Loggers Voice Spring 2017

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Volume 11 Issue 2 | Spring 2017

A Quarterly Publication of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

State of the Union 2

Director’s Report 3

PLC Member Spotlight 4

Supporting

Member

Spotlight

Labonville

Inc.

Page 8

New Members 6

Safety F irst 10

Annual Meeting 12

Northeastern Region Logger

of the Year 14


Cover photo: PLC Member M&H Logging and Construction grapple working in

the Western Mountains of Maine. Photo by Kyle Haley. Story page 4.

President’s Message

THE LOGGER'S

VOICE

A Quarterly Publication of the

Professional Logging Contractors of

Maine

Executive Board

Scott Madden

President

Jim Nichols

1 st Vice President

Tony Madden

2 nd Vice President

Chuck Ames

Secretary

Andy Irish

Treasurer

Brian Souers

Past President

Board of Directors

Greg Adams

Kurt Babineau

Donald Cole

William Cole

Tom Cushman

Brent Day

Wes Dube

Steve Hanington

Duane Jordan

Robert Linkletter

Andrew Madden

Ron Ridley

Wayne Tripp

Gary Voisine

Dana Doran

Executive Director

I hope all our Members have survived the winter.

Hopefully, it was a prosperous one, although I bet many are

in the same position as myself. I have been logging for 39

years where we have faced many challenges but I can say I

have never been as concerned as I am now. I can't

remember ever working as hard as we did this winter for as

little profit.

For those of you who attended our last

legislative breakfast, you witnessed firsthand what makes

this organization so powerful…. the people. In my opinion

it was pretty impressive how a bunch of loggers, who prefer

to be out in the woods, can come together to

tell their stories and offer ideas on how to make our

industry better. Very impressive indeed. I know we were

heard loud and clear. Now we just have to keep working

with our legislature to do the right thing in the end.

Although this is just one of the

many areas we have work on, business is changing and we

must change with it. We have to stay positive even

when things are not that great. If we don't believe we have

a future, how are we going to expect anyone else to? It is

up to us to keep our industry alive, and with the passion

I've witnessed, there's a lot of fight left in us.

We need to encourage and support new wood

consuming businesses and certainly don't forget the ones

that are already here. The ones that are still here are facing

just as many challenges as we are. We know these mills

and most of us have had long-term relations with them.

PLC has a very busy spring with training sessions

across the state and our 22nd Annual Meeting on May 5th.

Hopefully we can fill every class and let's try

to break record numbers of employees' attendance. In

training, we save; we save injuries, lives and money in the

long run.

In closing, I heard a "saying" late this winter. I was

talking with my forester and we had just lost our winter

roads because of a warm up with a lot of wood on it. It

looked like we had a week of cold weather coming. He

said that when he worked with Vinal Haynes, Vinal would

call the late onset of cold weather “Holy Week”. Well, it's

definitely turned into a long "Holy Month" and for that I’m

thankful.

Amen.

Log on,

State of Our Union

Scott Madden

Scott

Loggers Serving Loggers Since 1995

110 Sewall St., P.O. Box 1036

Augusta, ME 04332

Phone: 207.688.8195

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Executive Director’s Message

Reflect and Recharge

Dana Doran

As I sit down to write this and look out the

window, it’s hard to believe that the end of March is right

around the corner. It still looks like winter out there but I

know that the end of season is near for many of you.

The winter push is almost over and soon enough

most of you will be able to call it a day on another winter

operation. The question will remain, was it successful?

In reflection, it probably was a much better winter

than most had envisioned. Back in early December, there

was a prediction that most would have to shut down by

early to mid-February because of too much wood on the

market. This shutdown would be a bad sign not just

because of market conditions, but also because it would

foreshadow a very long and gloomy spring.

Fortunately, or unfortunately as some may see it,

the winter weather played havoc with the entire state during

January, February and March and Mother Nature inevitably

took control of the markets. A continuous roller coaster of

cold (December); warm and rainy (January); early cold

with blizzards and a week of rain and warm temperatures

late in the month(February); and then a final cold blast with

more snow (March) wreaked havoc on all. I’m not sure if

we would all rejoice in what we have been put through this

winter, but perhaps the bonus of cold and snow in March

provided longer operating conditions and movement of

wood that will make many feel better in the long run.

Has the weather volatility provided more markets

and increased pay? Absolutely not. Has it made this way of

life any easier or any more certain for the future? Nope.

Are contractors working less as a result and reducing

transportation time and distance? Are you kidding me?

However, perhaps this winter taught us one thing,

that we will make it through together, and Maine loggers

will lead the way. Sometimes it is important to take solace

every once in awhile in moral victories.

Just as unpredictable as the weather has been the

pace of activity at the state legislature in early 2017. With a

full slate of bills in front of them, nearly 2,000 at last count,

the schedule continues to grow, the list of competing

measures seems to get bigger all the time, and the thoughts

of June and July become much more real.

Just as logging has been impacted by winter

weather this year, so has the legislature. In fact, there have

been very few weeks since work began in earnest in early

January that have not been impacted by a winter storm.

Legislators now more than ever can empathize with our

dilemma.

While it might be good to delay the inspection and

review of many legislative initiatives; the work must get

done and every bill does deserve a hearing. However, I

can’t stop from thinking about all of those late nights that

are certain to take place when we get into late May and

early June.

It is ironic that as production in the woods slows

down from the winter time push, the legislature just starts

to ramp up. April, May and June are the busiest during the

legislative session and probably provide the greatest

amount of time for loggers to join me in Augusta. I know, I

know, you have been waiting all winter to get the call to

Augusta!!!

Tongue in cheek, it is a very important time of year

and loggers are again at the forefront of the discussions in

Augusta. If you had a chance to attend our legislative

breakfast in Augusta last week, you would have gotten a

firsthand look.

