South Carolina. SIGN UP HERE
  • FRA’s new Woods to Mill Blog has been a big hit. Visit our blog at: http://forestresources.org/woods-to-mill
  • While FRA continues to engage with our allies on the Hill to advance legislation and advocacy, you can as well by helping us TAKE ACTION. This is an easy way to contact your representative on pressing issues.
FRA is working with other partner associations to put forward a list of rules and regulations that have been identified as onerous and detrimental to the industry. Per the administration’s request this list will be submitted to the administration for review and reform. We continue to actively push a robust legislative agenda with a current focus on H2B visa relief, the carbon neutrality of Biomass, Right to Haul and truck weight reform legislation, promoting the Future Logging Careers Act, and other continued FRA priorities.

Thank You,
Deb Hawkinson, President

FRA NEWS
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REGISTER NOW - TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
FRA's 2017 ANNUAL MEETING, Charleston, SC
Join other wood supply management and forestry professionals for the Forest Resources Association's 83rd Annual Meeting, at the beautiful Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC,
May 2 - 4, 2017! Our Theme this year is 'Current Outlook, Future Opportunities'
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Q & A with Neil Ward
Neil Ward recently retired from FRA after serving ably on staff for nearly 35 years. We would like to take the opportunity to have Neil share a few of his memories and advice upon his retirement. We recently sat down with Neil to get his valuable feedback about his biggest accomplishments and what he has most enjoyed about the organization after all these years.
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Welcome New Members!
Ericson Logging, Inc.
Ericson Logging, Inc. have joined FRA as a Supplier Member. Max Ericson Sr. is a fourth generation logger. Their company is based in Minong, Wisconsin and they have been in business for more than 40 years.

If you are interested in sponsoring new members or joining FRA, please visit the Join Now section of our website and fill out the form or, contact Claire Gedde at CGedde@forestresources.org.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Lakes States Forest Management Bat HCP
Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota are currently engaged in developing the Lake States Forest Management Bat Habitat Conservation Plan (Lake States HCP), designed to provide a framework for the protection of federally listed bat species and the continuation of forest management activities across all three states.
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THAT’S Safety in Focus:
June as National Safety Month and much more...
In 1996, the National Safety Council established June as “National Safety Month”, the aim was and continues to be increasing awareness of the leading safety and health risks and ultimately decrease the number of unintentional injuries and deaths. Everyday there are 107,000 injuries in the USA and 100% of those injuries are preventable. This year’s theme is “Keep Each Other Safe”.
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Log A Load For Kids Update
I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season. As we welcome in 2017 I would like to thank all of our state Log A Load For Kids sponsors, vendors and all of our dedicated volunteers for a great 2016 fundraising year. The total raised in 2016 was over $2.3 MILLON, that is an amazing total! Congratulations to all our volunteers for another great fundraising year. This brings our overall total raised to $48 million since 1988. We look forward to another successful year in 2017.
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FOREST MANAGEMENT
Talking Trucking at FRA’s Southcentral Region Meeting
FRA’s March 7-9 Southcentral Region Meeting, held near Mobile, Alabama, included a General Session with excellent speakers covering many aspects of trucking efficiency and trucking safety/insurance.
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Bringing in New Markets
Since 2014, Maine has lost about 4 million tons of markets for pulpwood and biomass. Six paper mills have closed, and another has cut its wood consumption dramatically. With this rapid and dramatic market loss, landowners and loggers in New England are seeking new markets for their wood.
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The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program: Keeping Score of America’s Forests
The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program of the U.S. Forest Service is essentially the scorekeeper for America's forests. The FIA program monitors and reports on status and trends of all the nation’s forests, including both public and private ownership. The Research and Development organization within the USDA Forest Service manages FIA in cooperation with State and Private Forestry and National Forest Systems. FIA traces its origin back to the McSweeney - McNary Forest Research Act of 1928 (P.L. 70-466). This law initiated the first inventories starting in 1930.
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TECHNICAL RELEASES
17-R-6: Emergency Helicopter Landing Sites in Remote Forested Locations
17-R-5: Using Woodyard Cameras to Improve Truck Driver Safety Compliance
17-R-4: Issue: Legalized Marijuana - What Maine Employers Need to Know
17-R-3: Getting Trucking Up To Speed: Northwest Timber Logistics and Trimble Use Centralized Dispatch to Gain Improvements in the Wood Supply Chain
17-R-2: "CAT Detect" for Personnel Protects On-The-Ground Workers
17-R-1: Avenza Maps Mobile App for Forest Operations Field Work
SAFTEY ALERTS
17-S-2: Operator Lacerates Hand while Changing Teeth on Buncher
17-S-1: Mechanic Injured while Repairing Tracked Feller-Buncher
SECURITY ALERTS
17-Q-1: Wood Scaling Security Reviews
NOTICES
FRA Job Board: (Click on job links below for more information)
Members may now announce available positions at no charge on FRA’s on-line Job Board, (Basic posting is $350 for non-members) All job postings receive 60 days of exposure, plus a link from the FRA Bulletin...
ALERT- New Veterans In FORESTRY
RELATED EMPLOYMENT: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR VETERANS AND RESERVISTS
Texas Forestry Association Seeks Executive Director – Lufkin, TX
Procurement Forester – Demopolis, AL
Procurement Forester - Florence, SC
Procurement Forester - Stumpage and Harvest - Mahrt, AL
UPCOMING EVENTS
FRA’s Northeast Region’s Industrial Forestry Forum presentations run monthly, usually the first Thursday evening of each month at 5:30 PM from fall through spring. As topics and dates are confirmed, they are posted at FRA’s UPCOMING EVENTS.
May 2-4

FRA Annual Meeting (Charleston, SC) REGISTER
May 16-18

FRA Western Region Spring Meeting (Vancouver, WA) REGISTER
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