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Congressmen get earful during logger visit By Angie Bonner Hope everyone is having a great start to the summer season. Back in March, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the American Loggers Council Board of Directors meeting with Louisiana Forestry Association Executive Director Buck Vandersteen and Gracee Malone-Texada, who is in charge of Master Logger training for the LLC. During the trip, we met with several members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation: U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham; U.S. Rep. Garret Graves; and the state’s newest member in Washington, U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, in the U.S. House; and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy. Our goal was to let our congressional delegation know what a pickle our trucking industry is in. We talked about several important topics, for example, the Future Logging Careers Act. This bill was introduced in March by a U.S. senator in Idaho. Basically, it would allow the owners of logging companies to hire their 16- or 17-year-old children. Technically, the proposed law would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that made “restrictions on oppressive child labor.”

We’re not talking about oppressing little kids. This change just makes sense for loggers to be able to hire their children at a younger age. It gives our sons, or even our daughters, a chance to better understand Bonner the important work loggers do. In many cases, these are the loggers who will take over a family small business. The longer time they can work in the field, the better, and hopefully safer, they’ll be. We also bent their ears on the crisis going on right now with the rising costs of insurance on log trucks. It’s getting so expensive to buy insurance, we’re likely to see some loggers leave the business. There’s another problem for the log trucks. The weight limits on federal highways mean these large and long trucks have to navigate through towns with more traffic and that makes things a bit more dangerous. We would like to see the state-approved weight limits to be allowed on federal highway systems. We were sure to tell the congressmen about

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I think they listened to us and took into consideration our viewpoint on issues important to the logging industry. that. We think it would be safer for log trucks to use the interstates. Also, we told the congressmen about our struggle for additional wood markets. The more markets we have for harvesting wood, the better off loggers and landowners will be. These were just some of the topics we talked about. I think they listened to us and took into consideration our viewpoint on these issues that are important to the logging industry. The visit wasn’t all meetings, even though it felt like that at times. We got to see many national monuments and important places of our national government. The most fabulous thing we did, at least I thought so, was to visit the White House, the new home of President Donald Trump. Some things were weird, though, like the shrimp and grits. I expected white grits with shrimp added in the bowl, but it was served with a red, tomato sauce. Not what I expected. What wasn’t weird, but is a really good thing, is one of the people representing our industry. I believe the people of the logging and forestry industry in Louisiana are well-represented with Buck Vandersteen speaking on our behalf. The man is a walking and talking book of knowledge when it comes to issues dealing with logging and forestry. It was an honor for me to be able to go on this trip. It was an experience I will never forget. (Angie Bonner is president of the Louisiana Logging Council and co-owner of Bonner Logging Inc.) Third Quarter 2017

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The woods crew for Sibley’s Logging Inc. are Edward McGhee, standing from left, Cheyene Sibley, Trampas Sibley, Chip Sibley, Randall Sibley and Cheryl Sibley; kneeling are Richard Lambert and Kolby Hill; and sitting on the skidder at top is Byron Cook.

Sibley’s Logging Inc. Randall Sibley By Melanie Torbett Teamwork, family and a deep religious faith infuse the business model of Sibley’s Logging Inc., a 12-year-old company that operates in the woods in and around Livingston Parish southeast of Baton Rouge. With his wife, Cheryl, three sons and four other employees by his side, Randall Sibley has found the proverbial sweet spot for a sustainable logging operation in today’s challenging environment. Since starting the company here in 2005, the Sibleys have learned how to manage rising fuel and equipment prices, escalating insurance and taxes, workplace safety requirements and new technology to improve timber harvesting. The family has also learned how to manage disaster. Twin floods in this part of the state in March and August last year not only interrupted logging work but also devastated Randall and Cheryl’s home and that of son Chip and his family. “We were able to move out of our camper back into our house just last week,” Cheryl said in May. “We’ve been blessed,” she continued. “Our boys have made the difference in the stability of our company.” In addition to son Chip (Randall Jr., who she calls “the ulti4

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mate cutter man”), there are two other Sibley siblings who work together in the business — Trampas and Cheyene — and all three live within a few miles of one another. Their fourth child, daughter Chasity S. Chauvin, is a teacher. Six grandchildren and two daughters-in-law round out the family tree. “They all feel they are a part of this,” she said. Adds Randall, “The boys have been with us since we began our company. They all wanted to learn what to do on a job. They can operate and work on equipment as needed. They take ownership of a job and see that the work is done.” Cheryl said the cohesiveness of the family is what helped the Sibleys as they rebuilt their home. “They are our mainstay,” says Cheryl. “We would probably have to hire five people to replace the three of them.” Before starting his own enterprise, Randall learned the business beginning in 1988 by working for other logging companies in the area, including Lonnie Massey, Hinson Logging and for his cousin Malcolm Sibley’s company, KS Timber. On this warm spring day, the crew is deep into a clear-cutting operation for Weyerhaeuser on 153 acres just south of the town of Livingston. “We are trying to get 20 loads a day on this job,” explains Randall. “As long as it stays dry in this area, our next job for them is about three miles down the road.” The Sibleys have worked with Weyerhaeuser for about seven years, cutting pulpwood, chip-n-saw and saw logs. Continued on page 5


Aerial shot of a Sibley’s Logging clear-cut site in Livingston Parish in May is pictured above. Owner Randall Sibley uses a drone to keep track of progress at his work sites. At right is one of the logging company’s loaders at the same site.

