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Quick & Easy: Apply now for Pandemic Assistance

The American Loggers Council is urging loggers and truckers to apply for a share of $200 million set aside for the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) program. Applying for assistance is quick and easy. In fact, the ALC says there is “probably not a simpler federal assistance program.”

To date only 3,000 applications have been submitted and nearly $2 million in initial payments have been disbursed. Prior American Loggers Council surveys and estimates indicate that far more are eligible.The application is only one and a half pages long.

Local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices are prepared to assist loggers and truckers with the application and process. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2021, but don’t wait until the last minute. Apply now!

To find the nearest FSA office to you go here: USDA Service Center Locator. Contact the office closest to you, call them and ask for the person who can assist you with the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) program.

For additional information visit Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers Program | Farmers.gov or the American Loggers Council Application Package For PATHH Program — American Loggers Council I The National Voice for Loggers (amloggers.com)

Here are some testimonials for those who have applied for PATTH assistance:

“I’ve worked with federal grants before and this application was by far the simplest I have ever applied for.  I don’t know how it could have been any simpler.  On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being very difficult, this program and application is a 1.  The application only takes 30 minutes to complete and the FSA office was extremely responsive and helpful with any questions” Nancy Glass, Office Manager, Rutar Logging

 “If you have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, then I strongly encourage you to apply.  The application only took me 15 minutes and I’ve already received my initial payment.” Blake Fjeran, Fjeran Forest Products

Register now for ALC’s Fall Meeting & Picnic

Registration is now open for ALC-Idaho’s Fall Meeting & Picnic. The event will be held at ALC-Idaho’s headquarters at 10589 S. Highway 95, Coeur d’Alene.

The event (formerly known as the Pig Feed) kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on September 11, 2021. Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, we will have a catered lunch instead of our traditional potluck.

The agenda is in the planning stage, but at present topics for overview and discussion include: DEQ’s proposal for slash burning smoke regulations, wildfire fighting training for logging contractors and crews, and possible updates to rules for trucks regarding operating in hazardous weather. The event will be worth 4 Idaho ProLogger credits.

Please note: Each person attending must register individually. The deadline to register is Sept. 8, 2021. Thank you! 

Click HERE to register online or call us at (208) 667-6473.

Mark your calendars!

With October nearly upon us, make sure you register soon for one of the many upcoming events happening in Coeur d’Alene! Visit the links below for more information on the Team Safe Trucking Annual Meeting, the Forest Resources Association’s Western Region Fall Meeting, and our headline event, the American Loggers Council Annual Meeting!

American Loggers Council Annual Meeting: https://www.amloggers.com/events/2021-annual-alc-membership-meeting

Forest Resources Association’s Western Region Fall Meeting: https://forestresources.org/2021-western-region-fall-meeting

Team Safe Trucking Annual Meeting: https://teamsafetrucking.com/events/team-safe-trucking-annual-meeting-2021/

RT-130 Annual Fire Refresher Training

Due to the Extreme Fire Danger and the current high level of need for equipment on wildfires in our region, Inland Forest Management will be offering the Annual Wildland Fire Refresher RT-130 4-hour training (in-person) on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021 in Ponderay, Idaho.

The class will be held at the Ponderay Event Center (401 Bonner Mall Way, Suite E, upstairs above Selkirk Glass and Cabinet, near Sandpoint Furniture). This is also the same place that the ALC (Associated Logging Contractors) holds their first-aid classes in Ponderay, Idaho. This class is required annually for all personnel that work on wildland fires. Refreshments will be provided.

Classroom training will begin at 1 p.m. Pacific Time and end by 5 p.m. You must be presesnt for the entire period in order to receive credit for the class. Sign in will be required. Work capacity fitness testing (walk test) will be offered after the classroom portion of the training for those who need it. The afternoon format was selected in efforts to minimize interruptions with work schedules in conjunction with Stage II fire restrictions.

This class will be sponsored by the Idaho Department of Lands at no cost to participants.This is offered in efforts to provide a pathway for private contractors to receive the required training needed to assist with wildland firefighting efforts during this period of extremely dry weather. For questions or to RSVP please e-mail IFM@inlandforest.com or by phone at (208) 263-9420.

We would like to get an idea of how many folks will be attending so Please RSVP. It will also help to get the names of attendees ahead of time in order to ensure the correct spelling of names for their certificates. A certificate of completion will be issued to each of the attendees and sent out following the training.

Note: These classes are conducted in collaboration with the Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho, and qualify for 4 credit hours for the Idaho Pro-Logger program.

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