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Weekly WrapUp 11/29/23

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS: Inland Empire Paper Co. seeking millions from feds to maintain ‘working forests’ as development pressure builds. MORE HERE

USDA: Forest Service seeks public comment on proposed policy for monitoring health of national forests and grasslands. MORE HERE


OPINION: Idaho LAUNCH is Putting Idaho Students First. MORE HERE

Recruiting & Retaining Employees Workshop

Are you struggling to find and retain the best entry-level talent for your business? Do traditional hiring and interviewing methods leave you frustrated and dissatisfied with the results? The Forest Resources Association has the solution you’ve been searching for. Registration is now open for FRA’s virtual seminar: “Recruiting and Retaining Entry-Level Employees in a Manufacturing and Industrial Environment: A New Approach for Continuous Results.” During the two-hour session you can learn the most effective strategies for creating ideal candidates, discovering the best talent, and reimagining the interview process. The webinar begins at 11 a.m. PST/Noon MST on Tuesday, December 5. Participation is limited, so register today at

This training qualifies for Idaho Pro-Logger credits!

Weekly WrapUp 11/22/23

VIDEO: A multi-generation logging family committed to sustainability, productivity and regeneration. MORE HERE

DRIVERS NEEDED: There’s a high demand for truck drivers in Idaho; jobs that can pay up to 6-figures. MORE HERE

WILDFIRES: Gray and Oregon Road fires were among the most destructive in Washington history. MORE HERE

AWARENESS: American Loggers Council launches a nationwide campaign to promote a positive image of logging and logging businesses. MORE HERE

NOW HIRING: Sun Mountain finalizes purchase of R-Y Timber. MORE HERE

2024 Logger First Aid & Safety Training

ALC-Idaho has opened registration for 2024 Logger First Aid & Safety Training. Please encourage your entire crew (and their spouses) to attend this valuable class. 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.

Several classes are being offered throughout the state between March 5 and April 10 with morning and afternoon options for many dates and locations.

Check-in for morning classes is at 7:30 a.m. with training from 8 a.m. to noon. Check-in for afternoon classes is at 12:30 p.m. with training from 1 to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required. (See below for a step-by-step registration guide).

If you arrive later than 15 minutes after the class starts, you are welcome to stay, but you will not be issued 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-register HERE. You can also call Jolene or Julie at (208) 667-6473 or email or

FIRST TIME USERS, PLEASE READ: If this is your first time logging in to our member training page, you will need to click “Log In” and then select “Forgot Your Password.” Enter your work email address and you will receive an email with a user name and temporary password. You will be able to reset your password once you log in. If your email address is not recognized, you can either register as a member of the public or email Jolene at for user name and password assistance.

Weekly WrapUp 11/15/23

TIMBERLAND OWNER: Manulife raises $224.5 million to buy forests for carbon. MORE HERE

MANLEY JOBS: Teacher’s YouTube series provides hands-on learning for forestry jobs. MORE HERE

HEALTHY FORESTS: The Forest Service’s carbon dilemma: Carbon capture on national forests or sustainable forestry? MORE HERE

HONEST ASSESSMENT: Truck driver destroys entire EV narrative in under 2 minutes. MORE HERE

Weekly WrapUp 11/8/23

IDAHO LAUNCH: Little underscores need for highly skilled workers in Idaho. MORE HERE

IN LIMBO: The Yaak Valley is ground zero for Montana’s environmental future. MORE HERE

FUNDING FOR FOREST HEALTH: Idaho Department of Lands budget request reflects increased workload. MORE HERE

OPINION: Lolo National Forest needs management, despite St. Regis mill closure. MORE HERE

Weekly WrapUp 11/1/23

BIG MACHINERY: Idaho Forest Group auctions off remaining equipment. MORE HERE

SUCCESS STORY: Tech Hub aims to grow Northwest mass timber industry. MORE HERE

BEAMS AS STRONG AS STEEL: Visit one of the tallest timber buildings in the world. MORE HERE

BIG SPRUCE: Two West Virginians will cut down 2023 Capitol Christmas tree. MORE HERE

ECONOMIC BOOST: How to prevent forest fires by building cities with more wood. MORE HERE

Weekly WrapUp 10/25/23

UPDATE: Land Board gets final fire season report for endowment land. MORE HERE

FOREST PRODUCTS OF THE FUTURE: Wood Innovation Grants support timber industry, healthy forests. MORE HERE

GRANT PROGRAM: Risch, King introduce bill to bolster rural forestry workforce. MORE HERE

CRUCIAL LINKS: Nearly $50M available to strengthen forest products economy, forest sector jobs. MORE HERE

Weekly WrapUp 10/18/23

NATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS WEEK: Forest products support healthy forests. MORE HERE

NELSON BROTHERS: Idaho brothers are believers in new technology, equipment. MORE HERE

UP IN SMOKE: Wildfires are now costing the US up to $900 billion annually. MORE HERE

PRESSING ISSUES: Economic concerns top trucking industry’s worries going into 2024. MORE HERE

BALANCE SHEET: Lumber prices coming down from pandemic peak, but high-interest rates offer buyers little relief. MORE HERE

Weekly WrapUp 10/11/2023

FOREST MANAGEMENT: Less smoke, less pollution, better human health. MORE HERE

ANTI-FORESTRY LITIGATION: New plague attacking Region 1 forests. MORE HERE

ACTIVISTS: Portland’s “peaceful protesters” take a swing at Oregon Forestry Center. MORE HERE

TRADE DISPUTE: Canada welcomes panel directing US to review softwood lumber policy. MORE HERE