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Midterm Elections

The November 6 midterm elections may result in leadership changes for the 116th Congress. At the FRA Fall Board Meeting earlier this month, Jim Ellis, Senior Political Analyst with BIPAC, provided an overview of the midterms and anticipated results for the House and Senate. At that time, Ellis predicted Democrats were likely to take the House by a margin narrower than most media outlets are reporting. In the Senate, Ellis predicted Republicans will maintain and may even increase their control of the upper chamber. He discussed some of the factors that could drive this outcome and his opinion that many media outlets have overlooked variables that could impact the upcoming midterms.

One thing is clear: election forecasting experts are differing widely in their predictions. Charlie Cook, a well-respected political analyst, is predicting a 25 to 35 seat gain for the Democrats in the House, which would give Democrats control of the lower chamber. Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, believes there is a possibility Republicans may hold the House. Ultimately, the deciding variable in any election—and the variable that pollsters cannot accurately forecast—is voter turnout. Please take time to vote on November 6. As always, FRA will be reporting soon after the election, in a webinar style format, what the elections mean for leadership of key committees in Congress we work with, and how that influences the political agenda and FRA issue priorities in 2019 and beyond.

The Lake States Region Bat Habitat Conservation Plan (LSR Bat HCP):

State Departments of Natural Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife Service will be meeting November 5-7 to prepare a final draft of the proposed conservation measures. The conservation measures outline practices that will need to be implemented during forest management activities in MI, MN, and WI. FRA has taken the lead on this issue and has been engaged during the process with key individuals and decisionmakers. We are hoping to develop a reasonable HCP that recognizes that forest habitat is not a limiting factor to the bat population decline and that existing measures outlined in the 4(d) rule are sufficient as HCP conservation measures. The LSR Bat HCP may have implications for the remaining states that do not have an HCP in place if the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) is listed as endangered. The LSR will likely serve as a model for other regions. The NLEB is listed in 37 states and the District of Columbia. FRA anticipates the conservation measures will be released for public review in January 2019.

Department of Labor (DOL) Proposal to Change H-2B Application Form

The DOL is proposing changes to clarify the statutory and regulatory requirements of the H-2B labor certification program. One of the proposed changes is an addition of Appendix A that would require an employer to disclose multiple worksites. Depending on the level of detail that may be required, this change may make it difficult for those FRA members who employ nonimmigrant workers under the H-2B program. This is because forestry work is remote and often doesn’t follow a strict schedule due to unforeseen inclement weather. FRA is preparing comments regarding the proposed rule. Comments for the rule are due November 6, 2018. The proposed changes can be found here.

Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule

The deadline for submitting comments on EPA's substitute for the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is today, October 31. The proposed rule, known as the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, is generally viewed as favorable by the forest products and forestry trade associations, including FRA. The proposal's preamble states at the outset that EPA's "policy is to treat biogenic CO2 emissions resulting from the combustion of biomass from managed forests at stationary sources for energy production as carbon neutral." Reaffirmation of the carbon neutral qualities of forest-based biomass fuels and energy is a critical piece of this rulemaking. In other parts of the rule, the Agency concludes that co-firing biomass at electric generating units is not recommended Best System for Emissions Reduction, or BSER, largely because biomass cofiring is not economical and/or logistically practical for most utilities covered by the rule. However, the rule does acknowledge that biomass makes sense in certain regions and for certain utilities, and for that reason the rule proposes to allow states to consider cofiring with biomass as a compliance option.

