Timber Bulletin May/Jun - Minnesota Forest Industries

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Timber Bulletin May/Jun - Minnesota Forest Industries

THE VOICE OF THE TIMBER INDUSTRYTIMBERBULLETINDULUTH, MINNESOTA MAY/JUNE 2008 VOLUME 64Legislative SuccessDetails of the2008 Session inside


THE VOICE OF THE TIMBER INDUSTRYTIMBERB U L L E T I NIN THIS ISSUEScott Pittack, 2008 Logger of the Year...............4_________________________________________________________________________________Hand Made – East Dhu River Mill..................8_________________________________________________________________________________Success in St. Paul2008 Legislative Session Recap .....................12_________________________________________________________________________________Timber Talk...................................................14_________________________________________________________________________________Ploof Brothers, Tree Farmers of the Year.......14_________________________________________________________________________________Lessons from Losses.....................................16_________________________________________________________________________________On the Markets.............................................18_________________________________________________________________________________Drug and Alcohol Testing forCommercial Drivers – Overview ..............24_________________________________________________________________________________Loggers of the Past .......................................28_________________________________________________________________________________Classifieds....................................................30_________________________________________________________________________________Advertisers Index.......................................30_________________________________________________________________________________TIMBER PRODUCERSASSOCIATIONPresidentTOM McCABEPast PresidentDALE ERICKSON1st Vice PresidentMICHAEL RIEGER2nd Vice PresidentMIKE WARRENSecretary/TreasurerKIT HASBARGENEditor-in-ChiefWAYNE E. BRANDTGraphic Design, Editorial and Mechanical ProductionSTEWART-TAYLOR PRINTINGMinnesotaTimber ProducersAssociationON THE COVERLoggers in Minnesota are now exemptfrom using biodiesel in their woodsequipment, thanks to a law passed bythe Minnesota Legislature and signedby Gov. Pawlenty. For detailedcoverage of this year's legislativesession, please see page 12.The Timber Bulletin is published six times annually,in February, April, June, August, October andDecember by the Minnesota Timber ProducersAssociation, located at 903 Medical Arts Bldg.,324 W. Superior St., Duluth, Minn. MinnesotaTimber Producers Association members receivethe Timber Bulletin at an annual subscription rateof $25 which is included in their membership dues.Periodicals postage paid in Duluth, Minnesota.Advertising rates and data on request. The viewsexpressed in the Timber Bulletin do not necessarilyreflect the views or opinions of the MinnesotaTimber Producers Association.Postmaster: Please send address correctionsto TIMBER BULLETIN, Minnesota TimberProducers Association, 903 Medical Arts Bldg.,324 W. Superior St., Duluth, Minnesota 55802,Phone 218-722-5013.Issn: 10973532 – USPS: 0162088122528Volume 64May/June 2008Duluth, MinnesotaNo articles may be reprinted without written permissionfrom the Minnesota Timber Producers Association.Timber Bulletin May/June 20083


Scott Pittack Recognized as2008 Logger of the YearThe last column isn’t anyeasier than the first one. My termas president started out withmills taking downtime and that iswhat we are still talking about.There have been some brightspots. The Governor’s Task ForcebroughtPresident’sColumnlegislativeaction tohelp ourindustryand it alsogave the publicsome insight intoour industry.This past winterwas a lot morelike a normal one.It was nice to havea long working season. As wefinish up repairs this spring andget ready to get back to thewoods, remember to be safe.There is good news on bio-fuel,at least for the next few years,with our exemption that Wayneso ably got for us.By now the annual meeting,along with the golf and fishingouting, is history. Thanks to thestaff and the PR Committee formaking it happen.Make sure the Expo is on yourcalendar. It will be in Bemidjiagain, with much warmerweather!Thanks for the support youhave given to the MTPA the lasttwo years.Scott Pittack of Pittack Logging (L) receives the 2008 Logger of the Year awardfrom Terry Worthman, chair of the MN SFI Implementation Committee.Scott Pittack of Bovey has beennamed 2008 Logger of the Year bythe Minnesota Sustainable ForestryInitiative ® (SFI) ProgramImplementation Committee.This achievement recognizesexemplary work in timber harvestand management in Minnesota’sforests.By receiving this award, PittackLogging is recognized for itsadherence to safe and professionallogging operation in addition to itscommitment to ethical,environmentally sensitive, andaesthetically appropriate harvestingpractices.“Scott has shown leadership inthis state, and is a very valuableasset to the forest products industryin Minnesota”, said SFI ®Implementation Committee Chairand Boise Forester TerryWorthman.Pittack has been active in hislocal community as well as thelogging community. He’s aMinnesota Certified MasterLogger, is a member of the TPAboard of directors, and conductstimber harvest demonstrations forlocal schools and landownereducation events in an effort toinform the public about theimportant role loggers play inmanaging our forests.Pittack was nominated for thisawarded by Jim Berkeland of UPM-Blandin Forestry. In his nominationBerkeland stated, “The namePittack is synonymous withintegrity and quality in the timberand business community.”The SFI ImplementationCommittee represents the SFIProgram that guides forestmanagement activities of forestproducts companies in Minnesota.The objective of the award is torecognize performance ofoutstanding independent loggingcontractors, as well as to increasethe visibility of competentprofessional logging contractorswithin the forestry community inMinnesota.4Timber Bulletin May/June 2008


