Is a picture really worth a thousand words? If so, the Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety Foundation is on the right track.

Retailers’ growing demand for chain-of-custody certified products has succeeded in driving a stake in the U.S. wood supply chain. In so doing, it has collided with a fundamental reality: the U.S. is unique in the global forestry sector with over 10 million small private landowners—“Family Forest Owners”—controlling close to 58% of the timberland acreage and representing 61% of the harvest.

Our Association is fortunate to have a membership and staff whose efforts go beyond their professional requirements.



The owner-operator of a tractor-trailer log truck in the Northeast was having his truck loaded with tree-length wood. It was a fall day, clear and cool. Weather was not a factor.

Safety Release 12-S-3 - BACKGROUND: A driver was waiting for his truck to be loaded at the log deck on a summer morning in the Southeast. The driver had previously made adjustments to his truck’s clutch, and he decided to continue working on it while waiting for equipment to clear the loading area.

BACKGROUND: On a fall day in the Eastern U.S., a mobile crane was traveling through a mill’s woodyard.

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: The mobile crane operator was in his mid 40s and had worked in mill maintenance for about ten years.

BACKGROUND: A hunter driving a pickup truck on industrial forestland in the Northeast on a Friday afternoon in early winter got off the woods road, and his truck became stuck in mud. Unable to extricate the truck on his own, the driver left the vehicle over the weekend, returning on Monday to remove it with the help of the operator of a hydraulic excavator from a nearby logging road construction operation. Cold temperatures and heavy snow over the weekend froze the mud around the truck’s wheels.

SAFETY ALERT 12-S-5 - BACKGROUNDOn a fall day in the South, a logging crew foreman was cleaning tools.

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: The 19-year-old crew foreman had been employed in logging for approximately one year.

This Update comes at the launch of a very busy year, with WSRI’s April Annual Meeting just around the corner. At this writing, two research projects are in their final stages, and we’ve begun the process for selecting two new projects from among twelve outstanding project proposals.

My name is Rich Palermo, and I am honored and humbled to be elected the first Log A Load For Kids® Foundation Chairman of the Board. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincerest gratitude to our past Chairwoman, Lisa Medici of Medici Logging, from Westwood, California, for her success in leading the Log A Load For Kids Advisory Group to its newly gained Foundation status.