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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.

FRA Elects Bill Johnson Chairman

johnsonWashington, DC – On May 6, the Forest Resources Association’s Board of Directors elected Bill Johnson, Jr., President of Johnson Timber, to serve as the Association’s Chairman for the coming two years.

Accepting the Chairmanship, Johnson thanked his predecessor, Tom Reed, and praised his strong leadership.

Johnson noted the importance of growing FRA’s influence in public policy, by continuing to build the organization’s grassroots capabilities and through higher-level public outreach campaigns.  “I would like to place that challenge to all of you:  to make ‘grassroots response’ something everyone in the forest products supply chain does.”

Johnson pointed to the challenge that forest industry consolidation poses, as does progress in technologies that enable fewer personnel to do more work.  “The mergers and acquisitions throughout our sector have created new efficiencies, savings, technology access, and new ways to meet the challenges of global competition,” he observed.  “But they have left us all with the challenge of keeping our feet on the ground.  We have fewer people doing more work, with enhanced technologies and time-saving apps, but with new challenges in building involvement.”

He asked Board members to invest in FRA, not just by paying dues but by encouraging staff to participate in Regional meetings, to share key learnings in FRA technical programs, and to build the FRA network, as an Association.

Johnson also stated the priority of strengthening FRA’s wood supplier membership, encouraging suppliers to join, to help them realize value in their membership, and to bring them more actively into FRA’s decision processes and programs.

Bill Johnson began working for Hayward, Wisconsin-based Johnson Timber in 1997, rising through various positions until being named President in 2006.  He also serves as Director of Government Affairs and Public Relations for the company’s acquisition, Flambeau River Papers.  In 2008, he formed the patent-holding technology company, Renewable and Densified Fuels, and in 2011 helped form Timberian LLC, an international consulting firm active in the Caribbean, South America, and Asia.

Johnson is a former Chairman of the Wisconsin State Implementation Committee for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and is a current Board member of the American Forest & Paper Association and of the Federal Forest Resource Coalition, in addition to his long service on FRA’s Board and Executive Committee.

Bill serves as the Finance Chairman for the Wisconsin state Republican Party and as the National Treasurer for GOPAC.

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 forest landowners and managers, wood consumers, independent logging contractors, wood dealers, and businesses providing products and services to the forest resource-based industries.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Determines Critical Habitat is Not Prudent for Threatened Northern Long-eared Bat

Given the nature of the primary threats facing the species and the potential harm of publishing its hibernation locations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that designating critical habitat for the northern long-eared bat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is not prudent. The Service’s determination does not affect the bat’s threatened status, which it received in 2015 due to white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungal disease impacting cave-dwelling bats.

 

Critical habitat is a designation under the ESA for lands that contain habitat features that are essential for the survival and recovery of a listed species, which may require special management considerations or protections. The ESA requires the Service to consider which areas are needed for a species’ recovery and to designate critical habitat accordingly, unless it determines that doing so is not prudent for the species.

 

In making its determination, the Service conducted an in-depth analysis of the bat’s seasonal habitat needs, which include mines and caves for hibernation in winter and forested areas for roosting and raising young in summer. Because designating critical habitat requires identification of specific tracts of land, the Service determined it is not prudent to designate hibernation sites as critical habitat. Doing so would increase the risk of vandalism and disturbance to bats at hibernation sites and could hasten the spread of white-nose syndrome.

 

For the bat’s summer habitat, the Service determined that designating critical habitat would not benefit the species. Northern long-eared bats use a wide variety of forested areas in summer to find food and raise their young and are highly flexible in how they meet these needs. As such, there are no specific physical habitat features essential to its conservation. In addition, the bat’s summer habitat is not limited or in short supply, habitat loss is not a predominant threat, and there are no areas that meet the definition of critical habitat.

 

“While critical habitat has a fundamental role to play in recovering many of our nation’s most imperiled species, in the case of the northern long-eared bat, whose habitat is not a limiting factor in its survival, designating it could do more harm than good,” said Tom Melius, the Service’s Midwest Regional Director. “Today’s finding will ensure we don’t put the bat at greater risk by drawing people to its hibernation sites. It also enables the Service and our partners to focus our efforts where they clearly can do the most good, finding a solution to the primary threat of white-nose syndrome.”

