Logging in the Spotlight on Western Maine Jobs Tour

March 30th, 2015

Logging in the spotlight on Western Maine jobs tour
Lawmakers visit Region 9 School of Applied Technology, thriving logging company

MEXICO – State lawmakers toured a career and technical school and a thriving logging company on Monday, as part of the statewide jobs tour led by House Speaker Mark Eves.

“We had a chance to see first hand how new technology is transforming Maine’s traditional logging industry and its workforce,” said Eves, D-North Berwick. “We spoke with students who are landing good-paying jobs in growing industries all because they were able to get the training they needed. Investing in training our students and workers is key to our state’s economic success.”

The jobs tour gives lawmakers the opportunity to talk to workers, employers and community officials about growing good jobs and strong wages. Speaker Eves, House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan and Assistant Majority Leader Sara Gideon of Freeport joined area lawmakers for the stop in Western Maine at the Region 9 School of Applied Technology and the Nicols Brothers’ logging company.

“The logging industry has changed so much with new technology,” said Jim Nicols, owner of the Nicols Brothers’ logging company in Rumford. “It is no longer walking into the woods with a lunch pail. We need workers to have extensive training on complex machines.”

Nicols told lawmakers that the Region 9 school was important for growing his company. He and his brother started the company in 1979 and they employ 25 people. Eight of their employees trained at the Region 9 school.

Rep. Matt Petterson of Rumford said investing in more training at the school and other schools like it was important for the area, which has struggled during the economic recovery.

“The state should invest in training. The return is good jobs and strong wages for our state. It’s a win for everyone,” said Rep. Peterson.

Eves is proposing a statewide investment of $5 million over five years to create at least 10 public-private partnerships to support job training in high-demand fields. The measure would also fund scholarships for workers and students to gain the skills they need to fill jobs in growing sectors, including agriculture, high skilled manufacturing, information technology and health care.

Dana Doran, who heads the association of Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, urged lawmakers to bolster investment in training for the Forest Products Industry.

The Region 9 program is one of only four forestry programs in the state, despite Maine’s status as being the most forested state in the nation.

“Our school is helping to create a pipeline for local businesses and meeting the needs of a thriving Maine industry,” said Brenda Gammon, the director of the Region 9 School of Applied Technology. “Our students are getting good jobs right after they finish training.”

Senator John Patrick of Rumford praised the school and the Nicols company for the opportunity they have offered for area workers and students.

“If we want our economy to succeed, we have to stand up for our workers,” said Senator Patrick. “Workers are the backbone of our state and our products are only as good as the hard-working people who make them.”

Speaker Eves launched the jobs tour in January to spotlight the need for more jobs and better wages in the state. Lawmakers have met with employers, workers, and community leaders across the state in York, Aroostook, Kennebec, and Somerset counties.

Maine’s economy lags behind the nation, with a significant jobs gap and stagnating wages. Maine would have 19,000 more jobs now if the state were keeping up with the national recovery. Maine’s wages are 20 percent lower, on average, than wages across the United States – even those states with similar demographics like Vermont and New Hampshire have higher average wages.

20th Annual Meeting- May 1st

March 25th, 2015

Dear PLC Supporters,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine, I would like to invite you to attend our 20th Annual Meeting, May 1st, 2015 in Brewer…Celebrating 20 Years! A History of Collaboration !
Please join us for our Annual Meeting to learn and network with other professional loggers as we celebrate our past twenty years of collaboration!

The Morning Session is only for PLC members. During this time, we will: conduct a general membership meeting, review our legislative agenda, learn from the University of Maine regarding a proposed logging economic impact study and Acadia Insurance will let us know how the dividend program performed in 2014.

Paper Mill Company Representatives from Catalyst, Expera, Madison Paper, SAPPI and Verso will also attend our morning meeting and discuss ways that they can collaborate with PLC contractors to work toward mutual benefits in the future.

During our Luncheon, which is open to all PLC Members and Supporting Members, we will meet the Children’s Miracle Network, Champion Child, and hear about the Maine Healthy Forest Program and Harvest Satisfaction Survey from Andy Schultz and Jan Santerre of the Maine Forest Service.

