Woods to Mill
Eric Kingsley | FRA Northeast Region Coordinator

Eric Kingsley | FRA Northeast Region Coordinator

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 02:34

A Balanced Industry is a Stable Industry

Sawmills in the Northeast (and almost everywhere else) are enjoying strong markets.
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 09:59

The Importance of Grassroots

On a July night, 200 loggers, truckers and members of New Hampshire’s forest industry gathered in a logger’s garage.
The past decade has seen large-scale change in the Northeast’s forest industry. We have lost several pulp and paper mills, while seeing significant investment in others.
Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:06

Logging is Dangerous Work

Logging is dangerous work. Everyone in the forest products industry knows that, but being in and around logging all the time, it is sometimes easy to not keep this front of mind.
The Great Northern Paper Mill in Millinocket, Maine was once the largest and most productive pulp and paper mill in the world. Carved out of the forest, Millinocket was a prosperous community, with life centered around the mill.
In 1958, Hollis Hanington, Jr. started Hanington Brothers, heading into the woods with horses to cut and skid timber. In the sixty years since, the company has grown and evolved into one of...
Last week’s FRA Forest Forum, a monthly dinner held near Bangor, Maine, brought speakers on mapping and drones, and we learned how these technologies can help with the in-woods operation. There were three great presentations, but that’s not what I found most interesting.
Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:09

Winter is Here, and FRA is Your Resource

A groundhog somewhere in Pennsylvania saw its shadow, so apparently, the entire country is about to be treated to six more weeks of winter. You’re in luck - for years, the Forest Resources Association has shared information on the technical and safety aspects of working in cold conditions.
Many employers in the forest industry are looking for workers who can show up on time, follow procedures, and pass a drug screening test. At FRA’s Fall Board Meeting we heard from two speakers who made a case for finding these employees by seeking out veterans of the United States military.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 09:31

Member Spotlight: Robbins Lumber

In 1883, Frank and Otis Robbins opened a mill on Maine’s St. George River. More than 130 years later, the Robbins family still operates a sawmill near that site. The white pine mill, which saws 29 MMBF, employs 110 people in a rural area of coastal Maine.
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