Friday, December 20, 2013

SFI Inc. 2013 Wrap-up

To the SFI Family,

What a remarkable year 2013 has been for the SFI community and for the future of our forests.

In 2013, we saw SFI's grassroots implementation committees work with youth such as Scouts and Girl Guides to advance their understanding and attachment to vibrant forests. SFI volunteers donated their time to Habitat for Humanity projects, which literally made dreams come true for several families. And we celebrated the great work of SFI Implementation Committees at the best-attended SFI Annual Conference (click here for an amazing youtube video). 

Our hearts were warmed and markets opened in 2013 as top influencers announced their recognition for SFI alongside other standards as a credible forest certification program - from the  World Business Council of Sustainable Development, The Sustainability Consortium,  GreenBlue, to UL Environment and NASF
 
We made huge gains helping customers meet their sustainability goals by significantly increasing forestlands certified to more than 240 million acres/100 million hectares.  The SFI community also advanced responsible forestry on uncertified lands through our fiber sourcing requirements, a true contribution to logger training, best management practices for water quality and landowner outreach.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Next Logging Generation? (PART I)

From Timber Harvesting & Wood Fiber Operations
Sept./Oct. 2013 edition

By Mark Turner

Note: This issue I’m handing off this space to Mark Turner, who, along with his brother, Greg, operates Turner Logging of Banks, Ore. Mark is an active leader with both the Associated Oregon Loggers and the American Loggers Council (ALC). Earlier this year he wrote the subjoined article—a spot on piece about the national logging situation—that was submitted to select industry media on behalf of ALC. I thought it had appeared in Timber Harvesting but when I received Mark’s follow-up article for this issue, I discovered it had not. So his first piece appears here, setting up the second (posted below). I encourage you to absorb both accounts. Well done, Mark, well done. —DK Knight

Recently, during an Associated Oregon Loggers (AOL) executive committee meeting, I learned there was a timber company executive who was very concerned about the looming shortage of logging contractors. He wanted to know what AOL could do to help set up training programs to address this problem.

The Next Logging Generation? (PART II)

From Timber Harvesting & Wood Fiber Operations
Sept./Oct. 2013 edition

By Mark Turner

In my previous article, I discussed how many of us got into logging and some of the challenges facing today’s loggers with respect to where the next generation of loggers is going to come from. It’s apparent that I’m not the only one concerned with the future of logging because I got a lot of feedback and comments from that first article. Obviously, this is a dialogue that we need to be having now and that we can’t afford to keep pushing it aside. In this article, I would like to explore some possible solutions to the looming shortage of loggers, but I must admit; however, describing the problems is much easier than trying to come up with solutions.

The American logging industry is a highly competitive business with both the producers (loggers) and the purchasers (mills and timber companies) having the same goal; get the highest production for the lowest cost. In order for companies to remain in business, they’ve had to find the most efficient ways to get production, usually a combination of new equipment, innovative techniques and trained crews. Although popular in other countries, government regulations, subsidies and artificial supports are not the path to future success in the American logging industry. We, the entire timber industry, need to come together to continue to be able to profitably compete in a global marketplace. Unfortunately, logging is the weak link in the timber supply chain.