After lunch we have arranged for Farm Credit East to provide an overview of their new counseling services.
To help the Children’s Miracle Network raise money, our Log-A-Load Auction Social is next on the agenda. If you are unable to attend, you can still encourage your vendors, employees, family members and friends to donate to help raise money for this terrific cause! The auction will also be online this year!
Below, please find a meeting registration form and a LIVE and Silent auction donation form. If you have any questions, contact our new membership services coordinator, Jessica Clark at jessica@maineloggers.com or call 688-8195.
Thanks for supporting the PLC of Maine and I look forward to seeing all of you on May 1st!

Annual Meeting Invite 2015

As We See It: Inspiration

March 25th, 2015

April 2015

Myles AndersonBy Myles Anderson, ALC President

Have you ever thought what it would be like to wake up one morning to the reality of having lost your job, lost all the infrastructure that once supported your job and wonder how your community and your family would survive? Fast forward to the reality of today, the living wage jobs are long gone and your community is dependent on government aid rather than the vibrant economy that once flourished there. Rural families throughout the United States living adjacent to nationally owned forests, where once a thriving industry harvested and manufactured renewable resources have been forced into living this reality for the last 15 years. The Forest that was once managed to minimize fuel loading, create jobs and provide revenue for the local communities is now an overstocked and tinder dry fuel source or worse, a sea of blackened snags.

This government aid that communities have come to rely is known as the secure rural school act (SRS). The SRS act monetarily supports communities and is meant to substitute for all the jobs that were lost as a result of our government’s decision to stop managing the lands surrounding these communities. Historically these rural communities received a portion of the receipts from Forest service timber sales and more importantly the jobs and lifestyle that went along with living in a vibrant community. The SRS is critical for many rural communities. This act funds over 775 rural Counties and 4,400 schools. The secure rural schools act was first passed in 2000 and since then every year these counties have come to rely on this funding for their very existence. The sad truth is there is no certainty from year to year associated with the funding.

Each year families in these communities wait on Congress to decide whether or not their basic needs will be funded through a bill or resolution. Usually these funds are held hostage by one party or another because of unrelated issues. A commonsense approach to this issue would be to put this effort into restoring the economic viability of these communities through increased forest management. Perhaps this is too simplistic an approach to solving this problem; however, I believe that a majority of people in this Country are beginning to realize our federally owned forests are in a state of declining health. Most are very supportive of green fire breaks, removing the dead and dying trees and managing the fuel load. Our federal forests could and should be managed in a sustainable way creating jobs and strong communities rather than waiting for the inevitable fire. The best measure of the cost of these catastrophic fires is in air quality impacts, the destruction of critical habitat, the deterioration of water quality and the numerous animal welfare (habitat) issues.

According to the USDA in regards to the forest service “Our mission, as set forth by law, is to achieve quality land management under the sustainable multiple-use management concept to meet the diverse needs of people”. I propose this question, do you feel the national forests and in turn our rural communities are in a better position environmentally and socially now then we were 20 years ago when the Forest Service was actually managing our forests? There is a difference between conservation and preservation, and the fact that managed timberland has many benefits both environmentally and socially should not be overlooked when describing the difference.

Many ideas are floating around Washington DC on how best to facilitate a new direction within the United States Forest Service. Perhaps it will require legislation that charts a new course, or a change in leadership to get the agency back on track or even a return to common sense that places management back into the hands of the professionals who are trained to manage the forests, not the liberal courtrooms with their own agendas who opt to side with radical environmental organizations who continue to thrive off of the settlements and awards offered through the Equal Access to Justice Act.

ALC Logo colorWhat is important is that Washington DC hears from constituents on how important it is to utilize our natural resources for both the environmental benefits and the social benefits. I for one would like to go to work each day and support my family in an industry that relies on a renewable resource, rather than reliving the nightmare of congressional consent every year. When deciding as to what should benefit from federal forests I would ask that human beings be a prime consideration as we deliberate.

Myles Anderson is the current President of the American Loggers Council and he and his father Mike own and operate Anderson Logging, Inc. based out of Fort Bragg, CA.

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.americanloggers.org or contact their office at 409-625-0206.

