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TimberWest November/December 2013

Sept/October 2014

Photo by Diane Mettler: Brintech Logging and the company’s two new machines — a Doosan and Hyundai

Keep on Thinning
Pleines Logging has focused on
thinning for two decades

Good Crew Makes the Company
RDL Northwest Inc. is picky
about its crew and equipment

Running on All Cylinders
While companies were struggling
through the recession Brintech

Woody Biomass Column
Be Ready with the Message

16 Seconds: The Divider
Winners and losers of the LWC

ScorpionKing Struts
Ponsse shows of the new
ScorpionKing in Rhinelander, Wisc.

Guest Columnist
Preparing Your Forestry Equipment for Winter


Tech review - Brushcutters & Mulchers

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Association News

Machinery Row




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Your Health Idaho

The Idaho Logger reported that Idaho is finalizing details for the new Your Health Idaho system, which will be ready to go live at the open enrollment period of 2015 starting November 15, 2014, and closing February 15, 2015. If you receive an Advance Premium Tax Credit for 2014 through, you will need to renew and update your information with Your Health Idaho.

FRA, ALC Join in Logging Careers Promotion

The American Loggers Council and the Forest Resources Association are working together on a project to help men and women who are considering a career in logging to understand what logging work is like and link them with the connections they need to find employment.

A four-color brochure, Is Working As A Logger For You?, describes basic qualifications for logging employment, characterizes several logging configurations, and presents statements from employers about what to expect from employment in logging. It also provides a link to a page on ALC’s website,, which provides state association contacts who can connect motivated individuals to employers and training opportunities.

“One of the major issues facing the timber harvesting industry today is finding enough motivated, career-oriented workers to fill the jobs that are opening up in the logging woods,” stated Danny Dructor, ALC executive vice president. “We have been working with members of Congress to address the anticipated worker shortage by focusing on succession with family members, but this brochure can help to educate others who are interested in a logging career.”

ALC and FRA are seeking contacts with organizations in a position to distribute the brochure to potential logging workers. Anyone with a distribution contact to recommend should contact FRA’s Neil Ward at or (202) 296-3937. The brochure may also be downloaded as a high-resolution PDF at

Potts Joins MLA Services

Malinda Shafman has retired from her post at MLA Services, Inc. Erica Potts has taken the position of Member Services Representative, and she is ready to work with members and their health insurance needs.

Her duties will be to continue to market and service the variety of group and individual health insurance plans as well as keeping everyone up to date on all aspects of health care reform.

“Please don’t hesitate to call me at (406) 752-3168 if you have any questions or would just like to look into your health care options,” says Potts.

FFRC Launches New Website

The Federal Forest Resource Coalition is a website worth visiting —

The site emphasizes streamlining management to improve forest health and provides a quick way to stay up-to-date on federal forest issues. Currently the site hosts six federal forest issues that effectively advocate FFRC’s position: Wilderness designations; equal access to justice act; stewardship contracting; secure rural schools; carbon; and reforming the Forest Service budget.

The Federal Forest Resource Coalition is a unique national coalition of small and large companies and regional trade associations whose members harvest and manufacture wood products, paper, and renewable energy from Federal timber resources. With members in more than two dozen states, the Coalition is building a national voice for sound management of our Federal forests. Coalition members employ over 350,000 workers in over 650 mills, with payroll in excess of $19 billion. The Coalition will work with allied industry, conservation, and local government groups to support a growing and sustainable Federal timber program.

After February 15, 2015, insurance coverage can only be purchased as short-term policies, subject to health underwriting, or because of a qualifying life event.