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May 2018
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Dear FRA Member,

Last month, our association gathered in New Orleans, LA for our 84th Annual Meeting. I'd like to thank all of you who attended. Your participation led to robust conversations and decision making, and I'm very excited about what lies ahead for FRA. 

At the end of this letter, click the “Read More” button to view the Summary of Business. If you were not able to join us in New Orleans, I invite you to take a moment to read the document and let me know if you have any questions or items you'd like to discuss. You'll notice a speaker line-up of leaders sharing their knowledge and expertise, successes in public policy and plans for what’s next in Washington, steps to take to address trucking safety and insurance challenges, and recruiting opportunities targeting members of the military. For those of you who did join us, I hope this summary covers your key takeaways and serves as a reminder of our discussions.

Looking ahead, please watch your inboxes for upcoming technical and safety releases, quarterly webinars, Woods to Mill blogs and our Friday political updates.  We will be covering the latest trends that impact supply chain operations, and working to keep you informed. You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter or visit our blog for more frequent industry updates.

In closing, I'd like to thank all of our members for making this past year such a success. From our continued work building presence on Capitol Hill, identifying solutions to workforce and safety challenges, and bringing you the latest in technology advancement and best practices for operation efficiency, your association has accomplished much and is on strong footing for the future. None of this would be possible without the support and participation of members like you.

Deb Hawkinson

Recent FRA Staff Changes
I am pleased to announce that FRA has expanded the FRA Lake States Region role to include support for the policy team in the national office. Tim O’Hara joined FRA effective Tuesday, May 15 as Manager, Lake States Region and Policy Communications, and has the experience to both represent FRA’s interest in the Lake States, and provide forestry and policy expertise to our efforts here in Washington, DC. He will be spending his time coordinating LSR activities and supporting FRA members in that region. In addition, Tim’s public policy background, coupled with a forestry degree and experience working in the wood supply chain, will be a beneficial addition to our federal public policy efforts to help identify emerging issues that impact the wood supply chain. Tim will be working closely with Pat Rita, FRA’s policy consultant who provides coverage for FRA on the Hill. I look forward to working with both Tim and Pat as we combine efforts to address FRA’s public policy priorities and keep FRA members informed and engaged. This change in the Lake States Region means that we will no longer need a consultant there. Please join me in welcoming Tim and thanking Steve Kariainen for his service to the Lake States Region.

I also hope you will join me in congratulating Ryan Rhodes, FRA’s Director of Government & Public Affairs with the exciting announcement of his plans to focus on his new policy and advocacy consultant firm. This change means Ryan has recently left FRA, and we wish him the best of luck.

Both Ryan and Steve have been valuable members of the FRA team over these past two years. We have made great strides thanks to their efforts, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to let me know.