As they have for the past two years, the legislature

does want to help. Senate President Thibodeau and Speaker

Gideon both addressed our membership at the breakfast and

both acknowledged how important loggers are to rural

Maine. Both know how important loggers are to the forest

economy and pledged to do all they could to ensure your

continued profitability. There is no more important issue in

rural Maine than the forest economy and the fact that both

members of leadership not only came to our breakfast but

made it a point to include us in their decision making is

extremely important.

In terms of our legislative agenda for 2017, the

next eight weeks are critical as almost every one of our

initiatives will be brought up in committee and acted upon

in one way or another. Your interest and participation will

again be vital in 2017.

Our message to the legislature this year has been

very direct and consistent: Do no harm; reduce regulation

to save money and be our partner to create new markets.

When making decisions, ensure that you think through each

of these three themes so that our industry is not only

protected, but has the opportunity to grow.

At the legislature this session, the PLC has three

primary policy objectives: 1) eliminate costly

unemployment compensation regulations; 2) create the

Maine Forest Resources Advisory Council and 3) pass an

omnibus biomass package that will create new markets for

the future. Each is achievable but certainly not easy by any

stretch of the imagination.

Unemployment Compensation

The Logger’s VoiceSpring 2017

Each year, our industry shuts down for the most

part because of mud season. This is due to markets at their

max and poor weather conditions. Each year, loggers lay

off many of their employees because of this temporary

shutdown. In the past, employees prepared for the situation

and knew the return to work was imminent and it was

generally not more than eight weeks. However, in the last

few years, the U.S. Department of Labor has begun

enforcing very stringent regulations regarding

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Photography by Kyle Haley

R

ANGELEY - M&H Logging and Construction

was started in 1981 by cousins David “Joe”

Haley, and Scott Millbury after they decided to

combine their two smaller operations – Joe was

logging with a cable skidder at the time and Scott had a

Ford wheeler with a crane.

From that small beginning a company emerged

that has adapted over more than 30 years to handle

everything from logging, to residential and commercial site

work, to road construction, to septic system installation.

The cousins continue to own and manage the

company together, with Joe mainly handling the logging

side and Scott running the garage and overseeing most the

construction. At one time the logging arm of the company

– J&S Logging – had its own employees,

but these days everyone is an M&H

employee and a worker who may be

logging in the winters will generally be

working construction in the summers.

A third cousin, Ken Haley, is

general manager for the company, and he

has seen it grow a lot from what it was in

1981.

“In the wintertime, we have about

18 employees, and in the summertime, we

get up to around 24 to 26 depending on what we have for

work,” Ken said.

Growth started in 1986 when Joe and Scott bought

the Paul Bolduc Logging Company which added six

skidders to their fleet. By the late 1980s they had added an

excavator, bucket loader, and bulldozer, as well as new

tractor-trailers to keep up with the increased wood output.

In the early 1990s M&H expanded again, adding a

Rottne cut-to-length system with processor and forwarder –

one of the first Maine companies to get into cut-to-length

logging. After four years with the larger SMV processor,

M&H purchased a smaller Rottne thinning system, a

Rottne 2000. Around this same time, M&H also had hand

crews operating that consisted of around eight to ten

Canadian and American loggers.

During this period of expansion, M&H began

operating in central and southern Maine in addition to its

traditional base in the Western Mountains, and maintained

an office in Gorham. The company undertook major road

construction projects including stretches of state highways

on U.S. Route 2 in Dixfield, Route 27 in Coburn Gore, and

the Route 3 connector to I-95 Exit 113 in Augusta.

By the mid-2000s, M&H had scaled back to

working in the Western Mountains where there was plenty

of work at the time. It was also at this

time that the company’s last hand crew

disappeared as M&H bought its first

feller buncher. From there, M&H

operated both a mechanical crew and the

smaller Rottne 2000 thinning processors

up until 2014, when the job that the

processors were working on over the past

decade had finally come to an end, and

with the downturn of the pulp market

reducing the need for them. The

processors each had well over 12,000 hours on them and

the forwarder well over 25,000 hours when they were

traded.

Today, M&H operates a 2011 753J feller buncher,

two 648G-III grapple skidders, and a John Deere 200

ProPac Delimber. The company also runs two Hood cranes

to load with and has five tractor-trailers as well as a 50/48

Morbark chipper in which serves both the logging side of

the business as well as the construction side of the

business.

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M&H feller buncher working in the hills above Rangeley Lake

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Welcome New Members

PLC Members

Ben Savage Logging Inc. of Dover-Foxcroft, ME joined

the PLC as a new Member in February of 2017. Ben

Savage Logging has a professional staff of three. For more

information, contact Ben Savage at (207)-735-6699 or

bsavage75@yahoo.com.

Harry H. Melcher & Sons, Inc. of Bingham, ME joined

the PLC as a new Member in February of 2017. Harry H.

Melcher & Sons has a professional staff of eight. For more

information, contact Dan Melcher at (207)-672-3545 or

melcherlogging@hotmail.com.

Kimball & Sons Logging and Trucking LLC of Poland,

ME joined the PLC as a new Member in February of 2017.

Kimball & Sons Logging and Trucking is Master Logger

certified and has a professional staff of two. For more

information, contact Randy Kimball at (207)-240-6260 or

kimball998@aol.com.

PLC Enhanced Supporting Member

Pelletier Manufacturing Inc. of Millinocket, ME joined

the PLC as a new Enhanced Supporting Member in March

of 2017. Founded in the Spring of 2010, Pelletier

Manufacturing, Inc., prides itself on building high quality

log trailers and headboards utilizing both innovative design

and unique customization. strives to be a one-stop,

convenient supplier, and offers a wide variety of trailer

parts for competitive brands, makes and models for

purchase in their service department. The company also

offers sandblasting and painting. For more information

contact Jeff Pelletier at (207) 723-6500.

PLC’s 21st Annual

Log-A-Load for Maine Kids Golf Tournament

Friday, Sept. 15 2017

Reflect & Recharge Continued from Page 3

unemployment benefits as our mud seasons have

gotten longer.

