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August 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! The deadline to reserve your hotel room is fast approaching! The FRA group rate will expire on September 5, and room rates will increase significantly. CLICK HERE to reserve your room today, or call 1-855-371-6824 and ask for the Forest Resources Association group rate. (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 other's 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.
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
Fraser’s acquisition includes six sawmills in Florida and Georgia. West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the operations of the Gilman Companies from the Howard Gilman Foundation and other shareholders for approximately US$430 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. The Gilman Companies are comprised of six sawmills and a finger-joint mill in Florida and Georgia as well as an administrative office in St. Marys, Georgia. The transaction, which is also subject to U.S. regulatory approvals and customary conditions, is anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2017.
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. Oregon-based Roseburg Forest Products will expand its operations in the southeastern United States with construction of a new engineered wood products plant in Chester, S.C. Roseburg publicly announced the project July 11 at a joint news conference with officials representing the state of South Carolina and Chester County.
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 wood yard, 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
Wisconsin has long been known as America’s Dairyland. However, for decades we have also been the epicenter of America’s papermaking industry. For over 50 years, the state has been the nation’s leading producer of paper products. According to the Wisconsin Paper Council, the Wisconsin paper industry directly or indirectly employs more than 140,000 workers and produces more than 5 million tons of paper annually.
Meet the Folks Operating Michigan's Oldest Family-Owned Tree Farm
In 1931, Rom and Myrtle Dilley bought 10 acres along the White River in Newaygo County and built a log cabin with a water view, all for an investment of just $1,800.
Northern Long-Eared Bat: Next Spotted Owl?
Much of the controversy over the listing of the northern spotted owl has subsided, but the memory of what took place and the impact of the listing on many rural communities in the Pacific Northwest remains. Today, the spotted owl remains a poster child – both for the anti-logging groups, and for the targets of such groups - to remind us of the potential for environmental activists to use the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as an effective tool against the forest products industry.
Northeast Region – Eric Kingsley
New Hampshire Biomass Plants get a Temporary Lifeline, but What’s Next?
Biomass markets in New England are having a tough time surviving. Low wholesale power prices, combined with flagging incentives for renewable biomass from states in Southern New England, have left biomass plants throughout the region struggling to continue operations.
Maine Biomass Plant Continues to Struggle
A biomass plant in Jonesboro could collect up to $81,000 in taxpayer subsidies for July, coming back online July 5 after an outage that started at 5 p.m. on March 23.
Catalyst Paper Mill in Rumford, Maine is Looking to Install a New Tissue Machine, a $56 Million Investment
Three years after a controversial tax break program failed to prevent a paper mill in Northern Maine from closing, another paper company is using the program to lure investment for mill improvements projected to create and sustain jobs in Oxford County.
Western Region – Vickie Swanton
The Fisher Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances | A Proactive Approach to Recovery
Landowners and managers have choices and responsibilities when it comes to threatened and endangered species conservation. Successful long-term forest management and conservation are possible when ‘win-win’ solutions are created that advance the integration of forestry and wildlife. Many tools are available to help achieve this objective including a suite of proactive management plans under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These plans encourage land management activities that benefit wildlife and business by enabling the development of site-specific strategies that are tailored to management objectives, values and the needs of wildlife.
Firefighting is Very Newsworthy Here, as Always During this Time of the Year
Lolo Peak fire managers have drawn their lines in the dirt, and are now preparing for the flames to march down the mountain toward them.
FRA’ s Western Region to Meet in Whitefish, Montana
Registration is now open for the Western Region Joint 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, during the General Session, include a Global Market Update by Bob Flynn, Softwood Lumber Update by Steve Lovett, From Where Will the Fiber Come? by Rocky Goodnow, and Federal Forest Reform Update by Bill Imbergamo, just to name a few highlights.
Industry News
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.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tidwell Announces Retirement
(Washington, D.C., August 18, 2017) – U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced his retirement after a 40-year career, characterized by his climb from a firefighter to a District Ranger, Forest Supervisor to the head of the U.S. Forest Service, leading more than 30,000 employees working in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico.
New Members
Welcome New Members!
Located in Alabama, Westervelt has joined FRA as a sawmill. FRA welcomes new member Westervelt 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 Committee 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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