207-688-8195 Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

PLC Member Weekly Update Dec. 17, 2021

In this Issue:  

PLC Contractor Membership Renewal Reminder – Deadline to renew is TODAY – December 17th!

Forestry for Loggers in January – Save the Dates!

New Canadian Vaccination Requirement for truck drivers – Deadline Jan. 15

PATHH – Final Pandemic Payments

Maine Forestry Recovery Initiative – Applications open

Health Premium Support Program – Subsidy Available For Employees

PLC Logger Christmas Ornaments – Still time to order and support Log A Load!

Social Media for Loggers – Videos of presentation from Annual Meeting available

PLC Store – Many items for sale

Safety ResourcesHumpday Videos are back!

Trucking – Updates weekly

Classified listings – Check them out!

Member Discounts – Many to choose from

Logging News – Latest headlines

Membership Renewal Reminder

Deadline to Renew TODAY!

Members, now is the time to renew your membership in the PLC for 2022 if you have not already done so. Thank you to all who have renewed already!

The PLC is your voice and advocate and is fighting for your business, your industry, and your future. We need your support to continue standing up for Maine loggers during these challenging times!

We have made the online renewal process easier than ever this year, and we encourage you to take advantage of this option. To do so, click on the link below.

You should also have received renewal information in the mail. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica at (207) 688-8195 or email jessica@maineloggers.com.

Don’t delay, renew now!

RENEW NOW

Save the Dates! Jan. 19, 25, or 27 depending on your region!

The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC) and the Maine Forest Service, Forest Ranger division, are partnering in January 2022 to offer online (via Zoom) trainings focused on what the Maine Forest Service looks for during Timber Harvesting Inspections, and we encourage members to save the dates.

Each session will be geared toward a different region of the state and members should try to attend the session for their region if possible. Full details and registration information will be coming in early January, but meanwhile the dates are below:

Jan. 19 – Northern Maine (Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington Counties)

Jan. 25 – Central Maine (Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln,

Oxford, Waldo and Somerset Counties)

Jan. 27 – Southern Maine (Androscoggin, Cumberland, Sagadahoc and York Counties)

The sessions are designed for owners, foremen, and managers of logging companies. Topics covered will include what to expect during an inspection, how to prepare, resources the Ranger Division has to help loggers, what triggers involvement of the Forest Policy and Management Division, Ranger enforcement philosophy, data Rangers collect, and more.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions.

*This is the first in a series of PLC Logger Leadership trainings planned for 2022. Watch your email for updates on additional trainings and topics.

New Canadian Vaccination Requirement for Truck Drivers Deadline Jan. 15

The Canadian government will begin requiring all truck drivers entering Canada to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19  by Jan. 15 2022. To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine – or combination of vaccines – accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. To enter on Jan. 15 this effectively means a driver’s full series of shots must be completed no later than Jan. 1

This is a Canadian government requirement and the PLC has no control over what the Canadian government does.

As many of you are aware, all exempt essential service providers including truck drivers are already required to identify their vaccination status in ArriveCAN, regardless of whether or not they are allowed to enter as unvaccinated.

Until January 15, 2022, if an exempt essential traveller is not vaccinated, they will still be able to get an ArriveCAN receipt. After January 15, 2022, they must be fully vaccinated to get an ArriveCAN receipt. As of this date, most travellers who are currently exempt from quarantine will need to be fully vaccinated to enter Canada. They will also be required to upload their proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN.

The full announcement on this change is available HERE. If you have questions you may contact the PLC at 207-688-8195.

Final pandemic payments for timber harvesters and haulers have arrived

The U.S. Department of Agriculture began issuing final pandemic assistance payments to timber harvesters and timber hauling businesses through the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) program last week. In total, $200 million will be provided to loggers and log trucking businesses who experienced a gross revenue loss of at least 10% during the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 1, 2020, compared to the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 1, 2019. This support is part of USDA’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative

If you have applied for and qualified for these payments, you should have received the final payment last week. Please let the PLC know if you did not.

Forestry Recovery Initiative Phase 1 Grant Applications Now Being Accepted!

The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) is now accepting applications for Phase 1 of the Forestry Recovery Initiative, a multi-phase grant program to support Maine’s forest products industry and the people it employs, create and sustain jobs in rural Maine, and strengthen the state’s economy.

Maine Governor Janet Mills announced the creation of the $20 million grant program through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan earlier this month. MTI is putting forward $10 million in Phase 1 and Phase 2 grants to provide immediate financial relief to forest products industry businesses that have experienced negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible uses of Phase 1 grant funds may include but are not limited to:

  • payroll costs and expenses;
  • rent or mortgage payments for business facilities (unless otherwise waived by the lessor or lender);
  • utility payments;
  • purchase of personal protective equipment required by the business;
  • business-related equipment;
  • investments that strengthen the business’s ability to mitigate pandemic-related market disruptions;
  • expenses incurred to replenish inventory or other necessary reopening expenses;
  • necessary operating expenses.

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2022.

For more information, including how to apply, click HERE.

Small Business Health Insurance Premium Support Program

Members,

Starting in November, the State of Maine is 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.

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

PLC Logger Christmas Ornaments and Drink Koozies to support Log A Load!

Logger Christmas Ornaments and Log A Load drink koozies are in! Order now from Jessica at jessica@maineloggers.com. New forwarder design this year! Proceeds benefit Log A Load for Kids.

Social Media for Loggers Videos Now Available!

Members, for those who missed the Social Media for Loggers presentation at the morning business meetng at the PLC Annual Meeting or who would like to review it again, videos of the majority of the presentation (small portions of the beginning and middle are missing) are linked below. Thank you to Chrissy Kimball of Kimball and Sons Logging and Cary Weston of Sutherland Weston for the presentation!

