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Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc. And Southern Loggin’ Times Magazine Launch Pre-Owned Forestry Equipment Website: ForesTree Equipment Trader

Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc., North America’s leading publisher of forest industry trade publications, in partnership with Southern Loggin’ Times, the continent’s most unique and popular logging magazine, has launched ForesTree Equipment Trader (FET), a first-of-its-kind online service dedicated exclusively to buying, selling and trading pre-owned forestry equipment, components, parts and related services.

ForesTree Equipment Trader is a new, easy to use marketplace that connects buyers and sellers of used forestry machines, attachments, components, and parts; it connects allied service providers with potential customers; and it connects employers with potential employees.

FET is an affordable, effective service for individuals and forestry equipment dealers. It offers several Membership Levels, with options and features that include multiple listings, multiple photos per listing, full product descriptions, videos, company branding, Featured Dealers, website embed codes, and much more. An extensive variety of search criteria is available on ForesTree Equipment Trader, including year, make, model, condition, location, radius, and more.

Other features of the FET website include: contacting sellers directly from their listings, special Employment and Services listings, and an In Search Of feature for potential buyers or employers.

“We’re excited about launching ForesTree Equipment Trader and what it brings to logging equipment owners and dealers,” says DK Knight, Hatton-Brown Publishers’ Co-Publisher. “FET is a fitting outgrowth of Southern Loggin’ Times, which for years has carried the largest used logging equipment classified section of any North American logging magazine. We expect FET to become even more popular than the magazine.”

ForesTree Equipment Trader can be found at www.ForesTreeTrader.com. Visit the website today and discover all FET has to offer. Click. Connect. Trade.

About Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc.—Established in 1953, Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc. today is the leading publisher of forest industry publications and sponsors or co-sponsors related trade shows and conferences. Its publications include: Southern Loggin’ Times, Timber Harvesting & Wood Fiber Operations, Timber Processing, Panel World, Wood Bioenergy, and Power Equipment Trade.

About Southern Loggin’ Times—Founded in 1972, Southern Loggin’ Times has earned a special place in the hearts and minds of loggers and their families and employees, as well as equipment manufacturers and their dealers and sales personnel. Logging families across the U.S. South, where 60% of the nation’s annual timber harvest takes place, crave every issue. SLT is known as “The Southern Logger’s Best Friend.” It is created 12 times per year.

Bishop, Roberts, Westerman Push Reforms to Improve Federal Forest Health, Wildfire Budgeting

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR) participated in a press call to discuss pending wildfire and forest management legislation (H.R. 2647 / S. 3085).

Click here to listen to a recording of the call.

“Last year, more than 10 million acres went up in smoke due to decades of unmanaged forests and our government spending more on fighting fires and special interest groups in court than managing the forests in scientifically-proven ways,” Rep. Westerman statedduring the call.

Members outlined concerns with inadequate federal efforts to reduce the concentration of hazardous fuels in overgrown forests.  The Forest Service is currently treating just 1% of the forest lands that the agency has identified as high-risk and susceptible to wildfires.

In reference to H.R. 2647 and S. 3085, Bishop stated: “this framework gives agencies a responsible budget fix and the tools they’ve been calling for to finally begin treating forests at a pace and scale that is needed to protect our communities.”

For basic treatments or a routine thinning project, an Environmental Impact Statement can cost the Forest Service a minimum of a million dollars and over 3 years to complete. “With its current, woefully inadequate and expensive self-imposed process, it’s no wonder the Forest Service currently treats just 3 million out of 60 million acres at high risk to wildfire,” Bishop stated.

“We need a new strategy that focuses on scientifically based, sustainable forestry management,” Rep. Westerman stated. “To do this, we’ll have to rein in frivolous lawsuits that regrettably have become the tool of choice for small groups with special interests. With proper management and new provisions for catastrophic events, we can end fire-borrowing in a cost-effective manner.”

“As the loss of life, property and environmental damage grows, we cannot afford to just throw more money at the problem. We must address the root cause,” Bishop stated.

