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ALC Executive Vice President
Daniel J. Dructor
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P.O. Box 966
Hemphill, TX 75948
T: 409.625.0206
F: 409.625.0207



$5000 Truck Rebate: 2019 Western Star Association Rebate for ALC Members and Affiliates

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Western Star is proud to support and extend the Association Rebate Program for members of the American Loggers Council and its affiliates.

American Loggers Council (ALC) members and affiliates are eligible for a $5000.00 rebate on the purchase of a brand new WS 4900 truck or tractor model.

Click here to find your nearest Western Star Trucks dealer.

Members can now enjoy the power and versatility of a Western Star truck, the leading brand in the logging industry, which have been manufactured for higher payloads, better maneuverability, serviceability, and equally important, durability and dependability.

WS-imageRebate amount is based on truck model and configuration:
– $5,000 off for 4900 Sleeper
– $5,000 off for 4900 Daycab

Requirements:
– Verification of membership status or status or affiliation with ALC.
– Association membership must be valid for at least 90 days prior to taking retail delivery.
– Trucks must be new and never been retail sold regardless of model year or mileage.
– Maximum of five (5) trucks per customer/company in a calendar year.
– Rebate claim must be processed within 30 days of retail sale date.
– Not valid for gliders or used units.

Click here for ALC member and dealer instructions.

Peterbilt: $2,000 CASH rebate to American Loggers Council members

Peterbilt is pleased to offer the American Loggers Council (ALC) the following rebate incentive. You can download the flyer and present it at your nearest dealership:

 

Program Details:
• Members receive a $2,000 CASH rebate on Models 567, 367, or 365.
• Limited to three (3) rebates per member for calendar year 2018.
• ALC members must be in good standing for at least 90 days prior to taking retail delivery.
• ALC members must take retail delivery between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Retail delivery is defined as the time the ownership of the truck is transferred from the Peterbilt dealer to the customer.

 

Other Details:
• Request for customer rebate incentives must be received by ALC within 90 days of taking retail delivery.
• Allow 6 to 8 weeks for check to process.
• This program may not be combined with any other rebate offers from Peterbilt.

 

For information on ALC memberships, contact Danny Dructor at 409-625-0206 or Americanlogger@aol.com.

Spotlight on the Missouri Master Logger Certification Program

Master Logger Certification programs are growing around the country and considered an asset for timber harvesting stakeholders. A recent research report, Value Assessment of Certified Logger Programs, released in late November, by the Wood Supply Research Institute (Gary Mullaney, James W. Sewell Company, 2018) suggest Master Logger Certification programs are providing value for loggers, landowners, mills and the public at large. This is certainly the case in Missouri, with its diverse forest products economy comprised of primary and secondary wood products, supplier and service industries, loggers and landowners. 

 

Missouri Master Logger Certification was established in 2008 by the Missouri Forest Products Association and is administered through the Missouri Logging Council.  While relatively young and somewhat small when compared to other states’ Master Logger Certification programs, it has doubled in size over the last two years and is on pace for continued growth and recognition. This rigorous performance-based program was developed with two main goals in mind. The first goal is to ensure the long-term sustainability of Missouri’s forested land, and the second is to improve relationships between key stakeholders in the forest products industry—the loggers, the mills, the landowners and the public. 

 

Like other Master Logger Certification state programs endorsed by the American Loggers Council, the Missouri Master Logger Certification program is not simply a training program.  This voluntary program is based on a third party audit of a company’s on-the-ground harvesting and business practices, examining over 68 performance measures. Missouri Master Logger Certification is a recognition and acknowledgment of the professionalism of both the individual logger and the business of logging.  Missouri State Forester Lisa Allen states “Master Loggers are individuals who really care about the resource.  They have made the effort to invest the time, money and resources to ensure things are done right”.

 

Missouri’s Master Loggers are considered “the best of the best” in the timber harvesting profession. The benefits that go along with this prestigious credential are paying off for stakeholders in terms of sustainable, safe and productive harvests and high quality forest products.  Missouri Forest Products Association produced an excellent promotional video about their Certified Master Logger program.

