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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® is inviting applications for its Conservation and Community Partnerships Grants program.  The program, now in its third year, supports research and outreach on responsible forestry.  The 2012 Request for Proposals invites applications for projects that illustrate or inform the role of SFI in supporting water resources.  Proposed projects should illustrate the role of SFI Standard requirements in protecting water quality and quantity, such as effectively applying BMPs and demonstrating how the SFI standard supports their implementation.

On December 22, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released its revised Final Hours-Of-Service rule governing truck drivers, replacing the HOS rule it had promulgated in the middle of the past decade as a condition of avoiding litigation from a coalition of groups claiming to represent public safety and driver health. A few of the new rule’s provisions have a compliance date of February 27, 2012, but most of them will not be enforced until July 1, 2013.

The December 17 passage of the Omnibus Appropriations bill prevents the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing an onerous “Wage Rule” that would have established non-market wage guidelines for migrant guestworkers brought to the United States under the H-2B Visa Program. Because of a provision FRA and other members of the H-2B Workforce Coalition worked with Congress to include, DOL may not enforce, or implement, its new Wage Rule at least until October 1, 2012.

The December 17 passage of the Omnibus Appropriations bill prevents the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing an onerous “Wage Rule” that would have established non-market wage guidelines for migrant guestworkers brought to the United States under the H-2B Visa Program. Because of a provision the Forest Resources Association and other members of the H-2B Workforce Coalition worked with Congress to include, DOL may not enforce, or implement, its new Wage Rule at least until October 1, 2012.

In order to insert trucking issues forcefully within the Surface Transportation Reauthorization process, the Agriculture and Forestry Transportation Reform Coalition (AgHaul) and the Coalition for Transportation Productivity (CTP) are working with the American Trucking Associations and other trucking interest groups to stage a massive “Stand Up For Trucking” event this coming January 31-February 1 in Washington, DC.

We were intrigued with a one-minute videoclip that FedEx commissioned, to draw attention to its commitment to environmental sustainability, and released through Youtube for viral dissemination. The animated clip begins with a pristine forest scene, populated by anthropomorphic trees and animals, as well as fairies, who sway to a nursery-tale rhythm, through which a stylized FedEx delivery truck and airplane float, to be nurtured on the limbs of a grandfatherly tree.

On November 21, Enviva LP announced that it had formed a partnership with ConocoPhillips to create a new company, ECo Biomass Technologies, to manufacture and bring to market torrefied wood pellets. Enviva, which already has a large presence in wood pellet production in the U.S. and Europe, notes that “although torrefaction is widely used in many industries, its adaptation to the renewable energy industry has yet to be proven cost-effective and scalable.”

TECHNICAL RELEASE 11-R-21

Logging Systems: thinning 

Tommy Johnson, owner of Johnson Logging in DeRidder, Louisiana, uses tracked feller-bunchers and 6-wheel (3-axle) skidders to thin pine plantations on flat, seasonally wet terrain in southwestern Louisiana. These machines maintain high production while minimizing site and residual stand damage.

What are forest resources?
Forest Resources are any value or benefit deriving from the forest. They include forest products, of course, but also fish and wildlife habitat, watershed protection, air and water purification, and recreational opportunities.

What is the Forest Resources Association?
Forest Resources Association (FRA) is a national trade association that promotes the interests of forest products industry members in the economical, efficient, and sustainable use of forest resources to meet the needs of the wood fiber supply chain through private enterprise. Click here for more detail about FRA’s Mission.

What is the wood fiber supply chain?
Use of this term recognizes the connected interests that are all necessary to generate value in the forest resource. The chain begins with the landowner and continues with planting and land management through harvesting and transport of raw wood products to processing them and manufacturing them into paper, lumber, and other finished products. Each of these links needs to be strong to promote the common goal of a sustainable forest resource.

Who are FRA’s members?
The nation’s consumers of unprocessed wood fiber, including pulp, paper, and building products plants; the nation’s suppliers of unprocessed wood fiber, including logging contractors and wood dealers; enterprises that support the forest resource industries, such as providers of equipment, tools, and services; and owners and managers of forest lands.

What are FRA’s goals?
As expressed in FRA's 2006-2008 Strategic Plan, the organization directs itself to the following two goals:


Foster Efficiency throughout the Wood Supply Chain



Monitor and Engage External Fiber Supply Impacts

What does FRA do for its members?
FRA is a forum in which all members of the forest resources community—foresters, loggers, landowners, and product manufacturers—can meet to solve problems and leverage opportunities within the wood fiber supply chain.


Share information
FRA members publish reports of technical innovations, public outreach strategies, as well as woodlands safety and security case studies to allow useful information to circulate throughout the forest resources community. FRA also gathers statistics on wood fiber consumption and transportation from various points in the wood supply chain and collates and publishes them for members.


Facilitate networking
Committee work, undertaken through meetings, conference calls, and e-mail exchanges, shares out members’ expertise in projects—whether to develop a training curriculum, draft voluntary performance guidelines, or form policies. FRA’s strength lies in its diverse membership’s commitment to common values.


Co-ordinate activism
FRA recognizes individuals and organizations committed to supporting the right to manage forest resources on a sustainable basis through regional and national award programs and documenting successful or promising actions in its publications. It also maintains an archive of pro-forestry activism tools at its Be Active! web site. FRA mobilizes its geographically diverse membership to respond to action calls on public policy through its e-mail network.