The State Legislature was goodto us this year. TPA had aninitiative to exempt loggingequipment from the state mandateto use bio-diesel. We weresuccessful in passing this as weworked closely with ag groups andrural members of the House andSenate. More progress was madeon truck weights as we succeededin extending the current “six axle”provisionsExecutive VicePresident’sColumnto finishedproductsincludinglumber,OSB, paperand barrelstaves. Onthe forestry front,we succeeded inprotecting the DNRDivision ofForestry from anyGeneral Fund cutseven though thestate had a $935 million deficit.Special thanks on the bio-dieselexemption go to Rep. Rukavina,Rep. Al Juhnke (Willmar) andSenator Saxhaug. Rep. Anzelc wastireless in advocating for truckweights and was helped greatly byRep. Hornstein (Minneapolis).Senator Saxhaug was a leader ontruck weights and got key supportfrom Senator Skoe. Senator Bakk,Rep. Solberg, Rep. Sertich, SenatorTomassoni, Rep. Dill and othersprovided key support andleadership. We are grateful to eachof these legislators and to all of theothers who helped us.If you would like more specificson these issues check the storyelsewhere in this issue of the TimberBulletin or contact the TPA office. Some issues never go away. TheState of Minnesota Board of Waterand Soil Resources (BOWSR) hasembarked on a major rewrite of theWetlands Conservation Act (WCA)rules. They have established astakeholder group which we areparticipating in. It has alwaysrankled some in the statebureaucracy and the green groupsthat exemptions exist forsilvicultural activities and forestroads. They verbally state theirbelief that the exemptions are beingabused. We always make twopoints: document the allegedabuses and prosecute the violators.There have been over 100,000individual logging sites since thepassage of the WCA and less than afew dozen documented violationsrelated to them. I think that we canall agree that’s an admirable record.I think that we can also all agreethat willful violators of theexemptions should be dealt with.Nonetheless, there are persistentefforts to require us to appearbefore some bureaucrat to have ourexemptions blessed. We willcontinue to oppose this –vigorously. The draft DNR Division ofForestry work plan for Fiscal Year2009 is out. It shows an expectedtimber sale offering level of 900,000cords with some additional volumecoming from thinnings. This targetwould continue the progress beingmade by the division to improveforest health and productivitywhile providing additionalvolumes to the marketplace. Thegreat staff and leaders in thedivision are committed to thistarget and we should help themachieve it every way that we can. I don’t know how manybusinesses have an extra two grandlaying around that they want to giveto the government. That is exactlywhat it cost one logger recently fornot having a drug and alcoholtesting in place for his truck drivers.There are no forestry exemptionsto this requirement. If you aredriving commercially or hiredrivers, you must be in a program.No exceptions. No exemptions.We offer an easy and affordableprogram through TPA Services.Call Jane at our office to get youand your drivers enrolled. Or, getout your checkbook and get readyto write one to the government. We were in the U.S. DistrictCourt in St. Paul again for anotherSierra Club vs. the U.S. ForestService lawsuit. This one is achallenge to the Forest Plan. Theplaintiff’s contentions are that thereshould have been a separatechapter in the plan on the BWCAWand that the USFS should haveused the enviros’ forest road data.The BWCAW issues are dealt withby the plan as every resource wasevaluated – just not in a separatechapter. The enviros’ road datacame in after the USFS had signedthe Record of Decision andcompleted the plan. So, the USFSspent six plus years putting theplan together and the enviros can’tsubmit their information. Seemspretty thin to me.The interesting part of the courthearing was that the judgedispensed with presentations bythe respective attorneys and wentstraight to questions. Usually thesehearings take about an hour andfifteen minutes. This one took a bitmore than two and half hours. Igive the judge credit for being wellprepared and asking toughquestions to understand the parties’positions and reasoning. Weshould see a decision in the nextseveral months. The TPA Insurance Committeecontinues to work on healthinsurance issues. We recentlysurveyed members on a number oftopics. Of the respondents, 87%indicated interest in a TPA program;79% said they provided benefits totheir employees, with healthinsurance being the most frequentlyprovided benefit, and 72% werepaying some or all of their employee’shealth insurance premiums.Health insurance is a difficultissue with not easy solutions. Thecommittee will continue to work onthe issue, explore options, and seeksolutions for TPA members. With all the rain that we’ve hadthis spring and the housing crisiscurtailing production, there haven’tbeen a lot of wheels turning in thewoods. The breather that we’vehad is a good time to review safetyissues for the summer season. Takea minute to review things with youremployees. And think about safetyas it relates to your own work. Wedon’t want anyone to get injured.6Timber Bulletin May/June 2008


Member Feature...Hand MadeEast Dhu River MillBuilt From Ground Upby Ray HigginsConrad Jacobsen thoughtstarting a sawmill would be apretty good hobby.“When I first started,” Jacobsensays, “I told my wife, ‘if the millstarts up and runs, I’ll be happy.’”It runs, alright. And 30 yearslater, East Dhu River Sawmill is stillrunning, manufacturing paneling,flooring, molding, and otherbuilding products, oftentimescustom-made to the purchaser’swishes.The mill sits just south ofMountain Iron on the land whereJacobsen grew up. His dad was adairy farmer and did somecarpentry on the side. That’s whereConrad started to learn aboutwood. But starting the sawmillwas still a long way off.After high school, Jacobsen spenta little more than a year at MesabiCommunity College and then tooka job at US Steel as an equipmentoperator, among other things.After about five years, he grewtired of that, and went to work fora local general contractor,“Dad taught me carpentry alittle, and I took it from there,”Jacobsen says. “I quit working atthe mine on a Friday, and I went towork as a carpenter on a Monday.In two weeks, I was the generalforeman. I didn’t realize howmuch I knew, but I guess I knewmore than the other guys.”He enjoyed building so much heeventually decided to build the milland saw some wood on the side.“In the winter time,” he says, “Iwouldn’t be so busy with mycontracting work. I thoughtbetween work and sawing, I’d beable to make a living. I’d be fine.”Jacobsen bought an old sawmill,but it needed a lot of fixing. Hewas able to handle the repairshimself, put a diesel motor on it,and get the business off the ground,sawing pallet material to makepallets. East Dhu River Sawmillwas born. That was 1990.The name of the mill comes fromthe river that adjoins the property.Sort of.The official name of the river isthe East Two River. But Jacobsensays an old-timer told him theoriginal name was East Dhubecause ‘dhu’ means ‘dark water’in Norwegian. As the story goes,the gentleman who surveyed andmapped the river wasn’tNorwegian, but of anotherScandanavian background andchanged it to East Two on the map.“I’m not Norwegian,” Jacobsensays, “but I like the old name. It’s apiece of history.”He had the right name, butJacobsen still didn’t have the millquite the way he wanted it. So hedecided to build his own mill.From scratch.“Being raised on a farm,”Jacobsen says, “of course we knewhow to weld and build things. Iguess I can look at something andvisualize what it should do andhow to do it. So I started buildingthis mill here out of steel. When Ifinished, I was completely broke,”he says. “I mean, I was broke. Ihad to scrape enough moneytogether just to buy one load ofwood.“And then it just got out of hand,because I’d look at things and sayto myself, if I just do this, thatwould be better.”08Timber Bulletin May/June 2008


