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February 2017
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Dear FRA Members,

Due to the recent FRA website migration that occurred over the President’s Day holiday some of the links within the FRA Bulletin sent out on February 16th are receiving errors. Therefore, we are resending this month’s edition so that all direct links are active and viable for your use. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through this transition to better serve our members’ needs moving forward.

Thank You,
Deb Hawkinson, President


The political climate has changed in Washington, and the Forest Resources Association is taking advantage of this opportunity to make sure your voice is heard.  With a new administration and congress – and a renewed focus on issues FRA cares about – we are making certain to communicate our member’s hopes and concerns.

Linked below you’ll find letters we sent to President Trump and the 115th Congress, spelling out the issues that are on the top of our agenda.  These include:

  • Improved truck weight and efficiency, allowing for better utilization of the industry’s trucking fleet while helping lower transportation costs and emissions;
  • Recognizing and supporting – instead of threatening and punishing – private timberland owners for the important role they play in the conservation of threatened and endangered species;
  • Renewing the “returning worker” exemption to the H-2B guest worker program – assuring that new forests can be planted in an affordable and efficient manner, providing benefits for decades to come;
  • Recognizing the important carbon benefits of forest biomass, a key market and tool for so many in our industry;
  • Repeal of the estate tax, which so often stops the inter-generation transfer of family forestland and small businesses (like logging companies, sawmill, and so many other parts of our supply chain), forcing the liquidation of assets to pay the government; and
  • Defending the independent contractor status, making certain that each part of the supply chain is responsible for their own actions.

Of course, we have been dealing with many of these issues for years, but the dramatic change in Washington, DC provides a whole new set of opportunities and challenges.  I invite you to read the letters to the President and the 115th Congress, which go into significant detail on each of these issues.  Of course, I always welcome your thoughts and perspective as well, and please know that FRA is here for you, representing your interests.

Deb Hawkinson - President Forest Resources Association
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Join other wood supply management and forestry professionals for the Forest Resources Association's 83rd Annual Meeting, at the beautiful Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC,
May 2 - 4, 2017! Our Theme this year is 'Current Outlook, Future Opportunities'
Chris Hess Leaving to Join Trump Administration
FRA is delighted to announce that Chris Hess, our Director of Public Relations and Government Affairs, has accepted a political appointment with the new administration. We are proud of Chris, and value his contribution over the past seven months. He has been instrumental in driving our efforts to strengthen our brand identity and advance advocacy for FRA. His work on developing our social media outreach has proven valuable. We look forward to working closely with him in the future.
WOODS to MILL: Connecting the Forest Industry and Academic Research
The December Northeast Region FRA Forest Forum featured presentations from the University of Maine’s Cooperative Forest Research Unit (CFRU). Founded in 1975, CFRU is among the oldest forest industry / academic research cooperatives, and FRA provides a unique opportunity for on-the ground members of the industry – loggers, foresters, mill procurement staff and others – to connect with researchers, and helps everyone make sure that that academic research stays relevant to real-world challenges.
Welcome New Members!
 • Roth Forestry LLC
 • Maine BioMass Exports, Inc
 • Northwest Timber Logistics LLC
 • Waratah
 • Panhandle Loss Control

If you are interested in sponsoring new members or joining FRA, please visit the Join Now section of our website and fill out the form or, contact Claire Gedde at [email protected].
We all know that forests and forest industries are important to rural economies, but how important? One way to measure economic impact is to drive through any forest industry town and observe the activity – every truckload of logs moving down the street meant jobs for a logging crew and jobs at the mill. There's also the real way – take a hard and objective look at the jobs, value added and the multiplier these activities create.
Report: Paper Industry Still Vital Part of Maine’s Economy
BANGOR, Maine - The death of Maine's pulp and paper industry is highly exaggerated. That's the conclusion of a new preliminary report by Mindy Crandall, an assistant professor of Forest Management and Economics at the University of Maine.
Residues Becoming a Problem for Northeastern Mills
If you can’t move chips, you can’t make lumber. Sometimes we forget that when a sawmill buys logs (cylinders) and sells lumber (rectangles), everything that didn’t become a board has to go somewhere. While mills have spent significantly on technology to reduce residues, there simply isn’t a way to stop sawmills from turning out chips, sawdust and bark.
Paying Attention to Log Trucking Safety
“Only five companies nationally are still willing to write log truck vehicle insurance.”  This recent statement from forest industry insurance agents point to the underlying reasons for the formation of TEAM Safe Trucking (“TST”)--a coalition of forest products industry insurance companies, wood suppliers, wood consumers, associations, and others.  TEAM’s goal is “to reduce accidents through effective fleet management, increasing the number of safe, qualified drivers in order to deliver a sustainable and profitable supply chain.”
FRA's Letter to Trump
FRA's Letter to the 115th Congress
Administration Update - FRA Chairman Bill Johnson
We are three weeks into the presidency of Donald J Trump and so far I would argue the country is very mixed on what has transpired so far. In my reviewing of the President’s appointments to the departments that oversee and effect our industry along with the Executive Orders he has signed to date I would suggest, and hope you would agree, that President Trump has and is taking strong bold steps to improve the environment in which we work.

From the President’s own business background and understanding of how costly and difficult burdensome government regulation is, to Secretary of State Tillerson’s global perspective on world markets and regulation, Interior Secretary Zinke’s background in Montana and being a Navy Seal and understanding how to complete missions effectively, Gov. Rick Perry will soon be confirmed at DOE and will work tirelessly to stream line that department, Elaine Chao at DOT is exciting and a breath of fresh air as we continue to push for reforms on our Nations roadways, Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt and EPA is very welcoming, and last but not least Gov. Sonny Perdue who has been very favorable to forestry is expected to lead the USDA.The single unknown now is Labor Secretary after Andy Pudzer withdrew his name this week.

