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Weekly WrapUp: 12/7/22

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CHIP MARKET: Wood chip prices continue to soar in the Pacific Northwest. MORE HERE

LUMBER DEMAND: Global trade of softwood lumber dropped roughly 10 percent in early 2022 compared to the same period the previous year. MORE HERE

IDAHO 55: Highway project monitored for avalanche risk as work pauses for winter. MORE HERE

ASSOCIATED TAXPAYERS OF IDAHO: Idaho’s newly elected officials talk about the upcoming legislative session, taxes at annual conference. MORE HERE

2023 Logging First Aid and Safety Classes

Registration opens December 1 for ALC-Idaho’s 2023 Logging First Aid and Safety classes. The classes will be held at several locations throughout Idaho between March 7 and April 6, 2023. 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 online HERE.

Weekly WrapUp: 11/30/22

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‘REVOLUTIONARY BATTERY’: Researchers claim a new type of wood-based battery has the potential to significantly decrease the charge time of electric cars, among other benefits. MORE HERE

WESTERN WATER: Study says Western states and cities are more reliant on drinking water from U.S. Forest Service lands than previously known. MORE HERE

MASS TIMBER CONSTRUCTION: The Seattle campus of University of Washington has opened its new 84,800-squre-foot mass timber business school building: MORE HERE

LOG IT OR WATCH IT BURN: Health officials are pointing to the rising number of wildfires and health concerns linked to exposure to smoke. MORE HERE

Weekly WrapUp: 11/2/22

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DIESEL CRISIS: The diesel shortage that had the White House on edge last week is spreading from the Northeast to the Southeast, prompting at least one supplier to initiate emergency protocols. More HERE

YOUNG TRUCKERS: The federal government is piloting a three-year apprentice program that will allow 18-to-20-year-olds to drive commercial vehicles on interstate routes, opening up career opportunities for high school graduates that didn’t exist before. More HERE

TWO STEPS BACK: Researchers say this year’s devastating fire season may have erased a nearly two-decade effort by Californians to cut their emissions of carbon dioxide. More HERE

FOR THE KIDS: Log A Load For Kids® is a nationwide giving campaign through which loggers and others contribute to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to provide medical care to kids in need, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. More HERE

Weekly WrapUp: 10/26/22

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COURT REPORT: Attorneys for the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the U.S. Forest Service peddled dueling arguments before a Ninth Circuit panel over whether a block of an Idaho logging project in grizzly bear territory should stand. More HERE

PACKAGE DEAL: The USDA Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory is developing prototype packaging products from wood that could one day become an equivalent alternative to current plastic packaging. More HERE

SOFT AND STRONG: Ever wonder why trees are used for many paper products – like toilet paper – rather than strictly recycled paper or hemp? More HERE

MARKET NEWS: Despite its epic fall since March, lumber could be about to surge once again, experts say. More HERE

NO BOUNDARIES FORESTRY: Idaho is addressing more than 6 million acres of Idaho forestlands that are designated as high-risk for potential catastrophic wildfire and insect and disease outbreaks. More HERE

Register online for ALC Safety Conference

Don’t forget to register for ALC-Idaho’s 4th Annual Safety Conference. This year the half-day event will take place at the Moscow Best Western University Inn on Saturday, November 19.

Room reservations for Friday, November 18 can be made by calling 208-882-0550 and asking for the Idaho Logging Contractors room block. A room with 2 Queen beds is $ 124.99 + tax and with 1 King bed is $ 114.99. Reservations must be made by November 1 to secure a room and a rate.

Topics for this year include a refresher on how to contact State Comm in an emergency, the risks of complacency, OSHA inspection and citation trends and new regulations coming soon, how to recognize drug use and what to know about the increase in fentanyl deaths and what you need to do to stay safe, and more.

