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Robert Linkletter Wins Austin Wilkins Award

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Athens Businessman Robert Linkletter Receives Wilkins Award for Forest Stewardship

AUGUSTA – Today, Governor Paul LePage, along with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF) and the Maine TREE Foundation, honored a well-known Maine forest-products businessman who has made outstanding contributions to forest management and the forest industry with the ninth annual Austin Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award.

Linkletter, owner of the Maine Woods Pellet Co. in Athens, received the award for his significant contributions to the Appalachian Trail/Maine Department of Conservation 2011 “Saddleback Connector” initiative. That initiative created an invaluable interface between the national hiking trail and the region’s snowmobile and ATV trail loops.

“The Linkletters’ businesses are a perfect example of how we can choose to support both our economy and natural resources. We all have a vested interest in protecting Maine’s natural resources, and sustainable working forests are key,” said Governor LePage. “I am pleased to see the Linkletters’ leadership in showing how it’s done.”

Established in 2004, the Wilkins Award is named after Dr. Austin Wilkins for his lifelong leadership in being a steward of Maine’s forests. The award is the major recognition for landowners and individuals who are outstanding examples of managing the working forest of Maine in an exemplary and sustainable way. It is the only award that recognizes stewardship of the working forest.

Also attending this year’s award ceremony were ACF Commissioner Walter Whitcomb, Sherry Huber, Maine TREE Foundation executive director, and Dr. Bill Beardsley, former Maine Department of Conservation commissioner.

Linkletter and his family own and operate timberlands as Linkletter Timberlands, LLC. He also is vice president of Linkletter and Sons Trucking of Athens. The businessman received a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Maine and is one of the state’s first Master Loggers. He also serves as president of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine.

Past Wilkins Award recipients have included: Dr. Austin Wilkins; Seven Islands Land Co. and Pingree Heirs; Sherry Huber and John Hagen of the Manomet Center for Conservation Science; Roger Milliken Jr. and the Baskahegan Timberlands Co.; Baxter State Park Director Jensen Bissell; Prentiss & Carlisle of Bangor; and president of the Robbins Lumber Co. of Searsmont, James L. Robbins.

For more information on the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, go to: http://www.maine.gov/acf

For more information on the Maine TREE Foundation, go to: http://www.mainetreefoundation.org/index.htm

For more information about Maine Woods Pellet Co., go to: http://www.mainewoodspelletco.com/index.html

May 2012 Logger’s Voice is now available

Friday, June 1st, 2012

CLICK HERE TO READ THE MAY 2012 LOGGERS VOICE

Mild late-winter weather means early road ‘postings’ in northern New England

Monday, March 19th, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine — Heavy trucks are being temporarily banned from thousands of miles of secondary roads across northern New England with the early arrival of spring…

…In the northern Maine town of Fort Kent, TNT Road Co. employees are working shifts starting at 10 p.m. to load and deliver shipments of wood chips, bark and sawdust to biomass energy plants. They have to work at night rather than their usual 4 a.m. shifts because that’s when the temperatures cool down far enough, to below 28 degrees, so they can drive on the rural paved roads and dirt logging roads to pick up and deliver their loads.

Read full story on BangorDailyNews.com

See an interactive the current posted state roads on MDOT’s website

February 2012 PLC Newsletter

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Click Here to read the February 2012 PLC of Maine Newsletter

LePage & Logging Contractors Discuss Prosperous Future for Loggers

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011



Governor LePage & Logging Contractors Discuss Prosperous Future for Loggers

New Gloucester – The Board of Directors of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine met with Governor LePage today to discuss concerns they have about the future of Maine’s logging industry. PLC is a trade organization of loggers serving loggers. “Our Board was excited to meet with Governor LePage today (Tuesday, November 8th) in Augusta to talk about our concerns”, stated, Tom Cushman, the group’s President.

“This was a great opportunity for these business owners to reach out to Governor LePage, and provide him with a background of the logging business and the challenges and changes we have seen over past two decades. We highlighted our serious concern for the future of our logging contractor’s business viability and the negative impact their exiting the business would have on the entire forest products industry here in Maine. We want to make certain our industry is vibrant for future generations of loggers and we are convinced this is what the Governor wants too,” explained Beardsley, PLC’s Executive Director.

“We are grateful that the Governor agreed to meet with us, this is the first Governor to consent to meet with our Board, it was an honor”, remarked Brian Souers, PLC’s 2nd Vice President. Souers continued, “We discussed the ‘bonded labor issue’ and the factors contributing to overall capacity issues from the logger’s perspective.  Healthy logging contractors will add capacity in terms of employees and equipment, if their logging operations are profitable and the potential financial rewards outweigh the potential financial risks. We discussed the challenges logging contractors face, possible solutions, and how the administration can help.”

“Governor LePage made it clear that Maine needs to create more jobs and better jobs. Logging contractors provide well paying jobs with benefits.  We met with the Governor, as private enterprises, to discuss ways the state can be more responsive to loggers as business owners, to allow loggers to prosper and serve as a catalyst for job creation in Maine” said Bob Linkletter, PLC’s 1st Vice President.

PLC was created in 1995 by a group of Maine Loggers to provide loggers a voice in a rapidly changing industry. We continue this effort today, representing loggers that harvest 75% of the actively harvested land in Maine. From the outset, PLC has focused on advocacy, safety, quality operations and business innovation. Our Members realize that harvesting is more than just cutting trees. They are highly skilled, business professionals and are an integral part of Maine’s economic engine. Our Members are dedicated to maintaining a safe work environment, a healthy forest and industry, as well as being efficient and profitable. Always have been, always will be. PLC of Maine is standing strong for loggers, yesterday, today and tomorrow. For more information visit our website www.maineloggers.com or call our office 207-688-8195.

