Finding employees is a challenge for every part of the forest industry supply chain. Locating loggers, truckers, and workers for mills is increasingly difficult. When I talk to members about their greatest challenges, “workforce” is almost always at the top of the list.
Millions of acres of America’s forests and thousands of jobs for U.S. workers depend on the critical seasonal tree planting performed by H-2B workers each year. Over the past decade, the shortage of U.S. workers willing to fill these strenuous seasonal jobs has continued to get worse, and the decreasing availability of H-2B visas is putting the health of our forests at risk.
Back in April, I dedicated an entire blog article to acknowledging recent award recipients representing FRA’s Southcentral Region. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the outstanding performance from several folks in the Southeastern Region during the last year.
The Forest Resources Association (FRA) honored Dr. Joe Conrad as its 2021 National  Technical Writing Award Winner during the 2021 Annual Meeting on May 19th. This annual award recognizes the best Technical Release published as selected by FRA’s National Operations Committee.
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