 

Master Loggers are finding their achievement is rewarded with lower insurance rates, preferential treatment by mills and through the Missouri Department of Conservation.  Mike Morris, Forest Products Program Supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation says that by offering incentives to Missouri Master Loggers “We recognize the superior quality of logging operations and less time spent by timber sale administrators overseeing the job.  This allows our staff to accomplish more work in other areas”. 

 

For landowners, one important benefit of using a Missouri Master Logger is harder to quantify, but perhaps most important of all—Peace of Mind.  Missouri Landowner David Patterson, explains that by contracting with a Certified Master Logger “We feel like we are getting the most professional guy out there.  The cream of the crop. The best of the best”. 

 

For more information about the Missouri Master Logger program, please visit their website at https://moforest.org/MLC/index.php.  To learn more about Master Logger Certification programs endorsed by the American Loggers Council, please visit http://americanmasterlogger.com/ or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanMasterLogger/

North Carolina Groups Partner with SBP’s “Home for the Holidays” to Help First Responders and Veterans Affected by Hurricane Florence

When Hurricane Florence slammed into North Carolina on September 14, 2018, as a category 1 rainmaker, it was clear that damage to the already rain-soaked state would be immense. As the state continues the recovery process, two groups – the Carolina Loggers Association’s Logs for the Cause and NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation’s United2gether – have joined forces with the St. Bernard Project (SBP) to help first responders and veterans impacted by the storm get one step closer to a Home for the Holidays.

 

“Every gift given through both the Logs for the Cause and United2gether campaigns between now and January 31, 2019, will go toward SBP’s efforts to rebuild homes for first responders and veterans throughout North Carolina who were impacted by Hurricane Florence,” said Ewell Smith, executive director of the Carolina Loggers Association. “While those affected have long since returned to work, the impact from this storm will be felt for years to come. The logging community in NC – one that was hit especially hard by the storm – is close-knit; we believe in giving back and paying it forward, and helping to kick start the rebuilding process is the perfect place to start.”

 

“Recovery is a collaborative effort,” noted SBP co-founder and CEO Zack Rosenburg. “Through this partnership, SBP will be able to provide a predictable path home for disaster-impacted families of veterans and first responders in North Carolina. This is a great example of Americans rallying together for other citizens during times of great need. We believe that this partnership is an example of the seldom discussed, but ever-present ties that bind us together.”

 

“Growing up in Eastern North Carolina and seeing first-hand the devastation of Hurricane Florence was heartbreaking,” commented Paige Keselowski. “Immediately following the storm, we created the United2gether campaign to support first responders in affected areas. Teaming up with the Carolina Loggers Association and SBP USA on the Home for the Holidays program is a great way for us to continue our support of first responders and veterans that are still dealing with the impact of the storm.”

 

The Home for the Holidays program is actively seeking building products partners to assist in the rebuilding efforts. Please invite interested readers to contact Carolina Loggers Association executive director Ewell Smith at esmith@ncloggers.com for more information.

 

The Carolina Loggers Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting logging professionalism and business opportunities for the state’s forest products network. Activities include acting as a unified voice for NC timber harvesters; offering networking and business contact information; education programs; and promoting and aiding in state certified logger education programs. Complete information is available at www.ncloggers.com.

 

Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation honors and assists those who have sacrificed greatly for our country. Since 2010, the foundation has supported more than 250 organizations and individuals in order to help veterans and first responders during their road to recovery. There are numerous ways for those interested to become involved. Visit www.CheckeredFlagFoundation.org for details.

 

SBP’s Mission is to shrink time between disaster and recovery. While SBP can’t prevent natural disasters, they can prevent some of the suffering they cause. By increasing resilience before disasters occur and streamlining the post-disaster recovery process, SBP fortifies people against unnecessary stress and trauma. Founded in 2006 in St. Bernard Parish, La., SBP has rebuilt homes for more than 1,600 families with the help of 180,000 volunteers in a total of 11 communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) completes national study on Certified Master Logger Programs

Findings show success and influence of programs

For Immediate Release- December 4, 2018
HEMPHILL, TX
– The nonprofit Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) has completed a six-month national study on the value of Certified Master Logger Programs, finding they have real worth to loggers and forest industry stakeholders, but face challenges achieving the recognition with the public that could expand their reach.

