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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



Register for the American Loggers Council 25th Annual Meeting

American Loggers Council
25th Annual Meeting
September 26-28, 2019
Perdido Beach Resort
Orange Beach, Alabama

 

***Click here for registration packet, including current agenda and lodging details***

 


You can now pay on-line, via PayPal using the form below. If paying on-line, please complete and email us your completed registration form so we have accurate headcounts for each event.

Full Registration fees

 


“Alabama Gulf Coast Enchantment”

On behalf of the American Loggers Council and the Alabama Loggers Council, I invite you to attend our 25th Annual Meeting in scenic Orange Beach, Alabama.

 

Getting to the Perdido Beach Resort located on the Alabama Gulf Coast is an easy 50 minute drive from the Pensacola International Airport (PNS) via rental car.

 

All events will be based out of the luxurious Perdido Beach Resort this year, including meals and meetings. Ladies will be treated to a beach bash on the white sand beaches of Orange Beach as well as a trip over to Fairhope for some unique shopping and dining experiences.

 

Sheila and I are excited that you are visiting our part of the country for this silver anniversary celebration, and we, as well as the Alabama Loggers Council and Alabama Forestry Association, will do all that we can to make this a trip that you will remember for a lifetime! Come relax in the surroundings, enjoy the scenery along the Gulf Coast shoreline, and find out why we are proud to call Alabama our home.

 

Chris Potts
President – American Loggers Council

 

Congress Introduces Bipartisan ‘Safe Routes’ Legislation for Log Trucks

H.R. 2453 allows log trucks to utilize federal interstates for short-haul trips. Click here to urge your federal representatives to support this important measure!

 

May 2, 2019, Hemphill, TX— The American Loggers Council (ALC) today applauded the introduction of the bipartisan Safe Routes Act of 2019 (H.R. 2453) allowing log trucks to utilize federal interstates for short-haul trips. The legislation was announced today by U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI); other original sponsors include U.S. Representatives Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Joe Courtney (D-CT), Jared Golden (D-ME) and Jim Sensebrenner (R-WI).

 

The ALC along with its partners have advocated “Safe Routes” legislation 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. Due to inconsistent truck weights in many regions throughout the country, 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, according to a study.  

 

“Preventing fatal log truck collisions is a high priority in our industry and our communities,” said ALC Executive Vice President Daniel Dructor. “One proven solution is to give log trucks the option of using federal interstates on short hauls, where they can be routed away from schools, crosswalks, city intersections, railroad tracks, and other challenges. A few individual states have received exemptions that lifted federal truck weight limits on interstates, and in each case it resulted in fewer collisions, reduced driver fatigue and improved equipment safety.”

 

Dructor says improving log truck safety will help in the recruitment of new operators to replace an aging workforce, and with few insurance carriers willing to write policies for log trucks, the Safe Routes Act may help reduce those costs as well. The legislation only applies to short hauls typically within a 150-mile radius, and does not apply to long hauls. 

 

“The ALC would like to thank the Democratic and Republican members who are supporting this bill as original co-sponsors, including Congressman Mike Gallagher for being its first champion in the 116th Congress,” Dructor said. “We also thank our partners, including the Forest Resources Association, and our members for educating their federal representatives and staff on this important safety issue. We’ll continue to work across the aisle, in the both the House and Senate, until this safety solution reaches the president’s desk.”

 

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

Action alert: Urge your representatives to support the Future Logging Careers Act

This Congress we have a great opportunity to pass the Future Logging Careers Act to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to work in mechanized logging operations under parental supervision. This bill is a part of our efforts to recruit and retain the next generation of loggers.  You can help by taking just two minutes of your time to send message in support (click here). 

 

The Future Logging Careers Act (HR 1785 & S 818) would extend an existing agricultural exemption– now enjoyed by family farmers and ranchers– to enable family-owned logging businesses to train their sixteen- and seventeen-year-old sons and daughters in mechanical timber harvesting.  

