The FRA reported that The National Timber Harvesting and
Transportation Safety Foundation (THATS) launched its annual
fundraising drive. Monies will support development of
safety-related projects assisting logging contractors to provide
high-quality safety training to employees. Current and upcoming
THATS-funded projects focus on the special training
needs of employees during their first year on the job, and on
providing effective training to Spanish-speaking woods workers. THATS is a nonprofit organization supported entirely by
voluntary contributions. You can find out more at www.loggingsafety.com/aboutus.htm or by contacting FRA Dir. of
Forestry Programs Steve Jarvis at email@example.com.
Panel Production Dips in 3rd Quarter
According to the APA (The Engineered Wood Association),
North American production of OSB and plywood
dropped in the third quarter. OSB and plywood totaled 10.86
billion square feet (3/8-inch basis) during the third quarter,
off 1.6 percent from second-quarter’s total. APA said the decline
was more of a result of "buyer malaise" in July and August
than hurricane damage to mills in the South.
Even though production of glulam beams, I-joists, and
LVL all weakened during the third quarter, all three products
appear they will have a record year this year.
AF&PA Awards Gill & Hancock
The American Forest & Paper Association has awarded a
2005 Wildlife Stewardship Award for an individual to Mr.
Doyle Gill, Senior Resource Supervisor at Potlatch Corporation.
The award, which recognizes an individual employed
by an AF&PA member company who has primary responsibility
for a program or project in wildlife or fisheries management,
was presented at the 2005 Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Annual Conference on September 21, 2005 in Portland, Maine.
Gill has dedicated more than twenty years of his career
to the conservation of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker
(RCW) on Potlatch's lands. In the mid-1990s, Mr. Gill
was instrumental in developing an unprecedented Habitat
Conservation Plan (HCP) with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
to ensure the well-being and conservation of RCWs on
Potlatch's forest lands.
AF&PA also awarded its 2005 Forest Management Award to
Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG) for its Snoqualmie
Forest Development Rights Sale project in King County, Wash.
In December 2004, HTRG sold the development rights of
90,000 acres of the Snoqualmie Forest, located on the Puget
Sound in King County, to the county, thus eliminating any
threat of residential or commercial development on this land.
This agreement was one of the nation's largest land conservation
actions so close to a major metropolitan area.
15th Annual Super Trucker’s Seminar
On Saturday, February 11, 2006, at the Shasta District Fairground
in Anderson, Calif., truckers will have the opportunity
to learn everything they need to know about” Interstate
and intrastate hours of service (HOS) rules, recent California
code/Title 13 changes and updates that affect all commercial
drivers, and controlled substance and alcohol testing. Participating
agencies and companies include: The California Highway
Patrol/Northern Division Motor Carrier Safety Unit,
Onarheim Services; Compliance Associates, Inc.; TOC Management
Services/California District Office; and the Sierra-
Cascade Unit of the California Trucking Association.
The event will be sponsored by Les Schwab Tires. For
more information call Dan Krusz at (530) 200-2996.
University of Washington CFR Alumni Assoc.
The UW College of Forest Resources Alumni Assoc. held
its Research Showcase and Annual Banquet November 4th at
the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.
The afternoon Research Showcase included presentations
on the Precision Forestry Cooperative and the Stand Management
Cooperative. Both programs are studying stewardship
issues and focus on growing healthy forests with
the aid of computerized mapping and silviculture treatments.
Awards presented at the evening banquet included Honored
Alumnus given to Gene Chase, Honorary Alumnus presented
to current College of Forestry Resources Dean Dr. B. Bruce Bare
and the new Multi-Generational Award given to August Storkman
and his daughter Dee Becker.
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