 
In late March 2018, WSRI contracted with the James W. Sewall Company to explore the value proposition of these programs.  The American Loggers Council (ALC) Master Logger Certification Program©, which is one of the programs included in the research, requires that the on the ground performance of professional timber harvesting businesses comply with seven areas of responsibility that ensure environmental protection, forest sustainability, and business accountability.

 
The study focused much of its work on active programs in Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Interviews and data were collected from loggers, landowners, mills, and forestry consultants. Some of the key findings of the study include:

1. Certified Master Loggers have a real sense of professionalism and take pride in being recognized for the good work they are doing in the woods.
2. Industry stakeholders perceive that Certified Master Loggers offer more consistent compliance with “Best Management Practices” designed to protect water, soil, and forest quality and do a higher quality job on timber harvests. 
3. There is a real preference for Certified Master Loggers among forestry consultants and small landowners who are aware of the Certified Master Logger programs.

 

“The top three benefits can be summarized with alliteration as pride, performance, and preference. They are the hallmarks of a successful certification program. While they are not true everywhere the program has been implemented and among every stakeholder, we were able to document that there is a definite beachhead established in most of the states,” the report stated.

 

The study concludes Certified Master Logger programs are near the, “tipping point” of achieving real value nationally.

 

“Efforts should be directed at getting bigger, better, and more widely known. Done well, these efforts can be expected to bring about preference and trust from stakeholders, which will result in improved opportunities for Certified Master Loggers, the report stated.

 

Richard Schwab, of the ALC Board of Directors and chairman of the Master Logger Certification Program© Committee, said he was happy that the study was undertaken and yielded information that will be valuable as the program moves forward.

 

“As loggers who own this program, we are excited about the challenges and looking forward to addressing them,” Schwab said. “We plan to build on the successes where the program is working well, and work together with partners that support the program to expand into states that have laid the groundwork for adopting it but have not yet done so. This report tells us we are close to the tipping point for this program, and we will build off the momentum we have established in the past year to achieve national prominence and success for it.”

 

Ted Wright, Executive Director of the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands, which oversees the Certified Master Logger program in the Northeast and which is leading an effort by the ALC to promote the American Loggers Council Master Logger Certification© program nationally, said the report provides a solid foundation to build those efforts on, as well as documented evidence that the Certified Master Logger brand is succeeding.

 

“We know these programs are already making a difference and have the potential to do even more, and this study shows us the good work Certified Master Loggers are doing as well as the opportunity to grow as more and more people, particularly small landowners and mills, become aware of and learn to value that good work,” Wright said.

To learn more about the study, visit: https://wsri.org/research/value-assessment-of-certified-logger-programs/

 

Master Logger Certification programs are logger owned and logger controlled program that offers third-party independent certification of logging companies’ harvesting practices. The ALC Master Logger Certification© Program recognizes logging companies that meet the responsible forest management standards set forth by the American Loggers Council. These standards have been cross-referenced to all the world’s major green certification systems.

 
To learn more about the American Loggers Council Master Logger Certification© program, visit: americanmasterlogger.com
 

The ALC was formed in 1994 to serve as a unified, national voice for professional loggers across the United States. Made up of a coalition of state and regional logging associations and councils, ALC represents more than 30 states across the U.S.

 
To learn more about the ALC visit: http://www.amloggers.com

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CONTACT: Danny Dructor
Executive Vice President, ALC
Phone: (409) 625-0206
Email: americanlogger@aol.com
 
CONTACT: Ted Wright
Executive Director, TCNF
Phone: (207) 688-8195
Email: executivedirector@tcnef.org

America’s Loggers Are Part of the Solution to Wildfires

As debate rages over the cause of catastrophic wildfires, the American Loggers Council (ALC) says it’s time to put partisan politics aside and focus on solutions that reduce the risks to lives, property, and natural resources. The ALC was formed in 1994 to serve as a unified, national voice for professional loggers across the United States. Made up of a coalition of state and regional logging associations and councils, the ALC represents more than 30 states across the U.S.