Background:

On July 9, 2015, H.R. 2647 (Rep. Westerman), the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, passed the House. The bipartisan bill would address the growing threat of catastrophic wildfire by simplifying environmental process requirements, reducing project planning times, and expanding forest management flexibility to improve the health and resiliency of our forests.

On June 22, 2016, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, introduced S. 3085, the Emergency Wildfire and Forest Management Act of 2016. Similar to the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, S. 3085 proposes a responsible solution to “fire-borrowing” with much needed reforms to improve forest heath on federal lands.

Click here to view a summary of H.R. 2647.

Carbon Neutrality Language Passes in House

House Appropriations Bill, H.R. 5538 passes on a 231-196 vote

FOR RELEASE July 14, 2016

For Media Inquiries Contact:
Danny Dructor
American Loggers Council
Phone: 409-625-0206
E-mail: americanlogger@aol.com

Today, July 14, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY17 Interior Appropriations Bill which contained language supporting the American Loggers Council (ALC) position on carbon neutrality of biomass feedstocks when used as a renewable fuel.

The ALC has long supported utilizing forest biomass as a renewable feedstock to generate energy; making markets available for taking low value underutilized material from the forests as a means to improve forest health, reduce insect and disease infestations, and reduce the probability of catastrophic wildfires.

Management of both public and private forest lands can benefit from utilizing woody biomass, and the markets that could be created would also serve to further lessen our dependence on foreign fossil fuels.

The Senate version of the Appropriations Bill, still waiting for floor action, also contains language favorable for recognizing forest biomass as carbon neutral.

Both the House and Senate have adjourned for the August recess and work to reconcile the difference in the bill is not expected until after the November elections and then will be place in an omnibus appropriations package to help avoid a Presidential veto. The current administration recently published a statement pointing out 30 provisions to which it objected, with the carbon neutrality provision being one of them.

About American Loggers Council

The American Loggers Council is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization representing timber harvesting professionals in 30 states.  For more information contact the American Loggers Council office at 409-625-0206 or visit their website at www.amloggers.com.

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New Reports Reinforce the Value of Sustainably Managed Private Working Forests

The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) today released two new reports confirming the ongoing relationship between strong markets for wood products and sustainable forestry in the U.S.
“The reports reveal that the more wood we use, the more trees forest owners grow, and that has a positive impact on everyone, especially in communities where working forests are the cultural and economic foundation. These forests support 2.4 million jobs nationwide and thousands of wood-derived products that improve the quality of our lives,” said Dave Tenny, NAFO President and CEO.
The reports study the 32 most forested states, representing 91.3% of all working forests in the contiguous U.S., 74% of which are privately-owned. United States Forest Inventory and Harvest Trends on Privately-Owned Timberlands is a first-of-its-kind national report detailing annual forest growth and removal data by product, species and region and summarizes this data at a national level. The report reveals that private forest owners:
  • Grow 40% more wood than they remove.
    • In the South, they are growing 41% more.
    • In the North, they are growing 32% more.
    • In the Pacific Coast/Northwest, they are growing 42% more.
  • Remove a small percentage of the total inventory of growing trees.
    • In the South, removals were equivalent to 2.9% of growing trees
    • In the North, removals were equivalent to 1.2% of growing trees.
    • In the Pacific Coast/Northwest, removals were equivalent to 2.0% of growing trees.

“The report makes clear that forest owners are harvesting only a small portion of the trees they grow to maintain an abundance of trees,” Tenny said. “Strong markets for wood products—including energy here and abroad—help keep these forests healthy, productive and able to provide numerous environmental benefits such as clean air and water, and habitat for wildlife. Public policy has long recognized this positive relationship. As a result, forest owners are growing 40 percent more wood than they are harvesting.”

