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Know Your Fuels, Know Your Fire Workshop

Join Heather Heward from the Idaho Prescribed Fire Council for the Fall 2022 “Know Your Fuels, Know Your Fire” Workshop. The workshop aims to provide landowners and managers with training to understand their current fuel conditions and the ability to measure change after treatment. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge in Cheney, Washington.

Participants will meet local land managers and hear about the goals and objectives of a fuels treatment project. Topics explored during the workshop include the process of how to set up a plan for monitoring and review the methods for photo point, fire behavior fuel model selection, fuel loading, and basic stand measurements. Participants will then collect data, compile it and share it with the land manager.

Cost is $65 to attend, plus $60 for optional supplies (sampling frame/field guides). Register for the workshop HERE.

Recommended pre-work includes Introduction to the Photoload Sampling Technique and Understanding and Selecting Fire Behavior Fuel Models. Register for pre-work courses at https://wildlandfirelearningportal.net/

Idaho Pro-Logger Credit Opportunities

From the Idaho Pro-Logger Desk: Credit opportunities for the remainder of 2022 are limited, however there are still some opportunities out there! North Idaho College has a virtual option available, as well as our 4th Annual Safety Conference, just to name a few. If you have any questions regarding any of these options, or if you saw another opportunity elsewhere and want to see if it would qualify for credits, send us an email with the class information prior to the class starting to julie@idahologgers.com .

North Idaho College Workforce Training Center: Effective Communication in the Workplace – October 4. Online. 3 IPL credits. Register here or call 208-769-3333

North Idaho College Workforce Training Center: Flagger Certification – Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14. 6 IPL credits. All classes are being held at the Workforce Training Center in Post Falls https://www.nic.edu/websites/default.aspx?dpt=217&pageId=13400 or call 208-769-3333

4th Annual ALC Safety Conference – Nov. 19 at Best Western University Inn, Moscow. 4 IPL credits. Register here.

University of Idaho: Forestry Shortcourse – Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 and Dec. 6 and 13 at the University of Idaho – Post Falls Extension Office. 18 IPL credits (must attend all days). Call 208-446-1680 or email kootenai@uidaho.edu

For up-to-date info on Idaho Pro-Logger credit opportunities and other training, visit https://www.idahologgers.com/training-info/

Weekly WrapUp: 9/7/22

Stay informed with our weekly industry news update:

PUBLIC LANDS:  Idaho County Commission Chairman Skip Brandt has been appointed to the National Association of Counties public lands steering committee. More HERE

HEADS UP, HUNTERS: Hunters using July Creek Road north of St. Anthony may experience increased traffic as a timber harvest gets under way. More HERE

TIMBER SALE: Idaho’s Department of Lands is auctioning 12.7 million board feet of timber on Sept. 22. More on the Second Goat Cedar timber sale HERE (Sign up for notifications on upcoming sales HERE)

THIN FOR THE WIN: Cal Fire says fuel reduction work limited Placer County fire’s spread. More HERE

CLT TRENDING: With inclusion in building codes and insurance coverage, U.S. builders may soon begin using cross-laminated timber more frequently in residential and commercial projects. More HERE

Weekly WrapUp: 8/31/22

Stay informed! Stay #LoggerStrong!

OFF-KEY SINGER: Idaho resident and singer Carole King is calling for an end to commercial timber harvests on federal land, but it’s unclear what makes her an expert on forestry. Read more from Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities HERE 

TRUCKING SIMULATOR: A Truck Driving Simulator co-sponsored by the ALC-Idaho and Idaho Trucking Association is available to visit high schools. The goal is to encourage more high school students to enter the trucking industry. Read more HERE

REAL CONSERVATIONISTS: Know the difference between conservationists and anti-forestry advocates, writes Nick Smith/Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities. More HERE

MARKET NEWS: After a steep drop, North American lumber prices have somewhat recovered. More HERE

Truck Simulator Available for High School Students

The Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho and Idaho Trucking Association have teamed to sponsor a Truck Driving Simulator to encourage high school students to consider a career in trucking.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Wages for Idaho’s trucking industry exceeded $2 billion in 2020, with an average salary of $47,034.
  • One in 15 Idaho jobs is in trucking.
  • Truck driving is one of the most in-demand careers.