 

The exemption would ensure that the next generation of mechanical timber harvesters can gain the needed on-the-ground training and experience under the close supervision of their parents who have a vested interest in their children’s safety and in passing down the profession to the next generation of timber harvesters. Like farming and ranching, the timber harvesting profession is often a family run business where the practice and techniques of harvesting and transporting forest products from the forest to receiving mills is passed down from one generation to the next. Timber harvesting operations are very similar to family farms with sophisticated and expensive harvesting equipment that requires young family members to learn how to run the business, including equipment operation and maintenance, prior to reaching the age of eighteen. 

 

Please take a moment and click here to urge your House and Senate members to support The Future Logging Careers Act (HR 1454). We have pre-drafted a message for you to send, but you can customize if you’d like.

 

We thank 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) for introducing this important legislation for America’s loggers.

 

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

$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.

 

Rebate amount is based on truck model and configuration: $5,000 for 4900 Sleeper or Daycab with vehicle service code of A85-012, logging service truck

 

Click here to find your nearest Western Star Trucks dealer.

Dealers can apply the rebate to the truck purchase or process a direct rebate to your customer. ALC Members may qualify for a rebate when they purchase a brand new Western Star 4900 logging service truck; the leading brand in the logging industry. 

 

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

 

Western Star Trucks reserves the right to terminate this program at any time without notice.

 

Requirements:

  • Valid only on vehicle service data code of A85-012, logging service truck.
  • Valid only on StarQuote pricing.
  • Not valid with stock truck concession or other program incentive claims.
  • Verification of membership or affiliation status with ALC.
  • Association membership must be valid for at least 90 days prior to retail sold date.
  • 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.
  • Only one association rebate can be applied per claim per truck.

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.

Risch, Golden Lead Bipartisan Effort to Level the Playing Field for Family Businesses in Forest Products Industry

To help family logging businesses address workforce shortages in the forest products industry, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine), joined by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), led a bipartisan and bicameral group of 16 lawmakers today calling on the Department of Labor (DOL) to take action. The members urged DOL to grant a regulatory exemption that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to learn the logging trade under parental supervision.

 

“The forest products industry is an economic driver that provides good-paying jobs in many rural communities across the country,” the lawmakers wrote. “Much like farming and ranching, the timber harvesting profession is often a family run business where the practice and techniques of harvesting and transporting forest products from the forest to receiving mills is passed down from one generation to the next. Unfortunately, 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.”

 

The changes requested in the members’ letter mirror those proposed in the Future in Logging Careers Act, which would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 so that 16- and 17-year-olds are allowed to work in certain logging operations under parental supervision. The legislation was introduced by Sens. Risch and King (I-Maine) as S. 818 in the Senate and by Reps. Golden and Thompson (R-Pa.) as H.R. 1785 in the House.

 

“The economic vitality of our nation’s forest products industry is essential not only to these local communities and regions but also to the nation’s manufacturing base,” continued the lawmakers. “That is why we introduced the bipartisan and bicameral Future in Logging Careers Act. Absent congressional action, we encourage the DOL to consider granting an exemption to allow sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds to work in mechanized logging operations…”

 

The farming and ranching industry already enjoy a similar exemption. Such a change would help address the workforce shortage in the logging industry and help to prepare young Americans for careers in timber harvesting. Logging is complicated and technical work that demands training and experience that many colleges do not offer. Forcing family members to wait until the age of eighteen to begin the intensive on-the-ground training that logging demands denies many small family businesses the help they need, and many aspiring young loggers critical professional experience. 

 

A copy of this letter can be found here.

Weiler Forestry Is Here

Weiler Forestry, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of Weiler purpose-built forestry products.

 

The purpose-built forestry product line consists of Wheel Skidders, Track Feller Bunchers, Wheel Feller Bunchers, and Knuckleboom Loaders. Weiler Forestry facilities include the manufacturing plant and warehouse in LaGrange, Georgia, the demonstration and training center in Auburn, Alabama, the Prentice engineering and product development center in Prentice, Wisconsin, and the legacy Prentice parts distribution center in Smithfield, North Carolina.