 

In the United States, the northern long-eared bat is found from Maine to North Carolina on the Atlantic Coast, westward to eastern Oklahoma and north through the Dakotas, reaching into eastern Montana and Wyoming. The species is also found in Canadian provinces from the Atlantic Ocean west to the southern Yukon Territory and eastern British Columbia. Bats are critical to the nation’s ecology and provide billions of dollars in economic benefit to farmers and foresters through the consumption of tons of insects nightly.

 

Since its discovery in New York State in the winter of 2006-2007, white-nose syndrome or the causative fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) has spread to 32 states and five Canadian provinces, killing more than 5.7 million cave- or mine-hibernating bats.

 

The Service’s determination can be found in the April 27, 2016, Federal Register. For more information on the northern long-eared bat, go tohttp://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nleb/index.html. For more information about white-nose syndrome, visit https://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/.

 

The ESA is an essential tool for conserving the nation’s most at-risk wildlife, as well as the land and water on which they depend for habitat. The ESA has saved more than 99 percent of the species listed from the brink of extinction and has served as the critical safety net for wildlife that Congress intended when it passed the law 40 years ago. The Obama Administration has delisted more species due to recovery than any other administration: those species include the Oregon chub, Virginia northern flying squirrel and brown pelican.

 

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the critical habitat designation.

ALC Members Visit Capitol Hill for Annual Fly-In

Profes20160416_110922sional timber harvesters from across the nation held 146 meetings on Capitol Hill during its annual Washington D.C. Fly-in on April 13-16, 2016. ALC members visited with key members of the Obama Administration, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to discuss federal forest management, transportation policies and other critical issues for loggers.

ALC members lobbied members of Congress and administration officials to fix wildfire suppression funding and increase active management on federal lands. Loggers also voiced support for the “Right to Haul Act” to promote consistent weight limits on roads and highways across the country. Further, ALC continued its efforts to pass the “Youth Careers in Logging” legislation to allow the sons and daughters of logging business owners the ability to legally work in the logging business under parental supervision.

ALC members expressed satisfaction with their reception by legislators and staff on Capitol Hill. ALC is the only national organization solely dedicated to representing the independent contract logger on the national level.

USGBC Announces New Pathway to Encourage Environmentally Responsible Forest Management in LEED

The range of legal and responsible forest products available for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credit has grown in a positive direction. This is welcome news for architects, builders and consumers seeking legal, responsibly sourced and certified forest products from well-managed forests.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has issued a LEED alternative compliance path (ACP) that recognizes wood and paper from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Program as part of an integrated approach to encouraging environmentally responsible forest management and eliminating illegal wood from the building material’s supply chain. The ACP will apply to all LEED v4 rating systems including Homes v4 and to all LEED 2009 rating systems.
“We applaud leaders from the U.S. Green Building Council as this change across all LEED rating tools takes a stance against illegal wood and reinforces the value of certified and responsibly sourced forest products,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. “SFI employs rigorous standards that ensure not only a responsibly managed forest, but also that only legal sources of fiber are brought into SFI-certified supply chains.”
LEED has seven impact goals that include reversing climate change, enhancing human health, protecting water resources and biodiversity, promoting sustainable material resources, building a greener economy and enhancing social equity and community quality of life. The SFI Standards and SFI’s supporting programs are tightly aligned with LEED’s seven core criteria. The SFI 2015-2019 Standards, launched in January 2015, include enhanced measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests with exceptional conservation value. In the social sphere, SFI’s work with rural and underserved communities, youth, and indigenous peoples promotes grassroots engagement on environmental issues and helps improve the quality of life for many.
LEED is a proven tool, unparalleled in its ability to drive wholesale transformation across every corner of the built environment and raise the bar for all players,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of USGBC. “Requiring architects, builders and consumers to verify the legality of forest products used in LEED buildings is part of its standing as a leadership standard, and the new ACP encourages the use of programs that certify that practice. This new path to LEED credits also recognizes the contributions forest certification standards have made in establishing the infrastructure which makes it possible to verify responsible sourcing.”
This move will further strengthen the widely-respected LEED program. It requires architects, builders and consumers to verify the legality of forest products used in LEED buildings, and awards credit for the use of forest products certified to programs like SFI. In order to count towards a LEED point, the user must first know that 100% of the forest products are from legal (non-controversial) sources, 70% from responsible sources and the remainder must be certified sources as evidenced by a chain of custody certification (CoC). SFI Fiber Sourcing certification counts as legal and responsible, while fiber delivered through a CoC certification counts as legal, responsible and certified sources. The new alternative compliance path pilot recognizes SFI, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and programs that are endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The alternative compliance path categorizes the various forest certification standards based on the ASTM D7612-10 (2015) standard which is titled “Categorizing Wood and Wood-Based Products According to Their Fiber Sources.” ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards.

Responsible forest management practices are also important to architects and builders focused on sustainable solutions that can transform the construction sector. Wood is an increasingly popular choice for construction because of its aesthetic qualities, and numerous environmental benefits – including renewability and a lower carbon footprint than other materials. Because trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, they sequester and store carbon, reducing greenhouse gases, improving air quality and reducing the construction sector’s contribution to global climate change. But many of these positive attributes of wood construction depend on whether the forest resource is responsibly managed under a certification program. Forests certified to the SFI Standards are found in 42 states and provinces in the US and Canada. The acceptance of more responsibly sourced forest products into all LEED rating tools offers architects and builders greater access to these renewable products for their green building projects.

Wood Supply Research Institute Annual Meeting Invitation

The Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) Annual Meeting will be conducted at the front end of the Forest Resources Assn. (FRA) Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 4th, 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Cheyenne Mountain Resort Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO. WSRI Executive Director Jim Fendig notes, “All WSRI and FRA members as well as interested non-members are invited to attend and to participate in the Meeting.”

The FRA website home page (www.forestresources.org) includes a link to access the WSRI and FRA Annual Meeting information and registration instructions for the WSRI (and FRA) Meeting. Here is the direct link: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1813934 (select the REGISTER NOW button to review the program and begin the registration process).

Please note that there is no additional fee for the WSRI Meeting registration if you register for the regular FRA National Annual Meeting. Your Meeting fee includes breakfast and lunch on May 4. However, if you attend only the WSRI meeting, a $150 member/$200 non-member fee is required. After April 11th the registration fees increase.

In addition to the WSRI Business Meeting WSRI Chair Grad Jaynes invites all to attend the following two presentations at the Meeting:

  • Logging and Trucking Total Compensation Comparison Index – Shawn Baker (Director of Forest Operations Research, Forisk Consulting)
  • Factors Affecting Delivery Time From the Stump to the Mill and Return – Tom Gallagher (Associate Professor, Auburn Univ.)

The Wood Supply Research Institute WSRI is a joint project of professional loggers, forest landowners, wood consuming mills, educators, and manufacturers that facilitates and funds research to promote and improve efficiency in the wood supply system.

May, 2016 As We See It: The Pendulum

By the time this editorial is published, members of the American Loggers Council (ALC) will have completed their annual trek to Washington, DC to visit with the lawmakers of this country who create and pass legislation that governs our industry, and the agencies that are charged with implementation of that legislation.

Approximately 65 representatives from the ALC will have carried the four main issues that are currently on the table to our elected officials, including 1) Future Careers in Logging, 2) Federal Interstate Truck Weight Reform, 3) Wildfire Funding reform, and 4) changes to the federal timber sale program which would help create efficiencies within the USFS and increase the timber sale volume currently being generated by the USFS.

Many of you who read this column probably realize that these are the same issues that we have carried to the Hill year after year, and yet they are still not resolved.  There has been incremental progress over the years, and that is what keep us going back.  A great word of advice came to me recently when communicating with Mike Beardsley who used to be the Executive Director for the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, and now works in business development with the Varney Insurance Agency and American Loggers Insurance.  Mike wrote:

“Be a good thing to point out to everyone at the meeting that that is how the environmental lobby operates.  They’re relentless and are ok with incremental change so long as momentum is heading their way.  That’s what leads to the really big changes eventually.  That’s also why they kick and scream and try to crush every small attempt to turn halt or shift the direction things are going.  Even if it appears you are not making headway, a halt to the slide is a momentum shift: Every pendulum “stops” before it changes direction.”