As We See It: Inspiration

February 10th, 2015

March 2015

Mike AlbrechtBy Mike Albrecht, 2014 American Loggers Council Activist of the Year

It is a distinct privilege to address all of you great loggers through the American Loggers Council Newsletter. I’d like to start my comments with an abbreviated version of a speech I’ve written for President Obama, or Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, or anyone in a high ranking office that can muster an audience. It goes something like this:

“America is truly a country of great achievement. Nothing underscores this more than a quick review of some facts. America leads the world in food production. Today, U.S. farmers export 45% of their wheat, 34% of their soybeans and 71% of their almonds. In 2011, U.S. farmers produced $388 billion of goods, with approximately one third of that being exported. America truly helps feed the world.

             In the 1970’s, America decided it was time to shed its reliance on foreign oil. The American people said, “Enough is enough,” and Washington was listening. Today America is undergoing a revolution in energy production, a revolution so dynamic that the International Energy Agency predicts that the U.S. will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer by the end of this year.

             America’s pride of achievement is showcased in so many other fields, including space exploration, medicine, and athletic prowess.

             Today I’d like to issue a challenge to an industry that helped build this country, an industry that produced the railroad ties that linked our country together, and provides the raw material that builds our homes, our schools, and our offices. Today, this great industry, the timber industry, is languishing. America leads in exporting so many goods and services to the world, and yet is now the second leading importer of lumber in the world (we were number one up until 2012, when China became the leading importer). California, the Golden State, blessed with over 33 million acres of forestland imports over 75% of its wood products.

             How can this be? One third of our nation is covered in forestland. We have arguably the best growing climate for timber production in the world. Our timber industry is second to none when it comes to technological know-how and work ethic.

             When the American people put their heart and soul into something, they achieve it. It’s time to bring homegrown timber products back to our hardware stores and lumberyards. If we all work together, America can become a leading exporter of timber-related goods and services. We should not accept anything less.” 2011 ALC logo b&w

If that speech was given, could we rise to the challenge of retooling and expanding our industry? Does the United States have access to enough homegrown timber to feed our annual lumber appetite of 40 – 65 billion board feet a year? The answer is, “Yes we do – in spades.”

According to data from the Western Wood Products Association and the Forest Service Inventory and Analysis Group, the standing net volume in America’s forests is approaching 2.25 trillion board feet. Annual growth on this inventory is approximately 150 billion board feet. This easily meets our nation’s lumber demand. The truth is, the United States has 750 million acres of forestland growing enough timber to meet our own lumber needs, export billions of board feet to other countries, while continually adding inventory to our forests.

In addition to prodigious timber growth, two-thirds of our nation’s drinking water comes from our forests. On average, once acre of trees annually consumes the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent to that produced by driving an average car for 26,000 miles. That same acre of trees also produces enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe for a year.

Economically, there is no better investment than forestry. Every $1 million invested in forestry creates approximately 40 jobs. That is almost double the next highest investment sector of mass transit and freight rail construction where $1 million invested creates approximately 22 jobs.

Unfortunately, these facts are not what I hear talked about at the landing, at coffee shops, or at conventions and meetings. Instead, it’s usually acres burned, mills closed, government regulations, environmental lawsuits, and jobs lost. The Associated California Loggers just finished our annual meeting. At an evening banquet, my wife, Vicki, looked around the room of 250 plus folks and said, “Wow, there are a lot of young people here.” There were indeed young loggers and their wives, many sitting with their moms and dads.

These young people are hungry for inspiration, and our association, the American Loggers Council, must remain the prime source of that inspiration. We need to talk more about acres harvested, mills reopened, new laws to support our industry, and environmental groups that support our goal of healthy forests.

For the older generation, our charge is to inspire this new generation of loggers to continue not only to work hard and smart, but to understand and promote the proud and positive facts about our forests and our industry. Let’s face it, if we are going to rejuvenate America’s timber industry, it will be on their watch. With their help, America can trade the stigma of being a leading lumber importer with her overgrown forests burning to the ground, for the pride of supplying lumber to the world.

Mike Albrecht is co-owner of Sierra Resource Management, Inc., located in Jamestown, California. Mike was selected as the American Loggers Council National Logger Activist of the Year in 2014. For more information, please contact the ALC office at 409-625-0206 or e-mail at americanlogger@aol.com.

