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FRA DECEMBER BULLETIN
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With the holiday season already upon us, I'd like to take a moment to wish all of our members and associates our warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year. We are grateful for each and every one of you, and are looking forward to all that we will accomplish together in 2019.

Deb Hawkinson
President
Forest Resources Association
POLICY RECAP
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Issue Update 12/19/18
As we close out 2018 and reflect on the year, there is much for which to be thankful. On the public policy front this month alone, the wood products value chain gained some key wins with the passage of the Farm Bill. President Trump is expected to sign that legislation tomorrow, which includes provisions promoting wood products in tall buildings, additional tools for the U.S. Forest Service to better manage our national forests, and enhancements to programs that promote the use of wood-derived fuels for heat and power.
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FRA and OTHER NEWS
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FRA Webinar: Midterm 2018 Election Results and Implications
Tim O’Hara, Manager, Lake States Region and Policy Communications, and Pat Rita, FRA Consultant, Orion Advocates, discuss the results of the 2018 Midterm elections for the House and Senate, and what they mean for FRA members. Points of emphasis include a look at changes in leadership on key House committees and what this could mean for FRA priorities. FRA website login required.
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FRA’S Timber Harvesting Safety Manual: A Great Gift Idea for this Season—or Anytime
Looking for a safety-related gift for your logging contractors or employees this Christmas or for the New Year? Why not give them one of FRA’s flagship publications, the Timber Harvesting Safety Manual? This well-known resource, updated in 2017, is an ideal reference guide for loggers and makes an excellent general safety text for logger training and education programs.
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Georgia Forestry/Trucking Logistics Summit in January
The Georgia Forestry Association and the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources will host a Forest Logistics Summit on January 25 in Tifton, Georgia. This event will bring together experts to present information and facilitate conversation on log trucking challenges in the forest products supply chain.
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STRATEGIC ALLIES NEWS
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Value Assessment of “Certified Logger” Programs

The Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) recently funded a study to assess the value of “Certified Master Logger” programs, and the study results are now available here

The James W Sewall Company conducted the majority of the study in the northern U.S. states where the most active programs are in place.  The resulting report emphasizes the participating loggers’ sense of pride, professionalism, and recognition, while noting that some consulting foresters and small landowners give preference to Certified Master Loggers for their timber harvests.

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A Word from Log A Load Foundation Chair, Sherri Hansen – Winter 2018
It’s getting close to the end of the year and I can’t wait to hear how much we all raised during our 30th Anniversary Year! Please make sure to get all your raised funds turned into your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital soon.
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Winter Safety
During the winter months, most businesses (especially contractors) in the United States face an entirely different type of exposure and hazard associated with wintertime.
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WOODS TO MILL
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Time is Money and Wood Supply | What is a Long Wait Time?
As the frost penetrates the soil and the ground freezes, the forests of the Lake States region become more accessible. From December to March, some mills in the region will harvest more than 60% of their annual wood supply. Daily wood deliveries to mills will nearly triple during this time period, and it’s critical that operations are maximizing efficiencies to meet quotas. This includes turn-times at the mill when delivering timber.
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Labor Challenges on Everyone’s Mind
Using my social media accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as an email to about 30 contacts in the forest industry I know and trust, I’m doing some work on trends in the forest industry and decided to ask my network what they saw as the big trends and issues coming in 2019. I received about 100 replies – most from the Northeast, but I got input from around the country, and a few international responses.
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Shermer Logging FRA Member Spotlight
Cliff Shermer and his wife Mary are the owners and operators of Shermer Logging. As with many logging businesses in the state of Minnesota, Shermer Logging is located off the beaten path, on a dead-end road in Gheen, a small town with a population of 25. Cliff and Mary reside here on the farmland that Cliff’s parents purchased in 1959.
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What Influenced You to Choose a Forestry Career?
When did you think that you would like to be a forester or a logger or another type of forest industry worker? And who or what influenced you along the way?
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FRA JOB BOARD
Members may announce job vacancies at no charge on FRA’s online Job Board. Basic posting is $350 for non-members. All job postings receive 60 days of exposure. Please email Jacob Minor, jminor@forestresources.org, to list your open position. Click on job links below for more information.
NEW! VETERANS IN FORESTRY – RELATED EMPLOYMENT

Forest Analyst / Data Manager

Procurement Representative

Field Operations Forester – Bangor, ME

Resource and Timber Market Analyst - Charlotte, NC

FRA UPCOMING EVENTS
JAN 24

Mapping the Course and FRA’s Western Region Meeting (Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA)
MAR 5-7

Southcentral Region Spring Meeting & Southern COFE Meeting (Marriott Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL)
MAY 20-22

2019 Annual Meeting (Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island, FL)
MAY 20-22

Southeast Region Policy Committee Meeting (Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island, FL)
SEP 17-19

2019 Fly-In and Fall Board Meeting (Phoenix Park Hotel, Washington, DC)
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