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June 2017
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FRA’s 83rd Annual Meeting, held May 2-4 2017, drew 180 members and friends to Charleston, South Carolina for committee work, educational sessions, and the governance decisions that will guide the Association for the coming year.

During sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, members gave input and heard encouraging opportunities from speakers and panelists keeping with this year’s theme “Current Outlook, Future Opportunities”. FRA member CEO’s shared business perspectives on global markets and the impact of the U.S. political environment, market trends, and demands on fiber and sustainability:

 • Jim Morgan – President and COO, Interstate Resources: “Forestry: A Local Business with Global Impact”

 • Andrew Baum – President and CEO, ArborGen: “Southern Plantation Forestry: The Next Great Leap Forward”

 • Dustin Meierhofer - Director, Transportation and Northern Safety, BC Forest Safety Council: “Log Trucking Safety: Challenges and Successes in the BC Forest Industry”.

 • Carlton Owen - President and CEO, US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc: “The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities: An Innovative Partner in Supporting the North American Forest Industry”

 • Paul DeLong - Senior Vice President for Conservation, American Forest Foundation: “Reaching Out to Family Forest Landowners

All presentations are available for download from the FRA website (member login required).

FRA’s National Committees met, developing recommendations based on these presentations and other reports. Other topics of interest include:

 • Review of FRA’s financial performance over the past fiscal year, projecting that FRA would exceed projected financial performance goals for the year and growing the Association’s reserve fund.

 • Confirmed plans to hold the FRA 2017 Fall Board Meeting in conjunction with FRA’s Fly-In October 4-6 in Washington, D.C., and decided on New Orleans, Louisiana as the location for FRA’s 2018 Annual Meeting, April 16-18.

 • 2016 FRA Accomplishments document and roll out of an Annual Review publication that will include all Technical Releases and Safety Alerts for the year.

The Public Policy and Advocacy Committee had a record attendance with 73 participants. The discussion was active and we were able to highlight some early successes FRA had in 2017. These include favorable Biomass Carbon Neutrality language, H-2B relief valve, and Hours-of-Service Restart in the May Continuing Resolution. A new vigor for moving FRA policy forward and special focus on some larger issues such as Tax Reform came out of the meeting. A Policy Subgroup on Tax Reform will be scheduling its first conference call in June. Other legislation updates included working on Capitol Hill to advocate for harmonizing the Independent Contractor Status, Right to Haul (truck weight reform), and the Future Logging Careers Act.

A number of members suggested that supporting family forest landowners on some issues was an appropriate role for FRA. Members also noted that the Forest Inventory and Analysis program, as well as the USDA Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry efforts, are important to forest landowners and the forest industry supply chain.

The National Operations Committee Meeting
focused on log trucking safety and insurance issues. Committee members discussed ideas for applying the successes from British Columbia’s log trucking safety initiatives (see Dustin Meierhofer’s presentation) to efforts in the U.S. They recommended that FRA present some aspect of the TEAM Safe Trucking education modules, now under development in the U.S., in its quarterly webinar this November.

The Supplier-Consumer Relations Committee
heard a presentation on and discussed opportunities to engage family forest landowners with forest management, and the needs of this sector of the supply chain. The Committee also discussed how to re-launch the successful Supplier-Consumer Workshops, which provide a facilitated opportunity for wood-using facilities and their suppliers to identify opportunities to work together to improve efficiencies. The Committee agreed that this should be the subject of a future FRA webinar.

THATS Foundation Meeting. THATS Foundation members have been working on a project that will be beneficial to anyone that holds safety meetings with employees and needs a way to document it. The new app will have the ability to document safety meeting content, attendees (with signature capability), and any other details that the meeting leader/facilitator would like to include. The group is also working on a fundraiser project to be rolled out in 2018… Hogs and Logs BBQ Competition! It promises to be a fun endeavor.
At FRA’s Annual Awards Dinner, we recognized:
• 2017 National Outstanding Logger Hasbargen Logging Inc., based in Birchdale, Minnesota, for its innovative practices, strong work ethic, and personnel policies. Hasbargen Logging donated their regional and national award dollars to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

• 2017 National Forestry Activist Ron Gray, Retired - Avista Utilities, Kettle Falls, Washington. Ron exemplifies what it means to be a forest activist with a long record of public outreach on western forest management issues. He is deserving of this recognition for his years of service and efforts in forwarding our industry.

• 2017 National Technical Writing Award winner Tommy Peagler, instructor for the Timber Harvesting Operations training program at Coastal Pines Technical College in Waycross, Georgia. Tommy won with his Technical Release entitled Georgia’s Coastal Pines Timber Harvesting Operations Program.

• Sylviene Mason was honored for her 38 years of service to FRA. Also at the Awards Dinner, the National Log A Load For Kids® Foundation recognized 2017 Log A Load For Kids Volunteer Champion Lee Anne Fitzgerald, for her decade of work as a driving force for Central Arkansas’ Log A Load for Kids program. Lee Anne was honored with a plaque and a check for $250, which she donated to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in SC. She also asked for a volunteer at the meeting to match her donation; Paul Davis with Weyerhaeuser accepted her challenge and provided the match.

Complete Minutes of the May 4 Board Meeting, as well as Minutes from FRA National Committee Meetings will be available to members. Contact FRA’s Ryan Rhodes at [email protected] for an emailed copy.

Comments or questions about FRA Board business are always welcome and should be directed to FRA President Deb Hawkinson ([email protected]) or to any Board member.
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.
Oct 2-4

FRA 2017 Fall Board Meeting and Fly In (Washington, DC)
Forest Resources Association Inc.
1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW • Suite 303
Washington, DC 20006

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