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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
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$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.

Bipartisan, Bicameral Leaders Introduce Future Logging Careers Act

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Angus King (I-ME) and U.S. Representatives Jared Golden (D-ME) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) today introduced the Future Logging Careers Act in the Senate and House of Representatives. This legislation would level the playing field for the logging trade with other agricultural fields by allowing family members to learn about and get experience in the trade of logging from an earlier age so that they may carry on the family business.

 

“The agriculture industry currently enjoys regulatory exemptions that permit family members to participate and learn the operations of the family business under the direction and supervision of their parents,” said Senator Risch. “However, young men and women in families who own and operate timber harvesting companies are denied the opportunity to work and learn the family trade until the age of eighteen. This bill would equip these young loggers with the knowledge and experience needed to carry on the family trade. Further, it would help to restore Idaho forests and all national forest lands into healthy, fire-tolerant forests while bringing much-needed natural resources into the marketplace.”

 

“Logging is more than just an occupation in Maine – it’s a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation, supporting rural Maine families and boosting local economies,” said Senator King. “There are young people throughout Maine who have grown up waiting for their opportunity to enter this industry that plays such a vital part in their communities, and we should give them the opportunity to do just that. By allowing interested young Maine people to learn on the job with their parents and grandparents, we can help train the next generation of loggers, strengthen our forest products industry, and ensure that this vital rural Maine industry continues to grow and thrive.” 

 

“I’m introducing the Future Logging Careers Act with Senator King to allow the Mainers working our forests to bring on their family members earlier, better prepare Maine’s young people for good-paying careers in logging, and set family businesses in our forest products industry up for long-term success,” said Congessman Golden.

 

“For generations, young people have been learning the family agri-business under the supervision of their parents,” Congressman Thompson said.“This bill puts the logging families on par with the same rules so that the next generation can learn the trade and obtain essential knowledge through the guidance and safety of family members. I urge my colleagues to support this common sense legislation.”

 

The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 so that 16 and 17-year-olds would be allowed to work in mechanized logging operations under parental supervision.

America’s Loggers: Save Lives by Putting More Log Trucks on Interstates

March 11, 2019, Hemphill, TX— Fatal log truck collisions increased 41 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to a 2018 study by Virginia Tech researchers.  Due to inconsistent truck weight tolerances between state and federal roads, trucks hauling logs to mills are often forced to use city, county and state roads, where more than 96 percent of log truck collisions occurred in the study.  

 

In response the American Loggers Council (ALC) have launched a “Safe Routes, Save Lives” initiative that seeks federal legislation enabling more log trucks to utilize federal interstates for more short-haul trips.    

 

“Safe and efficient log hauling is essential to our industry and the nation’s economy, but inconsistent truck weights are putting American lives at risk,” said ALC Executive Vice President Daniel Dructor. “Since the Spring of 1997, the ALC has urged Congress to allow the industry’s trucks to haul state legal weight tolerances on the Federal Interstate Highway System, which often provide safer routes to mills. As fatal log truck collisions increase, there is ample data suggesting that truck weight reform saves lives by routing log trucks away from schools, crosswalks, city intersections and railroad tracks.”

 

In several states throughout the country, forest products from harvest sites to mills are allowed a tolerance more than the 80,000 lb. weight limits on interstates. In 2009 Congress approved a “safe route” pilot project in Maine that lifted federal truck weight limits on interstates. Congress provided a similar, yet limited exception in Minnesota, and in both cases the policy resulted in fewer collisions, reduced driver fatigue and improved equipment safety.

 

“The Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota (ACLT) worked for ten years to allow logging trucks to utilize the Interstate system instead of rural roads or congested city and town roads,” said ACLT Executive Director Scott Dane. “A 26 mile priority corridor was approved a couple of years ago. Since then there have been no logging truck accidents on the previous route, nor on the new Interstate route. Unfortunately there are still hundreds of miles that logging trucks must still use on rural, city and town roads where vehicular accident data reveals the largest incidents of accidents.” 

 

Due to the dangers of log hauling, the Virginia Tech study found that only five insurance companies nationally are willing to write log truck vehicle insurance. Forestry Mutual Insurance Company is one of those companies, and have joined the ALC in supporting the Safe Routes, Save Lives initiative. 