NAFO also released The Economic Impact of Privately-Owned Forests in the United States, the second update to NAFO’s inaugural report published in 2009. The report revealed on a national level that private working forests support:
  • 2.4 million jobs
  • $99 billion in payroll
  • $281 billion in sales
NAFO’s interactive map details state-specific economic impacts.
Both reports were produced by Forest2Market, a company providing market data and analytics to participants in the wood supply chain.

EPA Says No to Further Regulation of Forest Roads Under Clean Water Act

The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its decision against further regulation of forest roads under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
“Forest owners are pleased EPA exercised its broad discretion under the CWA by keeping management of water quality programs at the local level through state Best Management Practices (BMPs),” said Dave Tenny, NAFO President and CEO. “BMPs are a proven tool for protecting the quality of our nation’s rivers and streams while taking into account the diversity of forest landscapes.”
In 2003, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit directed EPA to provide an appropriate rational for any decision not to regulate stormwater discharges from forest roads. Today’s decision by EPA satisfies that order.
In 2014, Congress included in the final Farm Bill a provision that forest roads and forest management continue to be regulated through state BMPs under the CWA. The action ended litigation that began in an Oregon district court in 2006. Congress did not address EPA’s authority to adopt a regulatory program for stormwater discharges, although it saw no need for regulatory action. Today’s decision by EPA is aligned with this 2014 congressional action.

Committee Finds Federal Agencies Proactively Avoid the NEPA Process to Secure Predetermined Outcomes

The House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing titled “Investigating the Appropriate Role of NEPA in the Permitting Process.”
The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) was designed as a regulatory compliance framework for projects or actions requiring a federal permit.  In practice, the NEPA process has often proven overly burdensome, costly and time-consuming for a range of economic sectors.
In many cases, federal agencies have used NEPA to delay or deny permitting. More recently, the Obama Administration has begun bypassing NEPA to preemptively deny project approval. Attorney Roger Martella, Jr. emphasized that uncertainty surrounding the NEPA process has a paralyzing effect on critical economic growth and energy independence projects.
Despite the extraordinary contributions NEPA has made to informed decision making over 45 years, NEPA also is at risk for being hijacked as a tool of obstructionism by providing for unnecessarily broad review. Improperly stretching NEPA’s reach can lead to vast delays and uncertainty before agencies and the courts,” Martella said.
The fact that this fifty-year old law is routinely used as a statute of convenience to suit a preconceived agenda demonstrates the need for reform.
Too often, federal agencies use the NEPA process to delay permitting for months or years and eventually kill projects. But, now when it looks as if it will not be an impediment to the permitting process, federal agencies are denying permits before the NEPA process is completed,” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) said.
The panel focused on two recent federal agency decisions: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to deny a permit for the Gateway Pacific Terminal in Washington state and the EPA’s actions in the Bristol Bay Watershed of Alaska. In both cases, the agencies took controversial actions to sidestep NEPA and achieve a predetermined outcome.
EPA would be a much more effective agency if it fulfilled its statutory mandate by faithfully following the well-established NEPA process, rather than by creating its own ad hoc process for implementing a preemptive veto,” CEO of the Pebble Partnership Thomas Collier stated.
In the case of Pebble Mine, EPA conducted its own analysis of the project, the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment (BBWA), outside of the NEPA process. EPA later acknowledged the BBWA had significant gaps, including insufficient environmental analysis, that would have been covered under NEPA.
If a precedent is established whereby EPA can veto any of these projects before they are proposed […] the chilling effect on our economy will be profound,” Collier added.
In an exchange with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Collier explained he was denied due process and cannot file a permit application because the Army Corps of Engineers won’t make a decision while the EPA has already initiated a preemptive veto.
Executive Secretary for the Washington State Building Trades Council Lee Newgent talked about his work with the Gateway Pacific Terminal and reiterated similar concerns.
The other issue at Cherry Point is the politicizing of the product and not the project. Gateway as proposed is a multi-commodity export facility and coal is only one of the export materials […] Our economy at the present time is linked directly to fossil fuels,” Newgent stated.
Click here to view full witness testimony.