 

“President Trump blamed poor forest management for wildfires in California and throughout the West, and there is truth to statements he has made,” said ALC Executive Vice President Daniel Dructor. “Others focus solely on climate change, but there is truth that drought and changing conditions are contributing to the problem. It’s time to rise above political posturing and recognize that active forest management- including logging, thinning, grazing and controlled burning- are tools that can and must be used to reduce fire risks and help mitigate the impacts to landscapes.”

 

In California and many states, the forests most prone to catastrophic wildfires are owned by the federal government. Approximately 60 to 80 million acres of national forest lands are at a high, to very high, risk of catastrophic wildfire. Data from the Forest Service indicates that thinning and prescribed burns reduce wildfire intensity and improve forest health, yet only a small fraction of high-risk acres are being treated. To increase the pace and scale of needed treatments, Dructor says the Trump Administration and Congress should expand public-private partnerships to efficiently and effectively manage forests at risk of catastrophic wildfire, insect infestations and disease.

 

“The federal government does not have resources to treat every forest by itself,” Dructor said. “Yet America’s forest sector has the infrastructure to manage and improve the health of our federal forests. The raw excess material from overgrown forests can provide renewable energy and a number of American-made products and provide thousands of family-wage jobs.”

 

“It is no accident that the U.S. Forest Service is struggling to reduce fire risks in places such as California and the southwest, where this infrastructure has been allowed to disappear due to the decline of timber harvests on federal lands. By partnering with the private sector on economical forest projects, the federal government can not only reduce the risks but have additional resources to support other values such as expanding recreation on public lands and protecting and enhancing wildlife habitat.

 

ALC strongly supports forest management reforms that enable federal land managers to implement proactive and science-based forest management activities. ALC President Chris Potts of Alabama said Congress should include such reforms in the next Farm Bill, as well as give federal agencies the resources they need to confront the country’s wildfire crisis.

 

“Loggers are America’s ‘boots on the ground’ to conserve our forests and reduce the risks of wildfire,” Potts says. “We work in the woods every day, we understand forestry and see the dangers every day, and we know what needs to be done. Without forests, we are out of business. That’s why we’ll continue to work with Republicans and Democrats on needed reforms that will help to sustain our forests and protect our forests and communities from wildfire.”

Updated John Deere E-Series Knuckleboom Loaders Improve Fuel Economy

To better meet customer needs, John Deere is introducing its updated E-Series Knuckleboom Loaders. Already known for superior torque and durability, the updated 2019 337E and 437E models feature up to an eight percent boost in fuel economy, ensuring output is maximized and power is not sacrificed.

 

“This update to our E-Series machines allows us to provide an even better solution to our customers, combining power with fuel economy, positively impacting their bottom lines,” said Brandon O’Neal, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction and Forestry. “We understand that in the challenging forestry industry, every dollar and minute matters. With this update, we are able to reduce fuel costs while still providing the productivity customers expect from a John Deere machine.”

 

The updated 337E and 437E Knuckleboom Load

ers still retain all of the acclaimed features from the original product launch. Each E-Series machine is equipped with a powerful and proven Final Tier 4 engine. Additionally, the E-Series models offer increased swing torque and boom lift compared to the previous series. Other features improve serviceability, including a ground-level oil drain and filter change, optional electric refill pump and a smaller, 35-gallon hydraulic oil reservoir.

 

All John Deere knuckleboom loaders come standard with JDLink™ telematics five years in base, offering owners and operators remote diagnostics and streamlined connectivity.

 

To learn more about the updates to the 337E and 437E, as well as the full line of John Deere Forestry equipment, visit a local John Deere or www.johndeere.com.

Forest Service Chief Headlines American Loggers Council 24th Annual Meeting

Newly-appointed U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen addressed the American Loggers Council (ALC) during its 24nd Annual Meeting. The meeting, held Oct. 11-13, brought loggers, ALC sponsors and others from across the country to Seaside, Ore. for logging demonstrations, special events and industry discussions.

 

ALC was the first organization that Christiansen addressed after being appointed Chief on Oct. 10. Speaking to attendees on Oct. 13, she discussed her vision for the U.S. Forest Service, her efforts to improve management on National Forest Service lands, and the recognition of loggers as the “boots on the ground” to help ensure better outcomes for public lands.

