Thursday, August 28, 2014

Let’s Strengthen The Safety Culture

By Chris Dixon - Timber Harvesting & Wood Fiber Operations

Over the years I have worked with many professionals in different industries, including residential and heavy construction, oilfield, trucking, mining, rigging, maritime, logging, mill operations and heavy equipment. I have learned one very valuable lesson: as a business owner, co-worker, or employee, it is your responsibility to live and breathe safety at work, home and elsewhere. happen every day. These events, almost all of which can be prevented, occur because we as humans are “foulable.” We are not perfect and we don’t always think about safety before we act. We can all do more, especially in our daily operating arenas. It is time to strengthen the Safety Culture.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pa. Dept. of Agriculture Urges Public to Help Keep Foreign Beetle from Entering State

Agriculture Secretary George Greig is encouraging Pennsylvanians to protect the commonwealth tree population by spotting, collecting and submitting suspected Asian longhorned beetles to experts.

“Many Pennsylvanians are aware of the threat that invasive species pose to our state’s timber, maple syrup and tourism industries, but awareness isn’t enough,” said Greig. “Since Asian longhorned beetles are similar in appearance to more common beetles, we need citizens to capture samples and submit them to experts for identification.”

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Congratulations to Terry Schwartz

Ashley Hall-Bagdonas presents Schwartz with his first place trophy
Terry Schwartz of Pleasant Mount, PA won first place in the Professional category of the Skilled Tree Felling event at the 31st Wayne County Woodsmen's Competition. The annual event was held on August 2nd at the Waye County Fairgrounds and is sponsored by the Wayne County Conservation District and the Wayne County Fair. The Skilled Tree Felling Event was one of 12 events held as part of the competition.

Contestants were required to fell a pole at a target using techniques and knowledge of tree felling. They were scored on accuracy, cutting technique, and distance from their target. Contestants competing in the event were required to have completed Game of Logging training.

Schwartz beat out 4 competitors.
He felled his pole directly onto his target, a gallon jug which he exploded, and everyone was excited - except for Terry Schwartz, because that was just what he planned to do the whole time! Others competing in the event were Jason Schroeder, Ian Ernst, Kyle Reining, and Jim Watson Jr.

Schwartz works for Timber Wolf Logging and is also a participant in the Pennsylvania SFI Professional Timber Harvester Training Program. Since 1997 he has completed more then 90 hours of training aimed at improving safety, professionalism, and environmental stewardship. The Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee donated the trophies for the event.

Congratulations Terry.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pennsylvania SIC Summer 2014 Newsletter
Now Available Online:
  • Pennsylvania Loggers Recognized
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Reopens Comment Period on Proposed Listing of Northern Long-eared Bat
  • PA SFI Updates & Reminders
  • Central Mountain Students Participate in Logger Training
  • PA Walnut Quarantine Expanded
  • Pennsylvania SIC Support
  • PA Forest Products Association Executive Development Workshop and Annual Meeting

  • 2014 Fall Training Schedule 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Black Walnut Wood Quarantine Expanded in SE Pennsylvania

Four additional Pennsylvania counties are quarantined effective immediately because of the detection of Thousand Cankers Disease found in trees in Chester County.

This restricts the movement of wood and wood products from Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties and other states known to have the disease. This is the second detection of Thousand Cankers Disease in the state. Bucks County was quarantined in 2011.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pennsylvania Team Competes in National 4-H Forestry Invitational

By Dave Jackson

Pennsylvania was one of 12 state teams that competed in the 35th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational from Sunday, July 27, through Thursday, July 31.  Teams from Alabama, New York, and Georgia placed first, second, and third respectively.  Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia were also represented at this year’s Invitational.

The invitational was held at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center near Weston, West Virginia.  The event was sponsored by Farm Credit System, Plum Creek, The Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc., The Society of American Foresters, West Virginia University Extension Service, The American Forest Foundation, and the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.  In Pennsylvania, the 4-H Forestry Program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee.