This being my last WSRI UPDATE, I will take the liberty to wax and wane just a little about a subject near and dear to my heart: WSRI, itself!
As I write, FRA’s 82nd Annual Meeting, in Colorado Springs, is only a few weeks away—May 4-6—and the program is in place. Attendance is pointing up, with especially strong preregistration from our Western members. For the theme, we went right to our Strategic Plan’s priority on workforce issues: SHAPING THE FUTURE: Technology, Trucking & Workforce Capacity.
My term as FRA Chairman ends this May and follows my retirement after 42 years in the forest industry by only a few months. I thought I’d round things out with some words on how the forest industry has changed since I started my career— and how FRA has changed and developed in response.
FRA’s accident analysis one-sheeters, our Safety Alerts, which the Association has produced since the mid-1970s, are among the most widely recognized of FRA publications, broadly circulated among loggers and reprinted in forestry and logging publications.
Who needs a reliable, accountable, drug-free workforce, anyway? You do, of course. This dialogue between Chris Ford, CEO of the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO), and FRA President Deb Hawkinson examines why forest industry, logging, and log trucking employers should seek out veterans to grow their workforces.
I would like to thank all of our state Log A Load For Kids® sponsors and vendors and all of our dedicated volunteers for a great 2015 fundraising year. Total raised in 2015 from 24 states supporting 64 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) was $2.2 million dollars.