M.M. Wright, Inc. is FRA’s SE Region and National Outstanding Logger for 2018
Owners Frank Myers and Stephen Wright received this prestigious national award at the April 17 FRA Annual Meeting in New Orleans:
Bernard Rose is FRA’s SE Region and 2018 National Technical Writing Award Winner
Details on Bernard’s Award and his winning Technical Release (“Using Woodyard Cameras to Improve Driver Safety Compliance”) can be found here:
2018 Log A Load For Kids Volunteer Champion
The Log A Load For Kids Foundation named Deidra Holt of International Paper as the 2018 Volunteer Champion at 2018 FRA Annual Meeting.
Appalachian, Southcentral, Southeastern Regions – Rick Meyer
Logging Cost Analysis Course
Logging Cost Analysis Course will be conducted June 12 & 13 in Kinston, NC. This well-known course is applicable especially to loggers, wood dealers, and procurement foresters. University of Georgia’s Joe Conrad and Virginia Tech’s Chad Bolding are the instructors. For more details:
Ohio’s BMP & Chain Saw Safety Training Classes Available to High School Students
In March, the Ohio Forestry Association (OFA) reported that after nearly 3 years of working with the Ohio Department of Education, OFA’s Chain Saw Level 1 and 2 training classes, and OFA’s Best Management Practices for Loggers in Ohio training, have been recognized as Industry Credentials that high school students can earn while still in school. OFA believes that this training not only can help the students get jobs in the forest products industry when they graduate, but also gives employers a better pool of people to choose from. OFA has recently started working with a school in the Loudonville, Ohio area to start this process.
Mississippi Gains 10% Axle Weight Tolerance
The Mississippi Forestry Association recently reported that, in addition to Mississippi’s existing 5% gross vehicle weight tolerance for log trucks (with harvest permit), the association, working in coalition with other allies, achieved passage of new legislation that increases the current 5% tolerance on axle weights to a new 10% tolerance on log truck axle weights. Learn more:
FRA Southcentral Region (SCR) Policy Committee Minutes
JJ Lemire with Forestry Mutual Insurance Recognized for Safety Program Contributions
JJ Lemire with Forestry Mutual Insurance was recognized on March 21 by FRA’s Southeastern Region for his many contributions to FRA Safety Programs:
Johnson Timber Company is FRA’s Southcentral Region 2018 Outstanding Logger
Rodney Johnson was honored at the April 17 FRA Annual Meeting in New Orleans:
Marissa Jo Daniel, Tom Gallagher and Bruce Hooker Recognized for Award-Winning FRA Technical Releases
Marissa Jo Daniel & Tom Gallagher with Auburn University (“Phone App Technology to Record Log Truck Movements”) and Bruce Hooker with Paragon Insurance (“Ten Keys to Trucking Fleet Safety”):
Lake States Region – Tim O'Hara
Innovative Products, Processes Keys to Paper Industry's 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.
Tim O’Hara: Increasing Pace and Scale in the Lake States
In Federal FY2018 the National Forests in MN, WI and MI are estimating a timber program that has not been reached in more than 20 years.
McCoy Acquires Seven Regional John Deere Stores from Nortrax
McCoy Group, Inc. a family-owned company based in Dubuque is expanding its business base with the purchase of seven John Deere Construction and Forestry stores serving northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from Nortrax, Inc. The acquisition is effective immediately.
Northeast Region – Eric Kingsley
Maine Forestry Forum Held in Brewer to Discuss Expansion of the Forest Industry
Maine's forest product industry is growing and officials say it's creating job opportunities locally.
Shaheen, Collins Introduce Bill to Support New England Timber Market
New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Maine Sen. Susan Collins have introduced a bill that would help timber markets in New England.
Western Region – Vickie Swanton
Murkowski: Forest Service Must Address Long-Standing Management Failures
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) chaired an oversight hearing last week to examine the president’s budget request for the U.S. Forest Service for Fiscal Year 2019. Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen testified on behalf of the Forest Service.
Loggers Gather to Raise Money for Ill Children
Two and a half years ago, Payton and Christian Headrick’s twin sons were born at 24 weeks, weighing only 1 pound 3 ounces.
USFS Plans to Log, Treat 12,000 Acres SW of Bend
After three years of planning and public input, Deschutes National Forest Supervisor John Allen announced Monday his approval of a plan to harvest timber, treat, burn or mow various areas on about 12,000 acres 10 miles southwest of Bend and east of Mt. Bachelor, starting as soon as this fall.
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 Jacob Minor, [email protected], to list your open position.
Click on job links below for more information

Seven Islands Company | Operations Forester

Process and Quality Control Manager—Data Services - Charlotte, NC

Resource and Timber Market Analyst - Charlotte, NC

Special Project Coordinator for Non-Profit - Glenelg, MD

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

Sep 17-19

Lake States Fall Meeting (Jefferson Street Inn, Wausau, WI)
Sep 18-20

Western Region Fall Meeting (Hotel RL, Olympia, WA)
Oct 10-12

2018 Fall Board Meeting (Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, Lexington, KY)
May 20-22

2019 Annual Meeting (Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island, FL)
Forest Resources Association Inc.
1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW • Suite 303
Washington, DC 20006

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