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October 2017
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Dear FRA Members,

October 4-6, 2017 FRA combined its Fall Board Meeting in Washington, DC with a very successful Legislative Contact Day, or Fly-In, during the course of which our members met with a record number of Members of Congress.

Fly-In:
• At the October 5 Fly-In, 69 FRA members participated in 86 Congressional office visits, including 31 in which actual House or Senate members participated.

• Our event kicked off with a reception where we joined American Forest Foundation on the Hill, and members had the opportunity to talk sustainable forestry with Congressional Members and staff.

• Beyond our advocacy efforts, members heard from a dynamic group of speakers including Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson of Pennsylvania, and Fox News Contributor Amos Snead.

• Fly-In participants advocated for:

  • Truck Weight Efficiency (The Right to Haul Act, currently seeking sponsors) On top of meeting with Congressional Members and staff, FRA Fly-In participants also met with senior leaders at the Department of Transportation to educate them on the issue and identify where they could be of help.
  • The Timber Innovation Act H.R. 1380 (Sponsored by Suzan DelBene (D-WA)) which promotes tall wood buildings and the use of cross-laminated timber.)

• We capped our day on the Hill off with a unique opportunity to visit the Speaker’s Balcony and took some great pictures from our Nation's Capitol. A special thank you to FRA Chairman Bill Johnson for arranging this unforgettable experience.

Fall Board Meeting:
While the Fall Board Meeting was shortened due to the Fly-In activities, we were able to secure speakers on priority topics of interest.

• The October 6 meeting of the Supplier / Consumer Relations Committee featured presentations from Lt. General Howard Bromberg (Retired) and Lieutenant Colonel Keith Wilson on ways that veterans can be attracted to and brought into the civilian workforces.

  • Bromberg gave FRA great insights into the wide variety of roles veterans can play when entering the workforce, the high moral character and dependability of veterans, and how the training that veterans undergo in a military capacity can transfer successfully to skills that are applicable to the civilian workforce.
  • Wilson directed us to organizations with tools to help, such as Soldier for Life, a transition program designed to help soldiers move from active duty to a successful career and civilian life. He also stressed how the army trains individuals in areas of interest to the forest industry including truck driving, engine repair and maintenance, heavy equipment operation, and drone operation.

• The Operations Committee Meeting focused on issues faced by the industry.

  • The Executive Director of the American Trucking Associations’ Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference, Jon Samson, spoke on the current issues, trends, and challenges in trucking as faced by his members and a discussion of the Ag sector’s regulatory issues in common with the wood fiber supply chain.

The Committee briefly reviewed the truck driver safety continuing education module which was recently completed by the “TEAM Safe Trucking” industry consortium.

FRA’s Board discussed the business of the association, including a favorable audit for FY 2016-2017, and a review of the current fiscal year’s budget.  

Please mark your calendar for 2018 Annual Meeting, April 16-18th in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Board Meeting adjourned early afternoon of October 6. 

Finally, I would like to thank our sponsors for helping to make the meeting a success:

GOLD: John Deere;

SILVER: F&W Forestry, Forest2Market, FutureWood, International Paper, Louisiana-Pacific, Tigercat, TimberMart-South;

BRONZE: AssuredPartners, DS Smith, Forest Investment Associates, Farm Credit East, Georgia Biomass, Huber Engineered Woods, Sennebogen LLC.

Thank You,
Deb Hawkinson, FRA President
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