That led to a complete newbuilding for the mill, whichJacobsen also built himself. And akiln and a separate building forfinishing products which doublesas a showroom. All of which hebuilt from the ground up byhimself.“I didn’t build the band saws,”he says. “I bought those and refabricatedthem. Same thing withthe sander. I bought it down at amill in Wisconsin and it was inpretty bad shape. We took it allapart, refurbished it, and got itgoing.”Eventually, the sawmill becameJacobsen’s full-time job. He’s stillsawing pallet parts and also makesproducts for the OccupationalDevelopment Center in Buhl. Butthe major portion of the business –and the part Jacobsen enjoys most –is the paneling, trims, flooring,cabinet parts, and other specialorders East Dhu River makes out ofbasswood, tamarack, aspen, cedar,white pine, red pine, black ash,birch, or oak.“I can do anything the customerwants,” he says. I carry thecommon, basic styles, but peoplecome here for the out of theordinary things. I had a guycome with a piece of paneling, anolder style piece he wantedmatched. I don’t know if he had alodge, or what he was doing. Ineeded to make knives to get itright, so Lehman’s Machine in Ironmade me a template and I groundthe knives and I made himsomething.“We just did a trim load ofwood for a guy, a contractor. Avery nice lady wants birch. So thecontractor comes and we fill apick-up box load, right to the top.She knew what she wanted andshe came in and looked and said Iwant this, this, and this. And shewas happy.“The other thing that helps ourbusiness,” Jacobsen says, “is theend matching of paneling. No onedoes that. We tongue and groovethe ends of the boards. If you’redoing a ceiling or even a wall, youdon’t have to end on a stud.Everything is inter-locked. We alsodo the wider baseboards, beadedpaneling, wider casings. Weactually do a piece of siding. Theseare some of the things we do.“What sells my wood is itsdryness, Jacobsen says. “Typically,with construction boards, thestandard is 19% water content. Wedry our pine down to 6%. Ourhardwoods are going 5 ½ percent.“I sell a lot of cabinet material todifferent cabinet makers aroundhere,” Jacobsen says. “They’ll tellyou they like my wood becauseit’s dry.”When the boards come out of themill, it’s 50% water. They’re thenstacked outside and air-dry for 60days. Typically in the summer,that brings the percentage down to12-14%. Then the wood goes intothe kiln for eight days, finishing thedrying process.“Air-drying is a must,” Jacobsensays, “because it cuts down onenergy consumption and time inthe kiln.”Jacobsen uses wood from allover. Some of it is wood milled atCusson Camp in Orr and is driedhere. He also gets bolts deliveredby loggers like Cliff Shermer,Brett Zadra feeds a board through the edger. B.A. Jacobsen (left) and BrettKippola wait on the other end.Samples of paneling in the East Dhu River Saw Mill showroom, includingdifferent species, widths, etc.Timber Bulletin May/June 20089


Two six-head molders used at East Dhu River.Black ash, delivered by Gheen logger Cliff Shermer,waiting to be milled at East Dhu River.Gordy Dobbs, and Bruce Kainz,among others.“They’re all loggers I respectbecause of the way they handletheir wood,” Jacobsen says. “It allgoes down to the cleanliness of thelogs and the lengths of the logs.These guys take extra care. Notevery stick is a sawable bolt, andthe sooner someone understandsthat, they can get their quality up.”Cleanliness is important in morethan just the logs. The mill itself isswept and cleaned every night,something Jacobsen says is anecessity.“If you’re having customerscome in,” he says, “you have topresent yourself in a presentableway. I have so much repeatbusiness. I don’t advertise, so if Idon’t treat my customers well, Iwouldn’t have any business. Keepthe place clean is part of it. Youcan eat an egg off the floor.”The way Jacobsen built the millhelps keep it clean. He uses airpressurerather than hydraulics torun the machinery.“The only thing that is runhydraulically is the carriage drive,”he says. “Everything else is airoperated. With hydraulics, youhave a mess with oil. I don’t haveto worry about that. Andenvironmentally it’s a good thingto go with air, too.”Jacobsen meets all of thosecustomers personally. He doesn’tsell his wood through retailers.They have to come to the millpersonally to select what theywant.“We deal directly withcontractors and homeowners,” hesays. “I always like to meet mycustomers, because eventually theybecome my friends.”It’s also important to havesupport, and Jacobsen couldn’t dothis on his own. He has two fulltimeemployees, Brett Zadra andBrett Kippola, both of whom haveworked here for over a decade.Cousin B.A. Jacobsen also helps outpart time. And while wife Marydoesn’t work at the mill, Conradsays he couldn’t do it without her.“She understands what I do,”Jacobsen says. “She understandsthe business aspect of things, howthings go. She’s very supportive.”He also gets support fromThe stockroom at East Dhu River is nearly 140 feet long,with examples of the different paneling, flooring, andmolding kept in stock. Jacobsen will also custom-makeproducts to suit customers’ needs.An example of custom molding made at East Dhu River. Acustomer brought an old piece of paneling and askedJacobsen to make a molding that would match. This iswhat he came up with.10Timber Bulletin May/June 2008


usinesses in the area.“You can’t run an operationwithout having people to back youup,” Jacobsen says. “LehmanFabricating in Mountain Iron madethe cab for the mill. LehmanMachine does all my machinework, and Vermilion Saw does allmy hammering. They’re allperfectionists, and I like that.”Jacobsen says there are plenty ofchallenges. He’s planning toexpand, adding a scragg mill thissummer. Taxes and insurance arealways major expenses. And eventhough stumpage prices have comedown, fuel costs are off-settingthose savings. Then there was theprostate cancer doctors found inJanuary 2007. The good news is,after surgery nearly a year ago, thecancer is gone.“I seriously thought aboutexpanding,” Jacobsen says aboutthe future. “I thought aboutbuying a piece of land and reallybuilding a big facility. That wasbefore I got sick last year. But I’mhappy doing what I do. I lovewhat I do. Why create moreproblems?”Timber Bulletin May/June 200811