 

Founded in 2000, Weiler currently produces an extensive portfolio of paving products and has a long history of successfully manufacturing purpose-built equipment distributed through the Cat dealer network.

 

“Over the past several months, we have been listening to forestry customers and dealer personnel. We are excited to implement product expansion plans quickly to better serve the forestry market,” said, Pat Weiler, owner and founder of Weiler, Inc.

 

“I am looking forward to continuing to listen to our customers so we can offer them the products that best serve their needs through the best dealer network in the world.” commented Bill Hood, VP of Weiler, Inc.

 

Weiler Forestry will design and manufacture purpose-built forestry products, which will continue to be available through the Cat dealer network, providing customers with the same outstanding sales and service support they’ve come to expect.

Round Two – NH’s Forests, Industries, Workers and Forest Landowners are at Risk!

By Tom Thomson of the Thomson Family Tree Farm, lives in Orford, New Hampshire.

 

Here we go again. The Governor vetoed HB 183, a bill which sought to finally implement the policy which last year (2018) was overwhelmingly passed by a GOP-led Legislature to protect and support New Hampshire’s green renewable biomass generation. Fast forward this year, a Democratically led Legislature passed HB 183 by a large bipartisan vote. The Legislature continues to understand the bigger picture of how important N.H.’s 3rd largest manufacturing business is to our state’s economy of $1.2 Billion annually; unfortunately the Governor does not.

 

The Legislature understands that biomass energy generation in New Hampshire is local business. It provides local jobs, provides a critical tool in forest management, and helps our agricultural community with its wood ash byproduct, an organic fertilizer to spread on their fields. Biomass generation aligns with state policy that seeks diversity of electricity fuel sources using wood, a fuel source New Hampshire has plenty of as we are the second most forested state in the country. In using this low-grade wood for energy generation, biomass benefits us all – providing public and private landowners a management tool for sustainable forestry and open lands. Good Forestry management benefits our state’s tourism and recreational industries. One example would be Snowmobiling which brings in annually, direct and indirect, over $600 million because forest landowners continue to open and share our forestlands and trails which we’ve built for forestry; 84% of our state’s 7200 mile trail systems are on private forest lands.

 

So who was the Governor listening to when he decided to veto HB 183? My guess is it was an out-of-state group called the New England Ratepayers Association, who has been leading the charge to cripple our forest industry. They are a Massachusetts based lobbying group that doesn’t disclose its membership. By their actions, I would guess they are backed by utility interests and shareholders, but we will never know. They spent unknown amounts of money “robocalling” legislators to vote against HB 183. What I do know is that this lobbying group, that is lobbying for the demise of New Hampshire’s timber industry, doesn’t seem the least concerned about recent filings by Eversource (NH’s largest Utility) for a $70 million increase. They didn’t even intervene in the case. Are they more concerned about the cost of a three-year bridge to help the local biomass plants and the forestry industry instead of a huge increase of $70 million on ratepayer bills? I think most would agree this just doesn’t add up.

 

This is not a partisan debate – look at the votes – support for biomass passed in a Republican-led legislature, just as it has in a Democrat–led legislature. Our legislators are close to their constituents and they understand the chaos that has ensued in the state as this debate continues. They know the claims about biomass greatly driving up electric rates are false. They know local logging companies are laying off employees and cancelling equipment orders. Forest landowners like myself will begin selling forestland for development if HB 183 fails because we can’t manage our land effectively without the biomass markets, and the plant employees continue to worry about the future of their livelihoods and families. They know of the forestry-based jobs in their districts and how hard people are working to keep things afloat. This veto is not what New Hampshire is all about – we help our neighbors. These are hard-working men and women whose work is important to our energy future, but also our tourism and recreation economy, while providing a healthy environment for our state.