Loggers generally have been granted a

work search waiver for eight weeks with their

unemployment notification. In that eight week

timeframe, they do not have to search for work, but

they are required to participate in work retraining

courses that are mandated by the federal

government. Once the employees’ eight-week

waiver expires, the employee must not only search

for work weekly, but they must also participate in

job training and counseling. In many cases, they

have been pressured to accept jobs that they have

no interest in taking. For loggers who are generally

“attached” to an employer and receive benefits

during layoff, these requirements create both cost

and competitive disadvantages. At such a

challenging time, we do not want to impose any

further restrictions or create unintended

consequences because of government policies.

Other states also have longer waiver timeframes to

deal with this issue so it is our intent to extend the

waiver to 16 weeks from both work search and job

training requirements.

Maine Forest Resources Advisory Council

LD 414 - An Act to Create the Maine

Forest Resources Council, was introduced by state

Senator Tom Saviello on behalf of the PLC and the

pulp and paper industry. This bill would create a

new gubernatorial appointed council of

predominantly industry representatives within the

Executive Branch to oversee and make

recommendations to the Governor and Legislature

regarding forest industry goals and polices on an

annual basis. The council would have a full-time

staff that would analyze and compare Maine to

other states/countries, set goals for the industry and

act as an economic development consultation arm

of state government to assist existing and new

businesses with their operations.

Currently, every one of Maine’s state

competitors in the industry have a similar Council

working on their behalf and it’s about time for

Maine to do the same. Our EDAT work is vital, but

what will happen to it when the grant funds dry up?

This proposed Council is critical to our competitive

future and we will support it from the get go.

Biomass

JATO Highlands Golf Course, Lincoln

As the membership is aware, the

Commission to Study the Economic, Environmental

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Three generations: From left to right, Joe Haley, George Haley, and Kyle Haley.

M&H continued from page 4

“We do both

forestry and construction work so that we stay busy yearround,”

Scott and Joe said. “We primarily do logging in the

winter now and

switch to residential

and commercial

earth work in the

summer.”

There are

plenty of challenges

in logging,

particularly in the

scenic but rugged

Western Mountains.

The weather, ground,

and markets pose

major challenges for

logging in the region.

The recent closure of

Madison Paper Industries has also posed a challenge for the

company, and there is also a very small labor pool in the

region, especially of people in the 22-45 age demographic,

which makes finding skilled workers challenging, the

cousins said.

M&H joined the Professional Logging Contractors

(PLC) of Maine soon after the organization formed,

believing it would be a good thing for loggers to have a

voice in Augusta.

The membership has paid off for M&H in many

ways including lower insurance rates, and the company has

also benefited from PLC’s recent successful campaigns to

save the biomass market in Maine, and to secure a sales tax

exemption for off-road fuel used in logging operations.

From a logging perspective, the future of M&H

looks to be very challenging due to current wood markets

and increasing

prices for new

equipment,

insurance, and

parts. Another

challenge is finding

enough skilled

operators, truck

drivers, and

mechanics, and Joe

and Scott agree

M&H could benefit

from more training

and opportunities at

high schools and

vocational schools

for young people to

enter the business.

In spite of the challenges for logging, there are

benefits as well: M&H operates in one of the most scenic

areas of Maine, and tends to work within a 25-mile radius

of the company’s office and garage, keeping the jobs close

to home for employees. And like most in the business, the

cousins still appreciate a job that does not keep them in an

office every day.

“If you like working outside, then this is a good

industry to be in,” they agree.

Photographs for this story were taken by Kyle Haley. To see

more of Kyle’s work, visit: www.khaleyphoto.com

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G

ORHAM, NH - When it

comes to manufacturing

products to meet the harsh

demands of a specialized

industry like logging, it

helps to have deep roots in that

industry.

Labonville Inc. has those roots,

and it has enabled the company to

build a reputation for tough, high

quality products that loggers across the

Northeast and beyond have come to

rely on.

Based in the White Mountains of

northern New Hampshire, the company was founded

by Dolores & Emilien Labonville, who crossed the

Canadian border in the late 1940's with a little money and a

bucksaw and set about building a new life. As time

progressed they became leading loggers in the north

country, employing

114 men and 55 work

horses, a very large

operation for those

times.

Alex

Labonville is their

grandson and Sales

Manager for the

company today, and

said it was in 1953

that his grandfather

decided to found

Labonville Inc.

“As things

progressed and

logging became more

mechanized he saw a

need for more

specialized items,

such as safety

clothing, boots,

skidder chains, etc.”

Alex said.

“In the 70’s

my uncle Rich, the

current owner, started

PLC Supporting

Member Spotlight:

Labonville Inc.

Dolores & Emilien Labonville

to develop chainsaw protection and sat

on the Leg Protection committee in

Washington D.C. to develop the

standards of chainsaw chaps. Today

Labonville chainsaw chaps are

featured in the Smithsonian Museum.”

Labonville chainsaw chaps

have even been worn by U.S.

Presidents including Ronald Regan,

and the company has the pictures to

prove it.

As the logging industry has

changed, Labonville has changed with

it, as horses were replaced first by cable

skidders, and later by today’s fully mechanized logging

operations. One thing has not changed – Labonville has

always kept its manufacturing operations in America, even

as most companies were moving their operations overseas.

Labonville still manufactures its chaps, wool jackets, black

nylon winter pants,

black nylon jackets,

and summer pants

right in Gorham, New

Hampshire.

Over the years,

the company’s

Labonville product

line has expanded and

the company has also

become an importer

and dealer of high

quality brand skidder

chains, tractor chains

and hardware, as well

as specialized

equipment such as

Norse skidding

winches and Pewag

Forestry Tracks.

Being based in

Labonville’s store in Madison, Maine. The company sells a wide range of high

quality work apparel, gear, safety equipment, and specialized hardware for

loggers and others in the forestry industry. Many items are made in Gorham,

New Hampshire. The Labonville brand boot made with Kevlar fiber pictured

here is a popular item.

the White Mountains

means the company’s

products can be field

tested under some of

the most severe

weather conditions on

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the planet.

