Eric Kingsley | FRA Northeast Region Coordinator

Eric Kingsley | FRA Northeast Region Coordinator

The workforce for the forest products industry is an area of increasing concern. Identifying, training and retaining good people is talked about at industry meetings, boardrooms and log landings.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 12:01

Labor Challenges on Everyone’s Mind

Using my social media accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as an email to about 30 contacts in the forest industry I know and trust, I’m doing some work on trends in the forest industry and decided to ask my network what they saw as the big trends and issues coming in 2019.
Thursday, 08 November 2018 15:40

Research Helps Build the Future Industry

When we talk about the supply chain at FRA, we’re focused on the woods to the mill. Our emphasis is on supporting the growing, harvesting and trucking of wood to the mills, so that a renewable resource can be turned into a range of products.
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 02:34

A Balanced Industry is a Stable Industry

Sawmills in the Northeast (and almost everywhere else) are enjoying strong markets.
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 09:59

The Importance of Grassroots

On a July night, 200 loggers, truckers and members of New Hampshire’s forest industry gathered in a logger’s garage.
The past decade has seen large-scale change in the Northeast’s forest industry. We have lost several pulp and paper mills, while seeing significant investment in others.
Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:06

Logging is Dangerous Work

Logging is dangerous work. Everyone in the forest products industry knows that, but being in and around logging all the time, it is sometimes easy to not keep this front of mind.
The Great Northern Paper Mill in Millinocket, Maine was once the largest and most productive pulp and paper mill in the world. Carved out of the forest, Millinocket was a prosperous community, with life centered around the mill.
In 1958, Hollis Hanington, Jr. started Hanington Brothers, heading into the woods with horses to cut and skid timber. In the sixty years since, the company has grown and evolved into one of...
Last week’s FRA Forest Forum, a monthly dinner held near Bangor, Maine, brought speakers on mapping and drones, and we learned how these technologies can help with the in-woods operation. There were three great presentations, but that’s not what I found most interesting.
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