207-688-8195 Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

PLC Member Weekly Update Oct. 1, 2021

In this Issue:

Logger Relief – Apply Now!

PLC Award NominationsDEADLINE TODAY!

PLC Annual Meeting – Register Now!

House Hearing – PLC Testifies on sustainable forestry

EXPO – Great to see everyone!

Member Alert – BMP Workshop Update

Health Premium Support Program – Subsidy Available!

CAT and Weiler Evening – Thanks for hosting!

PLC Store – Many items for sale

Safety Resources – Safety First!

Trucking – Updates weekly

Classified listings – Check them out!

Member Discounts – Many to choose from

Logging News – Latest headlines

DEADLINE OCT. 15! Pandemic relief funds for timber harvesters and haulers available!

Applying is easy! $200 million available, only $2 million awarded so far!

Members,

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.

*PLEASE NOTE  Applying for assistance is quick and easy. In fact, the American Loggers Council (ALC) says there is “probably not a simpler federal assistance program.”

As of early September only 3,000 applications had been submitted and nearly $2 million in initial payments had been disbursed. Prior American Loggers Council surveys and estimates indicate that far more are eligible. The application is only one and a half pages long. APPLY NOW!!!

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:

-Cutting timber

-Transporting timber.

-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.

The American Loggers Council has also provided a helpful Q&A on PATHH. It is available HERE.

Webinar Recording Available

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is making a recording available of last their webinar on the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers Program (PATHH) that was held Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. This webinar is for timber harvesters and haulers in the Northeast states of Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

If you missed the webinar, we encourage you to review it. This link will take you to a website called Box, where you can either watch it right there, or download the file: https://nrcs.box.com/s/x74nepkpd02fuhi4yqe720spscgeqnwb

APPLY FOR RELIEF FUNDS HERE

PLC Award Nominations Needed!

Do you know a person or business involved in the logging industry who ought to be recognized for outstanding professionalism, service to the community, or service to the industry? If you do, please nominate them for one of the PLC’s annual awards!

Nominations must be received no later than Oct. 1 2021!

Winners will be honored at the PLC’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 29 in Bangor.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND NOMINATION FORM

PLC Annual Meeting Oct. 29!

Register Now!

The countdown to the PLC’s 25th Annual Meeting and Log A Load Auction on Oct. 29 has begun! We have a full schedule this year which you may review HERE. We have come a long way in 25 years, come celebrate! Members and Supporting Members, please register for this event at https://maineloggers.com/2021meetingauction/

PLC Testifies before House Comittee on Small Business

Representatives of the U.S. timber industry including PLC Executive Director Dana Doran testified Wednesday before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business chaired by Congressman Jared Golden in a hearing on the role sustainable logging plays in preserving healthy forests and those forests importance in mitigating climate change.
The benefits to the forests of third-party certification of harvesting practices through the Master Logger program were also highlighted.
The recording of the entire hearing is available HERE.

Logger’s EXPO

Great to see everyone at last weekend’s Logger’s Expo in Bangor! PLC got the opportunity to spend time with many of our Members and Supporting Members and talk to potential new members.

Special thanks to instructors for the Mechanized Logging Operations Program who put in time to meet potential students and answer questions, and to our Supporting Members Weiler and Wallingfords’s Inc. for supporting the Log A Load for Maine Kids loader and putting contests!

Member Alert: BMP Workshop Update

 

The notice as it appeared in a recent Maine Forest Service email

 

Many of you may have received a notice in late August promoting upcoming Best Management Practices (BMP) workshops in October that are being offered by Maine SFI and the Maine Forest Service. Additional notices have also gone out since then.

The PLC would like to make you aware that logging contractors were not invited to participate in the development of these workshops over the past 16 months despite repeated requests to do so.  These top-down workshops were not created with the input of contractors and without it, they are missing a key component of contractor buy in and expertise.

The PLC also wants to ensure that if any PLC Members do plan to attend these workshops, they are not being required to do so as a condition of their employment or ability to sell wood. Contractors are not employees and any attempt to treat them as such raises serious legal issues.

To learn more on this topic and why contractors should educate themselves on this topic, please check out this article that begins on page 8 in the latest Logger’s Voice.

Small Business Health Insurance Premium Support Program

Members,

Starting in November, the State of Maine will be making available a subsidy for small business health insurance plan providers (less than 50 employees). This program will be funded by federal pandemic relief funds, and will run for 18 months. It is intended to provide temporary premium relief to small employers and their employees. The Maine Bureau of Insurance will be doing rulemaking for it this fall.

A powerpoint that is linked below provides a good summary of the program and we encourage you to review it. The PLC will provide additional information on this program as it becomes available.

Funds for the program are being provided through LD 1733, the bill allocating nearly $1 billion in federal pandemic relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

INFORMATIONAL POWERPOINT

Milton CAT and Weiler host PLC Contractors

A big thank you to Chris Milton from Milton CAT and Pat Weiler from Weiler for hosting  a great evening with PLC Members last Friday! We appreciate your support of the Maine logging industry and the PLC.

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.

CHECK IT OUT HERE

Safety Resources

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TRAINING TOPIC: Accident Investigations—Root Cause Analysis

October 12, 2021
VIA ZOOM
9:00am – 11:00am

LEARN MORE

 

Spring Trainings Available Online!
Members Only!

Members, the PLC’s 2021 Logger and Fleet Spring Safety Trainings are now available in the Members-only section of the PLC website for those current employees who missed them!  To check them out, click the link below and login to the web site. If you do not have a login yet follow the instructions to create one. This is a members-only benefit. If you need help accessing the trainings contact the PLC office!

GO TO MEMBERS ONLY

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 jessica@maineloggers.com or calling (207) 688-8195.

Trucking

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As we enter into the fall we enter into the increase of morning and afternoon traffic with schools starting up. Please take time to plan your routes and to be aware of not only the increase in vehicle traffic, but expect an increase in pedestrian traffic and bicycle traffic!   EYES UP… JUST DRIVE and BE AWARE.

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Reminder: Onboard documentation and supporting documents

Motor carriers and drivers have specific requirements under the ELD regulations. Some of the most commonly cited violations pertain to the documents and materials drivers are required to have with them in the commercial motor vehicle (CMV), or that motor carriers must retain in their files, and provide to enforcement personnel upon request. Below are a few reminders to help motor carriers and drivers adhere to these requirements. Learn more…

Logging Industry News

 

AUGUSTA, Maine — Dan Jacobs of Littleton has been an integral part of the forestry culture in northern Maine for a number of years.

Member Discounts

TRUCKING DISCOUNTS THROUGH THE ALC!

PLC Members, because the PLC is a member of the American Loggers Council YOU are entitled to special discounts on truck purchases! Click on the brand names below to learn more!

PETERBILT

WESTERN STAR

INTERNATIONAL

Fabian Oil Discount

 

Traction Heavy Duty Special

 

Wallingford’s Discounts

 

 

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! 

Classifieds

PLC Classified Section


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

Preferred Supporting Members

Preferred Supporting Members

Enhanced Supporting Members