“We

are a true Made

in America

company that

puts quality

first,” Alex

said. “Every

product that we

carry is of high

quality to stand

up to the harsh

and

unpredictable

conditions of

the forestry

industry.”

The

forestry

industry is

constantly

changing and

that is a

challenge for

Labonville as it

adapts its

products to meet the demands of the market.

Today Labonville has three stores in Maine in

Mexico, Farmington and Madison in addition to its stores

and manufacturing facilities in Gorham and North Conway

New Hampshire. The

company does business

with Maine loggers and

forest industry

professionals from Fort

Kent to Kittery. The

company employs more

than 30 people in Maine

and New Hampshire.

Labonville Inc.

joined the Professional

Logging Contractors of

Maine (PLC) as an

Enhanced Supporting

Member in December

2016.

“We have

wanted to be more

involved with the end

users and I was talking

with a logger in Maine

that had done business

with us for many years

and he told me about the

many benefits of being a

member of the PLC. I liked what I heard and within a few

days we were members,” Alex

said.

Labonville logging operation underway in February 1955. The company’s roots in

logging mean its products are designed with the needs of the industry in mind.

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Safety First

Ted Clark, CLCS, Loss Control Consultant, Acadia Insurance

It seems as though every time I go to a seminar pertaining to a particular safety topic, I leave feeling

inspired to change the way I have always done things. We have all felt this before; you go to a training about

distracted driving and see a particularly moving testimony about the hazards of distracted driving. When you

leave the training you hang your phone up, toss it in the glove box and say to yourself, “They were right! I’m

not going to talk on my phone while driving again!” Chances are you will continue to follow this new behavior

for a few days before you start to make an occasional exception and, eventually, fall right back into your old

habits.

When you attend a training, the goal is generally to change or curb behavior that is recognized as

creating a hazard for yourself and/or the people around you. It will work great for a couple of days but, without

a constant reminder, we typically find ourselves falling right back into our old habits. It’s a vicious circle.

Knowing that we are all guilty of falling back into our old ways, I ask you this: Do you feel that one or

two safety trainings a year is enough to curb behavior and inspire your employees to continue safe workplace

practices?

Many of you will likely admit that one or two training sessions a year isn’t enough to change employee

behavior. If we are truly interested in shifting our company’s culture, we need to seek out ways to expand the

training and make safety a more prominent aspect in your employee’s day-to-day lives.

As we come into the spring time, I encourage you to look beyond the PLC training sessions and

determine ways to expand your company’s safety training process in-house. There are many FREE resources

available to help you build a safety program at your company. I suggest starting with your insurance

company’s loss control representative and asking them what type of training or resources they can provide.

You can also take advantage of the PLC’s new training relationship with Cross Insurance, or reach out to the

Maine Department of Labor’s Safety Works, Maine Motor Transport or Troop K.

Training is a small piece of an overall safety program but, in many ways, may be the most critical step

to changing behavior and demonstrating your company’s commitment to creating a safe workplace.

Acadia is pleased to share this material for the benefit of its customers. Please note, however, that

nothing herein should be construed as either legal advice or the provision of professional consulting services.

This material is for informational purposes only, and while reasonable care has been utilized in compiling this

information, no warranty or representation is made as to accuracy or completeness. Recipients of this

material must utilize their own individual professional judgment in implementing sound risk management

practices and procedures.

PLC Safety Update

✓Safety Coordinator: The PLC will soon be hiring a safety coordinator to

provide free safety consultations for Members and to work on other

safety and loss control initiatives for the organization.

The Safety Coordinator will respond to requests for safety consultations

from members to evaluate incidents, address concerns, develop safety

related policies, and remedy potentially unsafe situations. The

Coordinator will also be responsible for PLC’s annual Safety Trainings,

providing safety bulletins and information, and acting as a liaison with

official regulatory agencies on occupational safety and health issues

when required.

PLC plans to advertise the position in late April. Watch your weekly PLC

updates for additional information on this position, and please contact

PLC at (207)-688-8195 if you know of someone interested in the

position.

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2017 Safety Training

Presented by:

Lower RISK to Save Money

PLC’s Safety Committee is committed to offering tools to help keep our members safe! The goal of this

FREE training is to provide practical, hands-on instruction to improve individual & company safety.

2017 Training Topics

Troop-K: Truck Inspections | Logger Injury Response| OSHA Shop Inspections | Cab Ergonomics

Evaluating Non-routine Tasks | Troop-K: Common Violations & Consequences

Please select a training location:

___ Friday, April 7 th — Porter — William A. Day Jr. & Sons Logging 7:30 AM—3:30 PM

___ Friday, April 14 th — Stratton — JL Brochu, Inc. 7:30 AM—3:30 PM

___ Thursday, April 20 th — Waltham — Elliott Jordan & Son 7:30 AM—3:30 PM

___ Friday, April 21 nd — Passadumkeag — Madden Timberlands 7:30 AM—3:30 PM

___ Thursday, April 27 th — Skowhegan— Richard Carrier Trucking 7:30 AM—3:30 PM

___ Friday, April 28 th — Frankfort — W.C. Tripp Forest Products 7:30 AM—3:30 PM

___ Thursday, May 11 th — Fort Kent— TNT Road Company 7:30 AM—3:30 PM

___ Friday, May 12 th — Lincoln — Treeline, Inc. 7:30 AM—3:30 PM

First Come First Served—Limited Spaces Available!

This training qualifies for CLP re-certification credit. Field verification & fee to CLP still required.

FREE Training for PLC Members & Maine Master Loggers!

FREE Breakfast & Lunch!

Do you have a Great Safety Idea? MEMIC & GH Berlin Windward will be providing

three prizes at each location for top safety ideas. Cross Insurance will be awarding an

authentic football signed by New England Patriot

Rob Gronkowski for the “Best Safety Idea” presented at the 2017 trainings.