TEAM Safe Trucking Announces First Comprehensive Log Truck Fleet Management Initiative

TEAM Safe Trucking originated from the recognition that the severest accidents occurring in the logging industry today do not happen in the woods.  The era of mechanized logging has changed the relationship of accidents in logging.  That’s not to say nothing of consequence happens at the timber site, but it does say that the accidents happening on the roadways are severe in nature and are the public face of the Logging Industry.  This is the side that the general public is exposed.  TEAM set out to identify how to increase the awareness of the issue of unsafe driving, and to provide solutions to the Industry.

Operations in TEAM really commenced in March 2016.  The original meeting in October, 2015 included 40 or so representatives from all regions of the US.  They represented interests from logging, industry associations, suppliers, insurance and publications.  In that meeting a number of committees were set up to do some research on various issues that affected safe driving of log hauling tractors and trailers.  The designated follow up meeting was in February, 2016.  The February meeting was extraordinary in the amount of work that had been done by the increased number of attendees.  It was obvious there is great enthusiasm for the topic.

It was at the February meeting that I was asked to take a lead in developing the organization.   The mission was clear:  Improve the awareness that safe driving can have on reducing accidents and improving the public’s perception of the log trucks on local and state roads, and like most clear missions, the path to action has many components.

The key core initiatives that have evolved include the following:

  1. Developing Fleet Management BMPs for loggers
  2. Developing the ideal Mill setting that requires safety on the premises and reinforces safety on the road
  3. Developing tools to constantly remind drivers for the need to drive defensively
  4. Developing techniques to attract new employees to the industry
  5. Establish what the cost factors are of a profitable fleet

In support of these core initiatives we have the following underway:

  1. An awareness campaign sponsored by Hatton Brown’s DK Knight
  2. A developing web site under the leadership of Firehorse’s JP Dame
  3. A technical college curriculum developed by Coastal Pines Technical College
  4. An industry study under the direction of Virginia Tech’s Scott Barrett
  5. Becoming a consolidator of the significant number of available resources that exist today

Observations from three months of asking questions and listening to answers:

A logging company is really a number of different business activities; all demanding levels of expertise.  A logging company is likely more than two of the following:

  • Harvests timber
  • Repairs and maintains expensive equipment and transportation units
  • May manage a fleet of tractors and trailers
  • May act as its own supplier
  • May have its own mill operation

It is the managing of the fleet that has been the most difficult task for loggers.

Transportation has historically been looked upon as an economic loser by loggers.  The simple reason given, and that has been accepted, is that loggers are not paid enough for hauling the timber to the mills.  The issue with this is that a logger’s control of the cost factors may not be understood and may not be in place.

Finding quality drivers is difficult.  We cannot compete with other businesses.  This lament is heard all through the transportation industry.  Long haul transportation companies complain that drivers want to be home for dinner and logging companies complain they cannot compete for drivers.  The solution is right in front of us.

Logging is a highly fragmented industry made up of many small multi generational companies.

As a result of this fragmentation, we often don’t recognize the significance of our economic impact in the communities we operate.  My proposition by this statement is that logging is to Waycross, Georgia and Georgetown, South Carolina and all the other towns we work- in as to what General Motors is to Michigan.  In South Carolina there are seventy three mills all centered on smaller towns and cities.  I can repeat this impact in each state where logging is a meaningful industry.   The mills are where the loggers are and these are typically in smaller more rural communities.  Both logging and mills are major employers, pay taxes and are significant members of their communities.

Because the industry is fragmented it lacks economic leadership that can reach out in local communities to raise the awareness of the industry in schools and within the community.  This limits what should be a natural flow of younger employees in all occupations to the industry.  Interestingly, there is a precedent that demonstrates the attractiveness of the industry to the young.  It is more the rule than the exception that logging companies are multi generational enterprises and proud of it.  If the youth of loggers are interested in the business there is a broader population to draw upon.