Social Media for Loggers Part 1

Social Media for Loggers Part 2

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

HumpDay Safety Videos Return! Check out the featured video this week below – Seat Belt Safety!

Keep the focus on safety: PLC Safety Group Dividend Program on track for another year of dividends!

 Members who are part of the PLC Safety Group Dividend Program, let’s keep our focus on safety going forward as we are currently running a positive loss ratio for 2021! This means if we can hold the line on safety we are on track to receive another year of dividends!

Since 1999, Acadia Insurance has returned over $12 million in premium dividends to members.

This is all due to your efforts and the focus on safety adopted by the PLC. Let’s keep it up!

Safety Update Page

For more Safety resources and updates visit the PLC Safety Update page by clicking below!

Safety Resources for Members Only

The Safety Resources Page is located in the Members Only section of the PLC webite and contains many additional safety videos, resources, and materials for contractors. To check them out, click the link below and log in to the web site. If you do not have a login yet follow the instructions to create one. If you need help accessing the section contact the PLC office!

Trucking

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FACT SHEET: The Biden-⁠Harris Administration Trucking Action Plan to Strengthen America’s Trucking Workforce

DECEMBER 16, 2021

Trucking plays a critical role in the U.S. supply chain and economy. America’s truck drivers have been on the frontlines of this pandemic, delivering goods to every corner of this country. Seventy-two percent of goods in America are shipped by truck, and in most communities, trucks are the only form of delivery. A strong, stable, and safe trucking workforce that offers good-paying jobs to millions of truck drivers is a critical lifeblood of our economy. But outdated infrastructure, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a historic volume of goods moving through our economy have strained capacity across the supply chain, including in trucking.

Trucking Info

Excerpt below from Dec. 1 2021 article, Preparing your fleet for 2022

Entry-Level Driver Training Change coming Feb. 2022

Strict new driver training requirements will arrive on February 7, 2022. While this removes a burden from motor carriers — they won’t have to perform their own FMCSA-mandated entry-level driver training anymore — it places another hurdle in front of drivers who want a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or specific endorsements.

  • Ensure that your existing and potential drivers — including employees thinking of becoming drivers — are aware of the new requirements. They will need to obtain training from an FMCSA-registered training provider before acquiring or upgrading to a Class A or B CDL or a passenger, school bus, or hazardous materials endorsement.
  • Talk to affected employees about their concerns with the new rules. Consider paying for your drivers’ training and help them navigate the process.
  • Decide now if your company intends to register as a training provider. You’ll need to get added to the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry if you want to perform entry-level training in the new year.
  • Even if you’re not on the Registry, don’t stop performing training — for new and existing drivers alike. Ongoing training will remain a critical part of any compliance and safety program.

Use of the 2017 Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form

On November 23, 2021 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) temporarily approved the previous version (2017) of the Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF).  To learn more, read the attached notice from the National Laboratory Certification Program about the OMB action.

What does this mean for DOT drug testing

  • You may continue to use the ‘revised/new’ CCF when collecting urine specimens for DOT tests. 
  • You may also use the ‘previous version (2017 CCF)’ of the CCF.  
  • When using the ‘previous version (2017 CCF)’ of the CCF:
  • For specimens collected as of November 23, 2021, you will not need to complete a memorandum for the record.
  • For specimens collected between August 30, 2021 and November 22, 2021, you will need to complete a memorandum for the record.

Mobile carriers are sunsetting 3G soon. Will your ELD be affected?

Mobile carriers are shutting down their 3G networks to make room for more advanced network services, including 5G. As a result, many older cell phones and other mobile devices will be unable to use data services.

Once a 3G network is no longer supported, it is highly unlikely that any ELDs that rely on that network will be able to meet the minimum requirements established by the ELD Technical Specifications, including recording all required data elements and transferring ELD output files.

Therefore, any ELD that requires 3G cellular connectivity to perform its functionality will no longer be in compliance with the technical specifications in the ELD rule after the 3G network it relies on is sunset. When in an area that does not support 3G, a 3G device will register a malfunction. In accordance with 49 CFR 395.34, the carrier has 8 days to get the malfunction resolved, in this case by replacement, unless an extension is granted.

The announced sunset dates are below.* These are dates for completing the shutdowns. Mobile carriers are planning to retire parts of their networks sooner.

  • AT&T 3G: February 22, 2022
  • Sprint 3G (T-Mobile): March 31, 2022
  • Sprint LTE (T-Mobile): June 30, 2022
  • T-Mobile 3G: July 1, 2022
  • Verizon 3G: December 31, 2022

Note: Many other carriers, such as Cricket, Boost, Straight Talk, and several Lifeline mobile service providers, utilize the AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile networks.

*Sunset dates are subject to change. Contact your mobile carrier for up-to-date information.

Logging Industry News

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Representative Jared Golden

Collins, Golden Announce Maine Loggers Approved for More Than $12.3 Million in COVID-19 Relief

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins and Congressman Jared Golden announced today that more than 350 Maine timber harvesting and hauling businesses have been approved for a total of $12,348,389 in COVID-19 relief.

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UMaine-led FOR/Maine coalition chosen as finalist for up to $100 million in EDA’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge

ORONO — The FOR/Maine Coalition has been named by the Economic Development Administration as a finalist in the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge. The University of Maine was awarded the $500,000 grant to support the coalition to further develop and scale the forest bioeconomy in Maine and will advance to Phase 2 of the challenge competing for up to $100 million in American Rescue Plan funding.

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

 

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

Enhanced Supporting Members