 

The annual meeting included a logging tour on Oct. 12 on nearby state forest land, educating attendees on logging systems and practices in Northwestern Oregon. A concurrent Ladies Tour included stops at the Tillamook Forest Center and Tillamook Creamery. Later that evening ALC held its annual President’s Dinner and Auction. As part of the event, a Stihl chainsaw was auctioned to benefit the Log-A-Load for Kids program, which supports medical services for needy children.

 

The ALC President’s Award was given to Ken Swanstrom of Skookum Logging in Montana and Crad Jaynes of the South Carolina Timber Producers Association for their support and leadership for the council and the logging industry over their careers. The National Logger Activist Award was awarded to Vance Wright, owner of Charles A. Wright Logging Inc. in Virginia for his advocacy on behalf of fellow loggers.

 

D.K. Knight presented Timber Harvesting Magazine’s prestigious “Logging Business of the Year Award” to Log Creek Timber Co. of South Carolina.

 

The Board of Directors and Membership meetings were held on Oct. 13 and included committee reports from the legislative, transportation, biomass, communications, membership, Master Logger and nomination committees. ALC’s leadership and members agreed to pursue new membership and sponsorship opportunities, and to expand in parts of the country where loggers currently lack a national voice. ALC will continue to be active in the policymaking in Washington DC, including advocating for key priorities including passage of the Future Logging Careers Act, Right to Haul Act, biomass utilization and federal forest management reforms.

 

As custom, the annual meeting was held in the home state of the current ALC President, Mark Turner of Turner Logging. During the closing President’s dinner on Oct. 13, President Turner introduced Chris Potts of Potts Logging of Alabama as ALC’s new president. Shannon Jarvis of Jarvis Timber in Missouri and Tim Christopherson of Dabco Logging in Idaho will serve as First and Second Vice Presidents, respectively. Andy Irish of Irish Family Logging in Maine will serve as Secretary-Treasurer.

Natural Resources Committee Passes Caucus’ Endangered Species Act Modernization Bills Through Committee

Members of the Congressional Western Caucus released statements regarding this week’s full committee hearing and markup on the Caucus’ bipartisan Endangered Species Act modernization package in the House Natural Resources Committee, during which four of those bills passed the Committee:

Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01): “These bills honor our heritage, lighten regulatory burdens for communities, increase transparency, and strengthen relationships between states and the federal government. Ultimately, these bills aim to bolster our country’s natural resources. I’d like to thank the Western Caucus and my colleagues for helping to move these bills forward.”

Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04): “This week’s hearing and markup were a great first step on the path to ensuring that the Endangered Species Act can finally work effectively and efficiently for the benefit of our country and its incredible diversity of species. For years, implementation of the ESA has failed to reach the minimum of standards first set by the noble intentions it was created to fulfill. The bipartisan modernization package put forward by Members of this Caucus presents solutions to the judicially and bureaucratically broken mechanisms of that law, interjecting state involvement, broad transparency, and the full force of private sector problem-solving into the process. I thank Chairman Bishop and Members of the Western Caucus for their great work so far, and look forward to finishing the job for the American people by having considered, careful reform finally signed into law.”      

Chief Infrastructure and Forestry Officer Bruce Westerman (AR-04): “It is long past time that we reform the Endangered Species Act. In the more than 40 years since its introduction and passage, much has changed in our nation and its environment, but the law has not kept up with the evolving realities of the 21st Century. The PETITION Act would give the Interior Secretary the tools necessary to prevent frivolous lawsuits from stopping the work of the Fish and Wildlife Service, while ensuring more resources are available to protect truly endangered species. I thank my colleagues on the House Committee on Natural Resources for advancing this important legislation. I also thank my colleagues from the Congressional Western Caucus for their leadership on this issue and I look forward to a vote in the full House on our collective efforts to modernize an important piece of American law.”

Chief Regulatory Reform Officer Andy Biggs (AZ-05): “I thank Chairman Bishop and Chairman Gosar for their leadership in moving the Western Caucus ESA modernization package forward.  This package is critical for the west and will help millions of Americans around the country by protecting local interests – not special interests.”