As We See It: Better Business Practices

February 10th, 2015

February 2015

Myles AndersonBy Myles Anderson, ALC President

Being in the logging business has always meant long hours away from home, hard work and a special fulfillment associated with accomplishing things most couldn’t dream of. As a business owner regardless of the industry, there are specific items that demand attention; cost of operations, a safe work environment, well maintained equipment, productive employees, just to mention a few. At times regardless of the amount of attention paid, problems can occur and a business owner must be prepared to deal with them.   Unfortunately there are also cases where less than honest business practices can prevent an honest business owner from being able to compete on a level playing field.

Operating in one of the most dangerous industries in the country forces any good business managers to closely watch all business practice that adds to their overall liability. Any business in the Timber Harvesting industry should be a Corporation, LLC or some other structure that would limit an owner’s personal liability. If your business is not classified in this manner, it would be well worth your while to look into making a change. If you use subcontractors for falling timber, hauling logs or other activities then a well thought out and legally binding Subcontractor Agreement must be in place. If your Insurance companies have not already talked to you about this then I would contact them or your State Association for more information on the subject.

Understanding the legalities of a subcontractor’s role in your business is very important information, and at the end of the day, knowledge and the associated response are the things that separate a successful business from the others. A subcontractor is not privileged to the benefits that your company may give to employees such as health care, retirement, your workman’s compensation coverage or coverage under your liability insurance policy. A subcontractor is told where to do the work but not how to do it, and must possess the necessary tools required for the job. Ignoring the legality of this responsibility may in the short term provide an advantage in securing work, in the long run when the lawyers, insurance companies and injured third parties have their day in court, I for one would not want to hide behind ignorance of the law as my defense.

A fair bid process is one that would put cost control and production as the primary factors that dictate the outcome; however that is not always the case. Understanding the law and the liability associated with having subcontractors working for you is critical. As a business owner you cannot provide tools to a subcontractor to perform a service and at the same time enjoy the benefits of a subcontractor relationship, the same is true for the entity you may work for.ALC Logo color

As the need for fiber increases, and we all hope it does, the path to get our products to consumers will be an interesting one. Laws have been put in place and continue to govern us as a country however some businesses tend to operate with comfort in the grey area. As an industry it seems the timber harvesting community has always put their heads down and worked harder and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, assuming they are compensated appropriately. Fiber supply and consuming businesses are operated for a profit, just as we the producers do, some do it legally and some operate in the grey area.

Business practices are merely decisions that are made by individuals and if your business is run in the most ethical way you know, then you can look yourself in the mirror every day and be proud of what you’ve accomplished. I like to believe that in most cases, the CEOs of the companies that operate in the grey area are not completely aware of what is going on under them. One can only hope that these people that cannot look in the mirror with pride will be replaced with managers that can. Unethical business practices are not a sustainable business model. If we are to succeed as an industry it will be due to our character, the trust we have established and positive working relationships.

 Myles Anderson is the current President of the American Loggers Council and he and his father Mike own and operate Anderson Logging, Inc. based out of Fort Bragg, CA.

As We See It: Experience Matters

December 6th, 2014

January 2015

Myles AndersonBy Myles Anderson, ALC President

Logging equipment can come in all different sizes, shapes, colors and ages. Equipment can be old, new, dirty or clean. Machines can cut down trees, skid them, process them and put them on a truck, but one thing they all have in common is that they need a skilled operator to make them productive.

Daily costs may vary across the country depending on what kind of logging is taking place but production is what drives cost, and everyone must be concerned with cost of production. Cost can be measured per ton or thousand board feet, but in either case production is the most important factor and it can be tracked right back to the quality and experience of employees operating the equipment.

Logging has shifted towards mechanization across the country and employing and retaining experienced equipment operators is a necessity, however they are also a necessity to the construction, oil and gas, and any other industry whose business requires the use of heavy equipment.

Anyone who has operated equipment knows what level of coordination and concentration is required to run an excavator or a bulldozer, but what about a processor that falls, limbs and bucks a tree to very tight tolerances. Tolerances that if not met may result in penalties, and loss of revenue. Are the people that are operating these highly sophisticated and expensive machines compensated more than someone that operates an excavator on a highway project?