Success in St. Paul2008 Legislative Session RecapWhen the gavel fell on the2008 legislative session at the endof May, it proved to be anothersuccessful year for TPA members,and for the industry as a whole.Increased truck weights, anexemption for the use of bio-dieselin logging equipment, and nodecrease in funding for the DNRwere among the keyaccomplishments.“The biodiesel exemption ishuge. That’s one every logger isgoing to notice in terms of savingsin filters and downtime,” said TPAPresident Tom McCabe. “It’s greatto see state government willing towork with us. Ultimately, thesolution to the industry downturnlies with each of us, but it’sheartening to have our governorand legislators do their part, aswell.”The following is a rundown oflegislative issues considered thisyear and their outcomes:Truck WeightsIn a very significant victory wewere able to secure enactment ofincreased truck weights forfinished forest products. The newprovision allows an additional10,000 pounds of finished productsto be hauled with a sixth axle, apermit and other conditions.(Under the new law, timber andfinished products can betransported on vehicles notexceeding 99,000 lbs. whenseasonal increases are in effect.)This victory was the product ofseveral years of work and helpscontinue the momentum toincrease truck weights generally onall types of roads. It also came inthe aftermath of the I-35 bridgecollapse last summer, whichcomplicated management of thisissue. The provision was originallyin the 2007 OmnibusTransportation Policy ConferenceReport, which was not acted on in2007. The Conference Committeewas reconvened in 2008 andproduced a new report that waspassed by the House and Senatebut vetoed by the governorbecause of provisions dealing withthe federal Real ID program.The language of the 2007 bill,minus the Real ID provision, wasthen amended onto another bill,with the chief Senate author beingchanged, dealing withInternational Fuel Tax deposits.This bill was subsequently passedby the Senate and House andsigned into law by the governor.Biodiesel Exemption –Logging EquipmentLogging equipment was exemptedfrom all biodiesel mandates by anew provision in the OmnibusAgriculture bill. This victory wasachieved through sound presentationof the facts on the issue, carefulwork with relevant legislators andpartnering with agriculturalgroups, including the Minn.Soybean Growers. The exemptionsunsets on May 1, 2012, and doesnot apply to trucks used in logging.Transportation FundingLegislation was passed and agubernatorial veto was overriddenthat increases transportation funding.The fuel tax will increase in stepsby $0.05 per gallon permanently; atemporary $0.035 fuel tax increasewill pay for highway bonds; ametro sales tax of $0.025 to pay fortransit was authorized; and licensetab fees were increased.Implements of HusbandryLegislation was enactedspecifically including vehicles usedexclusively for timber harvesting asan eligible implement of husbandry.Paved 9 Ton RoadsLegislation was enacted thatincreases the combined weightlimit on paved 9 ton routes to80,000 poundsBonding$3 million was provided for stateland reforestation; $1 million forstate forest roads and $3 million forconservation easements. Theamounts for reforestation androads were the amounts proposedto the legislature by theadministration.DNR AppropriationsWith the state being confrontedby a nearly $1 billion deficit wewere successful in preventing anyGeneral Fund cuts to the DNRDivision of Forestry. Languagewas included requiring the DNR toreport to and consult with thechairs of jurisdiction in the Houseand Senate regarding changes inamounts being spent through theForest Management InvestmentAccount (FMIA). This provisionwas added when the DNRinformally reported decreases inrevenues in the FMIA that wereresulting in decreases in certainexpenditures.Two Division of Forestry GeneralFund appropriations riders weremodified to provide moreflexibility to the division.$250,000 in new General Fundappropriations were enacted.$53,000 in one-time funds wereprovided to the MN ForestResources Council (MFRC) for aportion of the cost of studying andproviding recommendations ondifferent policy and fiscal tools thatcan be used, and where best to usethem, to maintain the productiveforest land base.$197,000 in annual ongoingappropriations were provided tothe Interagency InformationCooperative at the University ofMinnesota. Both this and theMFRC study funding wererecommendations from theGovernor’s Task Force on theCompetitiveness of the PrimaryForest Products Industry.12Timber Bulletin May/June 2008


Forest ManagementInvestmentAccount UnallotmentsThe DNR is now required tonotify the chairs and rankingminority members of the Houseand Senate Environment andNatural Resources Financecommittees 30 days beforeimplementing “unallotments” fromthe fund. This provision cameabout due to actions beingconsidered by the DNR in responseto projected decreases in revenuesflowing into the fund.Minnesota Forestsfor the FutureLegislation was enacted creatingthe Minnesota Forests for theFuture program. These provisionscreate the legal authority andpolicy framework for stateconservation easements.Minnesota Forests for theFuture Revolving AccountThis account was set up but notfunded. It provides the frameworkfor the purchase and re-sale of landafter the placement of conservationeasement on the parcel. Theeasement would need to meet therequirements of the MinnesotaForests for the Future program.Alternative Recording ofState Forest RoadsThis provision modifies andclarifies the process by which thestate establishes its use of forestroads for forest management andrecreational access. It also furtherdefines the appeal process thatproperty owners can use.Timber Permit ExtensionsThe DNR Commissioner isallowed, but not required, to granta five-day extension to the 60-daytime limit by which a timberpurchaser must sign the permit,return it to the DNR and pay thebalance of the bid guarantee. Thisprovision is retroactive to Jan. 1,2008.Expedited Land ExchangesThe DNR and counties will beallowed to exchange land to improvetimber management without doingfull appraisals. The parties will beallowed to exchange land based onequivalent timber values (but notnecessarily land values).Permanent School Trust FundAdvisory CommitteeThe committee membership isexpanded to include morelegislative representation alongwith people with specific areas ofexpertise, including forestry. Thecommittee is also charged withpreparing a report recommendinghow school trust lands can bemanaged to secure the best longtermeconomic return for the trustfund. This may end up being asignificant piece of legislationdepending on therecommendations and theirsubsequent implementation.Forestland TaxationLegislation was enactedestablishing a new 2b forestlandclassification with a rate of .65when certain requirements are met.SFIA PaymentsThe minimum payment for landsenrolled in the Sustainable ForestIncentive Act was increased to$7/acre.Statewide Building CodeLegislation was enactedextending the state building codestatewide. A clause was includedto “grandfather” in certain sales ofun-graded lumber in non-metroareas.Greenhouse Gas Cap & TradeLegislation to enact a state “cap& trade” program wassubstantially modified. Weworked with and played asignificant role in achieving thisresult. Our efforts includedsignificant lobbying contributionsby the Wood Fiber Employees JointLegislative Council. Thelegislation enacted includeseconomic studies of the issue andother provisions.Issues Not Enacted Into LawJOBZEfforts to eliminate orsubstantially curtail the JOBZprogram were not successful. Theprogram remains intact.Logging EquipmentTires Sales TaxLegislation to eliminate the salestax on replacement tires for loggingequipment was not enacted. Thisprovision was passed in the 2007tax bill which was vetoed due toother provisions contained in thebill.Loader TrucksAn amendment to redefine“special mobile equipment” wasdrafted but not adopted. Theamendment would have eliminated“truck mounted log loaders” fromthe definition.DNR AuctionsLanguage that would havemodified DNR auctions if anineligible bidder was discoveredafter the auction was concludedwas not enacted.County Timber SaleLiability InsuranceNo provisions were enacteddealing with this issue. Previouslyenacted legislation increasedliability exposure for counties andmunicipalities to $1.2 million onJan. 1, 2008. This liability willincrease to $1.5 million July 1, 2009.In response to this change somecounties have begun requiringtimber permit holders to increasetheir liability insurance to meetthese limits. This increases costssignificantly since insurancepolicies are only sold in $1 millionincrements. We worked on thisissue but it is complicated in that itdeals with tort liability, insurance,public property and timber sales.We will continue to work on thisissue but it may need separatelegislation in 2009.California Clean CarRequirementsLegislation to adopt the“California Clean CarRequirements” was not passed.This legislation may have limitedthe availability or increased thecost of pick up trucks according tothe Minn. Auto DealersAssociations. The requirementshave caused some problems withlogging operations and equipmentaccording to the California ForestryAssociation.Timber Bulletin May/June 200813