Sibley’s Logging Continued from page 4 “Weyerhaeuser keeps us busy, and they are a good company to work for. We have a good working relationship with the forestry folks at Weyerhaeuser, including David Smith and Mike Galloway, and we value that,” says Randall. The business safety plan that Weyerhaeuser requires each year “really keeps us on our toes,” Cheryl said. “It’s a comprehensive plan, covering all aspects of safety and business management. We go to great lengths in terms of safety, and our crew is very good at following procedures.” All of the Sibleys have attained or are working toward master logger status through the Louisiana Forestry Association’s Louisiana Logging Council. In addition to family members, the Sibley crew includes four others: Byron Cook, who runs the skidder, Edward McGhee, the “trim man,” Richard Lambert, truck driver and Kolby Hill, skidder driver and cutter. Roland McCallister is the contract driver; he and other dispatch haulers are scheduled by Weyerhaeuser to move the timber cut by Sibley, which goes to Weyerhaeuser mills in Holden and McComb and the Georgia-Pacific mill in Port Hudson. In addition, Sibley employs the latest in computer software to map, plan and track each harvesting operation, and a drone to “see what each stand looks like” at various stages of the process. “We go at it as a team,” Cheryl said. Echoing his wife’s assertion, Randall said, “Together, everyone accomplishes more.” They admit to the challenges that face all logging businesses these days, such as equipment costs and other issues. “The overhead in logging is phenomenal,” Cheryl said, “and that eats away at profits over the years.” Randall points to the cost of equipment, noting, “the price of equipment has risen dramatically over the years.” Add in rising expenditures for insurance, fuel and taxes, as well as the competition with the oil and gas industry in this region for employees, and the financial pressures on logging businesses are obvious. For her part, Cheryl handles a host of administrative duties for the company, including bookkeeping and payroll, in addition to being director of women’s ministries and guest services at Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. Each Friday she delivers a job-site tailgate lunch to the logging crew. That commitment to faith and church is evident after only a

few minutes of talking with the Sibley clan, who have made it part and parcel of their business. “We harvest timber, but To help get the job done every we use this to day, the crew uses equipment that serve God,” includes: affirms Cheryl. • John Deere 450J Dozer A recent video • John Deere 437D Loader produced by • John Deere 648H Skidder their church featured the • John Deere 643K Feller Buncher Sibley’s logging • Chambers Deliminator operation, ty- • John Deere 643K Feller Buncher ing in a mes- • John Deere 650K Dozer sage about God • John Deere 437D Loader being at the • John Deere 648L Skidder “core of who we are” with a visual of a tree slice. Randall and Cheryl’s three sons say they value the family’s ability to work together, and cite their shared Christian faith as the element that anchors their success. “Logging is just what we do by trade,” Trampas Sibley said. “Serving Christ is who we are, by living our lives surrendered to Him. Christ is the No. 1 goal of Sibley’s Logging. I think that is why we are successful. It is a great joy and a blessing to tell people that I work with my family. Plus, I think we all just love logging.” Adds Cheyene, “I give a lot of credit to God. Because our lives are a reflection of who He is to each of us. ... That allows us to work together each day and to get along and have a good time and laugh and joke. Yes, we do get aggravated sometimes with each other, but we all understand that this is harvesting trees, and our relationships with each other and with God are way more important. “I also give credit to my dad. He’s raised three sons that can get along and not fight and argue and gripe and complain to one another. ... I would say that working with family is a good thing in our case.” “We are on the same page most of the time and that allows us to stay one step ahead for the most part,” says Chip. “I am very thankful to have two awesome brothers to work with and a great dad for a boss. It makes the day go by so much easier.” (Melanie Torbett is a writer, forest landowner and contributor to Louisiana Logger magazine.) Third Quarter 2017

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Graphic Packaging International Inc. President and CEO Mike Doss, left, and operator Curt Middleton stand near the headbox of a paper machine at GPI’s plant in West Monroe. GPI plans to spend $120 million to upgrade the plant and another $70 million on a new folding carton plant in Monroe. The folding carton plant is being done in conjunction with DHL Supply Chain, which will spend $84 million to construct the building that will house the folding carton plant and a logistics center.

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(LED) announced the $274 million project involving Graphic Packaging International Inc. and DHL Supply Chain in April. It includes the construction of a 1.27-million-squarefoot folding carton plant and logistics center in Monroe. The bulk of the multimillion-dollar project involves upgrades to the GPI paperboard mill in West Monroe. Sue Appleyard, corporate communications senior manager, said the company plans $120 million in equipment upgrades at the mill. “The mill itself has 800 employees,” Appleyard said. The new building in Monroe will house a folding carton plant and have new, state-of-the-art equipment, an additional $70 million investment for GPI. The new facility will combine and replace the two existing folding carton plants that operate now at and near the paperboard

mill in West Monroe. Appleyard said it will take about 300 employees to operate the new facility. “We absolutely will be able to increase production,” she said. DHL Supply Chain will construct the building for $84 million. It will include a logistics center under the same roof as the folding carton plant. The new facility will be on a 726-acre site on Millhaven Road adjacent to the Kansas City Southern railroad, just north of Interstate 20 and two miles east of the Monroe Regional Airport, according to a press release from LED. Appleyard said GPI wanted a company with distribution experience for this project, which is why DHL was chosen. LED said the distribution center will have 93 employees and the new facility would create 74 new indirect jobs.

“We absolutely will be able to increase production.”