A little research on the Bureau of Labor Statistics paints a pretty clear picture of where we have been. The data is a little sketchy prior to 1999 so let’s use that as a starting point for comparison. In 1999 the mean annual income for a logging equipment operator was $25,390. Fast forward to 2013 and the mean annual income for the same operator was $34,700. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also had an inflation calculator and when the 1999 wage of $25,390 was plugged in out came a 2013 wage of $35,502, showing that we have not even kept up with inflation. We are paying operators less today then we were in 1999 and the equipment is much more complex to operate.

For comparison a construction equipment operator in the same tables was making $34,760 in 1999 and $48,605 in 2013. Good, hardworking productive employees are going to go where they are best compensated for their work; this is why we constantly hear about logging companies trying to train new equipment operators in house. Conversations are abundant about the rising cost of fuel, insurance, and equipment but what we should be talking about is how we can pay our employees more so that they will stay in the forest products industry. Hard working men and women have a distinct trait that cannot be taught, and if not appreciated and compensated for those traits, they often go somewhere else2011 ALC logo b&w.

In a fantasy world we could simply print money as is the case with our Federal government. The change in SIC code 901 for federal employee’s shows the median annual income in 1999 was $43,600 and in 2013 it rose to $71,700. Inflation during the period would put their 1999 wage at $60,950 in 2013. Next time a federal employee tells you how hard they are working you can remind them that they are getting well compensated for that work.

Loggers are being asked to increase production as our economy slowly improves. As the number of inexperienced people entering the work force grows; so will our exposure to accidents and possibly poor public perception of the industry. Productivity losses resulting in higher production costs may also be experienced unless we train and retain good employees. Our industry will be much better served by keeping the experienced employees we currently have and augmenting them with new, trained, professional and reliable employees. How this industry deals with their employees will, for good or bad, reflect on each of us. If we do not work together to attract and retain employees with pay rates that are comparable to similar trades, we will continue to lose good people to higher paying industries.

 

 Myles Anderson is the current President of the American Loggers Council and he and his father Mike own and operate Anderson Logging, Inc. based out of Fort Bragg, CA.

 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.americanloggers.org or contact their office at 409-625-0206.

As We See It: Perception

November 26th, 2014

December 2014

Myles AndersonBy Myles Anderson, ALC President

Perception is complex constructions of simple elements joined through association and is subject to the influence of learning. Perception can result from a catastrophic event or a description provided by someone you trust.

When it comes to professional timber harvesters, perception is all over the board. Absent education, a bad or false perception will linger forever. There are many people in this country that would be content if trees were never harvested again; they are comfortable in their perception that boards come from the lumber yards, not from the forest.

The United States has more forested acres today than 100 years ago; this can be credited to many factors including our industries interest in sustainability. Few people understand this and education is needed to change this perception. Our industry has done a poor job of educating the public whether by word or deed. During this same period the environmental industry has done a great job distorting the facts and fueling their coffers on people’s emotions.

If in fact environmental standards were the leading factor governing fiber purchase, the public would demand a halt to fiber importation into this country. The general public seems to like the idea of the regulatory environment we are burdened with as they approve of all these layers of Government oversight. The market place proves that they are equally concerned with the cost of the products we produce. This leaves our industry trying to figure out how to cover the cost associated with these regulations and continue to compete in a worldwide market. Many simple things can be done to help the public better understand how our industry supplies fiber to the market place in an environmentally sound manner. The public needs to recognize we operate under the most stringent rules anywhere in the world.2011 ALC logo b&w

Loggers are stubborn people, overly optimistic, and for some odd reason relish doing things others say can’t be done.   Forty years ago working harder could bring about positive results, but that is not necessarily true anymore. Loggers today spend too much time concerned with where the next job will come from, instead of what all businesses should be concerned with, whether or not it makes good business sense to take it. Our concern over “surviving” until the next job or logging season distract us from the real need to educate the public in order to retain our “social” license to operate.

Perception can be influenced through education and it is up to us because we understand what it takes to harvest timber in this country. First, we need to insure that our fellow loggers all have the best business tools to deal with the environment we are working in. Second the timber harvesting community needs to educate everyone we come in contact with on exactly what it is that we do, the quality of our work, and the reasons we do it. No one else is going to do this for us, so we must be proactive when it comes to educating others and don’t let these opportunities slip by. We, after all, are the ones that cut down the trees, making it is easy to point a finger at us and call us the bad guys. The public needs to understand that we do it while meeting burdensome environmental regulations and all of the other associated rules and regulations that go into operating a business in this country. We are a lucky industry because we work with renewable resources that if managed correctly will be around forever, not all industries can say the same.