Farm Bill

As Members of Congress are back home in their states and districts, Farm Bill negotiations have been left largely to key staff on the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. Based on feedback we have picked up during rounds of visits on Capitol Hill in the last week or so, leaders remain optimistic that a new Farm Bill can still be agreed to and sent to the President this year. The prospect of a fallback position in the form of extending the existing Farm Bill is not yet being openly discussed. FRA is continuing to advocate on a few fronts during the Farm Bill conference committee deliberations, including new authorities for the Forest Service to use in addressing forest health on federal lands, provisions promoting wood in constructing taller buildings and renewable energy programs that help bolster markets for biomass residuals. We will keep you apprised of our progress.
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FRA's 2018 Fall Board Meeting Summary of Business
FRA's 2018 Fall Board Meeting, October 10-12, drew 90 members and friends to Lexington, KY for committee work, educational speaker sessions, and the governance decisions that will guide the Association forward. During the meeting, members heard presentations from a variety of different speakers.
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Red Sky at Night...
Steve Kariainen  |  HFHC Great Lakes Director
Most of us know, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor take warning.” There appears to be a scientific basis for the rhyme, as sunlight passing through dirty air is dispersed differently than clean air, meaning red sunsets often do predict nice weather for the next day.
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What? Me Worry? Preventing Theft and Fraud in the Timber Industry
Aaron Gilland  |  Dendro Resource Management, Inc.
We want to believe that the employees, contractors, and others we work with are working with us in a responsible way and ensuring that outsiders do the same. For the most part, that is true. In fact, most theft and fraud is discovered and reported by responsible employees and contractors. Unfortunately, the unique nature of the forest industry makes it susceptible to theft and fraud.
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If You Can Make It From Oil, You Can Make It From Wood
John McNulty  |  Seven Islands Land Company
There’s a professor at the University of Maine who’s fond of reminding the forest products industry that oil is just wood (and other formerly living material) that has been processed for a few million years. We’re now reaching the point where technologies are being developed that can take this process from millions of years to hours or minutes, allowing wood to be used for an entirely new range of products – fuel, plastic, pharmaceuticals and more.
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Message from the FRA President – National Forest Products Week
Last Friday, President Trump declared this week, October 21 through October 27, to be National Forest Products Week. For the last 55 years, presidents have brought attention to the Forest Products Industry by proclaiming such a week, and we would like to thank President Trump for continuing this tradition. The President’s proclamation is a good reminder that our leaders in Washington, DC, are aware of our industry and its importance to the nation.
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Let’s inspire students to get into trucking! - Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Program in Maine
As the economy grows, so does the demand for truck drivers. In 2017, for the first time since 2006, a shortage of drivers topped the list of trucking industry concerns, according to the annual survey by the American Transportation Research Institute. If the trend continues, the shortage will exceed 174,000 drivers by 2026, according to the American Trucking Associations.
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J & L Trucking: FRA's 2018 Appalachian Region Outstanding Logger
FRA and STIHL honored James and Lucille Pennington, owners of J & L Trucking, LLC in Durbin, West Virginia, as the Appalachian Region 2018 Outstanding Logger at FRA’s Appalachian Region (AR) Awards Dinner in Lexington, KY on October 11
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Shermer Logging: FRA’s 2018 Lake States Region Outstanding Logger
FRA and STIHL recognized Shermer Logging as the Lake States Region 2018 Outstanding Logger at FRA’s Lake States Region 2018 Fall Meeting held on September 18 in Wausau, Wisconsin.
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Mike Newton: 2018 Western Region Outstanding Logger
FRA’s Western Region and STIHL have recognized Mike Newton, owner and operator of Newton Logging Inc., of Kalispell, Montana as the 2018 Regional Outstanding Logger during the Western Region Meeting held in Olympia, Washington on September 19, 2018.
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New Forestry Association Members
FRA has a new membership category for Forestry Associations. New members include:

• Alabama Forestry Association
• Arkansas Forestry Association
• Arkansas Timber Producers Association
• Forestry Association of South Carolina
• Louisiana Forestry Association
• Missouri Forest Products Association
• North Carolina Forestry Association
• Oregon Women in Timber
• Pennsylvania Forest Products Association
• Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee
• Professional Logging Contractors of Maine
• South Carolina Timber Producers Association
• Southern Loggers Cooperative
• Virginia Forestry Association
• West Virginia Forestry Association
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TEAM Safe Trucking Related Grant Request
Thank you to all of Team Safe Trucking’s generous and loyal friends and supporters! Thanks to your generosity we have been able to offer forest transportation training to owners, drivers and safety professionals throughout the country. As we look forward to 2019, Team Safe Trucking would like to put the brakes on for a moment to thank The Wood Supply Research Institute for their contribution of $25,000. We would like to invite all members of the forest supply chain to become involved with Team Safe Trucking. Team Safe Trucking is working to find grants and contributions to support future trainings and outreach efforts.
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Annual Fund Donation Card
Funding will help support the Special Projects Manager position.
Work Plan and Job Description
Members may announce job vacancies 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.

Procurement Representative

Field Operations Forester – Bangor, ME

Planning Forester – Peachtree City, GA

Procurement Forester - Southeast U.S.

Operations Forester - Northern Maine Region

Resource and Timber Market Analyst - Charlotte, NC

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

[email protected]
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