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Continued from page 6 Appleyard said sites in Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi were considered, but Louisiana won out. “After a thorough analysis of our manufacturing needs, it was clear that Ouachita Parish was the best location for this new facility,” Graphic Packaging International CEO Michael Doss said in the press release. Many factors contributed to picking the site, including access to an experienced and skilled workforce, Doss said in the release. “We’ve got a great workforce there,” Appleyard said. The state has given GPI a performance-based offer of $3 million Modernization Tax Credit, payable over five years. Local governments also gave GPI

“Ouachita Parish was the best location for this new facility.”

Graphic Packaging International, part of the West Monroe economy for about a century, will spend $120 million to upgrade this plant.

a property tax exemption of $1.9 million each year for 10 years. Local governments will give DHL an estimated $11 million to $13 million break on property taxes, money DHL will use for “public infrastructure im-

provements at the Millhaven Road site,” according to the release. Appleyard said the building should be complete by 2018. By mid 2019, the folding carton plant should be running at the volume of the existing plants.

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Do we see a light at the end of the tunnel? By C.A. “Buck” Vandersteen most reviewed activities with third-party Are we beginning to see a light at the auditors who visit logging jobs and reend of the tunnel? port whether a company is in compliance The Wall Street Journal reports hous- with certification programs like SFI, Tree ing starts going well and the price of lum- Farm, FSC, Master Logger and Smartber at an all-time high. Yet, at home we Logging. Louisiana Loggers have done still see quotas and mills not running as a good job with BMP compliance as rewell as they could. ported by the Louisiana Department of The good news is the wood pellet Agriculture and Forestry biennial complant in Urania under the new ownership pliance report where they field inspect of Drax will be operating this summer completed logging jobs for BMP comand the new RoyOMartin OSB (ori- pliance. ented strand-board) plant in Corrigan, Louisiana’s BMPs were developed alTexas, will be operating this summer too. most 30 years ago and still remain the We need markets and these two facilities foundation of Louisiana’s Recommendshould help loggers and landowners by ed Best Management Practices field creating a demand for wood. guide and training classes. However, in Vandersteen The 2017 Regular Legislative Session an effort for continuous improvement finished without raising taxes on fuel. and updates on the latest practices, the A proposed House Louisiana Logging traveling to the mills on state highways. Bill would have inCouncil and the This is controversial to some organizaA proposed House Bill creased gas and dieLouisiana State Im- tions that think this is increasing truck would have increased gas plementation for weights, but really it is keeping the same sel by 17 cents per gallon now with have agreed on weight as the state allows and applying and diesel by 17 cents per SFI an indexing in two an advanced train- it to the interstate system. The Right to years to the Coning program on Haul Act 2017 has been proposed and is gallon now with an sumer Price Index BMPs. This train- awaiting congressional approval. indexing in two years to that could raise it ing will be conductAlso awaiting congressional approval up to 13 cents more ed all over the state is the Future Logging Careers Act, H.R. the Consumer Price Index per gallon. That in numerous loca- 1454. This proposal would allow the 16that could raise it up to 13 tions to ensure that and 17-year-old family members of a logcould have meant 30 cents per gallon all loggers will re- ger to begin work in the business. Due cents more per gallon. state tax in a few ceive their six hours to the past use of power saws and choker years along with the of credits for 2019. cables, young adults under 18 could not federal tax and normal price of oil. The There will be more in the Louisiana Log- work in the family logging business. Now need for infrastructure improvement still ger about these 2018 training opportuni- with high-tech equipment the young exists and how to fund it remains a con- ties in the next few months. worker is in enclosed cabs and better able troversial discussion. On the national level, we continue to to learn the business at a time they are Five of Louisiana Master Loggers have urge our members of Congress to sup- deciding their future careers. earned third-party certification from the port legislation that would allow state-apLog safely and thanks for being a logSmartLogging Program administered proved truck weights on the Federal ger! through the Louisiana Forestry Associa- Interstate System. This would improve tion and the Louisiana Logging Council. safety and fuel conservation if trucks can (Buck Vandersteen is the executive diThe Rainforest Alliance SmartLogging avoid downtown areas, by-pass congest- rector of the Louisiana Forestry Association Program recognizes Master Loggers for ed areas and avoid narrow roads while and the Louisiana Logging Council.) their commitment to safety, Best Management Practices and conducting their Next Core Class Schedule business affairs in a sustainable manner. The Louisiana Logging Council has set up two, 2-day sessions Those loggers earning SmartLogger stafor Master Logger Core Class for 2017: Aug. 9-10, 2017 tus are Dennis Aucoin, Jack McFarland, Mickey Hawkins, John Keith and Mal- The two-day session costs $160 if you are not a member of the Logging colm Sibley. Council. LLC members will pay $60 if paid by the deadline for each There are slightly more than 1,000 class. Deadline to register for Aug. 9-10 session is Aug. 4. Master Loggers in Louisiana who have For more formation, contact completed the training in Best ManageGracee Malone-Texada at gmalone@laforestry.com ment Practices. BMPs may be one of the 8

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Advanced BMPs will be mandatory in 2018 By Jeff Zeringue Master Loggers must complete six hours of continuing education every year to maintain their certification. Sometimes they can receive varying hours of credit for attending police jury meetings or quarterly Louisiana Logging Council chapter meetings. Not so in 2018. Master Loggers learn to follow important Best Management Practices to ensure water quality during logging operations to comply with the Clean Water Act. For loggers who are not Master Loggers, the LLC usually conducts two Master Logger Classes each year. The next twoday session is Aug. 9 and 10 at the Country Inn & Suites in Pineville. The classes cost $160 for folks registered by Aug. 4 ($60 if you become a member of LLC before registering). The cost jumps to $320 for anyone registering Aug. 5 and after. Master Loggers needing their continuing education credit this year can still attend police jury, LLC chapter meetings or the LFA annual meeting, set for Aug. 29-31. They also can attend the Piney Woods Chapter of the LASAF or participate in the Forestry Awareness Week, held twice each year in Rapides Parish, said Gracee Malone-Texada, LLC administrator and training coordinator. (Master Loggers in other parishes can contact their local school board to determine which other school systems have forestry awareness programs) “The advanced BMPs are mandatory in 2018,” Texada said.

