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NTEA Names Executive Director
The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Board of Trustees has named Steve Carey, NTEA Senior Director of Operations, to replace long-time Executive Director Jim Carney. Carney will retire on April 30, 2012, after what will be a 36-year career with the NTEA (35 years as executive director).
Due to Carney's longevity in the position, the NTEA Board wanted to establish a succession path well before his retirement. The Board selected Steve Carey based on his 12 years of experience with the Association, his knowledge of the industry, and his awareness of members' needs and concerns.
American Loggers Council Annual Report
In the American Loggers Council's annual report, each state organization files a report summing up this last year and the work ahead for 2011. Here are a few of the items mentioned.
Associated Oregon Loggers: It was a tough year for Oregon loggers. The AOL lost 7.5 percent of its members -- most of those went out of business.
Director Mark Turner says, however, that the Oregon Professional Loggers (OPL) Master Logger Certification program is continuing to mature. "We entered into a formal agreement with the SFI State Implementation Committee recognizing the OPL Program as satisfying the new SFI standard for certified logging professionals." There are approximately 800 logging contractors enrolled in the program. In addition, the AOL's insurance services continue to be the financial backbone of the organization.
Montana Logging Association: MLA's executive director, Keith Olson, says, "Things are good in Montana… if you don't talk about the health of our national forests or the financial challenges facing the timber harvesting community."
The mountain pine beetle is continuing its decade-long spread through the forests, but that's not the most worrisome thing. Because of the economy, many log haulers have converted their operations to haul other products. When the economy does recover, this will leave a shortage of people and equipment to handle things.
Even with these issues, the members of the MLA are hopeful that markets will recover, and operations will be back to work.
Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho: Executive Director Shawn Keough says that 2010 shaped up to be a better year than 2009. "ALC-Idaho members were looking at a pretty solid year in the spring, and most have seen steady work since then." Although Keough added that the jobs "weren't all necessarily lined out as in years past for many members, but work has come along in bits and spurts."
The ALC had experienced a decline in membership, but that has stabilized now. The ALC continues to offer members many benefits, including insurance and safety consulting. The organization will continue to focus on providing benefits that bring value to their members.
Associated California Loggers: Executive Director Eric Carleson says the big issue for the ACL has been the California Air Resources Board regulations requiring the retrofit, repowering, and replacement of diesel trucks and "off-road" equipment. "The immediate problem remains with the "On Road Truck Rule," which was passed in December of 2008 and targets diesel trucks. The rule requires all California businesses to get rid of perfectly usable trucks years before they were to go out of service." The rule, he said, is particularly burdensome on the logging industry because loggers have older trucks, work short seasons, and work in clean air environments. The ACL is working hard on a "Logging Truck Provision".
California companies also received the largest number of grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture among all states -- five --and all five companies were ACL members. Grant monies will go toward the development of woody biomass renewable energy projects and the equipment to carry those projects to the National Forest Land.
Washington Contract Loggers Association: 2010 was an eventful year for the WCLA. The organization celebrated its 40th anniversary. Members appreciated the fact that lumber and log prices, as well as harvest volume, were up dramatically from 2009.
State Director Ed Bryant reported that they have more than 823 individuals in the Master Loggers Program, representing over 500 logging companies.
The WLCA is also a member of the Pacific Logging Congress, which collaborated with The Pacific Forest Foundation to produce the video This Is My Office. "It's designed to encourage our youth to become part of the forest products industry." It can be viewed at www.pacificforestfoundation.org.
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