Fleet management is difficult.  If the owner is at the site operating equipment or supervising a crew, when the tractor leaves the woods they can only “hope” they know how that tractor is being driven.  Hope is not a strategy for managing the fleet.   To manage a fleet requires tools and the staff that knows how to use them.  All of these tools exist today.

The last three months has been about listening to well discussed points as to what the problems are.

Developing deliverables is the goal of TEAM.  Delivering solutions is going to be the outcome.

The solution deliverables include:

  1. Running your fleet profitably
  2. BMPs for fleet management
  3. A curriculum that can be used countrywide to train new employees for the industry
  4. The “how” to reach out to schools in any area of the country
  5. A web site that can deliver web based training
  6. Awareness materials that support driving defensively
  7. The development of the tools that loggers can use to manage their fleets while still doing what is necessary to operate their company
  8. Establish TEAM as the place where all tools required to run a log fleet reside.

TEAM Safe Trucking, TST, is dedicated to being the central site where all the information and the “how to” implement the running a safe, profitable fleet resides.

About the author: Rick Quagliaroli is president of TEAM Safe Trucking, LLC.  In addition to these responsibilities he is owner of Swamp Fox Agency.  The Agency is a specialist in the risk management practices of loggers.  Quagliaroli has run loss control safety for large countrywide commercial lines insurance carriers that focus on the essential actions to eliminate accidents and increase profitability of accounts under service.

National Forest Planning: An Abbreviated Guide for Forest Industry

From the Federal Forest Resource Coalition, the National Forest Planning: An Abbreviated Guide for Forest Industry is intended to provide forestry professionals guidance for their efforts to participate effectively in the National Forest Plan revision process.  Download the guide by clicking here.

This guide should be helpful for anyone from a procurement forester to an association executive who needs to engage in the plan revision process. It includes a very brief overview of the plan revision process established in the 2012 rules, suggests basic steps for industry participation in the plan revision process, and includes a schedule of plan revisions as well as sample industry comments on plans currently under revision.

The Forest Plan revision process needs to be a key element in your efforts to engage with the Forest Service. Hopefully this guide will help make you an effective advocate for your company – and the industry at large – during this complex process.

American Loggers Council National Logger Activist of the Year Award nominations open

The American Loggers Council is seeking nominations for the National Logger Activist of the Year Award to be presented at the American Loggers Council 22nd Annual Meeting to be held on September 29- October 1, 2016 at the Sheraton Bay Point Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida.

The Communications Committee will make their final decision by no later than July 31, 2016 and the winner will be contacted and will be provided with hotel accommodations and two complimentary full meeting registrations for the American Loggers Council 21st Annual Meeting. The winner will be responsible for booking airfare and transportation for the trip.

If your organization would like to submit a nomination, please do so by sending in the complete contact information for the nominee, including name, mailing address, phone numbers and e-mail address (if available) and a one to two page description of why you feel this individual should be considered for the award.

All nominations must be submitted by no later than July 31, 2016 to the ALC office for review by the Communications Committee.

All nominees should be member in good standing of their respective State and/or Regional Logging Associations as well as spend at a minimum 50% of their time involved in the timber harvesting or log trucking industry.

Participation in the legislative process, public awareness, charitable organizations and other local, state, regional or national events promoting professional timber harvesters will all be considered.

Please take the time to consider who you believe is deserving of this recognition, and submit their name and information to the ALC office by July 31, 2016. Nominations can be emailed to americanlogger@aol.com or mailed to the address below.

Thank you, and we hope to see you in Florida this September!

Sincerely,

Daniel Dructor

Executive Vice President
American Loggers Council
P.O. Box 966
Hemphill, Texas 75948
Phone: 409-625-0207
Fax: 409-625-0207
e-mail: americanlogger@aol.com

 

ALC Members Recognized by Forest Resources Association

M.A. Rigoni: 2016 National Outstanding Logger
bfbd6f0d-fd56-44a6-8758-5a1781989468The Forest Resources Association honored M.A. Rigoni, Inc., based in Perry, Florida, as 2016 National Outstanding Logger at FRA’s May 5th Annual Awards Dinner in Colorado Springs, Colorado. FRA Chairman Tom Reed congratulated co-owners Gary Brett and Rodney Schwab, presenting them with a commemorative plaque.

