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National Master Logger Certification Program Committee Formed and Program Coordinator hired

AUGUSTA, ME – The organization tasked by the American Logger’s Council (ALC) with revitalizing and promoting Master Logger Certification© has formed a national committee to guide the effort and hired a program coordinator to administer it.

 

The first Master Logger program, Northeast Master Logger Certification, was created in 2001 by the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC) as the first in the world point-of-harvest certification program, offering third party independent certification of logging companies’ harvesting practices. In 2003, PLC created The Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands (TCNF) to administer the program with the broader goal of “enhancing the health of working forest ecosystems through exceptional accountability” throughout the Northern Forest region.

 

In 2004, the ALC adopted the program as a national model. Since that point, 18 states have approved templates for implementation of the program, with several currently implementing it. In August of 2017, the ALC decided to launch a national effort to promote the program and appointed the TCNF to lead it.

 

The TCNF began the effort in January and has now formed a committee with representatives from the logging industry from 17 states. Members of the committee so far include: Myles Anderson, California; Perry Sawyer, Connecticut; Richard Schwab, Florida; John Lane, Georgia; Dennis Aucoin, Louisiana; Andy Irish, Maine; Brian Tetrault, Massachusetts; Brian Nelson, Michigan; Mike Hill, Minnesota; Shannon Jarvis, Missouri; Rocky Bunnell, New Hampshire; Paul Mitchell Jr., New York; Bruce Zuber, Oregon; Robert Thurber, Rhode Island; Crad Jaynes, South Carolina; Sam Lincoln, Vermont; Ed Bryant, Washington.

 

In late February, the Trust hired Jennifer Hartsig of J Piper Consulting, LLC in New York to coordinate the effort and provide administrative support and implement nationwide technical support, expansion, branding, standardization and outreach.

 

Hartsig specializes in working with rural, natural resource dependent organizations, businesses and municipalities to help design, fund and manage projects.  After gaining more than two decades of experience in public and private sector program coordination, she formed her own consulting company in 2010.  Since 2012, she has been working directly with loggers and other forest industry stakeholders in New York State as the Coordinator for New York Logger Training, Inc., and project consultant with Empire State Forest Products Association.  Jennifer lives with her husband, Forestry Consultant Steve Bick, two daughters and soon to be University of Maine graduate son, in Okara Lakes, in the western Adirondack Mountains of New York.

 

“I am thrilled to be joining the team to promote Master Logger certification across the U.S. on behalf of the ALC,” Hartsig said.

 

TCNF Executive Director Ted Wright said that the pieces are now in place for the next steps of the effort to begin.

 

“With our committee members and a program coordinator with Jennifer’s credentials onboard we are ready to begin the serious work of promoting the Master Logger program nationwide,” TCNF Executive Director Ted Wright, said. “We are confident that the time is right and the industry ready for what the Master Logger program can offer not only to individual loggers, but to the industry as a whole. Raising the bar in logging is what Master Logger is all about, and that is a win-win scenario for our forests, our industry, and our economy.”

 

Master Logger is a rigorous certification which can only be earned by loggers who are harvesting professionally and responsibly, and adhering to the highest standards of conduct. Independent third-party verification is key to the program.

 

The ALC’s national Master Logger Certification© program template is built on seven areas of responsibility that meet the performance standards of the program, but allow each state participant to tailor their program based on existing state regulations and forest practices acts.

 

While the program may be generally unknown to the public, landowners in areas of the country where Master Logger programs exist are increasingly seeking Master Loggers for harvests on their property, and many end-users of wood are also seeking its assurances that the wood they are buying is being harvested sustainably and responsibly.

 

Members of the ALC voted in August 2017 to move forward with a proposal submitted by the TCNF and the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC) to revitalize and promote the program. The decision to have the TCNF lead the effort was a practical one given the program’s origins.

 

For more information on the Master Logger Program contact Ted Wright at (207) 532-8721 or executivedirector@tcnef.org.

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