We’re all making a mad dash toward the end of 2021, and I can say it has been a “year like no other”.  As far as FRA goes, I find myself on deck to write the next FRA blog. My mind says supply-chain, labor, trucking, logging capacity, H2B, etc., but let’s change it up a little. It’s the Christmas season!  I’m reminded to keep it simple, be thankful, and remember “agape” love. Agape is a Greco-Christian term referring to unconditional love, "the highest form of love". It’s the love of God for man and of man for God.  The definition is easier to memorize and recite than to put it into practice.  Believe me, I know.   A few examples of that “unconditional” part should provide a clearer picture of just what I’m talking about.  They say that confession is good for the soul but bad for the reputation.  We’ll see! 
The ongoing supply chain crisis impacts all sectors of the forest products industry. As supply chain inefficiencies continue, the wood supply chain suffers from the logging operations that supply consuming mills with fiber, manufacturing delays in production, and the timely delivery of outbound products. These inefficiencies lead to increased costs of products to consumers. Below are examples of wood supply chain inefficiencies impacting the marketplace:
After being postponed for over a year due to COVID restrictions, the FRA Northeast Region resumed the Forest Forum, a monthly dinner meeting that brings together the entire forest industry supply chain. Held on the first Thursday of each month near Bangor, Maine, the Forest Forum is an opportunity for loggers, foresters, wood-using industries, and others to connect, share a meal, and get informed on the latest issues facing the forest industry.
When I sat down to write this blog for FRA, I thought about all the experiences I’ve had and all the roles I’ve filled in my +15 years in the Forest Industry.  I’ve been a Landowner Assistance Intern, a Development Candidate, a Harvesting Administrator, a Silviculture Forester, a Harvest Planner, a Wood Flow Manager, and now a District Manager.  But while my titles have changed over the years, a few things have remained constant: I am a Forester, and I am a woman.  
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