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Tim O’Hara | FRA Government Affairs and Lake States Manager

Tim O’Hara | FRA Government Affairs and Lake States Manager

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FRA’s Lake States Region Activity Report

At FRA’s Annual Meeting, each region shares information on the key wood supply chain issues facing the forest industry. The following is the report for the Lake States Region.
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FRA Member Profile: Norbord, Solway, MN.

The Norbord facility located in northern Minnesota is owned by the world’s largest manufacturer of Oriented Strand Board (OSB). The company employs more than 2,700 people and has 17 mills located in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
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Special Feature - Logging in the Lake States

As the days grow longer, the logging season in the Lake States begins to slow, eventually giving way to spring thaw. The logging roads built with a combination of ice and snow, compaction, and dedication begin to yield to the warming sun.
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FRA Visits Titletown

Last week, FRA President Deb Hawkinson and I traveled to Green Bay, WI to participate in several important events in the Lake States Region. We also visited FRA member Ahlstrom-Munksjo at their mill located in Kaukauna, WI.
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Special Feature - Logging in the Lake States

As the days grow longer, the logging season in the Lake States begins to slow, eventually giving way to spring thaw. The logging roads built with a combination of ice and snow, compaction, and dedication begin to yield to the warming sun.
Woodyard’s can be a dangerous place. An active woodyard has heavy equipment constantly on the move. Logs are being unloaded throughout the day, and often operators of the woodyard’s heavy equipment have poor visibility.
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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.
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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.
As more than 6.3 million acres have already been consumed by this year’s fire season, it surely will be one for the record books
Last week, I took a road trip in preparation for the field visits of the Lake States Region Fall meeting. My travels took me through the scenic backroads of northern Wisconsin.
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