News & Issues
The Forest Resources Association (FRA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on ways to improve our country’s tax system and applauds the Senate Finance Committee for reaching out to accept stakeholder input.  FRA is the only national organization representing all sectors of the wood supply chain. Our members range from landowners, to owners of family logging operations, truckers, paper and pulp manufacturers, producers of packaging, and biomass products.
Maine has 6 stand-alone biomass electricity plants, 4 of which received state funding a year ago to support continued operations.  Given relatively low wholesale electricity prices in recent years, coupled with changes in the regional policies that support operation, these plants are now scrambling to find new users of steam to co-locate.  Finding such steam hosts would provide additional revenue, and presumably keep the plants operating, but finding a large, year-round user of steam in rural areas isn’t easy.
In July, NH SB 129 became law.  This legislation, strongly supported by the state’s forest industry, provides an increase in financial support for 6 of the state’s biomass plants.  With no paper mills in New Hampshire and a shrinking market for low-grade wood in the Northeast, biomass electric plants have become an increasingly important outlet for loggers, landowners and sawmills.
The Missouri Forest Products Association is starting a new ten-week program beginning this October to train students who want to become professional loggers.
Northwest Pennsylvania’s forests are suffering from severe infestation of the Cherry Scallop Shell Moth and the Fall Webworm.
The 64th Annual North Star Expo, Minnesota’s largest logging, trucking, and sawmill equipment show, is scheduled for Friday and Saturday September 15 and 16, 2017 at the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids.  Admission is Free!
Menominee Tribal Enterprises (MTE) actively manages more than 219,000 acres of forested tribal lands, and operates a sawmill and lumber drying operation located in Neopit, Wisconsin.
Charleston, SC – The Forest Resources Association and STIHL Incorporated honored C.K. Greene, owner of Virginia Custom Thinning & Chipping LLC in Dolphin, Virginia, as FRA’s Southeastern Region 2017 Outstanding Logger at its Southeastern Region (SER) Awards Dinner in Charleston, South Carolina on May 3. 
Charleston, SC – The Forest Resources Association’s Southeastern Region recently awarded Erik Biang, Dale Greene, and Shawn Baker with its Second Place Technical Writing Award for 2017. This Award recognizes the best Technical Releases published annually by FRA.
Roanoke, VA – The Forest Resources Association and STIHL Incorporated honored Freddy Tidwell of F&C Logging, LLC in Double Springs, Alabama, as the Southcentral Region 2017 Outstanding Logger at FRA’s Southcentral Region (SCR) Awards Dinner in Point Clear, Alabama on March 8. FRA’s SCR Chairman Gary Beacher presented Tidwell with a wooden crosscut-saw plaque and a STIHL MS 461 chain saw gift certificate and $250 check (chain saw and check compliments of STIHL).
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