Loggers say National Park is a Bad Idea & Is Certainly No Gift

Friday, November 4th, 2011

“Despite the rhetoric from Roxanne Quimby and other park supporters about jobs, when you look at the facts, a National Park is a bad idea for Maine,” said Mike Beardsley, Executive Director for the Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine. PLC is a trade organization that represents Professional Logging Contractors throughout the state of Maine; an organization of loggers run by loggers. Beardsley will announce PLC’s position Monday, November 7, 2011, 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Center VFW hall. PLC will attend the event hosted by Representative Jeff Gifford at the showing of For the Good of All, a video about what happened to the town of Everett, Ohio when the National Park Service entered their lives. This video originally aired by PBS “Frontline” is narrated by Jessica Savitch and covers the creation of a Federal Park in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area in Ohio.  Representative Jeff Gifford said, “We are excited to have PLC make this announcement as they join us in this battle.”

Beardsley explained, “As good stewards of the forest, our loggers have looked at Quimby’s plan and can read between the “cut” lines, this is about federal control. PLC and our loggers do not have to rely on “what if” or “what may be” or even Quimby’s intended results with regard to a National Park. They look at history, that’s right history, the facts of what has happened out West and in Ohio. In states where National Parks are present, like Washington and Oregon, the forests are more susceptible to catastrophic forest fires and studies show that the health of the forests has actually gotten worse.  If we take a look at the record of forest management by the federal government in the Northwest, we get a preview of Federal forest management in Maine.  Take for instance the Northwest Forest Plan adopted in 1994 which dramatically changed the management on 24 million acres of federal forests in northern California, Oregon and Washington and reduced the historic timber sale program by 80%.  In real numbers the timber sale program went from 5 billion board feet (bbf) per year to 1.1 billion board feet per year. Those types of declines would be catastrophic to Maine’s forest products industry and that’s not something our members are interested in.” Scott Hanington, longtime PLC member and owner of Hanington Timberlands in Wytopitlock concurred, “Maine’s traditional use of land in the forest products industry has long proved successful in ensuring a healthy forest, with public access.”  Hanington added “our history shows there is not a need for a National Park to ensure access to Maine’s woods for all of us to ski, hunt and snowmobile.”

Maine’s large swaths of forest lands, praised for their beauty, are the product of an active and vibrant logging and forest products industry.   According to the Maine Department of Conservation, the percentage of forested land in Maine remains at 90%. Private landowners have insured that land has not only remained forested but healthy. Conversely, in areas where the Federal government has been placed in charge of forest lands, the forests and the forest products industry suffers, regardless of which party controls the White House.

This is the real story of the impact of federally managed lands. In many Maine towns, our forest products industry is vital for direct and indirect employment.  We can little afford to replace 80% of good paying full time manufacturing, logging, equipment sales and service private sector jobs with part-time federal park jobs.   Neither can we afford to let Maine’s forests go the way of the forests of the American West with threats from both fire and disease.  Not to mention, it is another federal tax burden for all Americans. In short, a National Park is a bad idea for Maine, it is certainly no gift.

PLC of Maine has provided loggers a voice since 1995. PLC was created by a group of Maine Loggers to provide loggers a voice in a rapidly changing industry. We continue this effort today, representing loggers that harvest 75% of the actively harvested land in Maine. From the outset, PLC has focused on advocacy, safety, quality operations and business innovation. Our Members realize that harvesting is more than just cutting trees. They are highly skilled, business professionals and are an integral part of Maine’s economic engine.  PLC Members do their best in the woods and are committed to excellence in the logging industry, “Professional Loggers”. Our Members are dedicated to maintaining a safe work environment, a healthy forest and industry, as well as being efficient and profitable. Always have been, always will be. PLC of Maine is standing strong for loggers, yesterday, today and tomorrow. For more information visit our website www.maineloggers.com or call our office 207-688-8195.

Acadia Announces PLC of Maine Safety Dividend

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

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Rumford logger donates use of temporary bridge to span Swain Road washout

Friday, September 9th, 2011

By Terry Karkos, Staff Writer

RUMFORD — Upper Swain and Isthmus road residents inconvenienced by Tropical Storm Irene’s washout of two culverts Sunday won’t have to wait weeks for relief.

Rumford logger Jim Nicols of Nicols Brothers Logging Inc. learned of their predicament on Friday from a Sun Journal story and offered the town use of his 46-foot-long temporary bridge, Town Manager Carlo Puiia said.

Read full article in Lewiston Sun Journal

US sawmill owners ask for quicker enforcement of U.S.-Canada lumber agreement

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — It’s tough enough for American sawmills to compete when the lumber industry is depressed by the economy; it’s still tougher when foreign competition has the competitive edge because of government subsidies.

The United States and Canada signed a Softwood Lumber Agreement in 2006 that would level the playing field for sawmills in both countries, but that playing field is hardly level because the Canadian government continues to subsidize its forest industry.

Read entire story on BangorDailyNews.com

State representative: Lack of wood preventing sale of Katahdin mills

Monday, June 27th, 2011

MILLINOCKET, Maine — A lack of wood is one of several logjams preventing a Chinese investor from buying both Katahdin region paper mills for $1, one of the area’s state representatives says, though industry insiders say the wood’s affordability might be the real issue.

Rep. Herbert Clark, D-Millinocket, told the Town Council during its meeting Thursday that International Grand Investors Corp. of Delaware wasn’t finding enough wood in the area to make the purchase agreeable…

Read entire story on BangorDailyNews.com


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