 

“Insurers have much concern about log and chip trucks being forced to travel routes that are unsafe for both the truck driver and the motoring public due to the 80,000 lb. interstate weight limits,” said Jimmie Locklear, Business Development Manager at Forestry Mutual Insurance Company.  “Traveling state and secondary roads greatly increase encounters with school bus traffic and stops, school zones, intersections, driveway entrances and exits and many other driving challenges.  Several preventable crashes with injury have taken place as result of log and chip trucks being forced to travel these higher risk highways.  I hope these concerns can be addressed by finding ways to allow state specific weights on the interstate system.”

 

Dructor said past efforts to pass truck weight reforms have been stymied by railroad companies resistant to competition for long-haul routes, yet the exemptions the ALC are seeking would only apply to short hauls typically within a 150-mile radius.  Railroad companies commonly do not haul raw logs to sawmills in such short distances anyway.

 

“We are not seeking exemptions for long-haul, nor to promote competition to the railroads,” Dructor said. “This is about safety, not profits. It’s time for Congress to introduce legislation that just makes sense, saves lives, and reduces risk in the process.”

 

 
CONTACT: Daniel Dructor, 409-625-0206, americanlogger@aol.com

American Master Logger Certification Program: Preparing for Opportunity

by Ted Wright, Executive Director, Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands and Jennifer Hartsig, Coordinator, American Master Logger Certification© Program

“Luck Is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity”
–Roman philosopher Seneca

Demand for certified wood products is increasing, both in the United States as well as in Europe and other global markets.  As consumers become more discerning in their desire for products that are sustainably sourced, manufacturers are increasing their goals for wood that meets those requirements.  In many cases, there is a lack of certified wood to meet these demands.  How do Certified© Master Loggers fit into this market equation?

 

First of all, let’s take a look at a few examples of highly recognizable businesses driving this demand.  Furniture maker IKEA, the world’s largest single consumer of wood, has established a goal to use 100% “more sustainable sources, defined as recycled or FSC® certified wood, by 2020” .  Likewise, fast food giant McDonalds plans on “procuring 100 percent of its packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2020, with a global preference for FSC-certified sources” . Similar goals are being set across the globe, raising demand for energy products such as certified wood pellets, according to a recently released report focusing on Western European demands , and focusing on US producers such as Enviva and Drax Biomass.  

 

Meeting the increased demand for certified wood will only be possible if the supply is available, and recent estimates show only 12.9% of forestland is certified.  A recent journal article, Forest Certification Perspectives in the Wood Products Supply Chain in Virginia, U.S.A. concludes “additional supply would need to come by way of smaller forests, diverse logging contractors, and manufacturers of all kinds. Growth likely will remain slow or non-existent unless these value chain participants clearly see a favorable balance between costs and benefits.”  

 

The recent research report, Value Assessment of Certified Logger Programs, released in late November 2018 by the Wood Supply Research Institute  (WSRI) shows that mills may be the stakeholder segment where the disconnect between demand for certified wood and the supply is greatest.  In this study, 100% of interviewed mill representatives were aware of Master Logger Certification© programs, yet 38% saw “no significant positive effect”.  In fact, of all stakeholder groups, mills had the highest degree of negative overall value perception of the Master Logger Certification program.

 

How can our American Loggers Council endorsed Master Logger programs work together to address this disconnect?  The WSRI report recommends three focal areas: 1. Increase the scale of Certified© Master Logger companies around the country.  In other words, in order to have a greater impact on the market, the number of businesses available needs to be greater; 2. Capitalize on the high-quality work of Master Logger Certified© businesses. This means making the case to producers who are demanding certified wood that Master Logger Certified© companies are a key to the supply they need; and 3. more effectively promote the program as a whole, in order to “get bigger, get better, and get more widely known”.  

 

The Michigan Master Logger Certification© program is seeing increased enrollment as a direct response to the opening of the Arauco Particleboard Plant in Grayling and growing demand for certified suppliers. According to a Northern Logger article from September 2018 Randy Keen, Arauco procurement manager, says “All Arauco mills are FSC certified and we give preference to Master Loggers. That’s very important to us. The Master Logger ranks are growing in Northern Lower Michigan. I think that’s in part because of Arauco putting out the word that we will give preference in terms of quota to Master Loggers,” said Keen. The Michigan Master Logger Certification© program has responded to this demand and looks forward to Arauco’s future success. 

 

There are also businesses that prefer using/procuring Certified© Master Logger wood because they feel it’s the right thing to do. They want to recognize and reward those companies that go the extra mile to improve the perception of logging internally within the industry and to those externally, like the other landowners in their wood basket and to the end-consumers of their products. We will be highlighting these businesses in the future.