With these picks President Trump is backing up his campaign promises to bring in effective leaders from all stripes to streamline our Government and improve the business climate that has been piled upon in recent years with out of control rules and regulations brought on by overzealous bureaucrats at the federal level. A cleaning of the swamp as the President put it was and is in order and he is keeping his word. What a novel approach for someone in politics.

Of course it still is DC and there will be plenty of action coming out of the agencies and Congress that we will have to continue to monitor and weigh in on to protect our industry and keep us competitive with other industries and countries. Your Association and your companies give us a great advantage to continue to educate our government officials at all levels.

It will be important that we continue this great work and assist the agency heads and their staffs to fully understand our needs. Even with the administration change and new leadership and each agency, there are many career employees that can and will continue to promote rules and regulations that can hamper our ability to be efficient in our practices. That is why I ask you all to continue to contact your legislators when asked by the organization. Continue to educate in your local areas so those closest to you remember the great job we are doing in making our industry sustainable. And finally why I ask each of you to please consider attending the fall fly in to Washington DC. With your help and expertise we can and will be able to get our message out to those in our Nations Capital and ensure our ability to continue to make America great.
Forests in the Farm Bill
FRA has been participating in meetings with the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition, working to develop strategies to support forestry as the Farm Bill goes through reauthorization in 2018. At this point FRA and the coalition are waiting for the administration to fill out the sub-cabinet level appointments that relate to forestry and land management, and then we look forward to setting up meetings and discussing plans with the new administration.
EPA Biomass Policy is Stifling NH's Forest
As the second most forested state in the nation, New Hampshire has long recognized the important role woody biomass (mainly forest thinnings and wood waste from forests) energy can play by diversifying its energy mix, providing clean and renewable power, and providing local jobs while benefiting the environment. See more at: New Hampshire’s Union Leader
Old Man Winter
The forest products industry in the Lake States Region has always been a somewhat seasonal activity and dependent on winter - a time when the ground freezes solid and the entire forest can be accessed - to be a time when logging activity peaks. The duration of the prime winter logging season can vary from year to year, but for much of the region generally runs from late December to early March.
Post Fire Restoration
This is something that a collaborative group in Washington State came up with following the fires of 2015. The Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition (NEWFC) had been discussing what to do if a big fire came to the Colville National Forest. The group has developed areas for active management, areas designed with a focus on restoration, and areas that were to be managed for conservation purposes. Up to and including wilderness. That meant there was a good sense of where to conduct salvage sales after a fire. This was a good approach, but there were flaws.
Recreational Activities aren’t a Substitute for the Timber Industry
In a recent article Janice Reid made several statements that were either wrong, or at the very least misleading. Ms. Reid said she has studied the spotted owl for 30 years. She is, then, obviously aware of the science presented by many biologists concluding that the spotted owl will be replaced in its habitat by the barred owl. Barred owls have been replacing spotted owls for more than 30 years with such success that our federal agencies have adopted a misguided policy of killing the stronger, more adaptive barred owl, a beautiful large raptor. Many biologists see that as a futile attempt to “save” the spotted owl, the weaker of the species.
FRA Job Board
Members may now announce available positions at no charge on FRA’s on-line Job Board, (Basic posting is $350 for non-members) All job postings receive 60 days of exposure, plus a link from the FRA Bulletin...
Logging, log trucking, and other forest industry-related employers are concerned about availability of skilled personnel entering their workforce. The community of Veterans and Reservists holds many likely prospects for entry-level employment, both because of these men and women’s skill sets and their broader character and experience profiles. LEARN MORE
New Positions Available
Forest Resources Management Instructor - Grays Harbor College
FULL TIME, NON-TENURE - Grays Harbor College is seeking a qualified forestry instructor to develop additional curriculum, teach courses, and manage partnerships for the new Bachelor of Applied Science in Forest Resource Management (BAS-FRM) beginning mid-winter quarter 2017. LEARN MORE
NCFA - Programs Manager
North Carolina Forestry Association is seeking a team-oriented Programs Manager to lead our technical and outreach programming. Preferred candidates will have a forestry degree with respected working relations and knowledge of the field and industry. North Carolina familiarity, timber management & harvest knowledge, wildlife/conservation experience, workshop & training management, student & teacher interfaces, group communications, database skills, and project management also valued. Review of website and external programming recommended before application. LEARN MORE
Project Leader - Seed Orchard and Nursery Technical Services
Work with operations and product development teams to provide technical services supporting seed and seedling production, with a goal of optimizing seedling quality and nursery productivity. Oversee the company seedling quality assessment program. Plan and coordinate all aspects of seed processing, bareroot and container seedling production research projects. Work with Sales to assess potential seedling quality and survival issues affecting customers. Position will require supervision of personnel and oversight and accountability for specific research tasks and budget. LEARN MORE
Procurement Forester - Florence, SC
We are looking for a Procurement Forester to join our Florence Mill Forest Resources team to assist in aggressively managing fiber purchase requirements, supporting the overall region objectives to maintain the lowest cost, highest quality fiber sourcing in support of mill’s forecasted needs while maintaining the highest... LEARN MORE
FRA’s Northeast Region’s Industrial Forestry Forum presentations run monthly, usually the first Thursday evening of each month at 5:30 PM from fall through spring. As topics and dates are confirmed, they are posted at FRA’s Upcoming Events.
Mar 7-9

FRA Southcentral Region Spring Meeting LEARN MORE | REGISTER HERE
May 2-4

FRA Annual Meeting (Charleston, SC) REGISTER HERE
May 16-18

FRA Western Region Spring Meeting (Vancouver, WA) LEARN MORE
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