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FRA’s Appalachian Region, and STIHL Incorporated, honored Sam Trott of Shelbyville, Tennessee as the Region’s 2013 Outstanding Logger on September 26 at the Region’s Awards Dinner in Norton, Virginia.

With the federal government shut-down, the administration is blocked from spending money on anything but emergency services, so—for the time being—the Department of Labor is blocked from...

Forest Service Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research announced the results of a study it had undertaken highlighting the role reforestation plays in reducing flooding and the volume of farmland-derived sediments in waterways of the Lower Mississippi River Alluvial Valley.

On August 21, West Virginia Trucking Association President Jan Vineyard told the West Virginia legislature’s Select Committee on Infrastructure that WVTA supported the terms of the Safe & Efficient Transportation Act (HR 612)—authorizing a state option to permit 97,000-pound, six-axle trucks on Interstate highways within a state’s borders—and urged the Committee, as well as West Virginia’s Division of Highways, to endorse SETA. Although DOH’s chief staff engineer stated that the agency wanted to learn more about the possible impacts of SETA on the state’s bridges before venturing an endorsement, he seemed open to pursuing the question, and the Committee appointed a subcommittee to draw up a report on SETA’s potential effects.

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