Tim O’Hara | FRA Government Affairs and Lake States Manager

Tim O’Hara | FRA Government Affairs and Lake States Manager

Thursday, 26 March 2020 11:29

H-2B Visas and COVID-19 Pandemic

Soon after the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release 35,000 supplemental H-2B visas, the COVID-19 virus placed a grip on the world.
The H-2B visa nonimmigrant program permits employers to hire foreign workers for seasonal employment in the United States.
Last week, Speaker Pelosi announced that the House would have an infrastructure framework ready during the last week of January. The infrastructure framework will outline top-level spending and begin the discussions on what the Surface Transportation Act will include as it is reauthorized before the end of FY2020.
The transporting of raw forest products (logs, pulpwood, chips, and biomass) from the woods to the mill has been a challenge for the forest products industry for many decades. Congressman Gallagher’s (WI-8-R) Safe Routes Act (HR 2453) aims to make transporting raw forest products safer and more efficient.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019 09:08

FRA Member Profile: Molpus Timberland Group, LLC

Molpus Timberland Group, LLC has been synonymous with timberland management for more than a century. Molpus had its beginnings in 1905 when the Molpus Lumber Company was formed in Meridian, MS.
The Forest Resources Association (FRA) and STIHL Incorporated honored JATCO, Inc. of Duluth, MN as the Lake States Region (LSR) National Outstanding Logger at FRA’s LSR Fall Meeting in Duluth on October 8.
Thursday, 05 September 2019 08:42

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season is here. The damage these powerful storms can cause to forestland is immense, and recent in our memories due to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Florence and Michael last year. More than $2 billion in timber loss was caused by Hurricane Michael alone. Everyone’s top priority in these catastrophic events is safety.
At FRA’s Annual Meeting, each region shares information on the key wood supply chain issues facing the forest industry. The following is the report for the Lake States Region.
The Norbord facility located in northern Minnesota is owned by the world’s largest manufacturer of Oriented Strand Board (OSB). The company employs more than 2,700 people and has 17 mills located in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 14:37

Special Feature - Logging in the Lake States

As the days grow longer, the logging season in the Lake States begins to slow, eventually giving way to spring thaw. The logging roads built with a combination of ice and snow, compaction, and dedication begin to yield to the warming sun.
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