PLC Member Weekly Update August 20, 2021
In this Issue:
Logger Relief – Apply Now!
MLOP Contractor Visits – Meet future employees!
Logger’s Voice Summer Edition – Now Available!
S. Maine Golf Tournament – Teams and Sponsors still needed!
Logger Expo – Free Passes!
PLC Store – Many items for sale
Safety Resources – Spring Trainings now available online!
Trucking – Updates weekly
Classified listings – Check them out!
Member Discounts – Many to choose from
Logging News – Latest headlines
Pandemic relief funds for timber harvesters and haulers released!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in July that $200 million in aid for timber harvesters and haulers included in a bipartisan $900 billion COVID-19 relief package approved more than six months ago would be released and Maine loggers and truckers could begin applying for the funds July 22.
The full announcement by USDA may be found HERE, including details on who is eligible and how to apply.
Loggers and truckers can apply for assistance through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) July 22 through Oct. 15, 2021. The relief program is being called the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers program (PATHH) and is administered by FSA in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.
Who is eligible?
Timber harvesting and hauling businesses that have experienced a gross revenue loss of at least 10% during the period of Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2020, compared to the period of Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2019, are encouraged to apply.
To be eligible for payments, individuals or legal entities must be a timber harvesting or timber hauling business where 50% or more of its gross revenue is derived from one or more of the following:
-Processing of wood on-site on the forest land (chipping, grinding, converting to biochar, cutting to smaller lengths, etc.).
How much aid can I receive?
Payments will be based on the applicant’s gross revenue received from Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 1, 2019, minus gross revenue received from Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 1, 2020, multiplied by 80%. FSA will issue an initial payment equal to the lesser of the calculated payment amount or $2,000 as applications are approved. A second payment will be made after the signup period has ended based upon remaining PATHH funds.
The maximum amount that a person or legal entity may receive directly is $125,000.
How do I apply?
Loggers and truckers can apply for PATHH beginning on July 22 by completing form FSA-1118, Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers Program application, and certifying to their gross revenue for 2019 and 2020 on the application. Additional documentation may be required. Visit farmers.gov/pathh for more information on how to apply.
Applications can be submitted to the FSA office at any USDA Service Center nationwide by mail, fax, hand delivery, or via electronic means. To find a local FSA office, loggers and truckers can visit farmers.gov/service-locator. They can also call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.
Information on where to locate your nearest Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Maine is available HERE.
FSA hosted a stakeholder webinar on the new PATHH program last month. If you missed it the recording is available HERE.
The American Loggers Council has also provided a helpful Q&A on PATHH. It is available HERE.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the PLC.
***The FSA will be holding another webinar in early September focused on PATHH applications. Watch your email for updates on this and the PLC will share details as soon as they are available.
Contractors invited to visit MLOP program and meet students! Find your next employee!
The Mechanized Logging Operations Program (MLOP) is now well underway in the woods northeast of Old Town, and with the class now less than five weeks from graduation we are encouraging contractors seeking employees to contact Donald Burr at (207)-356-1541 and let him know what position(s) you are seeking to fill so he can begin the process of setting up interviews with students who could be a good fit for your needs. You can view information on the students HERE.
Contractors are invited to visit the program anytime! Just contact Don to set up a visit!
Log A Load Southern Maine Golf Tournament! Teams and Sponsors Still Needed!
Only one week to go!!!
If you have not already registered for or sponsored the PLC’s upcoming Log A Load for Maine Kids Southern Maine Golf Tournament on Aug. 27 there is still time! We look forward to seeing you at this important event at Kezar Lake Country Club in Lovell to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals right here in Maine.
Last year we raised more than $27,000 at the tournament, and we hope to exceed that amount this year.
There are still team registration and sponsorships available! You don’t have to be a golfer to play, this is all about helping the kids! Don’t delay! Register or sponsor now through the online link below or by mail if you prefer.
If you have questions please contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (207) 688-8195.
Free Passes to the Bangor Logger’s Expo!
Admission to the Northeastern Forest Products Expo in Bangor, ME on Sept. 24th & 25th has changed for 2021. To attend for free, you must get your passes ahead of time from a vendor. As a vendor, the PLC is entitled to a select number of free passes that we can distribute in advance of the Expo.