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“If they want their Master Logger card for 2019, they “The advanced have to go through this training.” BMPs are That puts about 1,000 mandatory in 2018. loggers and foresters who are under the Master If they want their certified Logger program in need of Master Logger card getting advanced BMP trainin 2018. LLC has schedfor 2019, they have ing uled one class near the end of to go through this the year — Oct. 18, 2018. The logistics of having training.” to train that many loggers and foresters is challenging, which means mills and other organizations will have to step up to assist and put on advanced BMP training throughout next year. The Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association also will help, said Paul Stone, a conservation forester for Crosby Resource Management and Louisiana Forestry Association board member, who is president of the SLFA. “We have about 150 loggers in our area,” Stone said. “We’re hoping to maintain a strong logging force to assist landowners in our part of the state.” Stone said the field visit part of the training is a particular challenge, but the SLFA will try to get all of the training completed in one day. “We’re probably going to target a Saturday so they don’t have to take a day off of work to do it,” he said. Having Master Loggers certified with updated training is important, Stone said, because the program consists of following voluntary guidelines, not government regulations. Mills are required to receive wood from operations that include Master Loggers to maintain that their products are certified by programs such as the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI). Stone said the advanced training gets back to the fundamental purpose of the Master Logger program, to self-police the industry and avoid the need for mandatory regulation. “We need to keep our water clean and keep it voluntary,” Stone said. Schedules for advanced BMP training will be printed in the Louisiana Logger magazine and posted to the LFA website as they become available.

New Smart Logger added Louisiana Master Logger John Keith joined the ranks of Smart Loggers in Louisiana when audits were performed in the spring. Keith joins other Smart Loggers Dennis Aucoin, Michael Hawkins, Jack McFarland and Malcolm Sibley, who have been certified by the Rain Forest Alliance. The Smart Logging program uses a third-party auditor to verify Master Loggers are performing Best Management Practices and Logger Compliance to sustainable forestry at their jobs sites. The certification can give loggers a competitive advantage.


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By Jeff Zeringue The emerald ash borer has been discovered in three more parishes, a state official announced in May, bringing the total number of parishes affected by the invasive species to eight. Richard Miller, administrative coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Quarantine Program, said EAB has been discovered in Bienville, Jackson and Morehouse parishes after traps were checked in the spring. “LDAF is in the process of placing these three new parishes under EAB quarantine,” Miller said in an email. The federal quarantine process done through the state agency will take several weeks, Miller said. By the end of 2016, the insect that is native to Asia had been discovered in Bossier, Claiborne, Lincoln, Union and Washington Webster parishes. Those five parishes already are under an EAB quarantine, which restricts the movement of raw ash wood outside the area unless St. Tammany it’s treated. Treatments include fumigation, heat or Orleans chipping, according to “I think we’re St. Be USDA guidelines. The rna rd quarantine also restricts still determining the movement of nursery the current stock ash trees. Some people in distribution of the forest products EAB (in industry might fear infected ash trees will Louisiana) be dead or devalued within a year’s time, “but it takes several years for as it spreads the tree to decline in value.” on its own.” Miller said usually in early May, adult EAB has stopped flying, so there was a decline in captures. Although several agencies are monitoring traps for EAB, Delta 21, a contractor for the federal government, is monitoring the lion’s share. “The next time they’ll check their traps is June or July,” Miller said. “... We’ve got almost 700 (traps set) this year. We’ve upped it this year.” Wood Johnson, biologist for the U.S. Forest Service is monitoring the advance of EAB in Louisiana and part of the team that first discovered the beetle in Webster Parish, said the insect’s rate of advancement seems to be consistent with the rate of finds in neighboring states. The discoveries so far have been in rural areas, not high commerce areas, leading Johnson to believe the spread not to be accelerated. He said it seems EAB has been in Louisiana for years before it was found in 2015. “I think we’re still determining the current distribution of EAB as it spreads on its own,” Johnson said. The presence of invasive species like EAB has LDAF promoting its “Don’t Move Firewood” campaign, which is geared to educating people about the risks of spreading the pests to other locations. It’s best to purchase firewood no more than 10 miles from where it will be burned.