 

This is why this veto makes no sense. Supporters of HB 183 include three of the state’s largest landowner organizations, who each have over 100 years of common sense when it comes to managing healthy forest and agriculture lands through-out our state. They are NH Forest Society, NH Timberland Owners Association, and NH Farm Bureau. Many large suppliers like Milton Caterpillar In Londonderry, McDevitt Trucking in Manchester, and many hundreds of other small businesses that work to support and supply the biomass and timber industries also are just as concerned as I am of the uncertainty for the past two years. The Governor often talks about supporting local businesses. Well, in terms of a “return on investment,” just looking at what New Hampshire gains from a thriving biomass industry proves that overriding HB 183 is good business. We need to settle this debate once and for all. The Legislature was right last year when it overrode the Governor’s veto. It is time to do it again.

 

I am encouraging anyone who owns timberland, makes a living in the timber industry, and most importantly, enjoys recreating on private timberlands to call their legislator today and urge them to override the Governor’s Veto on HB 183. To find your legislator go to, http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/default.aspx

 

If we fail, New Hampshire’s Forest Industry, the third largest manufacturing business may be headed in the same direction as the NH Shoe Industry did years ago and that would be a sad day in our state’s “Live Free or Die” history.

Tom Thomson, owner of the “Thomson Family Tree Farm” shows what will happen if HB 183, known as the Biomass bill, fails. Forest landowners would begin selling off their Tree Farms due to the lack of low grade markets. Tom, reminds elected officials that 55% to 65% of all wood cut on a timber harvest is low grade, either pulp wood or biomass and without that market we can’t practice sustainable forestry.

Komatsu America appoints Tractor & Equipment Company as forestry equipment distributor for Alabama, Georgia and northwest Florida

Komatsu America appointed Tractor & Equipment Company (TEC) as the forestry equipment distributor for the states of Alabama, Georgia and the northwest region of Florida. TEC will handle the full-line of Komatsu forestry equipment, which includes track feller bunchers, log loaders, wheeled harvesters, forwarders, and harvesting/processing heads. TEC is already the distributor in these regions for Komatsu construction and mining equipment.

 

“Tractor & Equipment Company is an excellent addition to the Komatsu forestry equipment team and will provide us with greater forestry sales coverage in the southeast United States,” said Jim Williams, director, sales and service, forestry, Komatsu. “They have done a great job representing and growing Komatsu’s construction and mining business in this region, and we feel confident that they can replicate that success for forestry.”

 

Tractor & Equipment Company was founded in 1943. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, TEC has operations throughout Alabama, Georgia, and northwest Florida. Forestry equipment will be sold and serviced at all of the company’s 20 branch locations. 

 

“We are pleased to be building on our long-term relationship with Komatsu with the addition of their forestry line of equipment”, said Dan Stracener, President/CEO, Tractor & Equipment Company. “It gives us the opportunity to offer greater value to our forestry customers and to do so with a trusted partner.”

 

Komatsu America Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment, consisting of construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Komatsu America also serves forklift and forestry markets. Through its distributor network, Komatsu offers a state-of-the-art parts and service program to support its equipment. Komatsu has proudly provided high-quality reliable products for nearly a century. Visit www.komatsuforest.us and www.komatsuamerica.com for more information.

 

Komatsu® is an authorized trademark of Komatsu Ltd. Komatsu America Corp. is an authorized licensee of Komatsu Ltd. All other trademarks and service marks used herein are the property of Komatsu Ltd., Komatsu America Corp., or their respective owners or licensees.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Publishes Hours of Service Proposal to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for Commercial Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.

 

“This proposed rule seeks to enhance safety by giving America’s commercial drivers more flexibility while maintaining the safety limits on driving time,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

 

“FMCSA wants drivers and all CMV stakeholders to share their thoughts and opinions on the proposed changes to hours of service rules that we are putting forward today. We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility—and we have acted. We encourage everyone to review and comment on this proposal,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

 

First adopted in 1937, FMCSA’s hours of service rules specify the permitted operating hours of commercial drivers. In 2018, FMCSA authored an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to receive public comment on portions of the HOS rules to alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our Nation’s highways and roads. In response, the Agency received more than 5,200 public comments.

