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September 2017
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Dear FRA Members,

We have a lot of information to share with you this quarter:  Updates from WSRI and Log A Load, an excellent blog from our intern Natalie, and a Member Spotlight feature we will be continuing going forward.  We also have a good number of Technical Releases and Safety Alerts this month, including a TR from earlier this year 17-R-9 Preparing Your Jobsite or Facility for a Hurricane.

We are just a week out from Forest Resources Association’s 2017 Fly-In and Fall Board Meeting.  Coming together on Capitol Hill as advocates of the supply chain is essential to the political process.    While the big news story of the day may catch everyone’s attention, it’s the ability to put a face to the issues confronting the forest products industry that helps make a difference moving legislation forward.

On Wednesday the Executive Committee will meet for a working lunch with Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin to discuss current congressional priorities.  Then we will kick off our Fly-In with a planning session for all attendees.  This will be followed by a networking event joining with the American Forest Foundation and North American Bird Conservancy for a Joint Reception in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building.  Finally, we will close out opening day at the Capitol Hill Club where Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson from Pennsylvania will provide his view of Congress from the inside.

After a full day on Thursday, we’ve been invited to take in one of the most beautiful and coveted views of Washington, D.C. from the Speaker’s Balcony in the Capitol.  We will end our day with a reception and dinner back at the Phoenix Park Hotel, featuring special guest Fox News Contributor Amos Snead who will give a lighthearted overview of the function and dysfunction happening in our Nation’s Capital.

The business of our Fall Board Meeting takes place on Friday.  FRA secured a top-level speaker for the Supplier-Consumer Relations Committee so we will stay in the Grand Ballroom, and all are encouraged to attend.  Howard Blomberg retired 4-Star General and former U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, responsible for developing, managing  and executing manpower and personnel plans, programs, and policies for the total Army.  Howard now works as Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, Integrated Air and Missile Defense for Lockheed Martin Corporation.  He will be speaking about “Bringing Veterans into the Civilian Workforce.”  We can’t wait to have you join us October 4-6 at the Phoenix Park hotel in Washington, DC.

Thank You,
Deb Hawkinson, FRA President and Bill Johnson, FRA Chairman
Member Spotlight - Superior Hardwoods Inc.
FRA has a wide range of members from the supply chain that boast a rich history of giving back to communities where they live, work and do business. This month’s FRA member spotlight, Superior Hardwoods of Ohio, is one such example. Stretching back generations, current President of Superior Hardwoods Adam Conway has come from a long line of involvement in forestry.
An Afternoon with Peter Pinchot
I have been with the Forest Resources Association (FRA) since May, competitively placed through the Demmer Scholars Program. The Demmer Scholars Program places students from Michigan State and Mississippi State Universities at federal agencies or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that focus on natural resource management.
Industry News
A Word from Log A Load Foundation Chair, Sherri Hansen - Fall 2017
Fall is starting and it is time to finish up those end-of-the-year Log A Load events for your local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospital. If you have not planned an event yet, make sure to work with your state association and children’s hospital to plan one before the end of the year.
Causes and Costs of Unused Logging Capacity Are Old Lessons Still True?
Excess or unused logging capacity still appears to be a source of cost and concern to the wood supply value chain in many regions of the United States. Since 2002, WSRI has done a number of studies that shed light on the factors that drive this inefficiency in the system.
New Members
Welcome New Members!
Beech Island Timber & Construction, Inc
Located in Jackson, SC is joining FRA as a Wood Supplier Member.

Canfor Southern Pine

Located in Myrtle Beach, SC has joined FRA as a Sawmill Member.

Frank’s Logging
Located in Peshtigo, WI has joined FRA as an Industry Supplier Member.

Terry Peters Logging
Located in Mellen, WI has joined FRA as a Wood Supplier Member.

