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Logger Relief Update!

Great news! The American Loggers Council is pleased to announce that the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and
Haulers (PATHH) financial assistance program has been developed and will open for applications soon!
 
Sign up to be notified when the application process begins: www.amloggers.com
 
 

Logging First Aid & Safety training June 21

ALC-Idaho is hosting a Logging First Aid and Safety class at our Coeur d’Alene office from 8 a.m. to noon June 21. OSHA and the State of Idaho Logging Safety Regulations require that all workers in the woods participate in Logger First Aid & Safety Training every year. This class is also a required component of the Idaho Pro-Logger continuing education program. Register here: https://members.idahologgers.com/ev_calendar_day.asp?eventid=62&evreg1=2&t=&testmtype=&pub=1

Safety Saves: Battling Work Fatigue

The Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH) has compiled resources to help manage work fatigue and sleep.

“Even on typical work days, forestry jobs closely match the work of first responders,” PNASH shared on their blog. “Staying alert and strong is key to staying safe, but it isn’t easy. Especially with long days, traumatic incidents, fatigue, and a slew of stressors to manage.”

Here are some trusted resources from PNASH:

Beware: Burn piles from the fall may go into flames

Every fall, many forest landowners gather up branches/slash from logging activities and burn large piles. However, some make the mistake of assuming that the fire is completely out, when in fact the remaining unburned material may smolder for months under winter snow.

It is extremely important to be sure your pile is out: Go back and check the piles for heat. The pile must be cold to the touch. Large piles of unburned material may need to be moved around to ensure the fire is completely out. Remember, people may be liable for the cost of fire suppression if their fire gets out of control.

Already this year there have been reports of those still-smoldering piles catching flame. That, combined with unusually dry conditions for this time of year, is creating a serious wildfire risk with fires already occurring as a result.

More about at-risk piles: Large piles of tree materials that were pushed together by bulldozers or other types of equipment are especially at risk of smoldering and catching flame because the dirt and rocks may cover partially-burned tree material, allowing it to smolder without visible evidence. Snow cover can further insulate the pile, creating a slow-cook heat within the pile. Once the snow melts and the material dries out, the smoldering heat can catch flame and spread to other areas. The attached photos from this spring near Bonners Ferry in North Idaho are examples.

If you are doing any burning: Burn permits are required May 10 – October 20 each year. They are free. They are not required for campfires.

Who needs a permit: Idaho law (38-115) requires any person planning to burn outside city limits within Idaho, including crop residue burning, to obtain a state burn permit during this period, referred to as closed fire season.  A burn permit must be obtained before starting debris burning activities and you must have it with you when burning. Other laws related to open burning in Idaho also apply. Permits are free and good for 10 days. Campfires do not require a burn permit.

How to get a burn permit: Visit the self-service website burnpermits.idaho.gov.  Permits are available seven days a week and are immediately issued and valid. No matter where you want to burn and what you plan to burn, the system will either issue you the burn permit you need on the spot or tell you which entity to contact for alternate or additional permits. A permit may also be issued by your local IDL office.

About IDL Fire: Idaho Department of Lands Fire Management (IDL Fire) in partnership with two Timber Protection Associations and with the support of rural volunteer fire departments and other partners, are responsible for fire suppression and prevention on more than 6 million acres of state and private forests and rangelands in Idaho. IDL Fire focuses on initial attack with the goal of keeping fires at 10 acres or less. IDL Fire protects and preserves important endowment timber assets that help fund Idaho schools and other beneficiaries, as well as millions of acres of private forestland.

— Idaho Department of Lands 

 

ITD bridge projects will impact traffic

𝐈𝐓𝐃 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐋𝐂 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝟑 𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟏𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐬. 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬:
 
🚧 SH9 mp 13 (near junction of SH6)
🚧 SH8 mp 24 (near Deary) and mp 36 (near Bovil)
🚧 US12 mp 106.5
 
The projects are bridge repairs and are scheduled to start June 1 and be completed by August 24. The contractor at this time is planning on working 12-hour shifts Mondays through Thursdays. It sounds like there will be some serious width restrictions.
 
Depending on where they are at in construction, they may be able to accommodate getting some wide loads through, but you would have to work with the contractor/ITD. Here are some contact numbers:
 
Jesse Webb – ITD Project Engineer 208-848-6064
Andrew Alsup – Contractor Superintendent 208-929-2656
Brad Ackerman – ITD Lead Inspector 208-661-9052

Congressional delegation urges distribution of COVID relief

Associated Logging Contractors – Idaho and our congressional delegation are working to get COVID relief funds for our members and all of Idaho’s loggers and haulers! U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and U.S. Representatives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson (all R-Idaho) sent a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack urging him to quickly distribute $200 million in funding for the timber industry that was included in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act passed in December. Read the letter here: https://www.crapo.senate.gov/download/idaho-delegation-timber-letter-to-vilsack

Complete the Logging & Hauling Training Needs Survey

INTERESTED IN RELEVANT TRAINING FOR YOUR OPERATIONS? THIS SURVEY PROVDES YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WHAT TRAINING NEEDS WOULD BENEFIT YOUR LOGGING AND HAULING COMPANY! The survey is being conducted by a grad student from the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho, should only take 10 minutes max, and is anonymous. The deadline to complete the survey is April 26. Thank you for participating!

Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RQTZQ35 

2021 Logger First Aid & Safety Training

Visit our Training Info page to view an updated schedule for 2021 Logger First Aid & Safety Training classes. OSHA and the State of Idaho Logging Safety Regulations require that all workers in the woods participate in Logger First Aid & Safety Training every year. This class is also a required component of the Idaho Pro-Logger continuing education program as well. Check in for morning classes start at 7 a.m. The morning class starts at 8 a.m. and finishes at noon. Check in for the afternoon classes start at 12:15 p.m. Afternoon classes begin at 1 p.m. and finish at 5 p.m. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after class starts, you are welcome to stay, but you will not be issued credit or a certificate of completion. Also, if you do not pick up your certificate at the end of class, you will not be listed as completing the class. Pre-registration is required using the links on the Training Info page at https://www.idahologgers.com/training-info/

Questions? Call (208) 667-6473.

International Truck Rebate Program

International Trucks is offering a rebate program for members in good standing with the American Loggers Council and their respective State and Regional Association members.  Rebates are being offered on 4 different models ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 per truck with no limit on the number of units purchased.  The program is set to run from November 30, 2020 through October 31, 2021. Learn more: https://www.amloggers.com/rebates