Rep. Tom Emmer (MN-06): “I am grateful for these long overdue reforms and appreciate Chairman Bishop and the Natural Resources Committee for their work to move this package forward. The bipartisan Western Caucus Endangered Species Act Modernization Package strikes the right balance between conserving and recovering endangered species and their habitats while also reducing federal bureaucracy and allowing for economic development to benefit the people of Minnesota and the country.”

Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-08): “I am pleased to see a number of bills in this important reform package championed by the Western Caucus move through the Natural Resources Committee. The Endangered Species Act as it currently stands is outdated, and reforms are needed to bring the ESA into the 21st Century. I look forward to the consideration of these bills by the House soon.”

Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04): “Maintaining protections for endangered species and ensuring our farmers and ranchers have the resources they need to provide a safe and sustainable food source for the American people are not mutually exclusive. My bill, the WHOLE Act, modernizes the decades-old ESA by removing unnecessary burdens on the agriculture community, while continuing to protect wildlife and their habitats. I am grateful to the committee for recognizing the importance of updating this antiquated law and for including my bill in this package.”

Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-05): “Passed 45 years ago, the Endangered Species Act is outdated and in need of modernization. The righteous intention of safeguarding species has been co-opted and become a tool for radical environmentalist to halt land management and limit access to natural resources. The federal government has been forced to spend countless taxpayer dollars combating frivolous lawsuits, rather than directing resources to conservation efforts. This bipartisan package of bills moves us in the right direction to provide much needed transparency and accountability to a meaningful update of the law.”

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01): “While the Endangered Species Act was certainly a well-intentioned law, it has completely failed on its mission to in recovering threatened or endangered species. Instead, it has become a vehicle for activist attorneys to make a career out of suing the government. This law hasn’t been updated in over 40 years, and it must be modernized if we want more desirable results. It’s in the best interest of both the wildlife and Americans who are impacted by the law.”

 Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01): “The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is in desperate need of modernization. Just like eight track cassettes, Atari video games and avocado green kitchen appliances that were in vogue 45 years ago, the Endangered Species Act is badly in need of serious updating. We have spent untold billions and cost the American taxpayer many times more – yet we have a pitiful track record of recovering species to show for it. The Natural Resources Committee is taking huge steps forward to improve the ESA, and I am proud to be a co-sponsor of all the bills considered by the Committee this week making those meaningful changes. These bills, along with others including my own H.R. 2603, are vital to preserve this country’s natural wildlife while eliminating outdated, costly regulations that don’t advance conservation goals. It is truly uplifting to see progress being made, and I am hopeful we can get at least some of these bills actually signed into law before the end of the year.”

 

Background:

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources conducted a full committee hearing on the Western Caucus’ Bipartisan Endangered Species Act (ESA) Modernization Package which contain nine bills. To view a video of the full committee hearing, witness testimony and other important information, click here.

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3608, the “Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act,” H.R. 6346 “The WHOLE Act,” H.R. 6345 “The EMPOWERS Act,” and H.R. 6355 “The PETITION Act” through a full Committee markup. Click here for more information on the Committee markup.

The Western Caucus has created a landing page for the bills which included pictures, summary documents, bill text and quotes from stakeholders. Click here to view that page which includes also includes a list of 165+ stakeholders and organizations throughout the country that have endorsed the bipartisan package.

The legislative package of nine bills addresses the shortcomings of the ESA by fixing the listing process, adding framework for a clear de-listing process, addressing the petition backlog issue, removing unnecessary impediments to economic development, involving state and local input, and creating a mechanism that facilitates voluntary conservation efforts. The following bills comprised the Bipartisan ESA Modernization Package:

  • H.R. 6356 “The LIST Act” introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05) requires the delisting of species when objective, measurable scientific information demonstrates that a species is recovered. 
  • H.R. 6345 “The EMPOWERS Act” introduced by Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) provides for greater involvement of State and local governments with regard to ESA petitions and decisions to list species. 
  • H.R. 6344 “The LOCAL Act” introduced by Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03) encourages voluntary conservation efforts and provide incentives for the preservation and recovery of imperiled species.
  • H.R. 6355 “The PETITION Act” by Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-04) addresses the longstanding issue of petition backlogs, which drain limited federal resources and result in unnecessary lawsuits.
  • H.R. 6364 “The LAMP Act” introduced by Rep. Don Young (AK-At Large) increases state and local involvement in species management through cooperative agreements.
  • H.R. 6360 “The PREDICTS Act” introduced by Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05) would provide for greater certainty and improved planning for incidental take permit holders and landowners entering into agreements to improve the status and recovery of at-risk and listed species.
  • H.R. 6346 “The WHOLE Act” introduced by Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04) would ensure that all species protections and conservation measures are considered in their totality when determining the likelihood of destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat.
  • H.R. 6354 “The STORAGE Act” introduced by Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04) would ensure that certain areas impacted by operations of water storage and similar facilities are not designated as critical habitat.
  • H.R. 3608, the “Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act” introduced by Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04) requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to track, report to Congress, and make available online: 1) funds expended to respond to ESA lawsuits; 2) the number of employees dedicated to litigation; and 3) attorney’s fees awarded in the course of ESA litigation and settlement agreements. The bill also requires the federal government to disclose to affected states all data used prior to any ESA listing decisions and require that the “best available scientific and commercial data” used by the federal government include data provided by affected states, tribes, and local governments. Finally, this bill prioritizes resources towards species protection by placing reasonable caps on attorney’s fees.

New John Deere L-Series II Skidders and Wheeled Feller Bunchers Provide Simplified, Reliable Machines for Loggers

Continuously evolving to better its machines and exceed customer expectations, John Deere is excited to introduce the new L-Series II Skidders and Wheeled Feller Bunchers. The new L-Series II machines feature a simplified design, providing a reliable, powerful solution, while still maintaining the productivity-boosting features of the original line, including an increase in hydraulic speed, large grapples and an improvement in weight distribution.

 

“With the new L-Series II machines, we wanted to build upon the best features of the original machines, while also simplifying the design to increase reliability,” said Brandon O’Neal, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction and Forestry. “Listening to our customers, we reworked the machines, making significant improvements under the hood. The new L-Series II machines offer decreased downtime without any changes to power and productivity.”

 

The new, simpler L-Series II models enhance customer experience by reducing maintenance and increasing uptime due to a number of part changes. Other changes to the machines include a reduction to the complexities of the electrical and hydraulic systems and improvements to component placements. ”They [John Deere] rerouted it so the wires wouldn’t be so bunched up in the machine,” noted Wayne Sugg of Sugg Logging, who was one of the first loggers to test the new machines. “Since we’ve had the L-Series II we’ve put 300 hours on it and haven’t had any downtime whatsoever. Uptime is important, because if the wood’s not going out getting on the trucks I’m not making any money.”

 

The L-Series II machines also include changes to boost productivity. The new skidder models offer increased grapple squeeze force of up to 10 percent. Articulation steering sensors improve the operator experience, ultimately increasing productivity. A new two-speed 4000 winch replaces the previous single-speed winch. “The machine is better, stronger and faster than the original. These machines – on a daily basis – they just they take a beating. The more you beef it up, the stronger it’s going to be, and the better it’ll be for us.” said Zane Winfield of Southern Logging, who also got a chance to experience the new machines.

 

In addition to the new changes, the L-Series II Skidders and Wheeled Feller Bunchers retain the productivity-boosting features that loggers loved in the original models. From a comfortable operator station to durable axles and rugged, large grapples, the L-Series II models offer loggers the features they need to tackle tough jobs. “We’ve spent countless hours collecting customer feedback to ensure our new machines met their needs, understanding the demands they face daily,” said O’Neal.

 

The cabs on all skidders and wheeled feller bunchers are equipped with features designed to maximize comfort, ultimately increasing productivity. Amenities like the efficient HVAC system, improved ergonomic controls and storage space offer the creature comforts loggers desire. Joystick steering and an optional rotating seat reduces strain on the operator’s body.

 

The L-Series II Skidder models feature the powerful Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which combines the smoothness of a hydrostatic transmission with the fuel efficiency of a lockup torque converter. This combination enables the skidders to boast excellent fuel efficiency, longer engine life and enhanced operator comfort.