Mike nailed it on the head.  While the pendulum might still be swinging a little in one direction, we have effectively slowed it’s progress and are looking forward to the day when we see it moving in the other direction.  Only through our persistence and the education of our policymakers can we make this happen.

Please stay active in your State, Regional and National Logging Associations.  With our combined efforts, the pendulum will change its course.

Richard Schwab is the Procurement Manager for M.A. Rigoni, Inc., a full service timber harvesting and forest management company located in Perry, Florida.

 

The American Loggers Council is a non-profit 501(c) (6) corporation representing professional timber harvesters in 30 states across the US. For more information, visit their web site at www.amloggers.com or contact their office at 409-625-0206.

Morbark sold to New York-based investment firm

Isabella County’s sixth-largest employer, started almost 60 years ago by legendary local tinkerer turned businessman Norval Morey, has been sold to an investment company specializing in distressed properties with growth opportunities.

Officials at Winn-based Morbark, manufacturer of wood chippers and other deforestation equipment shipped worldwide, told employees on Monday that the company has been sold to an affiliate of Stellex Capital Management.

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An Overlooked Connection: Clean Water and Forest Product Markets

The role that forests play in the water cycle is widely known and celebrated. Yet, many are unaware of the contributions of forest product markets in the forest/water relationship.
Monday was International Forests Day. Tuesday was World Water Day. In 2016, there will be no better opportunity to discuss the vital role that forests play in the global water cycle and forestry organizations throughout the world are using the two days to draw attention to this important dynamic.
The facts, proliferated in blogs, tweets, webinars and infographics all underscore the same basic message. Forests are the lynch pin of the natural water filtration infrastructure and must be maintained to keep fresh water inventories stable, to say nothing of growing to meet an increased demand from a growing population.
The value of environmental services performed by natural systems can be elusive, but a recent survey shows that as forest coverage increases, the costs of water treatment in the area decreases significantly. Areas with at least 60 percent forest cover require half as much water treatment investment than areas with 30 percent forest cover. This implies that forests then, save municipalities millions of dollars in avoided infrastructure investment and for now, this incredible value of “green infrastructure” that forests deliver to society on a daily basis generates no economic return for the forests or the people who own them.
Instead, the burden of economic return falls to the tangible products forests provide – everyday items that make our lives more comfortable, such as household paper products and lumber to build or improve our homes. This is a crucial point and often missing from the discussions about the non-revenue generating value that forests provide.
Over half of the forests in the Unites States are privately owned, a majority of them by small landowners who maintain those acres as forests in order to provide for their families. While generations of family forests owners have been proud to provide all of us with “green infrastructure” free of charge, without opportunities for an economic return, the maintaining those acres as forest becomes more difficult.
The good news is forest inventories in the United States, and their contributions to the natural water cycle, have been stable for over a century. This stability is the result of growing and diverse markets for wood and wood fiber — a distinction often overlooked or lost in our increasingly noisy social media landscape.
Private forest landowners plant 4 million trees per day, or 2.5 billion every year. These trees are not planted because forest landowners are being paid for the water filtration services they will provide. They are planted because of their value in other markets, and the environmental services they provide are a free benefit to society.  In this way, forest products markets are the unsung heroes in the natural water cycle and so as we celebrate International Forests Day and World Water Day, they should be recognized for their oft forgotten contribution to global clean water inventories.

AFEX Fire Suppression Systems and John Deere have teamed up to make it easy for loggers to protect their machines from the threat of fire.

Raleigh, NC – As of March 27, 2016 AFEX systems will be available as a factory-installed option on John Deere tracked feller bunchers, wheeled feller bunchers, and skidders. Simply choose the appropriate option code at the time of purchase to ensure your machine will be delivered with a factory approved fire protection system. The cost of the system will be included within the financing package, making for improved cash flow. Contact an AFEX Specialist at (919) 781-6610 or visit deere.afexsystems.com to learn more about this program.

AFEX and John Deere have also partnered with Paladin CustomWorks to offer AFEX on any John Deere vehicle platform. Contact AFEX or Paladin to learn more.

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