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

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

The transporting of raw forest products (logs, pulpwood, chips, and biomass) from the woods to the mill has been a challenge for the forest products industry for many decades. Congressman Gallagher’s (WI-8-R) Safe Routes Act (HR 2453) aims to make transporting raw forest products safer and more efficient.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019 09:08

FRA Member Profile: Molpus Timberland Group, LLC

Molpus Timberland Group, LLC has been synonymous with timberland management for more than a century. Molpus had its beginnings in 1905 when the Molpus Lumber Company was formed in Meridian, MS.
The Forest Resources Association (FRA) and STIHL Incorporated honored JATCO, Inc. of Duluth, MN as the Lake States Region (LSR) National Outstanding Logger at FRA’s LSR Fall Meeting in Duluth on October 8.
Thursday, 05 September 2019 08:42

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season is here. The damage these powerful storms can cause to forestland is immense, and recent in our memories due to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Florence and Michael last year. More than $2 billion in timber loss was caused by Hurricane Michael alone. Everyone’s top priority in these catastrophic events is safety.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 14:37

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.
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 13:49

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.
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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