 

Offering a one-button Quick Dump feature, the wheeled feller bunchers improves efficiency with the push of one button to release trees in a single, smooth motion. Additionally, the head-tilt and arm functions are combined to help minimize fatigue while improving productivity.

 

Another industry-changing feature on our skidders that carried over from the previous models are the durable axles – particularly the Outboard-Extreme™ axles. The models feature a pressurized continuous-lube system and independent axle filters that extend wear life. The rugged Outboard-Extreme axles – standard on the 848 and 948 models, and optional on the 748 machines – feature larger components, delivering maximum jobsite durability and a heavier weight for boosted machine stability.

Register Your Comment on Revising Current Hours-of-Service Regulations for Interstate Truck Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering how to proceed with possible hours of service reforms for interstate truck drivers. FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez recently announced administrative rulemaking for potential changes, but has stated the agency will only move on reforms if it receives the feedback and data necessary to do so.  You can submit a comment by clicking here.

 

There are three areas FMCSA hopes to see feedback around: (1) Extending drivers’ daily 14-hour clock by two hours should adverse conditions arise; (2) adding split sleeper berth flexibility to hours regs, (3) nixing the 30-minute break requirement and allowing short-haul drivers to operate 14 hours in a day instead of the current 12-hour allotment.

 

The American Loggers Council has filed written comments (click here for letter) urging FMCSA to pursue reforms.  ALC supports expanding the current 12-hours on-duty requirement to 14 hours to accommodate haulers that typically experience long-wait times at mills.  ALC also supports revising the definition of adverse driving conditions to include those times when log trucks are being detained by other third party organizations (such as mills) which are not allowing them to make their needed deliveries. 

 

Log haulers tend to operate similarly to those in the agriculture industry, as wood products must be delivered to processing facilities in a timely manner.  ALC asked FMCSA to regard logging as an agricultural activity and that all exemptions enjoyed by the agriculture industry should include the timber harvesting industry.  

 

You can provide your own comments directly by clicking here and filling out the comment form.  Your comments will be delivered directly to the agency. Comments are due by September 24, 2018.

Former Florida Congressman to Represent American Loggers Council on Capitol Hill

The American Loggers Council (ALC) announced today it has retained former United States Congressman Steve Southerland and his firm, Capitol Hill Consulting Group, to represent them on legislative and regulatory affairs in Washington D.C. ALC is a coalition of state and regional logging associations from over 30 states across the U.S., and is the only organization dedicated to serving independent contract loggers at the national level.

 

“We are pleased to bring Steve Southerland on board to promote and protect the interests of America’s loggers,” said ALC Executive Vice President Daniel Dructor. “Since it was established in 1994, ALC has continued to grow and gain effectiveness in impacting issues affecting professional timber harvesters and their businesses. We are loggers working for loggers and our members are frequent visitors to Capitol Hill, but Southerland and his team will provide consistent and strong advocacy for our industry.”

 

Steve Southerland serves as Senior Vice President of Capitol Hill Consulting Group. He was first elected to Congress in 2010 to represent Florida’s Second Congressional District and was its first elected Republican since Reconstruction. While in office from 2010-2014, he served on the Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees. Southerland was chosen by the class of 2010 to be its representative at the Republican Leadership Table for the 113th Congress and he also served as a Republican conferee for reauthorization of both the Transportation and Farm bills. Prior to serving in Congress, Southerland helped operate his family’s mortuary business.

 

“I consider it a great honor to represent such a time honored industry, made up of some of the hardest working people in America,” Southerland said. “American Loggers provide such an incredible value to our society. They are front line conservationist, delivering wood, fiber, and energy resources for the world. I’m proud to represent ALC and share their story directly to policy makers and their staff in Washington, D.C.”

 

Southerland and his firm will work with ALC on a variety of issues, including regulatory reform, transportation, federal forest management and biomass. ALC’s priorities include workforce development and recruitment, increased timber harvesting on National Forest System lands, uniform and predictable truck-weight standards, and the alignment of timber harvesting with agriculture under federal laws and regulations.

© AMERICAN LOGGERS COUNCIL, 2019