Kiln Drying Short Course OfferedThe 31st Annual Kiln Drying ShortCourse will be held August 11-14,2008, at the University of Minnesota,St. Paul Campus. The course isdesigned to provide basic training fordry kiln operators and supervisors,but anyone desiring to learn moreabout kiln construction, kilnoperation and wood-moisturerelations is welcome and encouragedto attend. Noprevious dryingexperience ortraining isTimberTalknecessary.Instructionwill includelectures,demonstrations,and “hands on” kiln dryingexperience. Conventional kiln dryingof hardwood lumber will beemphasized; however,dehumidification drying, solardrying and air-drying will also becovered. Ample time will be availablefor group interaction as well asindividual consultation.The U of M Department ofBioproducts and BiosystemsEngineering sponsors the course incooperation with the University ofWisconsin-Madison’s Department ofForest Ecology and Management.For further information contact:Harlan Petersen, Department ofBioproducts and BiosystemsEngineering, University ofMinnesota, 2004 Folwell Avenue,St. Paul, MN 55108; Phone: (612)624-3407; Fax: (612) 625-6286; E-mail:harlan@umn.edu; Website:http://www.bbe.umn.edu/extens/shortcourses/kdsc.htmlTwo Join NortraxNortrax Equipment Company hasadded two people to its team: KevinLaJoie, parts manager; and Matt Orr,inside sales representative.“Both of these individuals, withtheir great customer service skills,as well as their energy andenthusiasm, will make animmediate contribution to ourconstruction and forestry customers,”said Dale Gessell, general managerof Nortrax’s Duluth and GrandRapids branches.LaJoie joinsNortrax from TotalTool Supply wherehe served ascustomer servicerepresentative andInside sales person.He will beKevin LaJoie responsible for theparts department staff, inventory andproduct merchandising for theNortrax store in Duluth.Orr joins Nortraxfrom Michigan Salesand Equipmentwhere he served as asales representative.Orr will beresponsible forMatt Orr machine inventory,providing assistancein the sale of all equipment andaccessories, and implementing dailyoperating procedures.Ploof Brothers Named MinnesotaTree Farmers of the YearBob Pereleberg of the DNR (L) presents the Oustanding Minnesota TreeFarmer of the Year Award to the Ploof family of Little Falls, including (L-R)Doug Ploof, Tom Ploof, Peter Ploof, and Galen Ploof. At right is BobDeRoche of NewPage, chair of the Minnesota Tree Farm committee.The Ploofs’ tree farm is situatedon 770 acres on eight differentparcels. Doug is a teacher at LittleFalls High School, teaching forestry;Galen is a landscaper; Tom worksfor the Morrison County Sheriff'sDepartment; and Peter is retiredfrom the National Guard andcurrently works at Camp Ripley asa civilian.Tree Farm’s mission is to promotethe growing of renewable forestresources on private lands, whileprotecting environmental benefitsand increasing publicunderstanding of all benefits ofproductive sustainable forestry.14 Timber Bulletin May/June 2008


Lessons from LossesTo help TPA members avoidaccidents resulting in injury ordamage to property, The TimberBulletin, in association withLumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance,will publish details of actual incidentsand what can be done to avoid suchoccurrences in the future. By sharingthis information, TPA and LUA hopeto make our industry as safe aspossible.Forwarder Bursts into FlameIdling at the Log LandingThe mobile equipment involvedin this fire situation was aforwarder with approximately10,000 operating hours.Maintenance and housekeepingwould be rated as fair. Mostmaintenance is completed inhousewith the large-scale maintenancecompleted by a local heavyequipment mechanic shop. Noimmediate maintenance problemswere needed or completed prior tothis fire emergency. This equipmentwas last power-washed within sixweeks. Daily cleaning in hot areaswas completed during the morningpre-operation check. During thewarm weather season the pre-planis to power-wash every two to fourweeks and/or as needed. Also, thisoperation utilizes compressed airto clean weekly and/or as needed.Temperature at the time of thisfire loss reached 70. The skies wereclear, sunny, and windy conditionswere increasing as the dayprogressed. This was the firstwarm day during the spring thaw.The owner/operator of thisequipment is considered fullytrained in operation. Thisindividual has operated loggingmobile equipment for 35 years.Incident and/or injury:In early afternoon the involvedequipment burst into flame duringoperation. This incident occurredapproximately 45 minutes afterlunch break. During the lunchbreak the equipment was shut down.The owner was operating theequipment and was idling at thelog landing when he answered atelephone call while seated in thecab of this equipment. About thetime he finished the phone call hesmelled something hot comingfrom the engine compartment. Thesmell wasn’t electrical or woodburning. We wondered if it couldbe something hot/fuel.Investigating the enginecompartment, he opened the hoodcover and the engine area was onfire and immediately burst intohigher flames. By the time heresponded with the on-board hand-16 Timber Bulletin May/June 2008