Kent Hall of STIHL Inc, which has supported the Outstanding Logger Award Program for several decades, added his congratulations, presenting Gary and Rodney with a $1,000 cash award on behalf of STIHL.

Gary Brett thanked FRA and STIHL and stated, “It is certainly nice to be honored in this way.” He thanked his long-term partner, Rodney, and expressed special thanks to his wife: “We have been incredibly blessed. This summer, we’ll have been married 41 years, and she’ll have been married to a logger for 40 of those.”

Rodney Schwab observed, “It’s hard to explain all the things that have happened in your life. You don’t always know why, but you know you’re supposed to be a logger. We are blessed. There’s a lot of good people in this industry.”

M.A. Rigoni, Inc., of Perry, Florida, had its beginnings in 1960, founded by M.A. “Matt” Rigoni—a forester-turned-logger who set a high bar for innovation and professionalism in logging. Current owners Rodney Schwab and Gary Brett joined the company in 1974 and 1980, respectively, and bought the company in 1995. The company has grown significantly in the past two years, now employing three company chipping crews and contracting with six logging crews for a combined weekly production of 600 truck loads.

M.A. Rigoni employs 44 and enjoys a stable and skilled work force. Half of these employees have been with Rigoni for over five years, and half again of those have been employed for over ten years. The roster includes eight Master Loggers, who renew their training in SFI guidelines annually.

The company performs all types of harvest: clearcutting, thinning, real estate-cutting, and harvests customized to clients’ wildlife management objectives. The three company crews, with whole-tree chipping capability, are able to clean up sites and remove unmerchantable materials, allowing them to work in real estate development. The company has been awarded three USFS Forest Stewardship contracts, one in each of Florida’s three National Forests, performing fuel reduction, road construction/maintenance, and pine cone harvest—all financed through the sale of timber.

M.A. Rigoni strongly emphasizes safety, and both Rodney and Gary wear full Personal Protective Equipment, as an example to their in-woods employees, and provide First Aid and CPR training to all employees every two years. If safety-related incidents occur, the company reviews them carefully and makes appropriate changes in procedures, communicating new policies at safety meetings. Safety policies include a very robust drug testing program, in force since the mid-1990s, along with a drug education program.

Rodney’s sons Richard and Chad are both active in the business, positioned to carry M.A. Rigoni into the next generation. Rodney, Gary, Richard, and Chad are active in their community and in local, state, and national associations. They have participated in hurricane relief and clean up efforts, and are all active in church leadership, Rodney, Gary, and Richard participating in missionary work in Central America.

FRA has honored 27 National Outstanding Loggers since establishing the national award in 1990. Recent National Outstanding Loggers include Comstock Logging of Hampden, Maine (2013), Anthony B. Andrews Logging of Trenton, North Carolina (2015), and last year’s Moulton Logging, Inc. of West Charleston, Vermont. Nominees for this year’s award passed through state-level recognition to regional award programs administered through FRA’s Regional structure. A jury of national-level leaders in forestry and conservation selected the winner.

The Outstanding Logger program is designed:
1) to recognize outstanding logging contractor performance;
2) to raise the visibility of competent, professional independent logging contractors in the forestry community;
3) to encourage other independent logging contractors to emulate the outstanding performance of the award winners; and
4) to improve forester-logger relations by publicly recognizing outstanding logging performance as an essential element of every planned timber harvest.


 

Joe Young Honored for Activism from FRA
6bd52a10-d248-490a-ba33-f907060626f2The Forest Resources Association conferred its 2016 National Outstanding Forestry Activist Award on Joe Young, President of Low Country Forest Products, based in Georgetown, South Carolina.

