The Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) recently commissioned the first comprehensive assessment of the value of Master Logger Certification (MLC) programs in the wood supply system. The characteristics that define an MLC program include:
- Certification of logging firms rather than individual persons;
- A defined set of performance standards;
- An initial audit of the firm as part of the process of gaining certification; and
- Periodic third-party audits to maintain the certification.
MLC programs have been in operation in various states for 10 to 15 years. The telephone interviews that are an important part of the WSRI-funded study began in Wisconsin on Monday, May 14, 2018. Maine, the rest of New England, Michigan, and Minnesota are next in line. The brief (15-20 minute) interviews are being conducted by the James W. Sewall Company (Sewall), an FRA member forestry consulting firm based in Maine. Responses will be treated as confidential and only reported together with many other responses. FRA encourages those individuals and organizations who are contacted by Sewall to participate in the survey as it continues through the summer and fall in all states that have MLC programs.