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Hardships for honeybees put food in danger By Don Reed There are bumper stickers in many rural areas that read something like “If you’ve eaten today ... thank a farmer.” This is an easy thing to understand, especially to folks in rural areas who have an appreciation for where our foods are derived. Even for those of us who grow our own gardens and are blessed with a bounty of fresh Don Reed vegetables this time of year, we still depend on farmers for many of the other foods that we enjoy. There is, however, one tiny insect that if absent, our food supply would be in great jeopardy. Honeybees are responsible for pollinating 80 percent of our flowering crops, which make up oneContinued on page 13

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third of everything that we eat. Not only are many of our crops strongly dependent on honeybee pollination, but even our beef and dairy industry would be affected without the work of honeybees to pollinate many of the grasses that these animals depend on. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 50 percent of the soybeans produced in the United States are dependent on honeybees for pollination along with 80 percent of our nation’s cotton crop. Plants such as apples, peaches, oranges and almonds are 90 to 100 percent dependent on the honeybee. The phrase “busy as a bee” is very accurate, given the continuous work of bees to pollinate the hundreds of flowers that they visit on each trip away from the hive. Only darkness puts an end to the day’s work, but given our long days of summer a large colony of bees can have a significant impact on the success of many flowering plants in an area. Unfortunately, since the 1980s, bees have been subjected to a variety of new diseases and pests that make it more difficult for a hive to survive. It’s not uncommon for beekeepers to lose 10 percent or more of their hives each year from diseases, such as American and European foulbrood or to pests such as varroa and tracheal mites. Another unfortunate occurrence that most anyone who works with bees has experienced is the loss of hives that appear strong

after overwintering and then suddenly disappear. Entomologists have not yet been able to determine with certainty the cause of what has become known as colony collapse disorder. Given all the benefits that bees provide, along with all the hardships that a colony must endure to survive, there is one more very important food item that we get directly from the hive itself. This of course is the honey that bees provide us with. While technically not a staple food item, fresh honey is certainly one of the best tasting additive treats around the home. Bees possess a unique hard-working trait that stimulates them to produce an excess of honey each year, if only given the space and time to do so. This excess honey is what beekeepers look forward to each July when most of our hives in the southeastern United States are “robbed.” If the proper amount is left in the hive for the bees to consume during the winter, the hive can sustain itself and begin the pollination process over again the following spring.

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(Dr. Don Reed is a retired forestry and wildlife specialist with the LSU AgCenter. You can email him at dreed@agcenter.lsu.edu.)

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What’s in a logging safety program? Much By Niels de Hoop Every business, especially in a high-hazard industry like logging, should have a formal safety program. What does this mean to a logger? It means have training, safety meetings, safety rules, proper equipment, self-inspections and policies in place. Doing so provides a safer work environment while preparing for a possible OSHA inspection. Here are the elements of a safety program every logging business should consider. 1. OSHA Poster — ­ An OSHA poster is required by law to be posted at every place of employment where all employees can see it. While the poster by itself does nothing to provide a safer work environment, posting one is an easy way to avoid an expensive fine. One can be found and printed at www.osha.gov/Publications/ poster.html. The poster can be a starting point to think about what to do next to create a safer work environment. 2. Highway signs — post signs at highway entrances to warn the traveling public of slow trucks and mud. It may be necessary to prevent mud from entering highway. de Hoop 3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) — Boots, hardhats, wrap-around safety glasses, hearing protection, sturdy gloves and high-visibility vest or clothing should be standard equipment for every employee and subcontractor on the job. OSHA regulations state the employer must provide (pay for) these, except OSHA does not address who should pay for the boots. OSHA states the boots must be “heavy-duty logging boots that are waterproof or water repellent, cover and provide support to the ankle.” It does not specify whether they must be steel-toed. This means that the boss determines what kind of boot is acceptable, as long as they are sturdy and appropriate. Equipment operators normally work in acoustic cabs with rollover and falling object protection. Operators should be 14

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An easy way to get started on a formal safety program is to issue personal protective equipment to all personnel and to conduct safety meetings at least monthly. Safety meeting topics may include the plan of work, training on each machine, how to access emergency services, first aid refreshers, fire extinguishers, evaluating accidents, near misses, bloodborne pathogens, hazardous fluids, maintenance, lockout-tagout and highway safety.

in the habit of donning their hard hats every time they exit the cab. One never knows when a loose limb decides to fall out of a tree. Anyone operating equipment with the door/window open should wear hearing protection. Gloves should normally be heavy leather gloves suitable for handling wire rope. Chainsaw operators must wear chainsaw-type safety boots, chaps or pants, hardhat, eye protection, hearing protection and gloves. 4. Training — All new employees must be trained about their job on the first day, even if experienced. All employees must be re-trained annually. The boss determines who does the training. Also, all employees need training in hearing protection, fire extinguishers, first aid/CPR (keep it current), blood-borne pathogens and hazardous materials communication (HazCom). Document your training. Ensure that chainsaw operators are trained in proper chainsaw use, maintenance and techniques in trimming, bucking, felling, etc. Defensive Driving — Loggers spend a lot of time on the road. Defensive Driving training is a logical topic for training of all drivers ­— log truck, crew truck, tool truck, etc. It’s a good safety meeting topic, too. 5. Monthly safety meetings — Training elements mentioned in this article make good topics for monthly safety meetings. Additional topics may include

known accidents and near misses. Additional sources for “tailgate safety meeting topics” are listed at the end of this article. 6. Move Day — On the first day at a new location, the work plan should be mapped out, emergency evacuation routes planned and emergency services contacts discussed. Ensure everyone knows the plans. 7. Operator’s Manuals — Ensure each operator has access to the operator’s manual of that machine and knows what’s in it. This should be part of the operator training. If manuals tend to get soiled or lost, it might be best to make a copy and keep the original in the office. 8. First Aid Kits — OSHA specifies the minimum supplies that must be in a logging first aid kit (www.osha.gov, search 1910.266 Appendix A). In addition, each vehicle must carry an appropriate first aid kit. 9. First Aid/CPR Training — Every worker must be trained in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. The Red Cross training is considered standard. Watch the expiration date on the training — typically three years. 10. Fire Extinguishers — Each piece of equipment and each vehicle must have a fire extinguisher. Typically, a 5-pound extinguisher on equipment and vehicles and a 20-pound extinguisher on the fuel truck is considered minimum. Ensure exContinued on page 15