 

Based on the detailed public comments, FMCSA’s proposed rule on hours of service offers five key revisions to the existing HOS rules:

  • The Agency proposes to increase safety and flexibility for the 30 minute break rule by tying the break requirement to eight hours of driving time without an interruption for at least 30 minutes, and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on duty, not driving status, rather than off duty.
  • The Agency proposes to modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: one period of at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and the other period of not less than two consecutive hours, either off duty or in the sleeper berth. Neither period would count against the driver’s 14‑hour driving window.
    The Agency proposes to allow one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than three hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift.
  • The Agency proposes to modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.
  • The Agency proposes a change to the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on‑duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.

FMCSA’s proposal is crafted to improve safety on the Nation’s roadways. The proposed rule would not increase driving time and would continue to prevent CMV operators from driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least a 30-minute change in duty status.

 

In Addition, FMCSA’s proposed rule on hours of service regulations is estimated to provide $274 million in savings for the U.S. economy and American consumers. The trucking industry is a key component to the national economy—employing more than seven million people and moves 70 percent of the nation’s domestic freight.

 

The public comment period will be open for 45 days.

 

The Federal Register Notice, including how to submit comments, is available here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/regulations/hours-service/474821/nprmfile08-08-2019-131534.pdf

Western Star Hosts ALC Summer Board Meeting in Portland, Oregon

Western Star Trucks recognizes “time is money” for every logger. For over 50 years, the company has built their heavy duty trucks by hand, one at a time, to ensure every truck is built to last on mountainous logging operations. Western Star also has a long history of supporting America’s logging industry, and this year hosted the American Loggers Council Summer Board Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

 

ALC members had the opportunity to tour the Western Star assembly line and view the latest truck technology the company is developing to improve safety systems and other features that help meet the unique needs of loggers and truck operators working in the woods. ALC members visited the company’s Product Validation Engineering facility to experience how the company tests their trucks and new technology, and stepped inside the company’s innovative wind tunnel that is used to improve the fuel efficiency of their trucks. 

 

ALC members also had the opportunity to tour Daimler North America corporate headquarters, where they discussed the latest industry trends with Western Star President David Carson and his top marketing and product development staff.  ALC Executive Vice President Daniel Dructor thanked Western Star leadership for their support for the ALC, which is made up of a coalition of state and regional logging associations and councils.  ALC represents more than 30 states across the U.S.

 

“Western Star has long supported the ALC and has served as an important partner to our organization,” Dructor said. “We also appreciate their leadership in the logging and trucking sectors, and thank David Carson and especially Vice President of Sales Peter Arrigoni and Marissa Lewis for organizing this informative trip to the Western Star Truck Manufacturing Plant and the Daimler North America corporate headquarters.” 

 

The ALC held its board meeting on July 27 as the council continues to grow as the national voice for professional timber harvesters. The board discussed its key goals and priorities, including efforts to attract more workers to the logging industry, make the industry safer, increase federal timber sales and reform federal transportation regulations.  The ALC continues to work on passing its legislative priorities through Congress, including the bipartisan Future Logging Careers, which allows 16- and 17-year-olds in family logging businesses to gain hands-on training in mechanized timber harvesting. It is also working to pass the bipartisan Safe Routes Act, which would enable more log trucks to utilize federal interstates when they offer a sa

fer alternative to using local roads. 

 

The council also discussed its affiliated ALC Master Logger Certification and TEAM Safe trucking program.  The board advanced its strategic planning process as the organization continues to grow in membership and seeks to enhance its effectiveness on issues affecting loggers. 

 

“The ALC has established itself as the only organization solely serving the interests of independent contract loggers,” Dructor said. “There are many challenges facing our industry, but many opportunities as wood products are increasingly recognized for their sustainability and renewability, and as more wood markets are created. We are ‘loggers working for loggers’ and the future of our association is bright.” 

Wallingford’s Inc. Proudly Introduces Orbit™ Saw Chain

Wallingford’s Inc., a company known for supplying only the best and most innovative products to the forestry equipment industry, is doing it again with their development of Orbit™ Saw Chain. Launching now to nearly 3000 OEM, distributors and dealers, Orbit™ is available all across North America.

