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Daniel J. Dructor
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Hemphill, TX 75948
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Loggers Across America Convene for American Loggers Council Annual Meeting


Hemphill, Texas (October 11, 2016) –The American Loggers Council (ALC) held its 23nd Annual Meeting in Natchez, Mississippi, on Sept. 28 – Sept. 30, 2017 and had over 200 attendees including loggers, and sponsors that have helped support the work of the Council.

The three day conference included a logging tour on Davis Island, Mississippi. Technical sessions included discussions on logging industry branding, log trucking safety and liability issues, local and global log market outlooks, new machine technologies, and on-board fire suppression systems.

The ALC President’s Award was given to Shawn Keough, executive director of the Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho for her service and advocacy for loggers in her state and throughout the country. Keough, also a respected State Senator, is retiring from the Idaho State Legislature after a record 11 terms in office.

The President’s Award was also given to D.K. Knight, Executive Editor of Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc. Knight has been on the Hatton-Brown team since 1968, where he produces Timber Harvesting Magazine and several other important publications relating to the logging industry.

20170928_095416_ferrysmallD.K. Knight presented Timber Harvesting Magazine’s prestigious “Logging Business of the Year Award” to Ikola Logging of McCall, Idaho.

The American Loggers Council’s National Logger Activist Award, which recognizes a logger who has demonstrated unselfish time and efforts to promote the timber harvesting profession, was presented to Tim Christopherson with Dabco Logging located in Kamiah, Idaho.

The Board of Directors and Membership meetings were held on September 30 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.

Ladies were treated to shopping experience in nearby Vicksburg, Mississippi including lunch and a tours of the Vicksburg battleground and Anchuca Mansion.

Attendees opened their pocketbooks on Friday evening at the annual ALC auction where over $28,000, with half the proceeds being donated to support rural relief for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Another $2000 for the Log-A-Load for Kids program, which supports medical services for needy children.

20170929_201841_auctionDuring the closing President’s dinner on Saturday night, President Ken Martin from Mississippi introduced as the new President of the American Loggers Council, Oregon logger Mark Turner. Alabama logger Chris Potts and Missouri Logger Shannon Jarvis will serve as First and Second Vice Presidents, respectively. Mr. Turner stated in his remarks that “I believe that The American Loggers Council can be a guiding force. An organization by loggers, for loggers. Helping to bring loggers together from all across this great country. We can do so much more together then apart,” before officially adjourning the meeting.