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tinguishers are the right type for fuel fires. 11. Safety Inspections — Make formal safety inspections of all equipment, first aid kits, fire extinguishers and PPE on a regular basis — probably monthly. Document them. Correct problems promptly. 12. Safety Rules — Have a set of written safety rules. Ensure each employee and subcontractor has a copy. Have them sign a paper that says they agree to abide by the rules. Ensure they know the rules (these are good training and safety meeting topics). A good place to start with a set of rules is the Forest Resources Association (www.forestresources.org/resources/publications/item/806-timber-harvesting-safety-17-a-1 ) or OSHA’s website (www.osha.gov, then search 1910.266). 13. Lockout/Tagout — Some of the most serious operator accidents occurred while multiple people were repairing/maintaining equipment. Periodic safety meetings should include a discussion of how to start up equipment safely, especially temporary startups during repairs. 14. Accident Reports — Some of the safety meetings should discuss accidents and near-misses, including those that happened on other jobs. The discussion should focus on how to prevent the incident from happening in the future. 15. Blood-borne Pathogen (BP) Program — A BP program has four elements: A. BP Kit — contains face mask, gloves, etc. B. Train all workers on the dangers of blood-borne pathogens and how to minimize the risks. C. Hepatitis B Vaccination — Designate at least two workers to be Designated First Aid Attendants. They must agree to perform first aid on any and all injured people on the job site. These attendants must be offered the Hepatitis B vaccination. A local clinic can do this. It is a series of three or four injections on different days and needs to be refreshed periodically. If the First Aid Attendants decline a vaccination, simply have them sign a paper stating that they decline. D. Have a written blood-borne pathogens plan and ensure the workers know what is in it. 16. HazCom — An operation that handles hazardous materials must have a Hazardous Materials Communication (HazCom) program. This includes any liquid that is not water — diesel fuel, gasoline, motor oil, hydraulic fluid, battery acid, paints, etc. A HazCom plan has four components: A. Make a LIST of all hazardous materials on the job site (include the shop). B. For each hazardous material, collect a Safety Data Sheet. It tells you what to do in case of a spill. It is available from your distributor. Nowadays, they can also be found online and printed off. C. Label each container of liquid. A fancy label is nice, but a marker pen works fine. If the material is flammable, also mark it FLAMMABLE. D. Train all workers in HazCom. Ensure they know where to find the Safety Data Sheets and that they understand that all containers must be labeled. Discuss what to do in case of a spill on the skin, eyes or ground.

17. Communications — Ensure every The Forest Resources worker is in good and Association issues many reliable communication with another Safety Alerts, and the worker at all times. SW Ag Center for This includes subcontractors and guests. Agricultural Health, Ensure that foresters, Injury Prevention and landowners, mechanics and other guests Education published wear appropriate PPE, and they know the twenty tailgate safety work plan and how to meeting topics stay out of harm’s way. 18. Documentation (www.swagcenter.org, — If OSHA comes to inspect, they will want click Logging/Forestry to see proof of trainSafety Series). ing, safety meetings, etc. When it comes to the government, if it’s not on paper, it didn’t happen. Every time you have training, safety meeting, etc., make a brief note — date, topic, a sentence or two, and have everyone present sign it. Keep it in a file or notebook. 19. Discipline policy — Every company should have written guidelines on how to discipline workers who violate safety rules and policies. Verbal warning, written warning, time off without pay and termination are common discipline methods. Whatever the company policy, it must be administered consistently. A written policy helps you be consistent. Help — The state has a free service designed to help businesses come into compliance with OSHA regulations. Contact Leon Parault or Sean Cooper at LParault@lwc.la.gov, scooper@ lwc.la.gov or (225) 342-9601. Also, the Forest Resources Association and OSHA have excellent websites on logging safety. They can be found at www.forestresources.org and www.osha. gov/SLTC/etools/logging. The Forest Resources Association issues many Safety Alerts, and the SW Ag Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education published twenty tailgate safety meeting topics (www.swagcenter.org , click Logging/Forestry Safety Series). If starting from scratch, it is a lot of work to develop a sound safety program. However, once the program is in place, most of this becomes second nature. At that point, it will no longer detract from operations. The benefits are many-fold: improved worker morale, improved worker efficiency, less downtime from accidents/injuries, workers understand the big picture, better communication and, best of all, a greater likelihood that all workers will be able to go home every evening. (C.F. “Niels” de Hoop is an Associate Professor at the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, LSU AgCenter. Contact: cdehoop@lsu.edu; 225-578-4242. This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, McIntire Stennis project 227333.) Third Quarter 2017

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MASTER LOGGER CLASSES

Master Loggers must take six hours continuing education each year to keep their Master Logger certification.

Classes will be held at the Country Inn & Suites, 2727 Monroe Hwy., Pineville, LA 71360. For overnight guests, you can call (318) 641-8332, ask for Sarah Atwood and tell them you are with the LFA group. Preregistration and payment required! Preregister by Aug. 4, 2017 or pay double at the door!

