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Timber Harvesting Safety
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:
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.
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