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June 2017
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Dear FRA Members,
Here at FRA, we are busy preparing for our fall national and regional meetings. From arranging speakers to finalizing agendas, we are excited to share opportunities for the wood supply chain organizations to come together at local and national levels. We've already sent communications with logistical information for these meetings and you will see registration links in our regional sections of this bulletin, but there's one more thing we need to lock down - your attendance! (If you've already made your arrangements, we are looking forward to seeing you.)

In today's world of emails and digital conferences, it can seem downright antiquated to attend an in-person meeting. However studies have shown, that this just isn't the case. A recent Harvard Business Review study found that a request made face-to-face was 34 times more successful than if the same request was made via email. We know first-hand that same willingness to collaborate extends to our meetings. With members spread across the country, our meetings are an ideal way to make contacts in your region and at the national level.

Increased collaboration isn't the only reason to attend. Here are a few more:
    • Education: There's always something new to learn. FRA meetings are the place to learn about best practices in operations and updates on technological advancements that are changing the way we work.

    • Networking: Form new or stronger relationships with your industry peers and learn from each others' experiences and identify new solutions.

    • Outcomes: Members often attend our conferences with a certain goal in mind. Be it forging a new business partnership, discussing how to be a better advocate with legislators or learning about the forest products industry supply chain, attending our meetings can help you meet your goals.

    • Activities: We might be biased, but we truly enjoy our annual meetings. From the speakers to the receptions, field trips and off-site activities, members have shared that they walk away from our meeting feeling refreshed and reinvigorated – and ready to get back to work with new information.
If you'd like to talk more about attending FRA meetings or how you can get the most out of your trip, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to seeing many of you in Washington, DC on October 4-6 for the Fall Board Meeting and Capitol Hill Fly-In.

Thank You,
Deb Hawkinson, FRA President

The Timber Harvesting Safety Manual
The Forest Resources Association’s Southwide Safety Committee has updated one of FRA’s most in-demand publications, the Timber Harvesting Safety Manual. This well-known resource includes a new section on in-woods portable grinder safety as well as additional miscellaneous safety recommendations and revised OSHA-required reporting procedures for fatalities and serious injuries.
FRA's has an upcoming webinar on Sleep Apnea on
September 14 at 2pm (ET).
The discussion will cover:
    1. Stages of sleep
    2. Sleep hygiene and the importance of a healthy sleep
    3. Sleep debt and the impact on work and health
    4. Sleep apnea
Michelle Conville from Independent Respiratory Services will be the webinar presenter. Michelle was a speaker at the 2016 FRA Fall Board Meeting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and her presentation was extremely well received. The webinar will last around 30 minutes, and we have included time for questions at the end. Please mark your calendar accordingly. More details will be forthcoming.
Appalachian, Southcentral, Southeastern Regions – Rick Meyer
West Fraser Timber to Acquire the Gilman Companies
West Fraser’s acquisition includes six sawmills in Florida and Georgia.
Roseburg Forest Products to Build Engineered Wood Plant in South Carolina
In early July, Roseburg announced that it planned to build a new laminated veneer lumber plant in Chester, SC.
College of Central Florida’s Logging Equipment Operator Training Class
The College of Central Florida completed its first-ever timber harvesting equipment program earlier this summer. Students participated in five weeks of classroom instruction from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Thursday, followed by three weeks of all-day field instruction with hands-on experience.
FRA’s Appalachian Region to Meet in Chillicothe, Ohio
Registration is now open for FRA’s Appalachian Region 2017 Fall Meeting scheduled for September 20-21 in Chillicothe, Ohio.  As always, the content-laden General Session includes relevant presentations on current topics including forest industry policy and regulatory issues; trucking safety, insurance, and record-keeping; and a loggers’ issues panel.  The meeting also includes a Forestry Field Trip to tour Glatfelter’s Chillicothe pulp mill woodyard, its Piketon log merchandising yard, and private stave and cooperage mills near Jackson.
Lake States Region – Steve Kariainen
Fra Lakes States Region meeting will be held in Duluth, MN on October 25th – 26th. More details to follow.
Wisconsin’s paper industry: Keys to printing continued success

Meet the folks operating Michigan's oldest family-owned tree farm

Northern Long-Eared Bat: Next Spotted Owl?
Northeast Region – Eric Kingsley
New Hampshire biomass plants get a temporary lifeline, but what’s next?

Maine biomass plant continues to struggle

Catalyst Paper mill in Rumford, Maine is looking to install a new tissue machine, a $56 million investment
Western Region – Vickie Swanton

• Fire fighting is very newsworthy here, as always during this time of the year:

• FRA’ s Western Region to meet in Whitefish, Montana Registration is now open for FRA’s Western Region 2017 Fall Meeting scheduled for September 19-21 in Whitefish, Montana.  It is our pleasure to invite you to the joint MWPA 45th annual convention and the Forest Resources Association Western Region Fall meeting to be held at the rustic Grouse Mountain Lodge in scenic Whitefish, Montana.  The theme for this meeting is: It all Starts in the Forest”. Presentations on Thursday include a Global Market Update by Bob Flynn, Wall Wood Buildings/Check-offby Steve Lovett, Advancement in Engineered Wood Products by Craig Rawlings and Arnie Didie, Federal Forest Reform Updateby Bill Imbergamo – just to name a few highlights.
WR registration
Farewell to Industry Friends

FRA would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the loss of Eric A. Johnson and Paul Lyskava.

• Eric Johnson, age 59 passed away unexpectedly July 18th. Following a brief career as a logger, Eric was hired as the editor of The Northern Logger and Timber Processor magazine, published in Old Forge, NY. He worked for the magazine and the Northeastern Loggers’ Association for almost 35 years and was highly regarded for his ability to communicate the benefits of responsible forest management to a skeptical public as well as the news of an ever-changing industry to a regional industry audience.

• Paul Lyskava, age 52 passed away on June 26th. Since 2002 Paul has served as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association. Paul’s continual interaction with members of the Pennsylvania State Congress repeatedly kept the concerns of the forest product constituents and the ramifications under consideration.  Most recently, Paul was solicited by the Governor to serve on the Governor’s Green Ribbon Task Force, a commission to further advance the forest product industry.

FRA’s thoughts are with Eric and Paul’s family and friends during this time.

New Members
FRA welcomes new member Westervelt located in Alabama, which produces a wide variety of high-performance products from southern yellow pine for customers in both domestic and international markets.
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.
Click on job links below for more information

Fiber Supply Forester I - Holly Hill, SC

Executive Director - Harrisburg, PA.

Safety Management Consultant – Logging – Central/Northern Maine

Director of the Georgia Forestry Commission - Athens, GA

Staff Forester - LandVest Timberland Office in West Stewartstown, NH

Texas Forestry Association Seeks Executive Director – Lufkin, TX

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.
Sep 19-21

Western Region/MWPA Fall Meeting (Whitefish, MT)
Sep 20-21

FRA Appalachian Region 2017 Fall Meeting (Chillicothe, OH) - REGISTER NOW!
Oct 4-6

FRA 2017 Fall Board Meeting and Fly In (Washington, DC) - REGISTER NOW!
Oct 25-26

SE Region Policy Committe Meeting (Jekyll Island, GA)
Oct 25-26

Lake States Fall Meeting (Duluth, MN)
Apr 16-18

FRA 2018 Annual Meeting (New Orleans, LA)
Forest Resources Association Inc.
1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW • Suite 303
Washington, DC 20006

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