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Rob Sentz, Chief Innovation Officer at EMSI, presented on the labor challenges impacting the trucking industry. Rob identified several of these challenges, including an aging workforce and the reality that retiring workers are not being replaced with younger workers. United States demographics show that a large retirement wave continues, and there are simply not enough younger workers in the labor pool to fill not only trucking jobs but jobs in general. Trucking is the 11th largest employer in the United States and advertises the most for job openings.
Kathy Abusow, CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, spoke on “Building a Diverse and Resilient Workforce.” Using interactive polling and experiences from companies across North America, Kathy discussed ways that members of the forest industry can introduce forestry careers to students, show a career progression to individuals considering the sector, and attract diverse talent to a range of positions. The presentation and discussion that followed provided new ideas and approaches that FRA members can use as they work to find new workers.
Andy Johnson’s presentation will provide an overview of the recent macroeconomic and demographic factors influencing the hardwood lumber market. Andy will also report lumber production, consumption, and export statistics and trends for several product categories of hardwood lumber.
Andy Johnson’s presentation will provide an overview of the recent macroeconomic and demographic factors influencing the hardwood lumber market. Andy will also report lumber production, consumption, and export statistics and trends for several product categories of hardwood lumber.
Forisk Consulting’s President and CEO Brooks Mendell joined the FRA Southwide Region Spring Meeting to provide a market update and a crystal ball forecast for Southcentral and Southeastern U.S. He discussed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for U.S. forest products in 2021.
Women in Forestry Friday, 26 February 2021 11:21

Women in Forestry

FRA President, Deb Hawkinson was joined by a great panel of women leaders in the forest products industry. Panelists discussed their backgrounds in the industry and the choices that led them to where they are today.
2020 Election Results and Implications Friday, 04 December 2020 11:12

2020 Election Results and Implications

The 2020 election results will have tremendous implications for FRA policy priorities in the nation’s capital. There will also be key changes in leadership on Congressional committees. Tim O’Hara, FRA Vice-President of Government Affairs, and Pat Rita, FRA Consultant, Orion Advocates, led this webinar and discussed the results of the 2020 Elections for the President, Senate, and House and what they mean for FRA members.
Will discussed communications highlights for the forest products industry, the story #forestproud has to tell, and insights around communicating post-COVID.

Steve and Brianna addressed Forest Opportunity Roadmap/Maine (FOR/Maine), a collaborative effort across the forest products industry, communities, state and federal government, and the University of Maine to identify ways to attract capital investment in Maine’s forest industry.

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