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February 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 by March 23, 2018, if your company would like to become an FRA Annual Meeting sponsor, and we thank you in advance for your consideration.
Please participate in today’s FRA's webinar on Infrastructure and Economic Development Issues February 21 at 2 pm (ET).

Our speakers for this webinar will be Wiley Deck, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) Director of Government Affairs, and Mark Sanborn, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Senior Advisor.

This discussion will:
• Give an overview of priorities in the upcoming infrastructure plan broken down by key staff from the USDA and FMCSA.
• Provide a review of rural development as it pertains to the forest supply chain.
• Offer an opportunity to learn more about Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs).

The presentation portion of the webinar should last around 30 minutes, and we have included time for questions at the end. Please mark your calendar accordingly. More details will be forthcoming.

Join the webinar from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

For Audio:
Dial: +1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 303 654 990
A True Asset: The American Soldier for Life
I commissioned into the Army as a second lieutenant of Armor in 1997 as a graduate of the US Military Academy. I have served around the world in places like Kansas, Korea, California, Colorado, and Georgia.
Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards Program – 2018
To showcase the industry’s continuing commitment to sustainability, the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognizes excellence in sustainable practices in the United States (U.S.) pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing industry through the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards program.
Appalachian, Southcentral, Southeastern Regions – Rick Meyer
TEAM Safe Trucking’s Second Education Module Nearly Ready
TEAM Safe Trucking’s safe driver education Module 1, available at, provides basic information on the FMCSA rules and regulations that apply to log truck drivers (and managers). Module 2 will address many in-woods and on-the-road driving safety best practices and will be available very soon. Individuals may create an account and complete the modules online; those wishing to facilitate a group training effort may contact TEAM Safe Trucking President Jeremiah O’Donovan ([email protected]) for instructions. See for more details on this nationwide forest industry trucking safety initiative (and how to support it financially--several more modules are forthcoming).
FRA Southeastern Region Spring Meeting in Newberry, SC, March 21-22
Three guest speakers at the March 21 General Session will present their perspectives on meeting wood fiber trucking challenges. Additional presentations will cover current forestry and harvesting issues at the regional and national level. The March 22 forestry field trip will include a tour of Colombo Energy’s wood pellet facility and Norbord’s OSB mill in the area. Plan to attend!
FRA’s OSHA Logging Safety Training Video
Our industry has come a long way in the last few decades when it comes to improving safety practices on timber harvesting operations and designing exceptional safety innovations in logging equipment.
Lake States Region – Steve Kariainen
Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT): BIG, STRONG AND PROMISING
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is said to have first been developed in Switzerland in the early 1990’s. Since then, it has become increasingly popular across Europe in modern architecture and building construction, and it now appears to be gaining some momentum here in North America.
Wisconsin Harvest Systems and Production Volumes
Between 2003 and 2016, there have been modest shifts in the ways Wisconsin logging businesses harvest and process trees. In Wisconsin, we find that logging businesses use one of three harvest systems.
Wisconsin Could Give Tax Credits to Major Paper Companies
Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday he'd be open to offering other paper companies Foxconn-style tax credits just days after he floated the suggestion for consumer products giant Kimberly-Clark. Kimberly-Clark announced last week that it would close plants in Neenah and Fox Crossing, resulting in the loss of 600 jobs.
Celebrating Michigan’s Forest Conservation Roots
In 1903, a team of workers under the direction of newly appointed State Forest Warden Filibert Roth pondered the stump-ridden, sandy terrain on the north shore of Higgins Lake, south of Grayling in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.
Northeast Region – Eric Kingsley
Winter is Here, and FRA is your Resource
A groundhog somewhere in Pennsylvania saw its shadow, so apparently, the entire country is about to be treated to six more weeks of winter. You’re in luck - for years, the Forest Resources Association has shared information on the technical and safety aspects of working in cold conditions.
Latest Bid to Revive Shuttered Katahdin Mill Promises 100 Jobs
A North Carolina manufacturer plans to create more than 100 jobs by becoming Maine’s first producer of a composite wood strong enough to replace concrete and steel in high-rise buildings.
Today’s Timber Markets: Who Will Buy Northeast’s Low-Grade Wood?
Van Webb, a logger and farmer from Sunapee, harvested from a mostly white pine lot on a 57-acre property in Unity, N.H., in 2016. Many of the pine trees he harvested were low-grade — meaning the logs could not be sawed into boards at a sawmill. Instead, he sent the wood to the biomass plant in Springfield, N.H., where it was burned to create electricity.
A Time of Transition for Vermont's Forest Products Industry
Vermont prides itself as the Green Mountain State, with nearly 80 percent of its land mass covered in forest. Healthy and productive forests are inherent to Vermont's culture and heritage. Yet the industry responsible for bringing us countless valuable forest products — high-quality furniture, specialty wood crafts, lumber and firewood, as well as services such as clean water, fresh air and a home for wildlife — is in decline due to myriad challenges.
Western Region – Vickie Swanton
Submitting an FRA Safety Alert
Last month I wrote about FRA Technical Releases, and how to submit ideas for publication. The FRA Safety Alert is another very popular publication that we offer, and something that can greatly benefit those working in forestry industry jobs.
Loggers Don’t Care
You and I do our morning hygiene routines absentmindedly, our thoughts drifting to what the day might hold, what yesterday held, and what tomorrow might bring. Today my thoughts are on continuing to move equipment onto this winter’s logging site about sixty miles south of Lake Superior and knocking the air out of the snow on the road so it will freeze and support logging trucks. There was a recent morning when my thoughts were not as pleasant. Not nearly.
Colville Cutting Down Decades of Decline
After decades of declining timber harvests and forest restoration projects, the Colville National Forest has turned a corner and is dramatically increasing both. According to recent forest management estimates, the forest is poised to be the No. 1 forest products producer in the Pacific Northwest, an area containing 17 national forests in Oregon and Washington.
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

General Manager, Wood Procurement, Northwest Operations

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

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)
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Washington, DC 20006

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