______ Oct. 3, 2017, Louisiana Tech-Shreveport Center, 8028 Shreve Park Drive. * LLC members to pay $20 for this class if paid by Sept. 29. ______ Oct. 4, 2017, Louisiana Technical College-Huey P. Long Campus, 304 South Jones Street, Winnfield. * LLC members to pay $20 for this class if paid by Sept. 29. ______ Oct. 5, 2017, Pat’s Place 21340 Hwy. 191, Zwolle. * LLC members to pay $20 for this class if paid by Sept. 29. ______ Nov. 1, 2017, War Memorial Civic Center, 150 W. Seventh St., DeRidder. * LLC members to pay $20 for this class if paid by Oct. 27. ______ Nov. 2, 2017, Country Inn & Suites Conference Center, 2727 Monroe Hwy., Pineville. * LLC members to pay $20 for this class if paid by Oct. 27. ** The cost for registering at the door is $100.

Name: ______________________________________ Company: ___________________________________ Address: _____________________________________ City, State Zip: _______________________________ Phone: ______________________________________ Cell phone: __________________________________ q Check here if Louisiana Logging Council member company Make check payable to LA Forestry Association and mail to: LA Forestry Association PO Box 5067 Alexandria, LA 71307 Or charge to credit card: AmEx q MasterCard q Visa q Discover q Card Number ___________________________________ Expiration ______________________; CSV# __________ Name on Card __________________________________ Signature _______________________________________ If paying by credit card, fax registration to (318) 443-1713 or scan and email completed form to gmalone@laforestry.com. Aug. 29-31: Louisiana Forestry Association Annual Convention, Riverside Hilton, New Orleans, 6 hours CE. Register by going to www.laforestry.com, click on Events and look for Annual Meeting. You can download a registration form or click on the link in the left menu and register online.

$160 for both days if paid by deadline. ($60 for Louisiana Logging Council members if pre-registered by deadline.) Cost to register for classes on Aug. 5 or later will be $320 per person. q Yes, I want to register for the 2-day ML Core Class Aug. 9, 2017 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Aug. 10, 2017 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. NOTE: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT IS NO LONGER REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE CORE CLASSES. It will be offered as a Continuing Education class during the year. Core classes CANNOT be taken as CE.

Name: ______________________________________ Company: ___________________________________ Address: _____________________________________ City, State Zip: _______________________________ Phone: ______________________________________ Cell phone: __________________________________

q Check here if Louisiana Logging Council member company Make check payable to LA Forestry Association and mail to: LA Forestry Association P.O. Box 5067 Alexandria, LA 71307 Or charge to credit card: AmEx q MasterCard q Visa q Discover q Card Number ___________________________________ Expiration ______________________; CSV# __________ Name on Card __________________________________ Signature _______________________________________ If paying by credit card, fax registration to (318) 443-1713 or scan and email completed form to gmalone@laforestry.com. Make a copy of this schedule for your records!

You can email this form to gmalone@laforestry.com or fax to (318) 443-1713 if paying by credit card.

In 2017, Master Loggers can earn CE credit in other ways, like attending police jury meetings, forestry forums, pipeline meetings or their quarterly Louisiana Logger Chapter meeting. Third Quarter 2017

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Crimes and convictions

Reward offered to find woods equipment vandals A reward of up to $7,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who vandalized and destroyed a LaSalle Parish logger’s equipment, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. LDAF enforcement agents report that between April 14 and 16, someone set a 2013 CAT 545 C skidder on fire at a logging site near Ernest Whatley Road in Belah, a community south of Jena. The $200,000 logging equipment was destroyed. Ag & Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said the reward being offered is $5,000 from the equipment’s owner and the Louisiana Forestry Association is offering up to $2,000 for the arrest This skidder was vandalized in April in LaSalle Parish. and conviction of the person or people responsible for the crime. ordinary between dates of April 14 and 16 on or near Earnest “This case is a senseless act of vandalism and we need the Whatley Road, please contact investigators.” public’s help to identify those who are responsible,” Strain said. Anyone with information should call LDAF Enforcement at “If you witnessed suspicious activity or saw anything out of the 225-925-4500 or the LFA at 318-443-2558.

Reward The Forestry Enforcement Division of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry is responsible for the protection of life and property throughout forested areas of the state. Officers enforce forestry-related crimes including but not limited to arson, timber theft, forestry equipment theft and vandalism, as well as offenses against departmental employees and property. Forest related crime rewards are co-sponsored by the Louisiana Forestry Association. Call 225-925-4500 to report a suspected crime as described above. 18

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Make checks payable to: Louisiana Logging Council Mail to: P.O. Box 5067 Alexandria, LA 71307


Severance taxes for all 64 parishes collected over the past five years Parish Acadia Allen Ascension Assumption Avoyelles Beauregard Bienville Bossier Caddo Calcasieu Caldwell Cameron Catahoula Claiborne Concordia Desoto E. Baton Rouge E. Carroll E. Feliciana Evangeline Franklin Grant Iberia Iberville Jackson Jeff Davis Jefferson Lafayette Lafourche LaSalle Lincoln Livingston Madison Morehouse Natchitoches Orleans Ouachita Plaquemines Pointe Coupee Rapides Red River Richland Sabine St. Bernard St. Charles St. Helena St. James St. John St. Landry St. Martin St. Tammany Tangipahoa Tensas Terrebonne Union Vermilion Vernon W. Baton Rouge W. Carroll W. Feliciana Washington Webster Winn