The ALC-Idaho and Idaho Trucking Association are bringing the Truck Driving Simulator to high schools free of charge. This exciting program exposes students to a safe, virtual truck driving experience and also helps them understand how to share the road with trucks while in their own car.

In order to make efficient use of our resources, we require a minimum of 50 students per school. Students must be 15 or older to participate. If a school has fewer than 50 students, it may be possible to combine a visit with another nearby school.

To request the simulator for your school, visit https://idtrucking.org/simulator/

Questions? Call (208) 342-3521 or email office@idtrucking.org

Weekly WrapUp: 8/24/22

INSURANCE FOR LOGGERS: Associated Insurance Services launches Axe Insurance Group, offering general liability, commercial auto, equipment and excess liability coverage specially tailored to the needs of the logging and log hauling industry. More HERE

UNION FLAP: California’s rural communities and forestry lobbyists are trying to kill a bill that would mandate pay hikes for loggers working to thin forests and reduce wildfire risks. More HERE

MASS(IVE) TIMBER: New York’s largest mass timber building features components manufactured by Vaagen Timbers of Colville, Washington, and rises six stories. More HERE

FUTURE LOGGERS: Wisconsin has launched a Forest Industry Workforce Recruitment and Development Initiative that will introduce students to careers in forestry starting in elementary school. More HERE

Weekly WrapUp

Stay informed! Stay #LoggerStrong!

LOGGING SUPPORTS SCHOOLS: Idaho’s Board of Land Commissioners is distributing $100.3 million to endowment beneficiaries in Fiscal Year 2024. Timberland generated nearly 99% of the total net income from endowment land in Fiscal Year 2022. View Beneficiary Distributions HERE 

ILL-TIMED DISTRACTION: Efforts to define and inventory “old growth and mature forests” on federal lands are undermining treatment of forest land that could reduce catastrophic wildfires, insect infestation and disease. Read more from Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities HERE

CARBON SINK: According to a new USDA Forest Service study, the use of harvested wood products in residential structures will continue to boost carbon storage over the next 50 years. More HERE

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Weekly WrapUp 8/10/22

HOUSES ACT: US Sen. Mike Lee is floating a proposal to address the national housing shortage by allowing states to purchase Federal lands for new housing. MORE HERE 

TIMBER DISUNITY: Timber Unity, a group that started as a coalition of farmers, wood industry workers and truck drivers, has become fractured, writes Randy Stapilus/Oregon Capital Chronicle. MORE HERE

CANADIAN CONTROVERSY: Canada aims to launch a trade challenge against the United States over what it called the “unfair” duties Washington is imposing on certain softwood lumber products. MORE HERE

POSTED BRIDGES: ITD’s Commercial Vehicle Services Division has released their lastest list of ‘posted bridges’ that is updated quarterly. View the list HERE

EMERALD ASH BORER: A beetle species described as the most destructive forest pest in the country has officially been spotted for the first time in Oregon. MORE HERE

OSHA launches Heat Safety Tool

OSHA’s new Heat Safety Tool app allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple “click,” you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness-reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Download at https://www.osha.gov/heat/heat-app

Free “Thin The Threat” Bumper Stickers

Show your support for active forest management with the Idaho Forest Products Commission’s NEW Thin The Threat sticker!

The brand NEW Thin The Threat sticker is perfect for your car, cooler, water bottle or computer!  Displaying this FREE sticker means you support active management, such as thinning and harvesting diseased trees and dying forests, to prevent catastrophic fire and help our forests be healthier and more fire resilient.

Get yours HERE.