The forwarder from this incident after it was gutted by fire.held fire extinguisher (a 10-lb.extinguisher) the flames were highon the engine near the top. As hestarted to extinguish the fire, theon-board starter assist canisterburst and flew past, narrowlymissing him. The first extinguisherslowed the fire but did notextinguish the fire. Heimmediately got help from his son,called 911, and gathered the extrafire extinguisher from the companypick-up to attempt to control thefire. The fire was out of control andall they could do was use the extraforwarder to blade the surroundingarea to stop a possible forest fireuntil help arrived from theresponding fire department. Thefire department responded inapproximately 45 minutes andextinguished the fire. The cab area,engine compartment and front tireswere completely burned. There wassome salvage value in the rearbunks, loader, and rear axles/tires.Unsafe act and/or condition:It is speculated that the fire startednear the engine top and spreadfrom that area. It is uncertain, butin that area the initial cause mayhave been from fuel, oil, and/orpossibly debris in the manifoldturbo area (fuel igniting from thehot turbo). The turbo/exhaust ispartially covered with a heatresistance wrap to control excessheat. Opening the hood cover gavethe fire fresh air creating a fastgrowingfire situation. The followingsuggestions can help preventproblems of this caliber whenworking with mobile equipment.Preventive measures:1. Enforce frequent operator selfinspectionsfor housekeepingand maintenance, especially indirty timber. Completing thesepreventive maintenance repairsquickly (electrical,hydraulic/fuel hoses, partreplacement, etc.) before the factwill help keep your operationprofitable.2. Install fire port holes inequipment side panels for fireextinguisher use during fireemergencies. This needs to bepart of employee training and arefresher training program foremergency response.3. Maintain all side panels onmobile equipment with quickopening fasteners. Fast access isvery important in an emergency.4. Review the hood tops to preventdebris from entering the enginecompartment. This shouldinclude blocking of all openingsor problem areas (rear hood,canopy openings, etc.).5. Train employees on proper useof fire extinguishers in anemergency situation. Utilizingthe extinguisher hose to directthe flow to the base of the fire sothe extinguisher is not wasted ina panic situation.6. Always shut down the electricaldisconnect (master switch) onmobile equipment in anemergency situation. Refreshertraining for all employees needsto be reviewed regularly.7. Complete refresher of employeetraining for proper operation,service, emergency response,etc., for new and existingemployees. Weekly tool boxsafety meetings work well inreviewing all equipment. Crosstraining all employees is verybeneficial.8. Install an on-board fixed selfsuppressionsystem on allmobile equipment. Additionalprotection is always verybeneficial in a fire emergencysituation. Always follow theowner’s maintenance manualfor service and inspection ofthese systems. This is a veryimportant factor in theperformance of this protection.Timber Bulletin May/June 200817


DNR Releases Public Stumpage ReviewThe Minnesota DNR hasassembled information regardingstumpage pricing across all publicagencies – federal, state, andcounty – including historical data,showing trends over the pastseveral years. The following aregraphs and information compiledby the DNR, including a sample ofgraphs for selected individualagencies.Softwood Pulp & Bolt Stumpage Prices – All Agencies, 1998-2007In 2007, a total 1.9 million cords of pulpwood and sawbolts were sold by Minnesota’s public agencies ascompared to 1.5 million cords in 2006. Average stumpage prices received for all-species pulpwood & sawboltsdropped from $36.36 per cord in 2006 to $23.13 per cord in 2007, a year-to-year decrease of 36%.In 2007, average R&W and Jack Pine stumpage prices received for pulpwood and sawbolts ranged from$27.37 to $33.52 per cord.Hardwood Pulp & Bolt Stumpage Prices – All Agencies, 1998-2007Average aspen stumpage prices received for pulpwood and sawbolts ranged from $27.01 to $28.44 per cord.Average oak stumpage prices received for pulpwood and sawbolts ranged from $17.46 to $20.85 per cord.20Timber Bulletin May/June 2008


Pulpwood Sold Value – All Public AgenciesPulpwood Sold Value – DNRPulpwood Sold Value – Beltrami CountyTimber Bulletin May/June 200821


Pulpwood Sold Value – Koochiching CountyPulpwood Sold Value – St. Louis CountyPulpwood Sold Value – Superior NF22 Timber Bulletin May/June 2008


Red/White Pine Sawtimber – Chippewa NFTwin CitiesAnalystSees “Light atthe End of theTunnel” ofHousingDownturnApril Housing StartsFall from 2007According to figures releasedby the U.S. Census Bureau,housing starts in April fell 30.6%from 2007. The seasonallyadjusted rate was 1.032 millionunits in April. However, thatrepresents an increase of 8.2% overMarch 2008.Builder ConfidenceIndex Falls in MayHome builders remainedconsiderably downbeat as marketconditions continued to erode inMay, according to the NationalAssociation of HomeBuilders/Wells Fargo HousingMarket Index (HMI). The HMIfell a single point to 19, bringingit within one point of the recordlow of 18 set in December 2007(the series began in January of1985).“With the HMI hovering in thehistorically low two-point rangethat’s prevailed over the past ninemonths, the message is very clear:The single-family housing marketis still deteriorating and Congressand the administration mustmove immediately to enactlegislation that will help reverse thetrend,” said NAHB PresidentSandy Dunn, a home builder fromPoint Pleasant, W.Va. “Atemporary home-buyer tax credit isjust the incentive that manyprospective home buyers need togo forward with a purchase andhelp kick-start a housing andeconomic recovery.”Both the House and Senatehave approved bills creating atemporary home buyer tax credit ofup to $7,500 for qualified buyers,but the legislation has yet becrafted into a comprehensive billthat can be sent to President Bushfor his signature.Derived from a monthly surveythat NAHB has been conductingfor more than 20 years, theNAHB/Wells Fargo HMI gaugesbuilder perceptions of currentsingle-family home sales and salesexpectations for the next sixmonths as “good,” “fair” or “poor.”The survey also asks builders torate traffic of prospective buyers aseither “high to very high,”“average” or “low to very low.”Scores for each component are thenused to calculate a seasonallyadjusted index where any numberover 50 indicates that more buildersview sales conditions as good thanpoor.The improving stockmarket of late indicatesthat the housing marketmay bottom out this year,an expert told theMinneapolis Star Tribunein May.Keith Tufte, presidentand CEO of LongviewWealth Management inEden Prairie, told the newspaper, “Housing activity,homes on the market andother leading indicators havestopped getting worse.Homebuilding stocks have startedto outperform the overall stockmarket. Mortgage rates are downabout one percent since lastsummer. Housing affordability hasimproved significantly over thepast six months [thanks to fallingprices]. Home refinancings are upsignificantly. And applicationsrecently jumped all the way back tothe highest level since 2004.”According to the Star Tribune,The S&P 500 dropped nearly 19percent from its peak last Oct. 9until March 9. It had since risen 11percent through early May.“Things are still gloom and doomright now and housing prices couldgo lower,” said Tufte, a one-timehedge fund manager and directorof equity research at AmeripriseFinancial. “Markets overdo on theupside and downside,” he said.“There are funds being formedright now to buy mortgages [at adiscount] and eventually thehousing market will be withinbalance, sometime within a year,”he told the Minneapolis paper.“The Federal HousingAdministration has raised the limiton the size of mortgages it willinsure. The Federal Reserve bailedout Bear Stearns and that put afloor on how bad things will get,"he said. "The overall market took acue from that and it has had a nicerally.”Timber Bulletin May/June 200823


