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Timber Harvesting Safety
Rick Meyer | FRA Appalachian & Southwide Regions Manager

Rick Meyer | FRA Appalachian & Southwide Regions Manager

Rick serves as the region manager for the Appalachian & Southwide Regions
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Grappling with Local Road Hauling Restrictions

FRA members occasionally express frustration with the growing trend of local governments (counties, townships, parishes) enacting ordinances that restrict truck weights and require road bonding for timber harvesting operations.
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Member Spotlight: Terry Logging, Inc.

Chris Terry, an FRA member and the owner of Terry Logging, Inc. in Morehead, Kentucky, had a high-school ambition to someday be the president of his own logging company. He began cutting and selling firewood at age 16, moved onto pine posts at 18, and then to logging.
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FRA Meetings Address Trucking Challenges

Speakers and committees at FRA’s 2018 Annual Meeting and 2017-18 Regional Meetings have addressed the many challenges associated with log and wood fiber trucking.
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What About the Industry Forester?

It’s not uncommon to hear the following questions: “Where will our future loggers come from? Where will our future truck drivers come from? How will we replace our retiring mill workers?”
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FRA’s OSHA Logging Safety Training Video

Our industry has come a long way in the last few decades when it comes to improving safety practices on timber harvesting operations and designing exceptional safety innovations in logging equipment.
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Member Spotlight: Southern Forestry, Inc.

When Tim Mahan, owner of Southern Forestry, Inc., was honored as FRA’s 2013 Southcentral Region Outstanding Logger, certain key phrases kept coming up over and over again by those who were familiar with Tim’s timber harvesting operation:
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Protecting the Truck Driver's Safety and Insurability

There has been plenty of talk in our industry about the need to improve the safety performance and insurability of the drivers and the companies who haul forest products from the woods and woodyards.
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FRA Revises Timber Harvesting Safety Manual

The Forest Resources Association’s Southwide Safety Committee has updated one of FRA’s most in-demand publications, the Timber Harvesting Safety Manual.
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Wanted: Flowering American Chestnut Trees

Most individuals connected to forestry know about the historical demise of the American chestnut, once considered the king tree of the eastern forest. Most are also aware of the long-term research and slow progress being made toward developing timber-quality chestnut trees.
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Solar Farms or Tree Farms?

Over the last few years, new “solar farms” have been cropping up in parts of North Carolina and now eastern Virginia. I have observed forestland being clearcut and replaced with the solar panel installations. Agricultural land is also being taken out of production to install the solar panels.
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