FRA Chairman Tom Reed presented the award at FRA’s May 5th Annual Awards Dinner in Colorado Springs, Colorado, congratulating Joe on his dedication to raising the public’s and policymakers’ awareness of the importance of timber harvesting and the forest industry.

Joe thanked Tom for the honor, commenting, “It has been a wonderful career. The Lord has allowed me to do things I’d never dreamed about. There’s nobody can represent a logger like a logger, that truly understands what it’s like to get up at 4:30 every morning, not because you have to but because you want to.”

“I thank FRA, and I especially thank my friends in South Carolina who nominated me.”

FRA Executive Committee member Joe Young has truly integrated outreach and pro-forestry activism into his long career as a logging entrepreneur.

In his community, in South Carolina, throughout the Southeast, and nationally, Joe Young has had a significant influence in shaping public perception and understanding of forestry and logging—whether hosting a teachers’ tour, visiting a high school to promote logging as a profession, leading development of an equipment operator training program, or through his direct contacts with state and federal policymakers on issues concerning forestry—notably leading the enactment of the South Carolina Intrastate Forest Products Trucking Regulations in late ‘90s.

Joe has served in the South Carolina House of Representatives. He has been a leader in the South Carolina Forestry Association, the South Carolina Timber Producers Association, and the South Carolina Trucking Association; and he served a term as the National Forestry Division Chairman of the American Trucking Associations’ Agriculture & Food Transporters Conference.

Joe is that rare individual who believes 100% in the importance of a life of service. He lives and breathes forestry and is proud to be a timber harvester. Being an activist, often at substantial personal sacrifice, comes naturally to him.

The Forest Resources Association honored M.A. Rigoni, Inc., based in Perry, Florida, as 2016 National Outstanding Logger at FRA’s May 5th Annual Awards Dinner in Colorado Springs, Colorado. FRA also conferred its 2016 National Outstanding Forestry Activist Award on Joe Young, President of Low Country Forest Products, based in Georgetown, South Carolina. Both are past and present leaders of American Loggers Council.

FRA Chairman Tom Reed presented the award at FRA’s May 5th Annual Awards Dinner in Colorado Springs, Colorado, congratulating Joe on his dedication to raising the public’s and policymakers’ awareness of the importance of timber harvesting and the forest industry.

Joe thanked Tom for the honor, commenting, “It has been a wonderful career. The Lord has allowed me to do things I’d never dreamed about. There’s nobody can represent a logger like a logger, that truly understands what it’s like to get up at 4:30 every morning, not because you have to but because you want to.”

“I thank FRA, and I especially thank my friends in South Carolina who nominated me.”

FRA Executive Committee member Joe Young has truly integrated outreach and pro-forestry activism into his long career as a logging entrepreneur.

In his community, in South Carolina, throughout the Southeast, and nationally, Joe Young has had a significant influence in shaping public perception and understanding of forestry and logging—whether hosting a teachers’ tour, visiting a high school to promote logging as a profession, leading development of an equipment operator training program, or through his direct contacts with state and federal policymakers on issues concerning forestry—notably leading the enactment of the South Carolina Intrastate Forest Products Trucking Regulations in late ‘90s.

Joe has served in the South Carolina House of Representatives. He has been a leader in the South Carolina Forestry Association, the South Carolina Timber Producers Association, and the South Carolina Trucking Association; and he served a term as the National Forestry Division Chairman of the American Trucking Associations’ Agriculture & Food Transporters Conference.

Joe is that rare individual who believes 100% in the importance of a life of service. He lives and breathes forestry and is proud to be a timber harvester. Being an activist, often at substantial personal sacrifice, comes naturally to him.

The Forest Resources Association Inc. is a nonprofit trade association concerned with the safe, efficient, and sustainable harvest of forest products and their transport from woods to mill. FRA represents wood consumers, independent logging contractors, and wood dealers, as well as businesses providing products and services to the forest resource-based industries.

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