Lunch Sponsor

Breakfast Sponsor

Safety Prize Sponsor

Safety Contest &

Prize Sponsor

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Professional Loggers:

Growing Our

Future

An Invitation,

Please join us for our 22 nd Annual Meeting to learn and

network with other professional loggers as we look toward

the future.

The Morning Session is only for PLC Contractor Members.

During this time, we will: Conduct a general membership

meeting, review our legislative agenda and Acadia

Insurance will let us know how the dividend program

performed in 2016.

Professional development: Also in the morning, hear from

Tom Trone (former director of John Deere Forestry) about

Succession Planning and Market Development and from

Wendy Farrand about Company and Industry Image

Marketing in 2017.

During our Luncheon, which is open to all PLC Contractor

Members, Supporting Members and invited guests, we will

hear from Jimmie Locklear from Team Safe Trucking about

the risks and rewards of trucking in our industry.

After lunch we have a break until we reconvene at

4:00 pm for our social hour and time to preview the

Log A Load Auction items, open to all PLC Contractor Members,

Supporting Members and invited guests.

To help the Children’s Miracle Network raise money, our

Log A Load Auction will be kicked off by an EMHS Miracle

Child. Can we exceed our $25,000 goal again in 2017?

Dinner will include a welcome and remarks from

Maine’s 2nd District Congressman Bruce Poliquin and our

PLC President, Scott Madden. Followed by our annual

awards presentation.

May 5th, 2017 – Brewer, ME

Dinner Guests — Join us for a buffet dinner and the

honor of meeting one of the many children helped by

the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), Henry. Last year

Henry’s mom, Sarah, joined us and we learned about his

road to recovery-plus, with your generosity we were able

to send his whole family to their first Red Sox game!

What a great story! Without local CMN Hospitals and

donations many Maine children and their families would

need to travel nearly eight hours round trip for each

appointment. This is just one of the reasons we support

such a great program. Meet the people that our

fundraising is impacting and feel the difference that we

are making.

Creating Real Miracles

by Raising Funds for our Local Hospitals

Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network (CMN)

Hospitals have raised more than $5 billion for 170

children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada.

The PLC of Maine and Eastern Maine Healthcare

Systems (EMHS) Foundation have raised over $892,000

since 1996 for children in Maine. These donations have

gone to support research and training, purchase

equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in

support of the mission to save and improve the lives of

as many children as possible.

EMHS, a CMN Hospital, is working to save the lives of

kids in our communities. Some are battling cancer, some

are suffering from a traumatic injury, and others require

constant care because they were born too early, or with

a genetic disease. Regardless of why the kids are there,

CMN Hospitals always have their doors open.

Succession Planning - Industry Marketing in 2017

Team Safe Trucking

U.S. Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Jeff’s Catering, Brewer Maine will host the Annual

Meeting & our Log A Load for Kids Fundraiser.

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Meeting & Fundraiser

Schedule

PLC & TCNF Annual Meeting 2017 Preview

CMN Auction & LOG A LOAD Fundraiser

PLC Contractor Members Only

7:30 AM Registration (Coffee & Continental Breakfast)

8:00 AM Full Board and General Membership Meeting, Legislative Update and Acadia Dividend

Program Update.

10:00 AM Logger Health Survey, Erika Scott, Deputy Director, NYCAMH

10:30 AM Succession Planning and Market Development led by Tom Trone ,TNT Consultants, (former

Managing Director of John Deere Forestry )

11:30 AM Company and Industry Image Marketing in 2017 led by Wendy Farrand

PLC Contractor Members, Supporting Members, Invited Guests

12:30 PM Lunch Buffet

Luncheon Speaker: Team Safe Trucking – Jimmie Locklear,

Forestry Mutual Insurance

2:00-4:00 PM Break

PLC Contractor Members, Supporting Members, Invited Guests

4:00 PM Social Hour—Auction Items Preview

5:00 PM Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Child & Log A Load for Kids, Auction for CMN & EMHS

6:00 PM Dinner Buffet

6:45 PM PLC President’s Welcome

7:00 PM U.S. Congressman Bruce Poliquin, Welcome & Remarks

7:30 PM Awards Presentation: Northeast Master Logger of the Year, Master Logger

Supporter’s Award, PLC Logger of the Year, Acadia Insurance Safety Award,

PLC Impact Award, PLC Community Service Award, Supporting Member

Award & PLC President’s Award

Succession Planning - Tom Trone, TNT Consultants

Industry Marketing in 2017 - Wendy Farrand

Team Safe Trucking - Jimmie Locklear, Forestry Mutual Insurance

U.S. Congressman Bruce Poliquin, Welcome & Remarks

Children’s Miracle Network Auction

Donate items for the hospitals of EMHS.

Go to maineloggers.com to learn how!

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William A. Day Jr. & Sons slasher at work at dawn,

Summer of 2016

William A. Day Jr. & Sons named FRA Northeast

Region Logger of the Year

P

ORTER – The Professional Logging Contractors

(PLC) of Maine is pleased to announce William A.

Day Jr. & Sons, Inc. has won the Northeastern

Region Outstanding Logger Award, given annually

by the Forest Resources Association.

William A. Day Jr. & Sons is a family-owned,

third-generation logging company based in Porter. The

company is a PLC Member and was

named PLC Logger of the Year for

2016.

“The PLC is proud to see one

of its own win this prestigious

award,” said Dana Doran, Executive

Director of the PLC. “William A.

Day Jr. & Sons is an outstanding

example of a traditional family

logging business with a tremendous

work ethic, highly professional

standards, and a commitment to

giving back to its community. It

would be hard to find a Maine timber harvesting company

that does a better job combining the best of traditional

logging with the advanced technology, sustainable

practices, and forward-looking approach today’s

landowners and markets demand.”

The Forest Resources Association Inc. is a

nonprofit trade association concerned with the safe,

efficient, and sustainable harvest of forest products and

their transport from woods to mill. FRA represents wood

consumers, independent logging contractors, and wood

dealers, as well as businesses providing products and

services to the forest resource-based industries.