W.K. Brown Timber Corp
Located in Hodges, SC has joined FRA as a Wood Supplier Member.
Appalachian, Southcentral, Southeastern Regions – Rick Meyer
Southwide Timber Security Group & SE Region Policy Committee to Meet in Jekyll Island, Georgia
FRA’s annual Southwide Timber Security Group will meet in Jekyll Island, Georgia on October 25-26, and FRA’s SE Region Policy Committee will meet beforehand. Both meetings are open to all who are interested, and the Timber Security portion should qualify for continuing education credits.
Lake States Region – Steve Kariainen
Forest Leader Inducted into Hall of Fame
Miles K. Benson, a longtime leader of sustainable forestry, was inducted into the Wisconsin Forestry Hall of Fame on September 13, 2017. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources submitted the nomination for Benson.
High School Forestry Class: Will it Take Root?
Workforce development is a top priority for the forest products industry as well as for many other industries. Primary education focuses on preparing students for higher education but often fails to address the needs of those who might transition directly into the workforce after their high school graduation.
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.
Northeast Region – Eric Kingsley
Supplier – Consumer Workshops Help Manage Costs, Build Relationships
For a mill, some of the most important relationships are with the people that supply wood to the facility. As more than one mill has proven, it is very hard to run when you don’t have raw materials to operate. For suppliers, mills are the customer.
New Hampshire Biomass Gets a Temporary Lifeline, But What’s Next?
The New Hampshire legislature just passed legislation to support biomass plants in the Granite State, but the funding only lasts until 2020. Many questions remain about the future of this market for low-grade wood – which uses over 3 million green tons of wood annually in New Hampshire.
Ashland, Maine’s Northeast Pellets Suffers Catastrophic Fire
A fire at Northeast Pellets mill in Ashland destroyed all of the 500 tons of bulk pellets stored in two silos.
Western Region – Vickie Swanton
On a Steep Slope Just Inland from Waldport, Oregon
A young forestry worker named Jared Foster is at the controls of a large machine called a forwarder. The machine, made by Finnish company Ponnse, looks like it was designed by Michael Bay.
Sen. Daines Issues Warning About Wildfires
As flames dance around the region and the state’s $30 million wildfire budget has been depleted, Montanans have been left wondering how long they will be suffering from the effects of the fires and what can be done to improve fire conditions.
McMorris Rodgers Joins Press Conference on Need For Forest Management Reforms
Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) joined U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and John Barrasso (R-WY), U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-OR), and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke for a press conference on the recent fires in the Western U.S. and the need to move forward with important forest management reforms to keep forests healthy and fix the budgetary issues facing the Forest Service.
17-R-20: The Foster Fast Track - Trucking: Truck Driver Health & Wellness
17-R-19: Vermont Skidder Bridge Rental Program
17-R-18: Tethered Logging Systems and Their Applicability in Various Regions
17-R-17: Self-Cleaning Delimbing Gate Improves Skidder Productivity
17-R-16: Utilization of Phone App Technology to Record Log Truck Movements in the Southeastern United States
17-R-15: Reduce Chain Shot Risk with These Safety Tips
17-R-14: ELDs (Electronic Logging Devices) are mandatory beginning December 18, 2017
17-R-9: Preparing Your Jobsite or Facility for a Hurricane
17-S-7: Heat Exhaustion on a Hot Summer Afternoon
17-S-6: Close Call With an ATV and Large Stick
17-P-10: The Winding Roads of Log Truck Insurance
Members may now announce available positions at no charge on FRA’s online 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

Northeastern Region Meeting New Date October Only – NE Region October Forum on October 11th. Due to the Forest Resource Association’s Fall Board Meeting & Fly-In on October 4-6, NE Region will be holding its October Industrial Forest Forum on October 11. As always, they will meet at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer, Maine starting at 5:30 PM.
Oct 4-6

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

Southwide Timber Security Group & SE Region Policy Committee Meeting (Jekyll Island, GA) - REGISTER NOW
Oct 25-26

Lake States Fall Meeting (Duluth, MN) - REGISTER NOW
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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