 

Manufactured from high quality alloy steel and an advanced heat treatment, Orbit™ Saw Chain is designed for precise, yet efficient cutting and durability. Its micro radius semi chisel cutters increase cutting speed while providing wear resistance and low vibration. The increased kerf width and multilayered chrome plating give the chain unsurpassed durability, allowing it to cut circles around the competition.

 

Orbit™ is currently being offered in .404” pitch harvester chain, in both loops and reels. In the coming months, Wallingford’s will expand the product line to include 3/4” and 3/8”. All in all, Orbit promises to provide an excellent product at a competitive price.

 

To learn more about Orbit™ Saw Chain, visit www.orbitsawchain.com or call 1-800-323-3708

ALC Visits White House for Presidential Remarks on Environmental Leadership

American Loggers Council (ALC) Executive Vice President Daniel Dructor visited the White House on July 8 to hear President Donald J. Trump deliver remarks on America’s environmental leadership.  

 

“It was a privilege to attend this White House event and recognize the accomplishments of this administration on natural resources and environmental issues,” Dructor said. “President Trump recognizes the importance of active forest management and the role of America’s loggers as part of the solution.  Under this administration, the federal government and its land management agencies are making clear progress in using all available forestry tools, including thinning and logging, to address the impacts of wildfire, insects and disease on America’s federally-owned forests.  We appreciate the President’s support for our nation’s loggers, and his efforts to improve the economy in our rural communities and throughout America.”

 

In addition to the American Loggers Council, the nation’s logging community was represented by Associated Oregon Loggers Executive Vice President Jim Geisinger, Associated California Loggers President Mike Albrecht of Sierra Resource Management, Inc. of Sonora, Calif., and Todd Stoffel of Timber Unity, a grassroots movement of loggers and log truckers based in Oregon.

John Deere Announces Upgrades to the FR22B and FR24B Felling Heads

Committed to providing the forestry industry with powerful and reliable equipment solutions, John Deere is rolling out upgrades to its FR22B and FR24B Felling Heads. Compatible with select M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers, the updated FR22B and FR24B models have been redesigned to increase durability and extend the life of the wrist and head.

 

“The forestry industry is challenging and pushes equipment to the limit to get the job done, making it important for manufacturers to provide reliable solutions designed for logging applications,” said Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Our new FR22B and FR24B Felling Heads provide just that – a reliable felling solution designed with the operator’s needs in mind.”

 

The new felling heads feature improved flow capability, increased hydraulic hose size and routing, and updated ring gear and frame welds, all resulting in increased durability.

 

To learn more about the FR22B or FR24B Felling Heads, as well as the full line of John Deere Forestry Equipment, visit your local John Deere Forestry dealer or www.JohnDeere.com.

Nominations Open for 2019 ALC Logger Activist Award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 American Loggers Council National Logger Activist Award.

 

If you have someone that you would like to nominate, please send a letter directly to the ALC office via e-mail, fax or US Postal Service describing that person and why you feel that he/she should receive the activist award.

 

Keep in mind that this is not the same award as the Timber Harvesting/Hatton-Brown Publication’s “Logging Business of the Year Award” that recognizes an outstanding logging business, but it is about an individual who exemplifies the professional logger thru not only his/her work, but also, and perhaps more importantly, his/her advocacy for the timber harvesting industry. That individual must be in the logging industry and does include administrative
personnel.

 

Nominations will be received until July 5th, 2019 and will then be handed over to the committee who will review all of the nominations.

 

The winner of the award will receive the award during a special presentation at the Saturday Awards Luncheon on September 28, 2019. Along with the award, the American Loggers Council will provide a complimentary hotel room and registration for the full annual meeting to the winner and one family/crew member.

 

Send your nomination to:
Daniel J. Dructor
Executive Vice President
American Loggers Council
Office: 409-625-0206
Americanlogger@aol.com

 

We sincerely appreciate your input and willingness to nominate those individuals who you believe are deserving of this award.

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