Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pennsylvania SIC Summer 2013 Newsletter

http://www.sfiofpa.org/newsletter.phpNow Available Online:
  • Timber Harvesters......Log On
  • PA Game Commission Proceeds with More Deliberate Approach to Bat Preservation
  • Ken Spaich Named AHUG Logger of the Year
  • Bill Moves to Address Sales Tax Inequities for Logging
  • Pennsylvania SIC Support
  • Training Card Reminders
  • Berks County Conservation District Offers E&S Fee Reduction to PA SFI Timber Harvesters
  • $23,700+ Raised for Log A Load Program in PA


  • 2013 Fall Training Schedule 

Monday, August 26, 2013

SFI and U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Spur Collaboration Among Water Utilities and Forest Landowners to Protect Watersheds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Experts acknowledge the important role of forestlands in protecting our nation's water quality. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that about two-thirds of our nation's freshwater resources originate in forests. Water utilities are increasingly taking responsibility for the health of local watersheds as the best way to ensure a long-term supply of clean water for the community. A new project managed by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment), and supported by a grant from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), will engage forest landowners and water utilities to support innovative ways to promote watershed protection and maintenance on privately owned forest lands.

Logger Deaths Jump in 2012

  @CNNMoney August 23, 2013: 10:36 AM ET

The nation's loggers died on the job at an unexpectedly high rate in 2012.

There were 64 killed last year, according to an annual report released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was 128 fatalities for every 100,000 workers employed, up 25% from 102 deaths in 2011. It was the first year since 2004 that the death rate for loggers led that of all other American workers.

"I'm quite surprised by that number because the industry is mechanizing at a rapid rate, which should bring down fatalities," said Eric Johnson, editor of The Northern Logger and a former logger.

The death rate for loggers has more than doubled since 2009. Logger fatalities surpassed the rate for fishermen, which is 117 deaths per 100,000 workers. And the rate is nearly 40 times higher than it is for the average U.S. worker -- 3.2 per 100,000.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Weyerhaeuser Leads North America in Sustainable Forestry

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., - With the completed acquisition of Longview Timber's approximately 645,000 acres of forestland in Washington state and Oregon in July, Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) now owns or manages approximately 20.5 million acres of forestland in the U.S. and Canada, making the company one of North America's and the world's largest private sustainable forestry operations.

"Weyerhaeuser is dedicated to industry leadership in forest stewardship and sustainability, and we will continue that leadership as we bring the recently acquired Longview Timber operations into our portfolio," said Tom Gideon, Weyerhaeuser's executive vice president of Timberlands. "All of Weyerhaeuser's North American forests will continue to be certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative™ standard, which ensures that our forest management practices meet a broad spectrum of social, economic and environmental requirements."