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January 2018
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Annual Meeting Announcement
We are excited to announce that registration for the FRA 2018 Annual Meeting, April 16-18 in New Orleans, LA is now live. The Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) Annual Meeting will take place upon the conclusion of the FRA meeting, on Wednesday April 18.

Please CLICK HERE to register for both, and see information about this year’s agenda and venue.

We are kindly requesting your support and offer sponsorship opportunities at different levels. FRA Meetings provide your company exposure at a professional and reputable event. The spotlight gains you recognition with peers and your target market. Sponsorship is the most affordable way to give your company and your association recognition. Please contact Claire Gedde at [email protected] by March 23, 2018 if your company would like to become a FRA Annual Meeting sponsor, and we thank you in advance for your consideration.
Issue Update
As you know, FRA has been working on legislation to include the entire forest sector in a new H-2C visa program replacing H-2A. Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA) has been leading this effort with his Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act), which passed the House Judiciary Committee in October.
Appalachian, Southcentral, Southeastern Regions – Rick Meyer
Soren Eriksson: 1938-2017
Soren Eriksson, founder of the Game of Logging program, was world-renowned for his development of exceptional training techniques in chain saw felling and chain saw/logging safety and efficiency. He passed away in his home country of Sweden on December 26, 2017. Former FRA President Richard Lewis has written a brief tribute, available at this link, and Glatfelter’s Jeff Jenkins has written more in FRA’s most recent Woods to Mill blog.
West Virginia Passes Bond Referendum for Infrastructure Improvements
Funding needed highway, road, and bridge construction and improvements is a hotly debated topic with voters and with state and national legislatures. West Virginia voters chose to tackle this funding challenge by passing (by a 73% majority vote) a bond referendum to fund numerous road and bridge improvements across the state.
FRA Southeastern Region Spring Meeting in Newberry, SC, March 21-22
This meeting’s March 21 General Session will include presentations from FRA President Deb Hawkinson, Cam Crawford President and CEO of the Forestry Association of South Carolina, Shawn Baker of Forisk Consulting, a prominent trucking business owner, and more.  The March 22 forestry Field Trip will include a tour of Columbo Energy’s wood pellet facility and Norbord’s OSB mill in the area.
OOIDA Weighs in on the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate
Many log truckers who haul from the woods are exempt from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate (for recording Hours-of-Service) that went into effect on December 18. (See FRA Technical Release 17-R-14) Small businesses who do not meet the exemption criteria, but who feel the financial burden of purchasing ELDs have a short window of opportunity to submit comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on how the ELD mandate will impact them.
Lake States Region – Steve Kariainen
Wisconsin Forest Product Businesses Invited to Attend Wood Trade Mission to Northern China, March 20-30
Organized by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the mission will include visits to four Chinese cities: Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, and Guangzhou. At Guangzhou, mission participants will attend Interzum Guangzhou, one of Asia’s largest woodworking, furniture production, and interior décor fairs.
Tech in Ten: Integrating the Ecosystem
Michigan Tech's thought leaders glimpse into the University's future. Terry Sharik, dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES), reflects on where natural resources education is heading over the next decade.
Northeast Region – Eric Kingsley
Maine Video Highlights Logging as an 'Exciting Industry' for Young Job-Seekers
The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine has launched a promotional video to publicize the state's year-old program that provides much-needed trained loggers for the state's $8.5 billion forest products industry.
Northeast Silviculture Institute for Foresters Now to be Available Online
The exciting news is that the entire 10-days of training will be available online for anyone - not just foresters. That’s right, every lecture and every field stop in 2017 was filmed and the dozens of videos will be available if you cannot attend in 2018 or just want to check out key lectures and training – all in the comfort of your own home or office.
Strange Bedfellows Seek Bigger Timber Tax Break in New York
An unexpected alliance of the New York timber industry and environmental groups is pushing for an expansion of a 44-year old tax break for timber production. The two sides are urging the governor and legislature to double the size of the program, streamline the application process, and expand the program’s scope to cover land that’s also used for open space and wetlands.
Deep Freeze May Reduce Some Insect Populations in Maine
People who know bugs and trees say there could be an upside to the sustained freezing temperatures that have challenged Mainers for more than a month, besides providing ideal conditions for ice fishing and pond hockey.
Biomass Warms Up - Boilers that Burn Timber Byproducts Spread through the Adirondacks
Can biomass electricity generation save the Adirondacks? Kate Fish, executive director of the Adirondack North Country Association, thinks it’s an important piece of the economic puzzle. In keeping with ANCA’s mission of promoting economic development that preserves the environment, she’d like to see more biomass electricity generation.
Western Region – Vickie Swanton
Congress Must Assure Healthy Forests and Secure Watersheds
It's not fire season right now or at least it shouldn't be but continuing drought and seemingly constant shifts in "normal" weather patterns set the stage for record-setting, winter wildfires in California that cost the federal government billions to contain, all which highlight similar concerns for Colorado.
What's in a Name? Adding a little humor...
Washington state’s woodlands are buzzing — with humor. As foresters spend lonely months toiling in the wilderness, they have a chance to connect with their inner wordsmith. They get to put their wit on display while preparing patches of public land for timber auctions. They choose the name, the catchier the better.
Stoltze, SmartLam to Cut Lumber from Capitol Christmas Tree
Back in November, a 79-foot Engelmann spruce from the Kootenai National Forest was cut down and hauled to Washington, D.C. to be the Capitol Christmas tree.
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. Please email Ryan Rhodes, [email protected], to list your open position.
Click on job links below for more information

CEO, Society of American Foresters (SAF) - Bethesda, MD

Forest Management Supervisor - Forestry Department Solon Springs, WI

Executive Vice President North Carolina Forestry Association - Raleigh, NC

Virginia Forestry Association Programs Coordinator - Richmond, VA

Executive Director Pennsylvania Forest Products Association - Harrisburg, PA

Mar 21-22

Southeast Region Spring Meeting (Newberry, SC)
Apr 16

Southcentral Region Policy Committee Meeting (Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA)
Apr 16-18

2018 Annual Meeting (Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA)
May 15-17

Western Region Spring Meeting (Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia)
May 17

Appalachian Region Spring Policy Committee Meeting (Richmond, VA)
Oct 10-12

2018 Fall Board Meeting (Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, Lexington, KY)
Forest Resources Association Inc.
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Washington, DC 20006

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