With the holidays upon us I hope it gives the timber harvesting community time to think about where our industry is, and where we are going. I hope that consideration will be given to educating others this coming year on exactly what it is we do out in the woods each and every day. We can be a community that cuts down trees or we can be a dedicated industry of environmental stewards working hard to sustain a renewable resource and provide jobs that ensure livelihoods to families and communities. Perception means a lot to children and adults seeking more information on this subject and we need to do a better job of educating everyone, including those we work for, on what it is we do.

Happy Holidays.

Myles Anderson is the current President of the American Loggers Council and he and his father Mike own and operate Anderson Logging, Inc. based out of Fort Bragg, CA.

 

As We See It: 20 Years and Counting

October 28th, 2014

November 2014

Myles AndersonBy Myles Anderson, ALC President

Twenty Years ago cell phones were sold as bags and could only make calls, the U.S. Forest Service harvested almost 5 Billion Board Feet and the American Loggers Council was formed by 40 upset Loggers in St. Louis, Missouri. While much has changed over the years, the willingness of many Loggers to represent the thousands across the Country has not waivered and continues to build the American Loggers Council into a great organization.

The twentieth annual meeting of the American Loggers Council held in Escanaba Michigan has come and gone. A special presentation was made to all of the former Presidents and it allowed for each to say their piece about the formation and the path of the ALC. Mike Crouse from Loggers World spoke very descriptively of the first meeting, and the trials and tribulations that went into forming the ALC. There was much to reflect on with the 20 year history and clearly some of the issues that brought Loggers together then are still bringing them together today. The ALC has grown in its 20 years and I hope that we can continue that growth moving forward, building strength and increasing our umbrella as “the National Voice for Professional Loggers.”

We must all continue working to make the Timber Harvesting portion of our industry a profession.   There are many in our industry that are happy to sit by and let others do this work for them, but I believe through the growth and understanding of ALC that this will change. I hope that as more Timber Harvesting Professionals come to understand what the ALC is about their participation will increase. Our strength is in a common message supported by large numbers, and we must continue to build alliances with other National Organizations. The ability to be active at the National level is in each of our own hands as Professional Loggers in this Country. The American Loggers Council has, through great leadership, become a strong organization with many doors opening to it; however, it needs the support of all the fiber producing States to be as strong as possible.ALC Logo color

There was a panel at this year’s meeting that put 3 loggers at the table, one from Florida, one from Michigan and one from California. The questions revolved around what the loggers thought were opportunities and what were threats to their ability to successfully operate a logging business. The threats occupied much of the discussion and were focused on regulation, workforce and markets. While the geographic location of the loggers was much different, the threats were very similar. While we all have regional issues there are many issues facing Loggers on a National level. This National stage is where the ALC can help so long as we are united.

Moving forward the ALC has many issues that are being worked on and many more that we hope to be working on soon. The ALC continues to be requested for testimony by various committees in Washington DC as issues arise that will impact fiber production in this country.

The ALC is knee deep in legislation, meetings, conference calls and everything else as we fight off the constant barrage of issues coming out of Washington DC. This work is vitally important to our industry, but cannot be done without the financial assistance of the ALC’s great Sponsors. Please go to our Web Site, www.americanloggers.org, to see a list of the Sponsors that contribute to the ALC which in turn allows us to represent Loggers in Washington, DC. If you do business with any of these Sponsors please thank them, as it is their support that allows for our activism.

If you are a Logger in a State with a Logging Association, I ask that you join it. If you are already a member of your State or Regional Logging Association, thank you. If your state does not have an association then join the American Loggers Council as an Individual Logger Member and stand with us. I look forward to working with all the great leaders in this industry that are currently involved with the ALC and hopefully some new ones in the coming year as we continue to build our strength as Professional Timber Harvesters. Please stand with us and be heard, if our industry is to prosper we must increase our activism.

Myles Anderson is the current President of the American Loggers Council and he and his father Mike own and operate Anderson Logging, Inc. based out of Fort Bragg, CA.