As a PLC member benefit, we are offering each of our members up to 4 FREE passes ($10 each at the door). To take advantage of this offer, please respond by Friday, August 6th and let us know how many passes you would like and where to send them.
ALC Annual Meeting Registration Packet
PLC Online Store
Looking for great PLC items and apparel? Gifts? First Aid packs, safety items and more? You will find them at the new PLC Online Store on our web site. Ordering is easy.
Spring Trainings Now Available Online!
NE Safe Logger
Now is a great time for online training!
NE Safe Logger:
Northeast Safe Logger is an entry level safety and workers’ comp. compliance training program for new entrants to the industry. This is a way for your company to create a culture of safety and reduce risk with a program created by loggers for loggers.
· 16 hours of interactive online training
· Complete on a computer, tablet or smart phone
· Done at the users’ own pace anytime day or night
Upon completion participants will get the discounted “certified logger” rate for workers’ compensation insurance in the State of Maine. Visit www.tcnef.org/nesafelogger/ for more information on pricing.
Log-ins are limited and will be awarded on a first come first served basis. Your company will be put on a wait list if all the log-ins are in use.
LEARN MORE about these training options by emailing Jessica at email@example.com or calling (207) 688-8195.
As a driver shortage worsens, trucking groups are pleased to see the inclusion of legislation in the infrastructure bill that aims to attract more trucker candidates.
Logging Industry News
If you hired new employees who started work between June 15 and July 25, 2021, there is still time to take advantage of the “Back to Work” program, which provides businesses with up to $1,500 grants to offer to qualifying new hires. Applications are being accepted through August 20, 2021—after which, the application period will be closed.
Employees don’t need to have completed the full eight weeks required to be eligible before the employer applies – the payroll verification to confirm length of employment will take place at a later stage. Once new provisionally eligible employees complete eight weeks of work, employers must then submit proof of payroll to verify their eligibility. Once that is completed and approved, the grant funds will be released to the employer to give to their employees. As a final step, employers will need to provide proof of payment to demonstrate the grant funds were passed along to the employee.
All communications about an employee’s eligibility is managed through the employer, so if you apply please keep your new hires up-to-date on their eligibility. Feel free to reach out to BackToWork@maine.gov with any questions.
More information on the Back to Work program, including access to the application and detailed eligibility
Class registration: 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or www.safetyworksmaine.gov
Maine Department of Labor Offering Workplace Training Sessions
SafetyWorks! can help you prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths and reduce related costs. Our safety & health consultation and training services are offered at no charge and confidential and we don’t issue fines or citations.
Work Zone Safety
Private companies and public agencies that work on public roads must follow the traffic control standards of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). This hands-on, half-day workshop covers the MUTCD standards and use of cones, signs, flags, and paddles.
Thursday, September 2, 2021 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta
How to Conduct a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Assessment
This course is designed to assist you in developing a PPE program and how to organize your PPE needs. Employers must conduct a hazard assessment before requiring employees to use PPE. The assessment provides information needed to select the appropriate PPE for the hazards at the workplace. Learn how to conduct a hazard assessment in this hands-on class.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Presque Isle Career Center, 66 Spruce Street, Presque Isle
This training session covers the OSHA requirements and procedures to be used in the Lockout/Tagout process to ensure safety and protection during repair and maintenance of equipment.
Friday, September 17, 2021 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta
Fabian Oil Discount
Traction Heavy Duty Special
Maine Trailer Discounts
Scandinavian Forestry Equipment
Sullivan Tire Discount Skidder Tires
PLC Members get a 5% discount on culverts purchased at Treeline and Frank Martin & Sons
Hale Trailer discounts for PLC Members on new trailer purchases! Call Neal at 207-232-7969 for details!
Cross Arena Discounts for PLC!
Check out the equipment and job opportunities our members have listed at the LOGGING ZONE! If you have equipment for sale, are looking to buy, are looking for employees, or are looking for employment – check it out!
Latest listing: Madden Sustainable Forestry, a fourth generation company, is looking for a full-time processor operator to perform quality work in a team environment. Benefits include competitive wages, company vehicle, IRA, health insurance, and paid vacation.
To apply, please send resume and references to Derek Madden at firstname.lastname@example.org