Tim O’Hara | FRA Vice-President of Government Affairs, & Manager, Lake States Region

Tim O’Hara | FRA Vice-President of Government Affairs, & Manager, Lake States Region

A British voice sounds off the names of trees. Among them are “the larch, the fir, the mighty scots pine, the smell of fresh cut timber, the crash of mighty trees,” followed by the musical lyrics of Monty Python’s “Lumberjack Song.”
In Baudette, MN, the winters are long and cold. Baudette, known as the walleye capital of the world, is located along the Minnesota – Ontario border where the Rainy River divides the United States from Canada.
The FRA Lake States Region (LSR) convened a virtual meeting to discuss the challenges of the COVD-19 pandemic. The meeting, “Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” addressed the challenges of the pandemic to the forest products industry and how public timber programs of the LSR have responded.
As loggers and procurement foresters prepare for the 2020-2021 winter harvest season in the Lake States Region, they will be facing challenges due to decreases in pulpwood demand from mill curtailments and closures.
The Forest Resources Association (FRA) represents the businesses in the wood supply chain. The catch-all phrase that best describes our membership base is from the “woods to mill.”
Soon after the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release 35,000 supplemental H-2B visas, the COVID-19 virus placed a grip on the world.
The H-2B visa nonimmigrant program permits employers to hire foreign workers for seasonal employment in the United States.
Last week, Speaker Pelosi announced that the House would have an infrastructure framework ready during the last week of January. The infrastructure framework will outline top-level spending and begin the discussions on what the Surface Transportation Act will include as it is reauthorized before the end of FY2020.
The transporting of raw forest products (logs, pulpwood, chips, and biomass) from the woods to the mill has been a challenge for the forest products industry for many decades. Congressman Gallagher’s (WI-8-R) Safe Routes Act (HR 2453) aims to make transporting raw forest products safer and more efficient.
Molpus Timberland Group, LLC has been synonymous with timberland management for more than a century. Molpus had its beginnings in 1905 when the Molpus Lumber Company was formed in Meridian, MS.
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