The FRA established the Outstanding Logger

Awards program in 1990 to recognize outstanding logging

contractor performance; raise the

visibility of competent, professional

independent logging contractors in the

forestry community; encourage other

independent logging contractors to

emulate the outstanding performance

of the award winners; and improve

forester-logger relations by publicly

recognizing outstanding logging

performance as an essential element of

every planned timber harvest.

William A. Day Jr. & Sons

is a Northeast Master Logger

Certified company and has been a member of the PLC

since 2009.

The company has more than 40 employees and five

logging crews.

The company was named the Maine Forest

Products Council Outstanding Logger of 2016.

Congratulations!

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Team Safe Trucking effort moves forward

TEAM Safe Trucking, a volunteer alliance

committed to elevating the safety, performance, and

professional level of the forest industry’s transportation

sector, is moving forward with its ambitious program.

The group consists of key integral facets of the

forest products industry: production (logging),

consumption, insurance, associations and other advocates.

TST’s revamped web site—teamsafetrucking.com—was

launched in early March.

Ultimately, it will be loaded with tools to help

advance the strength and standing of log/chip trucking.

Resources will include tips for recruiting and retaining

drivers; items to help owners move from reactive to

proactive fleet management; suggestions for improving

trucking efficiency; and ideas for enhancing the sector’s

public image.

The final draft of TST’s comprehensive driver

training module soon will be available on the web site. The

intent is for this module to be used at the state level, as it

can easily be modified to incorporate state-specific criteria.

The group now has restructured and refocused key

committees, has

new leadership, and

its 501(c)3 nonprofit

status has

been approved by

the IRS, meaning

that financial

donations are tax

deductible.

“More and

more organizations

are participating in

TST and are ‘buying in’ to what TST is committed to

achieve,” says Jeremiah O’Donovan, the group’s new

president. “We’re on track to make important strides this

year and invite additional participation.”

Donations to TEAM Safe Trucking, Inc. may be

mailed to TST treasurer Joanne Reese at P.O. Box 785,

Henderson, NC 27536.

*Jimmie Locklear of Team Safe Trucking is a featured

speaker at PLC’s Annual Meeting! Details p. 12.

FMCSA News: Minimum Training Standards Rule, Safety Fitness Determination Rule

▪ The effective date of a rule establishing

nationwide minimum training standards for entry-level

truck drivers has been further delayed due to ongoing

regulatory review by President Trump and his staff.

The rule will now take effect May 22 according to

a notice published March 21 by the Federal Motor Carrier

Safety Administration. The rule was originally slated to

take effect Feb. 6, with a compliance date of Feb. 7, 2020.

The rule’s February 2020 compliance date does not appear

to be affected by the delay in its effective

date.

▪ The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

has withdrawn its January 2016 proposal to rework the way

it rates carriers and determines their fitness to operate.

The Safety Fitness Determination rule, which has

been in the works for a decade, was withdrawn in late

March. The withdrawal came a few weeks after industry

groups asked new Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to

kill the rule. The rule would have also allowed the agency

to put carriers out of service based on CSA BASIC ratings

alone, rather than an intervention and on-site compliance

review.

Logger Leadership classes draw large attendance

On March 31 and Feb. 2, the PLC and generous Supporting

Members brought full days of specialized leadership development

training to nearly 50 PLC Members at sites in Lincoln and

Auburn. Additional classes will follow to assist with improvement

of today’s evolving logging businesses. Thanks to all who

participated and to the companies that made the training possible

and to our sponsors!

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As We See It—February 2017

“ALC Joins U.S. Chamber in Supporting Regulatory

Accountability Act ”

By Jim Geisinger

First The American Loggers Council supports

sensible laws and regulations that are necessary to protect the

public. Our members are committed to the wise and

sustainable use of our natural resources.

Professional timber harvesters in the United States are

subject to the most rigorous environmental laws in the world.

Though well-intentioned, many laws affecting our industry

have become misapplied and misinterpreted through

administrative rule-making and litigation. Today’s federal

regulatory structure has become counterproductive and costly

to our small, predominately family-owned businesses. It no

longer serves the needs of our forests, natural resources,

communities and national economy.

That’s why the American Loggers Council has joined

the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in supporting swift action on

the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) that directs the

executive branch to fulfill its statutory goals in the least costly

fashion and look for more public input to find the most

efficient regulatory solutions possible.

The RAA is the first attempt to reform the federal

Administrative Procedure Act. It is an effort to better structure

agency rulemaking between general regulations that are

needed to keep society functioning, and those high-impact

regulations that cost billions of dollars each year and that have

a nationwide impact on jobs and the economy.

According to Bill Kovacs of the U.S. Chamber, by

focusing only on high-impact regulations, Congress can

control overreaching regulations while allowing the day-today

operations of agencies to function. Under the RAA, the

public would get an earlier opportunity to participate in

shaping the most costly and transformative regulations.

Here’s how the RAA works: When an agency first

decides to write a high-impact rule, it would be required

explain to the public why the regulation is necessary, how it

will affect business, jobs and the economy, and why the rule is

the best available alternative. After evaluating the impacts of

the proposed rule, agencies should select the least costly

regulatory alternative that achieves congressional intent.

Independent federal agencies would be held to the same

standards of transparency and accountability as executive

agencies.

The RAA would also allow the American people the

right to verify that high-impact proposed rules are feasible,

cost-effective, and well-supported by good scientific and

economic data. Finally, before awarding deference to agency

decisions, a court must find that the agency addressed all

standards mandated on the agency by Congress.

With a new president and a new Congress elected

with a mandate to create and protect American jobs, we have a

unique opportunity to establish responsible sideboards on

agency rule-making. We can’t allow this opportunity to pass

by. It is time for impactful regulatory reform, which the

American Loggers Council supports and that the RAA can

deliver.

Jim Geisinger is Chair of the American Loggers

Council Legislative Committee and Executive Vice President

of Associated Oregon Loggers.