Be a change agent
FRA’s active national and regional committee structure has allowed FRA to lead the forest resources sector in adopting cultural change. FRA led the movement to raise logging safety awareness in the 1980s, to form logger training and education programs in the 1990s, and today’s push to improve relations between wood suppliers and consuming mills through structured workshops. As changes occur in the wood supply chain, FRA has both the depth and agility to foster adaptation among supply chain components.


Structure problem-solving workshops
FRA’s “Improving Wood Supplier Relationships” workshops, in which participants at different points of the wood supply chain examine strengths and weaknesses in supply relationships and develop recommendations that produce savings and efficiencies throughout, show the special access FRA’s position and culture provides.


Provide member education
FRA has developed continuing education modules filling members’ educational needs on business, legal, professional, and operational skills topics, all designed for workshop presentation in a format that recognizes the principles of adult education. Some modules are designed to be led by an FRA staff member; others may be led by volunteer discussion leaders working with videos and other curriculum materials.
Is FRA a lobbyist?
Yes. On national legislative or regulatory issues affecting the safety or efficiency of timber harvesting operations, including in-bound transportation of unprocessed forest products, FRA has the lead forest industry role. FRA has represented forest resource users on fuel and highway use taxation, federal safety regulation, and policies and regulations affecting independent contractors’ rights.

FRA does not have the lead lobbying role on federal natural resource policy or forest management but helps mobilize its members’ support for allied organizations’ campaigns on those issues.

How can I join FRA?
Click here to review FRA membership categories and dues rates and to download application forms.

FRA National Office (click here for map showing FRA National Office location)
Forest Resources Association Inc.
1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 303
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 296-3937

[email protected]

FRA National Office Personnel:

Richard Lewis, FRA President [email protected]
Linda Gibson, FRA Director of Finance and Administration [email protected]
Neil Ward, FRA Director of Communications [email protected]
Sylviene Mason, FRA National Office Manager [email protected]

Appalachian Region
Rick Meyer, FRA Region Manager
Forest Resources Association Inc.
2129 Electric Road, SW
Suite 205
Roanoke, VA 24018
ph: 540/989-4171
fx: 540/774-9415
[email protected]

FRA’s Appalachian Region, managed by Rick Meyer, serves FRA members throughout the stretch of mountainous area bordered by western Maryland, Illinois, Tennessee, and western North Carolina. It focuses on improving timber harvesting safety, efficiency, and environmental performance. Trucking efficiency and wood fiber availability are current issues of concern. The Region hosts a Forest Products Security Group and conducts a two-day Annual Meeting in the fall.

FRA Lake States Region
Vickie Hoffart, FRA Region Manager

Forest Resources Association Inc.
1956 Ledge Street
Niagara, WI  54151
ph: 715/251-1481
fx: 715/251-3792
[email protected]

The FRA Lake States Region, managed by Vickie Hoffart, serves members in Great Lakes region on issues surrounding the safe and efficient harvest and transportation of raw wood products from the forest to the mill. This FRA Region has established a forest products security group, and staffs the Lake States Federal Timber Purchasers Committee.

FRA Northeastern Region
Joel Swanton, FRA Region Manager

35 Skyline Drive
Holden, Maine 04429
ph: 207/745-2435
fx: 866/437-7252
[email protected]

This FRA Region, managed by Joel Swanton, represents the six New England states and New York. FRA activities at the Region level focus on improving members' productivity, efficiency, safety, or reducing costs across the supply chain. In addition to educational and outreach programs to meet member's needs, the Region is most noted for its Industrial Forestry Forum, a monthly meeting of diverse industry interests who gather to network and hear from a speaker on some relevant topic.

FRA Southcentral Region
Rick Meyer, FRA Region Manager

2129 Electric Road, SW
Suite 205
Roanoke, VA 24018
ph: 540/989-4171
fx: 540/774-9415
[email protected]

This FRA Region, managed by Rick Meyer and extending from Texas and Oklahoma through western Florida and Alabama, is comprised of members who grow, harvest, transport, and/or consume fiber, primarily for delivery to sawmills, plywood plants, OSB mills, pulp and paper mills, and wood-energy facilities. Current issues of emphasis are logging and trucking capacity, wood fiber availability, and woody biomass energy development. The region hosts a two-day Annual Meeting, usually in the spring.

FRA Southeastern Region
Rick Meyer, FRA Region Manager

Forest Resources Association Inc.
2129 Electric Road, SW
Suite 205
Roanoke, VA 24018
ph: 540/989-4171
fx: 540/774-9415
[email protected]

This FRA This FRA Region, managed by Rick Meyer, serves members from eastern Maryland to Florida, working to improve competitiveness of every segment of the wood fiber supply chain. Current issues of focus are logging and trucking efficiency, logging capacity, and the utilization of wood fiber for bio-energy. In recent years, the region has merged its Annual Meeting with FRA's National Annual meeting in the spring.

FRA Western Region
Vickie Hoffart, FRA Region Manager

Forest Resources Association Inc.
1956 Ledge Street
Niagara, WI 54151
ph: 715/251-1481
fx: 715/251-3792
[email protected]

This FRA This FRA Region managed by Vickie Hoffart, serving members in 12 Western states, works to improve wood fiber quality, forest biomass utilization, and wood fiber transportation safety and efficiency, while working with allied associations to defend access to the Western forest resource. The Region hosts two annual Region Meetings, and compiles a monthly report on Fiber Use and Clean Air/Green Power Energy.

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