 

 
As partners under the umbrella of ALC endorsed Master Logger Certification© programs, we have an obligation to try to meet these recommendations for growth and greater recognition. Professional loggers don’t need luck, they need to be prepared for opportunity. With increasing demand at home and from the European market for certified wood, there would appear to be an incentive for loggers and suppliers to work together to make sure certified logging contractors are in place. 

 

Footnotes
https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/this-is-ikea/people-planet/energy-resources/wood/
ii https://us.fsc.org/en-us/newsroom/newsletter/id/925
iii https://www.mrrse.com/global-wood-pellet-market
iv Lowe, L.; Brogan, S.; McClure, N.; Nowak, J.; Oates, B.; Preston, D.; Tucker, W. Forest certification programs: Status and recommendations in the south—A report of the southern group of state foresters. 2011. http://www.southernforests.org/resources/publications/SGSF%20Forest%20Certification%20Report%20r1.pdf
v Munsel, J.; Ares, A.; Barrett, S.; Bond, B.; Gagnon, J. Forest Certification Perspectives in the Wood Products Supply Chain in Virginia, U.S.A. 2017, https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/8/10/364/pdf
vi Mullaney, G. on behalf of the Wood Supply Reseach Institute (2018). Value Assessment of Certified Logger Programs. (Report No. 85245F). Old Town, ME:  James W. Sewell Company. https://wsri.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/WSRI_MasterLogger_Final-Report.pdf
vii Townsend, E. (2018, November).  North America’s New Largest Particle Board Mill Promises to Grow Michigan’s Residuals Market. The Northern Logger & Timber Processor, 34-39.

John Deere Launches Updated G-Series Swing Machines

A direct result of customer feedback, John Deere has updated its G-Series Swing Machines to improve operator experience. From changes to machine design to new features to improve serviceability, the updated Swing Machines, including eight powerful models, 2154G, 2156G, 2654G, 2656G, 3154G, 3156G, 3754G and 3756G, offer increased productivity and uptime, providing a reliable solution for the toughest of jobs.

 

“After successfully launching the G-Series Swing Machines in 2016, we wanted to continue to perfect the machines based on customer experience in the field,” said Jarvis De Groot, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The new features, which will be available on the 2019 models and on, will streamline serviceability and improve the machine design, while still retaining the power and productivity of the original models.”

 

The 2019 machines feature several improvements to the machine design. A larger travel device improves tractive effort on the 2654G and 2656G machines, as well as select 2154G and 2156G models. The new LH side door features an easy-to-remove screen, allowing for the removal of collected debris. A shovel and axe mounting provision on all machines provides a secure and easily accessible storage location.

 

The cabs have been changed, adding a USB port for device charging and relocating the auxiliary and USB ports to behind the seat. The side-entry cab features a larger gas strut for the door and new handrail, improving entry and exit. Additionally, satellite radio is no longer required with the Convenience Deluxe package on the side-entry and rear-entry cabs.

 

Serviceability has also been improved on the G-Series Swing Machines. A pre-cleaner for engine air intake of the Final Tier 4 engines improves air filter life, while fuel shut-off valves eliminate fuel leakage and spillage during fuel filter changes. A new hinged AC condenser improves access, making it easier to clean out debris trapped between the radiator and AC condenser. The G-Series machines also feature remote grease lines for the boom cylinder base pins, improving ground-level serviceability. An optional hydraulic oil level alarm provides an audible and visible alarm that the hydraulic oil level is extremely low and requires immediate machine shut down.

 

In addition to the new changes, the G-Series machines still incorporate the most popular features from the original models, including improved cabs, better machine performance and a more durable design. The John Deere swing machines 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 G-Series Swing Machines, as well as the full line of John Deere Forestry equipment, visit a local John Deere or www.johndeere.com.

 

About Deere & Company

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.

 

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TEAM Safe Trucking Training at 2019 Logger Plus Expo

TEAM Safe Trucking at the 2019 Loggers Plus Expo

 

Friday, April 26
Bloomsburg Fairgrounds
620 West 3rd Street
Bloomsburg, PA

 

Register online at: https://northernlogger.com/loggers-expo-2/
Register no later than April 12, 2019

 

4 Hours of training and credits will be provided – Owners and drivers will learn about the TEAM Safe Trucking Forestry Transportation Training platform.

 

Business owners and drivers will be able to take Module One, Module two, as well as, four Educational Sponsored courses just released in 2019. These could be any of the following: passing, stopping/parking, accidents, breakdowns, driver accountability, mill general safety, backing and coupling.

 

 

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.

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