Drug and Alcohol Testing for Commercial Drivers – OverviewFederal Regulations mandatethat all with a commercial driverslicense (CDL) are to participate in adrug and alcohol testing program.According to figures compiled byMLEP, over the past five years themost common violations by loggingcompanies that resulted in fineswere for “failing to implement arandom drug/alcohol testingprogram,” and for “using a driverbefore receiving a pre-employmenttest result.” Fines levied to loggingcompanies for these infractionsover this five year period totaledmore than $156,000. The fines fornot having a drug and alcoholtesting program have been as highas $15,000. Companies can be citedduring a DOT audit, or on aroadside compliance check.TPA administers a drug andalcohol testing program for itsmembers who employ truckers tohelp them comply with the federalregulations and keep our roadwayssafe for all users. The following isan overview of current law and theobligations of drivers and truckingcompany owners.Who is Affected? Federalregulations require employers toconduct drug and alcohol testing ofall employees who operate acommercial motor vehicle in theperformance of their job duties.The term “commercial motorvehicle” includes vehicles that hold16 or more passengers, have a grossvehicle weight rating of 26,001 ormore pounds, have a grosscombination weight rating of 26,001or more pounds (inclusive of atowed unit with a gross vehicleweight rating of more than 10,000pounds), or any size vehicle thattransports hazardous materials. Anemployer is covered by the newregulations even if it employs asingle employee who operates acommercial motor vehicle, even ifthe only driver is anowner/operator.Testing. The rules require preemploymentdrug testing, randomdrug and alcohol testing,reasonable suspicion drug andalcohol testing and post-accidentdrug and alcohol testing. If anemployee tests positive, theemployer must remove the24 Timber Bulletin May/June 2008employee from safety-sensitivefunctions and provide theemployee with a list of availablealcohol and chemical dependencyresources. In addition, before theemployee returns to duty, he or shemust be evaluated by a SubstanceAbuse Professional and must passa return-to-duty test. Finally, thedriver must undergo “follow-up”testing after returning to duty.Pre-Employment Testing. Allpotential employees who operate acommercial motor vehicle in theperformance of their job dutiesmust undergo a pre-employmentdrug screening and potentialemployer must receive a negativetest result prior to hiring. A preemploymenttest is not required if:• Driver participated in acontrolled substance testingprogram that meets therequirements of Part 382 withinthe previous 30 days; and whileparticipating in that programeither:• Was tested for controlledsubstances within the past 6months (from date of applicationwith employer), or• Participated in the randomcontrolled substances testingprogram for the previous 12months (from date of applicationwith employer); and• Employer ensures no prioremployer of the driver of whomemployer has knowledge hasrecords of a violation on thispart or the controlled substancesuse rule of another DOT agencywithin the previous six months.• Verification paperwork must beon file prior to hiring.**Note** – Pre-employmentscreenings are valid for 30 daysonly. If you test a potentialemployee but don’t make adecision to hire until after 30 daysa new pre-employment test isrequired, along with receipt ofnegative results, before you canhire the potential employee.Penalties for non-compliance.DOT considers compliance with itsanti-drug program a high priority.Review of compliance with thedrug testing requirements has beenadded to all safety and compliancereviews conducted on motorcarriers’ operations. Firms thatviolate the provisions of the DOTanti-drug program may be subjectto civil and criminal penalties,including being declared out-ofserviceand fines as high as $10,000per violation. Failure to properlytest employees may also give riseto lawsuits alleging that theemployer negligently hired orretained an employee withchemical dependency problems.Statistics show that as many as 1 in12 full-time employees reports useof illicit drugs. Seventy percent ofall illegal drug users are employedeither full or part time.Federal Motor Carrier SafetyAdministration (FMCSA) Drugand Alcohol Testing ProgramChecklist.1) Establish a written policyclearly detailing your company’sdrug and alcohol testing program.Be sure to include specificinformation about the employmentconsequences of a positive testresult or other programviolation(s). Federal law does notcontain requirements foremployment consequences toemployees and employer's rulesand regulations regardingconsequences must be separatelyestablished under the applicablestate law.2) Select and establish anaccount with a SAMHSA certifiedlaboratory to provide the DOTrequiredtesting. DOT requires aDOT 5-panel drug screen that testsfor five classes of drugs: marijuana(THC), cocaine, opiates, amphetamines,and phencyclidine (PCP).3) Select and establish anaccount with a qualified MedicalReview Officer (MRO) to reviewand report your company’s drugtest results.4) Select and establish anaccount with a collection site(s) toperform urine specimen collectionsin accordance with the DOT’s 49CFR Part 40 drug screen collectionprocedures.5) Select and establish anaccount with alcohol testing serviceprovider(s) to perform alcoholtesting in accordance with theDOT’s 49 CFR Part 40 alcoholtestingprocedures.6) Designate a qualified,competent individual within your


company to be responsible forimplementing, maintaining andmanaging your company’s DOTdrug & alcohol testing program.7) Designate an individual or setor individuals as authorized toreceive confidential drug andalcohol test results from the MROand your alcohol test sites.8) Train all driver supervisors.Ensure that each driver supervisorhas received 60 minutes of trainingon alcohol misuse and 60 minutesof training on controlled substanceuse in accordance with 49 CFR Part382.603.9) Educate your drivers. Provideeach of your drivers with a copy ofthe following materials and obtaina signed certificate of receipt foreach. Be sure to explain to yourdrivers what is expected of themunder the DOT testing programand the employment consequencesof a positive test result or otherprogram violation.a) A copy of your company’swritten drug and alcoholtesting policy.b) Post-accident procedures andinstructions as required by382.303(d).c) Establish a record-keepingsystem that complies with therequirements of 49 CFR Part382.401.10) Establish or enroll in a randomdrug and alcohol selection pool.11) Establish procedures toensure you are performing allrequired drug and alcohol testingunder each of the DOT-requiredtesting categories:a) pre-employement,b) random,c) reasonable suspicion,d) post-accident,e) return to duty,f) follow-up.12) Ensure that your programincludes DOT-required blindperformance testing.13) Designate a qualifiedSubstance Abuse Professional(SAP) that you can refer yourdrivers to for evaluation in the caseof a positive drug/alcohol testresult or other program violation.TPA Services has developed aconsortium for random drug andalcohol testings. TPA Services alsoprovides information, educationalmaterials and other information.Contact TPA Services for additionalinformation at 218-722-5013.Loggers ConferencesTPA Board Member Rick Jensen (R) chats with Jay Eystad of Lumbermen’sUnderwriting Alliance between workshops at the Tower Loggers Conference.MLEP Executive Director Dave Chura opens the morning session of the TowerLoggers Conference. Both of this year’s conferences included training onMinnesota’s New Biomass Harvesting Guidelines (BHGs). The presentationincluded a background and overview of the guidelines and three separatebreakout sessions on wildlife and biodiversity, soil productivity, and waterquality and riparian management zones. The final presentation addressedbiomass harvest planning, design, and operational considerations. An onlineversion of the training should be available this fall.Timber Bulletin May/June 200825