The American Loggers Council is a 501 (c)(6) not for

profit trade organization representing professional timber

harvesters in 32 states across the United States. If you would

like to learn more about the ALC, please visit their web site at

www.amloggers.com, or contact their office at 409-625-0206.

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As We See It—March 2017

“Safety First”

By Danny Dructor

I recently stumbled across an article posted in the

North Kentucky Tribune titled, “Logging by far deadliest job

in U.S.; fishing, pilots/flight engineers next, says U.S. Labor

Dept.” When your mission states “To enhance the logging

profession, provide a unified voice on logging issues; and

cooperate with public, industrial and private timberland

owners to further sustainable forestry practices,” I hardly

believe that this is what we had in mind.

Seeing how I thought that we were doing a better job

promoting safety which, in my mind, is a part of the

professionalism we are supposed to be “enhancing,” I went to

the Department of Labor’s web site, or more importantly the

Bureau of Labor Statistics, to see if I could determine just

where the problems are. As it turns out, I discovered that we

are lumped into this category that includes Farming, Fishing

and Forestry, so I had to dig a little deeper. What I did find out

is that there was actually a decrease in the number of fatalities

in the Forestry and Logging category from 2014 to 2015, but

unfortunately, there were fewer of us doing those jobs due to

downsizing, mechanization and attrition, so the number of

fatalities per 100,000 employed actually rose during 2015.

This is not the direction we want to be headed for

several reasons.

First, the loss of life due to an accident that could

have been prevented is not acceptable, and as we all know,

most accidents are preventable.

Second, when we are trying to attract new employees

to this industry, this is not the track record that needs to be

advertised.

Third, when workers comp rates go up, this is the

reason. No matter how safe your job site is, there are others in

the industry who are not performing as safely as they could be

and you are helping to pay the bills for them.

During our Summer Board of Director’s meeting last

July, we were discussing some of the issues that we should be

focusing on over the next several years, and Dave Cupp with

Walsh Timber in Zwolle, Louisiana and representing our

Individual Logger Members made the statement that we

should also focus on losing our status as being the most

dangerous occupation in the nation and at the very least get

out of the top three. Visiting again with Dave this week he

stated, “I feel very strongly that we can change this culture

and not accept this as a part of our business.”

The American Loggers Council will be addressing

this issue in 2017 and beyond, and by doing so will be helping

to create a safe work environment where we can attract and

retain the best and brightest young men and women in the

country to sustainably harvest our Nation’s forests. You can

help us. Don’t ignore safety issues on your job. Discuss near

misses at tailgate safety sessions, recognize safe practices and

offer incentives for achieving safety goals, and by all means,

make it your responsibility that everyone has the opportunity

to return home each and every evening to their families.

2017.

Let’s make this a safe, productive and prosperous

Danny Dructor is the Executive Vice President for the

American Loggers Council, residing near Hemphill, Texas.

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I recently wrote an article for the New Hampshire

Timberland Owners and the New Hampshire Timber

Harvesting Council entitled “Teamwork Matters.”

Before I finished writing the article, I had already

decided that the topic was important enough that I should try

and convey the message to all of you who are on the front

lines of the timber harvesting industry and who take the time

and opportunity to come out of the woods and be proactive on

the issues that are impacting the industry.

At the ALC Board of Directors meetings, we have

managed to cuss and discuss many issues over the past 23

years, including master logger certification, H2b visas, woody

biomass, the Canadian Softwood lumber tariffs, truck weights,

the US Forest Service Timber Sale program, trucking

regulations, safety regulations, IRS rules for heavy use

vehicles, and a whole host of things that are of importance to

the well-being of the timber harvesting industry. We are

currently taking an active role in the industry TEAM Safe

Trucking issue, hoping that we can assist in improving driver

safety and assuring that there are qualified, insurable drivers

in the industry.

Because of the ability for the Board members from

the 32 states that the ALC now represents to be able to sit

down and work out policy and position statements that are

beneficial to all is indicative of the teamwork that takes place

in order for us to maintain our status as “The National Voice

for Loggers.”

We have all managed to educate ourselves and each

other on the issues that are seemingly regional in character but

actually national in scope, and we all speak with one voice on

the issues that we are concerned with. Our dialects vary from

region to region, but the hearts and minds of those

participating in the discussions are one and the same.

We try and monitor legislation at the federal level that

would have an impact on logging businesses, and more

oftentimes than not now, have members of Congress reaching

out to us asking, “What do the loggers think?” We also

monitor some state level legislation when it becomes apparent

that there might be a trend in the works from state to state

making something more of a national issue.

This would not be possible without the dedication of

the volunteers who make the yearly trek to Washington, DC

and have formed relationships with members and staff on the

Hill and that oftentimes look forward to their visits. Members

of the American Loggers Council continue to make that yearly

trek, and represent the industry very well.

Later this month, March 29-30 to be exact, those men

and women from the logging profession will once again travel

to Washington, DC representing you and your profession. Be

sure and thank them for their dedication and time promoting

this industry that we all have in common. You might even ask

them how their trip went and what discussions did they have

with members of Congress.

While there are other organizations that do a great job

at representing other sectors of the forest products industry at

As We See It—April 2017

“Teamwork Matters”

By Danny Dructor

the local, State and Federal level, the fact remains that many

of the issues that are important to the logging industry are not

on the radar of the other associations. Our focus is and will

remain representing professional timber harvesters at the

national level.

The American Loggers Council and the State and

Regional logging associations; loggers working for loggers.

That’s what we do. Teamwork!

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The PLC held its 2017 Legislative Breakfast March 16, as legislators joined logging contractors from around Maine at the

Senator Inn in Augusta to hear firsthand about the challenges and opportunities facing the state’s logging industry.

Attendance was strong and many of our PLC board members spoke on important issues legislators can help Maine loggers

with including regulations, taxes, biomass markets, workforce development, education, and transportation. Multi-generational

family logging businesses were featured, reminding legislators of the importance of planning for a Maine future that includes

the logging industry. Thanks to all who participated in making this important annual event a success and to the legislators

who took time from their busy schedules to attend.