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.americanloggers.org or contact their office at 409-625-0206.

As We See It: Leadership

September 9th, 2014

October 2014

2013-2014 ALC President Brian NelsonBy Brian Nelson, ALC President

The success of any organization or business is directly related to the quality of its leadership. No matter how good of a product you produce, service you provide, or vision you have, you still need the leadership of quality individuals to pull it all together.

Looking back at the leadership that the American Loggers Council (ALC) has enjoyed over the years and the strides that have been made-I can’t help but feel proud to have been a part of the vision that our founders had for the ALC. That vision being a “National Voice for Professional Loggers” in this country. The ALC has accomplished many things over the past twenty years through the hard work and dedication of some of the finest loggers (and individuals) this country has to offer.

I’ve always believed it was far more productive to build upon successes as opposed to trying to “reinvent the wheel” and that has been a constant through the years with the ALC leadership-building upon what those before them had started. Few things, especially in the legislative arena, can be resolved in the short span of one’s term as ALC President making it all the more important to build upon those successes.

It’s hard to believe that my term as ALC President is nearly over but as that time nears I look back at what we all accomplished and question if we could have done more for our nation’s loggers. We all strive to do more, unfortunately that is not always possible for one reason or another.ALC Logo color

We have had a very productive year nonetheless, primarily on the legislative front. After seventeen years we were finally successful in getting our truck weight language of “state legal tolerances on interstate highways” introduced into legislation, while it may not go anywhere this Legislative session, we do have a bill now and will continue to work on this issue. Also we were able to get a bill drafted and introduced in both the U.S. House and the Senate to allow children of logging company owners to begin careers in the industry at the age of 16. Neither of these issues are “done deals” and both are going to take a concerted effort by all in the industry to get signed into law but I’m confident we can get it done. These are just a couple of the many issues that the ALC has been working on this past year.

The ALC has been fortunate to have had the leadership they have had over the years and I count myself lucky to have been able to work with many of them. I am proud to have been a small part in what ALC has been able to accomplish over the years and am completely confident in its future because of the leadership we have coming up in the next few years.

As I am writing this month’s article plans are well underway for this year’s ALC Annual meeting to be held at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris, Michigan. This will be a special homecoming- since the very first ALC Annual meeting in 1994, we will be returning to Michigan for our twentieth anniversary. My wife, Maureen and I are excited to showcase the beauty of the Great Lakes and the fall colors of the U.P. and look forward to seeing you all in our neck of the woods.

It has been an honor and a privilege to represent Michigan and all the professional loggers of this country as the ALC president.

Thanks to all for the support and encouragement this past year, it was and is truly appreciated.

Until next time,

LOG SAFE

Brian Nelson

Brian Nelson is the current President of the American Loggers Council and he and his brother David own and operate Marvin Nelson Forest Products, Inc. based out of Cornell, Michigan.

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.americanloggers.org or contact their office at 409-625-0206.

 

PLC Member, Trees Ltd., Showcased at MESAF Workshop

August 27th, 2014

Two years ago, the Greater Augusta Utility District (GAUD) hired JM Forestry and PLC Member, Trees LTD, to manage and harvest the watershed property around Carleton Pond in Readfield, Maine. The harvesting occurred during two winters, including mud season, along Routes 17 and 135, and concentrated on the “beauty strip” along the roads. Care was taken during the height of mud season to also keep the public road clean where the trucks exited the landings.

The lead presenter will be Jake Maier, Consulting Forester in Orland; joined by Brian Tarbuck, GM of GAUD, and Will Cole, VP of Trees LTD and PLC Board Member, who was responsible for the on-the-ground operations.

Discussion points will include:

  • Single tree and Group Selection, necessities in a “vacation land?”
  • Does good forestry have to look good?
  • Whole tree harvest in a selection cut–a paradox?
  • Financial aspect of an intensive selection cut.

September 11th, 2014

Greater Augusta Utility District Carleton Pond Watershed

Intersection of Route 17 and 135, Readfield, Maine

For more information:

Visit: mesaf.org
or
contact:
Laura Audibert
11 Leopold St.
Fort Kent, ME  04743
207-834-6773
la4568@roadrunner.com


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