Rick Meyer | FRA Appalachian Region Manager

Rick Meyer | FRA Appalachian Region Manager

Rick serves as the region manager for the Appalachian Region
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Old Foresters Never Die . . . They Just Pine Away

I’ve always chuckled at that “old foresters . . .” saying, but now I am one of those old foresters and will be retiring from FRA at the end of this month.
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Negotiating Mutual Satisfaction

What was the best continuing education class you ever took? For me, it was probably Chester Karrass’s Effective Negotiating short course. During the early years of my career, many forest industry companies enrolled their woodlands/forestry staff in this program.
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Deer: Scourge of the Eastern Forest (and Roadways)?

The U.S. white-tailed deer population has ballooned to an estimated 30 million in number. Thirty million! These overabundant “soft-eyed nibblers,” as my old wildlife management professor called them, are hindering the regeneration of desirable hardwood species in the eastern U.S., spreading disease-carrying ticks, and causing about 1.5 million vehicle collisions and 10,000 crash-related injuries every year.
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Resolve to Improve Trucking Safety in 2021

FRA members often identified trucking challenges—especially driver shortages, high insurance rates, and regulations—as key wood supply chain concerns during the last year. These concerns remain for 2021.
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FRA Awards for Operational Innovations

FRA’s regional and national awards programs recognize outstanding loggers and authors of excellent FRA Technical Releases. These award winners often implement or describe innovative ideas to make forest operations more efficient, more productive, safer, or better environmentally. This year’s Appalachian Region award winners certainly meet these criteria:
On August 22, the Forest Resources Association (FRA) and STIHL Incorporated honored Tapscott Brothers Logging of Scottsville, Virginia, as FRA’s 2020 National Outstanding Logger.
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FRA Member Profile: A.M. Logging, LLC

Andrew Miller and Mark Byler—the “A” and the “M” in A.M. Logging—worked very well together in a sawmill and on log home restoration projects.
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No Chips, No Toilet Paper

Many years ago, the wood procurement manager of a North Carolina wood chip mill passed out ball caps that had no logo on them. The hats displayed only the words “No Chips” on the top line and “No Toilet Paper” on the bottom line.
This winter, I observed what might be the most interesting and innovative timber harvesting system to be tried in the Appalachians in the last three decades: The cable assist/tethered logging system that was started in New Zealand and has proven successful in steep, rugged terrain in the western U.S.
It is always a hit with FRA members when two regions come together for a joint meeting. This October’s Southeastern and Southcentral Region Policy Committee Meeting, combined with a Southwide Timber Security Group Meeting, was no exception. 
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