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PLC Supporting Member Weekly Update March 25, 2022

In this Issue:

MLOP Now Recruiting – Classes Start in June! Scholarships now available for all accepted students.

Annual Meeting 2022 – May 13, Save the Date!

PLC Awards 2022 – Nominations Needed for the best of 2022!

PLC Store – Many items for sale

Safety Resources – Safety First!

Trucking – Roadcheck 2022 May 17-19

Classified listings – Check them out!

Member Discounts – Many to choose from

Logging News – Latest headlines

MLOP Program Now Recruiting Students for Summer 2022!

*Two instructors also being sought

Through the generous support of Skowhegan Savings, $1,000 scholarships are now available for all accepted students!

The Mechanized Logging Operations Program is now accepting applications for the 2022 Class starting in June of 2022. If you know of anyone who may have an interest in the program they can apply at the link below. You may also encourage them to call, text or email MLOP Coordinator Donald Burr at 207-356-1541 or dburr@nmcc.edu to learn more.


*MLOP is also seeking two instructors for the program! One instructor will need delimber experience and the other feller buncher experience. Contact Donald Burr at 207-356-1541 or dburr@nmcc.edu to learn more!

PLC Annual Meeting 2022: May 13


Members and Supporting Members, we are pleased to announce plans to hold the PLC’s Annual Meeting and Log A Load for Maine Kids live auction this year on May 13 at a new location, the Harborside Hotel, Spa, and Marina in Bar Harbor!

Please save the date for this important event and many more details will be released soon along with sponsorship opportunities!


PLC Award Nominations Needed!

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

PLC Community Service Award – This Award is given annually to a PLC member, Supporting Member or affiliated organization that has demonstrated a significant commitment to giving back to their community.

PLC Logging Contractor of the Year Award – The PLC Logging Contractor of the Year award recognizes a PLC Logging Contractor for their commitment to the sustainability of the industry and logging as a profession.

Nominations should be received no later than April 22, 2022

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.


Safety Resources


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Roadcheck inspection 2022 blitz is May 17-19

You have about 90 days to get ready for the annual inspection blitz aimed at commercial vehicles.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced this year’s International Roadcheck dates ar May 17-19, and will have a focus on wheel ends.

Next 3G Sunset Date Is March 31, 2022

Mobile carriers are shutting down their 3G networks, which may impact motor carriers if their ELDs rely on a 3G network. Read more about the 3G sunset.

T-Mobile will complete the shutdown of Sprint’s 3G CDMA network by March 31, 2022.

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.

FMCSA has granted an extension for specific 3G dependent ELDs. See which ELDs are covered by this extension.

Logging Industry News

Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC) and Northern Maine Community College applaud federal funding to expand Mechanized Logging Operation Program in 2023

 $1 million in dedicated funds will double program capacity and add off-road CDL training

AUGUSTA – The Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine and Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) applauded this week’s announcement that $1 million in dedicated federal funding has been secured to expand the Mechanized Logging Operations Program (MLOP) in 2023 and 2024 and add Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training to the program to train the next generation of timber haulers.



New deal with Skowhegan paper mill includes some of the best wage increases in decades, union says

Days away from a strike, the local United Steelworkers union has a new contract with the Sappi paper mill in Skowhegan.

Join Maine TREE for Forest of Maine teachers’ tours

The Maine Timber Research and Environmental Education Foundation (Maine TREE) nationally acclaimed Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tours haven been scheduled for 2022. The four-day, three-night Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tour is a professional development program focused on immersing Maine educators in the northern forests of Maine. Opening with a workshop featuring Project Learning Tree, an award-winning, standards-aligned curriculum that uses forests as a teaching tool, the tour explores sustainable forest management through the eyes of many stakeholders including landowners, foresters, loggers, mills, and community members.

NERCOFE Workshop April 11-12

PLC Members are encouraged to register for the upcoming New England Region Council on Forest Engineering(NER.COFE) workshop.  PLC Executive Director Dana Doran will be the first speaker. The workshop will be held Monday April 11 and Tuesday April 12, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.



Member Discounts


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!




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! 


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