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FRA’s Western Region and STIHL have recognized Mike Newton, owner and operator of Newton Logging Inc., of Kalispell, Montana as the 2018 Regional Outstanding Logger during the Western Region Meeting held in Olympia, Washington on September 19, 2018.
As the economy grows, so does the demand for truck drivers. In 2017, for the first time since 2006, a shortage of drivers topped the list of trucking industry concerns, according to the annual survey by the American Transportation Research Institute. If the trend continues, the shortage will exceed 174,000 drivers by 2026, according to the American Trucking Associations.
The Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) recently commissioned the first comprehensive assessment of the value of Master Logger Certification (MLC) programs in the wood supply system. The characteristics that define an MLC program include:
The Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) just held its 20th annual meeting in New Orleans, LA.   A lot can change in anyone’s world in 20 years.  No organization is immune from the need to wrestle with and adapt to changing perspectives, realities, and expectations.
There is a high degree of uncertainty surrounding the potential federal listing of cave-dwelling bats; therefore, the Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin DNRs decided a proactive and strategic approach was appropriate to minimize potential impacts to sustainable forest management.
No one wants to experience a catastrophic natural disaster; hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes all can cause major damage and the cleanup is challenging.  Chainsaws have been an important tool to aid in the clean-up in the aftermath of such devastation.
In 2002, the Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI), in collaboration with Virginia Tech (VPI), published its first study on the subject of planning and communication in the wood supply chain.  In later years, WSRI revisited this important subject with additional studies.
WSRI just held its nineteenth annual meeting in Charleston, SC. WSRI celebrates its longevity, its long list of projects seeking to expose opportunities for efficiency in the supply chain, and the personal industry connections they help to facilitate.
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.
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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