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 5-Year Total To Parish $7,229 $52,779 $25,365 $31,516 $23,487 $140,377 $105,283 $388,315 $476,687 $514,450 $438,734 $451,306 $2,269,492 $1,702,119 $22,304 $14,439 $10,027 $4,144 $5,283 $56,197 $42,148 $779 $285 $50 $1,600 $907 $3,621 $2,716 $52,936 $77,826 $40,654 $64,469 $48,942 $284,827 $213,621 $876,910 $833,168 $841,228 $946,320 $1,049,673 $4,547,299 $3,410,474 $602,293 $745,721 $618,083 $780,518 $877,629 $3,624,244 $2,718,183 $215,302 $284,747 $237,263 $359,155 $260,228 $1,356,695 $1,017,521 $140,480 $196,262 $128,143 $149,930 $231,401 $846,216 $634,662 $129,713 $120,802 $144,404 $203,070 $159,615 $757,605 $568,203 $418,294 $321,160 $291,978 $340,131 $277,705 $1,649,268 $1,236,951 $12 $647 $2,281 $4,806 $958 $8,704 $6,528 $119,609 $73,877 $105,475 $127,319 $111,919 $538,199 $403,649 $409,290 $492,229 $594,246 $631,725 $667,828 $2,795,318 $2,096,488 $61,181 $81,314 $34,879 $75,374 $28,838 $281,586 $211,190 $479,645 $455,353 $383,334 $458,026 $542,517 $2,318,875 $1,739,156 $25,574 $44,023 $21,221 $57,139 $15,702 $163,659 $122,744 $12,211 $50,282 $22,582 $20,207 $11,781 $117,063 $87,797 $140,058 $177,273 $139,142 $239,657 $191,622 $887,753 $665,815 $259,378 $261,713 $259,814 $252,359 $161,940 $1,195,205 $896,404 $20,128 $21,805 $7,477 $20,164 $14,042 $83,616 $62,712 $200,788 $233,017 $214,391 $316,947 $296,373 $1,261,516 $946,137 $156 $186 $111 $180 $625 $1,258 $944 $59,127 $18,787 $4,757 $17,430 $24,005 $124,107 $93,080 $557,461 $587,390 $666,162 $666,067 $508,102 $2,985,182 $2,238,887 $29,921 $33,947 $25,047 $6,880 $13,894 $109,689 $82,267 $1,487 $240 $91 $6,292 $697 $8,805 $6,604 $2,499 $11,031 $5,838 $2,606 $6,501 $28,475 $21,356 $5,464 $595 $92 $96 $102 $6,349 $4,762 $441,258 $432,656 $509,515 $529,756 $616,101 $2,529,286 $1,896,964 $201,572 $223,200 $253,480 $299,130 $306,311 $1,283,693 $962,770 $287,765 $251,196 $233,171 $303,475 $157,202 $1,232,810 $924,607 $51,789 $86,460 $60,315 $49,791 $66,589 $314,944 $236,208 $96,785 $82,632 $131,206 $120,340 $121,207 $552,170 $414,127 $579,063 $626,294 $502,367 $470,711 $510,622 $2,689,057 $2,016,792 $19 $18 $248 $288 $29 $602 $452 $163,150 $180,644 $153,530 $255,013 $215,720 $968,057 $726,042 $102 $318 $0 $1,280 -$1,134 $566 $425 $49,436 $75,753 $39,154 $89,288 $55,925 $309,556 $232,167 $562,073 $422,663 $478,571 $630,369 $568,233 $2,661,910 $1,996,433 $167,525 $186,857 $114,475 $128,028 $279,350 $876,235 $657,176 $14,923 $24,706 $4,800 $11,365 $23,395 $79,189 $59,392 $822,483 $712,113 $735,801 $776,230 $846,559 $3,893,186 $2,919,890 $0 $82 $13 $63 $37 $195 $146 $1,245 $222 $30 $121 $95 $1,713 $1,285 $289,895 $283,383 $284,329 $341,066 $303,892 $1,502,565 $1,126,924 $594 $750 $2,610 $159 $573 $4,685 $3,514 $1,472 $208 $206 $118 $0 $2,005 $1,503 $98,144 $95,808 $46,978 $64,500 $36,248 $341,678 $256,259 $57,347 $29,250 $4,593 $15,045 $3,351 $109,587 $82,190 $116,594 $87,695 $126,591 $134,705 $89,306 $554,892 $416,169 $175,281 $140,377 $146,450 $153,172 $146,949 $762,228 $571,671 $45,308 $57,913 $32,157 $89,243 $93,208 $317,829 $238,371 $3,051 $145 $39 $2,169 $3 $5,407 $4,055 $513,232 $559,447 $628,525 $821,034 $698,286 $3,220,524 $2,415,393 $10 $7,290 $26 $0 $354 $7,681 $5,760 $896,753 $913,438 $1,015,325 $961,253 $913,084 $4,699,853 $3,524,889 $5,901 $6,211 $365 $6,366 $13,119 $31,962 $23,972 $847 $4,043 $4,610 $17,491 $14,162 $41,153 $30,865 $81,379 $58,476 $55,613 $102,384 $107,521 $405,374 $304,030 $190,056 $227,701 $219,522 $273,435 $317,185 $1,227,899 $920,924 $205,966 $266,559 $289,678 $394,830 $327,183 $1,484,216 $1,113,162 $715,360 $764,311 $723,710 $875,361 $804,961 $3,883,703 $2,912,777 Third Quarter 2017

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