Understanding Additional Insuredsby Bill DupontLIG Insurance Agency, Inc.Some agencies and mills are askingto be named as “additional insureds”on the insurance policy of timberproducers. As the practice becomesmore common, TPA wants to inform itsmembers of the ramifications of thispractice and asked Bill Dupont ofLumbermen’s Underwriting Allianceto provide the following article.There are a variety of businessrelationships that involve one partyrequesting coverage under anotherparty’s insurance policy. Forexample, let’s assume that Johnruns a company that manufactureswidgets. The individual widgetscome in packages of 10, and thepackages are sealed at John’sfactory and then sold to retailstores. A major retail chain wantsto stock John’s widgets, and as partof negotiating the sale with John,the retailer wants to be named asan Additional Insured on John’sCommercial General Liabilitypolicy. Similar methods ofsubstituting one party’s insuranceprotection to the benefit of anotherparty are common in the businessworld.One other example would be alogging business that purchasesfrom government-sponsored timbersales. The governmental entity(usually a county) requires beingnamed as an Additional Insured bythe logging business, for claims thatmay arise from the logging activityon the government land. Theinsurance agent for the logger thenissues a Certificate of Insurance,showing the government entity asan Additional Insured on thelogger’s Commercial GeneralLiability policy. The certificateusually makes specific reference tothe timber sale contract, which thusnarrows the scope of protectionbeing provided to the governmententity under the logger’s policy. Atthat point, if the government entityis sued over actions of the loggingbusiness, they will simply turn thedefense and handling of the claimover to the liability carrier for thelogging business. Since theAdditional Insured protection isspecific, if the government is suedover some unrelated problem,there’s no protection under thelogger’s liability policy.Additional Insured status meansthat the policyholder’s insurance isbeing extended to provideprotection from liability to anotherparty, who in this case is the“Additional Insured.” Theextension of protection isn’t blanketof course, and the “AdditionalInsured” still needs to maintaintheir own insurance program. Still,when a claim arises which iscovered by an Additional Insuredprovision, the defense andindemnity on that claim can bepassed along by the “AdditionalInsured” without damage to theiroperations or claims record.It all starts with a request – oneparty asks to be named as anAdditional Insured on anotherparty’s policy or policies. Theprofessional insurance agentunderstands how to applyAdditional Insured status and canadvise their customers both whento request that on their own, aswell as when requests by othersshould be granted.Mark Your CalendarHere are some of the eventsin the coming months you’llwant to make sure are on yourcalendar:Sept. 4-663rd Annual LakeStates LoggingCongressGreat Lakes TimberProfessionalsAssociationShopko Hall andLambeau FieldGreen Bay,Wisconsinwww.timberpa.comSept. 12-13 2008 North StarExpo in BemidjiWorkshop: “Howto Prepare for DOTAudit” in GrandRapidsFor information furtherOct. 9information on these events,please call the TPA office at218-722-5013.Lubricants and Petroleum SeminarTodd Monroe, Regional Lubricant Representative for Cenex, spoke with loggersand truckers at a seminar sponsored by Northern Star Cooperative in Deer River.Monroe brought seminar attendees up to speed on the CJ-4 specifications for the’07 and newer model trucks. The seminar also touched on petroleum markets,supply, and other issues.26Timber Bulletin May/June 2008


LOGGERS OF THE PAST . . .“The Logging Camp Auditor”by J. C. RyanThis story is reprinted from an earlier Timber Bulletin–one of the first of “Buzz”Ryan’s ever-popular contributions to these pages. The Bulletin will continue toreprint selected stories from the memories he recorded for us.–Editor28 Timber Bulletin May/June 2008


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TIMBER BULLETIN Subscription OrderPlease ENTER my subscription to the Minnesota Timber Bulletin (six issues peryear). Payment is enclosed for: 1 year $ 25 2 years $ 40 3 years $ 55Please type or print clearly.NAME ____________________________________________________________ADDRESS _________________________________________________________CITY _____________________________STATE ____________ZIP____________COMPANY/ORGANIZATION ____________________________________________Please send my GIFT SUBSCRIPTION to the Minnesota Timber Bulletin (six issuesper year) to be sent to the name below. Payment is enclosed for: 1 year $ 20 2 years $ 33 3 years $ 45Please type or print clearly.NAME ____________________________________________________________ADDRESS _________________________________________________________CITY _____________________________STATE ____________ZIP____________Make checks payable to:TPA Services, Inc., 903 Medical Arts Bldg., 324 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802Note: Existing subscriptions will continue at their current rate until they expire.ClassifiedsTo serve our readers better, the TimberBulletin offers free classified ads of upto 85 words to all members andassociate members of the MinnesotaTimber Producers Association. All adsmust be submitted in writing to theAssociation office. The MTPA assumesno responsibility for ad contents andaccepts free ads on a first-come, firstservedbasis within space limitations._____________________________________USED _____________________________________EQUIPMENT FOR SALEFOR SALE1992 Siiro Delimber Slasher....$6,5001984 667 Clark GrappleSkidder.................................$20,000453 Detroit Power Unit ...........$3,00012,000-gallon fuel tank.......best offerContact: 218-376-4638_____________________________________EXCESS _____________________________________EQUIPMENT FOR SALEJohn Deere with ProPac Delimber5 Aluminum Log Bunks withend gates60" Lemco Slasher2002 John Deere 648G3 PCCall: 218-348-7904 for details_____________________________________ADVERTISERS INDEXAgStar............................................................................11Cass Forest Products ...................................................25Corporate 4...................................................................16Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A.........27Great Lakes Trailers.....................................................15Hedstrom Lumber Co.................................................27Industrial Lubricant ......................................................7Itasca Greenhouse........................................................15Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance ......................19Northern Engine & Supply ........................................27Northern Timberline Equipment ................................7Nortrax ..........................................................................31Otis-Magie Insurance Agency ...................................17Pomp’s Tire ...................................................................11Rapids Hydraulic.........................................................19Rice Blacksmith Saw & Machine.................................5Road Machinery & Supplies ......................................32Rux Strapping ..............................................................14Schaefer Enterprises ......................................................4Stewart-Taylor Printing ..............................................19Wausau Sales Corp. .........................................................1330 Timber Bulletin May/June 2008

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