Registration and a FREE breakfast start at 7 a.m. The conference starts at 8 a.m. and concludes at noon. The conference is eligible for Idaho Pro Logger credits. This year’s door prizes include a Smith & Wesson 9mm M&P Shield EZ RANGE KIT and a Savage 110 30-06 with Bushnell 3-9×40 scope. View or download the event flyer HERE for more information and photos of the firearms.

Register online HERE.

Weekly WrapUp: 10/12/22

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CARBON CONUNDRUM: Researchers say unmanaged forests now emit more CO2 than they absorb. More HERE

STOKE THE FIRE: Faced with gas shortages, more Europeans are looking to wood to heat their homes this winter. More HERE

RECORD-BREAKING BRIDGE: The world’s largest timber-towered suspension bridge is opening this fall in Michigan. More HERE 

MARKET NEWS: Lumber prices are at a 2022 low as the housing market has cooled and mortgage rates soar. More HERE

TRUCKING CHALLENGES: Truck Loggers Association President Aaron Service asks: How much longer can contractors carry on with labor shortages, extreme weather, supply chain and permit issues? More HERE

Weekly WrapUp: 10/5/22

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SIP ON THIS: A new Forest Service research report describes how extensively public drinking water systems rely on national forests and grasslands. More HERE.

TRUCK TO SUCCESS: Interested in becoming an owner-operator? Check out the Truck to Success Course, set for Oct. 24-27 in Blue Springs, Mo. More HERE.

LOOKS LIKE PLASTIC, ACTS LIKE PLASTIC: Canadian researchers have repurposed cellulose from scrap wood into a biodegradable film that mimics plastic. More HERE.

SHOOT TO WIN: Students ages 14-18 could win up to $1,000 in the Thru the Trees Forest Careers Video Contest. More HERE.

National Loggers Day Resolution Introduced

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), James Risch (R-ID), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Angus King (I-ME), and Steven Daines (R-MT) introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing October 12th, 2022 as National Loggers Day. The Senate resolution highlights the many contributions and economic benefits of the logging industry in the United States.

“I’m proud to lead this bipartisan effort with Senator Collins to spotlight the importance of logging businesses and workers who keep our forests healthy and support our Made in America forest products supply chain,” said Senator Baldwin. “Wisconsin’s logging economy provides good-paying jobs and revenue for rural communities and the National Park System. Healthy forest management also provides public recreational opportunities that make the Wisconsin way of life a national treasure. With this bipartisan Senate Resolution, we are showing our commitment to the loggers who work hard to advance what has been a cultural tradition in the United States for centuries.”

“Throughout Maine’s history, our forest products industry has supported good-paying jobs, driven local economies, strengthened rural communities, and protected our natural environment. I come from a six-generation forest-products family and know of no other enterprise that requires more faith in the future and respect for the past,” said Senator Collins. “I am proud to join Senator Baldwin in honoring the skilled and resilient loggers in Maine and across the country. I have strongly supported these hardworking men and women by advocating for workforce development programs and securing financial assistance during the pandemic, and I look forward to continuing to be a strong partner on issues to protect this resilient industry and its talented employees.” – American Loggers Council

Senate Resolution 789

Designating October 12, 2022 as “National Loggers Day”.

Whereas, the logging industry has served as an economic driver and cultural tradition in the United States for centuries;

Whereas, the logging industry creates rural jobs and provides revenue for local and state governments, and ;

Whereas, loggers provide renewable material for products used by Americans every day;

Whereas, loggers are the first link in the $300 billion domestic forest products supply chain;

Whereas, loggers are the means by which healthy forest management plans are accomplished;

Whereas, logging provides for healthy forests that maintain our vital animal habitats;

Whereas, logging provides for healthy forests which protect our watersheds;

Whereas, logging provides for healthy forests which sequester carbon;

Whereas, logging provides for healthy forests which provide public recreational opportunities;

Whereas, logging provides for healthy forests which reduce loss of life and property from wildfires;

Whereas, logging provides for healthy forests through regeneration, including planting 2.5 billion trees annually.

Download the Resolution HERE: National Loggers Day Resolution