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Madden Timberlands hosts press conference

announcing federal recommendations for Maine

forest economy

P

ASSADUMKEAG – Recommendations for

Maine’s forest economy were announced by a

federal Economic Development Assessment Team

(EDAT) at a press conference Jan. 18 hosted by

PLC Member Madden Timberlands.

The recommendations were outlined by Matt

Erskine, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for

Economic Development, at an event held at the AFM

Passadumkeag Wood Yard in the Madden Timberlands

garage. The recommendations focused on reviving Maine’s

struggling forest economy and the event also included

announcements of federal grants to address critical needs

including $1 million to develop a long-term vision and

strategic plan.

Loggers and truckers are the root of the forest

products value chain in Maine and right now that root is

compromised. This has the potential to threaten the entire

forest products value chain and the many rural

communities that depend on it,” Dana Doran, executive

director of the PLC, said. “Our strongly held tradition of a

market for every tree has been compromised and we need

to create a plan for how to stem the losses, protect what we

have, and create opportunities for growth - now for the first

time this process is beginning to yield that, and we hope we

are writing the first chapter in the comeback story for rural

Maine.”

In August 2016, the EDAT and members of the

Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative - a coalition of

regional forest products industry representatives and

community and economic development leaders including

the PLC - participated in a series of economic development

sessions, tours, and briefings to understand the challenges

and opportunities for the forest products industry in Maine.

The EDAT visit was spurred by recent mill

closures and related declines in forest manufacturing and

harvesting that have drastically reduced softwood pulp

markets and resulted in job losses in many sectors,

including logging and trucking.

The recommendations that emerged in the wake of

the work by the EDAT and the coalition include developing

an industry-wide strategic plan to assess future demand for

wood products and Maine’s wood supply both now and in

the future; determining where infrastructure investments

are needed to improve transportation efficiencies;

supporting the development of markets for forest product

residuals; identifying training needs and preparing the

workforce to meet changing requirements; supporting

redevelopment of vacant mill sites; supporting vibrant

Maine communities where people want to live, work, and

visit; and investing in long-term community infrastructure

for the future.

In addition to the $1 million awarded to develop a

long-term vision and plan, federal grants are also being

awarded to the Eastern Maine Development Corporation

($200,000 for redevelopment of the Bucksport mill site)

and the Maine International Trade Center ($145,000 to

assist small businesses that export products.)

The PLC is working closely with other members of

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the Growth Initiative to implement its

recommendations over the coming

months and create a plan for

sustaining and growing its

opportunities for the value chain. PLC

is well represented in the process,

holding a seat on the Executive

Committee overseeing the work and

with PLC Board Members and

Executive Director Dana Doran

serving on both the Transportation and

Combined Heat and Power

subcommittees.

At this point, much of the

work underway involves collection of

data on everything from what states

Reflect & Recharge Continued from Page 6

and Energy Benefits of the Maine Biomass Industry met

this past fall to come up with a long term roadmap for the

sustainability of our biomass markets. PLC members, Bob

Linkletter, Steve Hanington and Jason Brochu, along with

Supporting Members, Ryan McAvoy (SAPPI) and John

Bryant (AFM) all participated on the Commission. The

Commission released its final report in mid-December.

Amongst a list of recommendations, the

Commission’s primary considerations were focused on

increasing biomass markets with policy drivers, including:

1) create a thermal renewable energy credit program to

encourage the construction of thermal biomass projects: 2)

incentivize the growth of businesses around biomass

electric producers through micro-grids and 3) provide low

interest loans to assist with biomass thermal projects. The

bulk of the Commission’s recommendations will be folded

into an omnibus bill, LD 131 – An Act to Protect the

Biomass Industry that Senator Saviello introduced. Senator

Woodsome also introduced LD 897, An Act To Authorize

a General Fund Bond Issue To Encourage Efficient

Biomass Thermal and Power Projects in Maine. This bill

attempts to provide funding for the third solution that the

Commission recommended.

Now that mud season is upon us, there is no greater

time to reflect on the challenges that are all around us and

find a path forward. The legislature provides one of those

pathways that we can call rally around especially while we

have their attention. They want to work with us and they

Matt Erskine, U.S. Deputy Assistant

Secretary of Commerce for Economic

Development, speaks at the press

conference.

and nations Maine’s forest products

sector competes with to transportation

issues facing the Maine market and

emerging technologies that may

benefit it.

As the process continues,

related legislative efforts being

advocated by the PLC are also

proceeding including a drive to

establish a 17-member Maine Forest

Resources Council representing every

sector of the Maine forest economy.

The Council would be key to

advocating for and guiding efforts

identified by the EDAT process once

that process is complete.

want to do what is right. We have put together a very

worthy plan that has been a year in the making and now is

the time to execute it.

I look forward to seeing all of you this spring at our

annual safety trainings, our 22nd Annual Meeting on May

5th, at the Loggers Expo in mid-May and most importantly

at the legislative hearings that will require much of our

attention in the coming weeks and months. In the end, they

want to hear from you and not the tall guy in the funny

shoes.

Thanks for all that you do every day to make our

industry the best and stay safe out there.

Dana

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Professional Logging

Contractors of Maine

110 Sewall St.

P.O. Box 1036

Augusta, ME 04332

2017 Meeting Schedule

Professional Logging Contractors of Maine and

Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands

Executive Board and Full Board

April 2017: No Meeting

May 5, 2017: Annual Meeting, Jeff’s Catering, Brewer

June 15, 2017: Executive Board, PLC, Augusta

July 2017: No Meeting

August 17, 2017: Executive Board, HO Bouchard/Comstock, Hampden

September 21, 2017: Full Board, Augusta - TBD

October 2017: No Meeting

November 9, 2017, Executive Board, PLC, Augusta

December 14, 2017: Full Board, Bangor - TBD

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