207-688-8195 Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

PLC Supporting Member Weekly Update May 26, 2023

In this Issue

PLC 2023 Logger Safety & Fleet Trainings Completed – Thank you Everyone!

Log A Load Golf Tournaments – Save the Dates!

NELA Awards – Congratulations PLC Safety, MLOFT and TCNEF!

Mechanized Logging Operations and Forest Trucking Program – Seeking intructors and students

Welcome New Supporting Member – DC Bates Equipment!

ALC Annual Meeting Oct. 3-6 – Book Rooms Now!

PLC Store – Many items for sale

Safety Resources – HumpDay Video, Ergonomics!

Trucking – Latest news

Classified listings – Check them out!

Member Discounts – Many to choose from

Logging News – Latest headlines

PLC 2023 Logger Safety and Fleet Trainings Complete

The PLC’s 2023 Logger Safety and Fleet Trainings concluded on Wednesday in Fort Kent and we are pleased to report the trainings were attended by 1058 individuals from 169 companies across the state.

Thank you to all our staff, trainers, sponsors, Members, hosts and their employees for their support and participation. We could not do this without you. 


Save the Dates!

Log A Load Golf Tournaments Aug. 25 and Sept. 15

It is time to mark your calendars for the PLC’s 2023 Log A Load Golf Tournaments! The Southern Maine Tournament will be held on Friday, Aug. 25 at Lake Kezar Country Club in Lovell. The Northern Maine Tournament will be held Friday, Sept. 15 at JATO Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln. The call for teams, sponsors, and donors will be going out soon! Meanwhile save the dates and we look forward to seeing you at the tournaments to raise money for the kids!

PLC Safety Coordinator,

MLOFT, and TCNEF Director win 2022 NELA Awards

Congratulations to PLC Safety Coordinator Donald Burr, the Mechanized Logging Operations and Forest Trucking (MLOFT) Program, and Ted Wright, Executive Director of the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands (TCNEF) on winning 2022 Northeastern Loggers Association (NELA) Awards. All were recognized at NELA’s Logger Banquet at the Logger’s Expo last week in Bangor. The Awards are below. Well done!

Donald Burr
Greenbush, ME

Mechanized Logging Operations Program
Presque Isle, ME

Ted Wright
Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands
Brunswick, ME

MLOFT Program Seeks Instructors and Students!

The PLC’s Mechanized Logging Operations and Forest Trucking Program, (MLOFT) an expanded version of our highly successful logging operations certificate program that will now include Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training, is still actively recruiting instructors and students for the 2023 class.

Instructors for the program will work from mid-July to mid-October. These are ideal positions for experienced logging operators lookming for new opportunities, including retired loggers seeking seasonal employment. These are 14-week contract positions.  Pay range: $21.00 to $26.00 per hour, depending on experience. 60 hrs. a week on most weeks, overtime after 40 hrs.  The expected start date is June 17th, end date is October 20th. Anyone interested in an instructor position should contact Donald Burr at (207) 356-1541 or email dburr@nmcc.edu.. You may also  CLICK HERE.

The MLOFT program will run for 20 weeks, which includes the CDL training, from June 26 to November 9. The majority of training will take place at an active timber harvest site northeast of Old Town. The opportunity to earn a CDL-A permit and receive preparation for the state driving exam is a significant addition to the program. Tuition is FREE.

Potential students seeking more information should contact Holly Grant at Northern Maine Community College at 207-768-2856. Information may be also found online at www.bit.ly/2023MLOFT

Welcome New Supporting Member: DC Bates Equipment

D.C. Bates Equipment of Hopedale MA joined the PLC in May as a new Supporting Member. Since 1985, DC Bates Equipment has been providing the highest quality material handling equipment including log loaders and custom fabrications to a variety of customers throughout the country. To learn more contact Ed Cucci at (603) 391-1828, ed@dcbates.com, or visit www.dcbates.com.

ALC Annual Meeting 2023 in Maine!

Reserve Rooms Now!

Save the Date for the 2023 American Loggers Council Conference and Membership Meeting at the Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine October 3-6!

American Loggers Council President and long-time PLC Board Member Andy Irish and his wife Kathy look forward to hosting timber industry representatives for the peak “Leaf Peeping” season. More details will be coming soon!

For guests who would like to reserve a room online CLICK HERE

For guests who would like to call to book their reservation lease call 800-207-2365 and refer to Group Code 86B5IN

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.


PLC Upcoming Meetings

PLC Executive Board Meeting

June 15

PLC Office, Augusta ME

Safety Resources

Featured HumpDay Safety Video – Ergonomics

CPR/First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogens certification: Did you know your employees are required to have this training every two years? If your employees need this training in 2023, contact Jessica at Jessica@maineloggers.com or 207-688-8195 and the PLC will schedule training in your area. THIS TRAINING IS FREE TO MEMBERS!

Now FREE to Maine Loggers! A $300 value!



DOT Banner Image

DOT Publishes Drug Testing Rule

On May 2, 2023, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule that, among other items, authorizes employers to use oral fluid drug testing as an alternative testing methodology to urine drug testing. The final rule also:

  • harmonizes with pertinent section of the HHS oral fluid Mandatory Guidelines,
  • clarifies certain Part 40 provisions that cover urine drug testing procedures,
  • removes provisions that are no longer necessary,
  • adds eight new definitions, clarifying language to definitions and web links, and
  • updates provisions to address issues that have risen in recent years.

To learn more about this final rule, view the rule at https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/frpubs.

FMCSA has Removed ALL-WAYS TRACK, LLC’s “All-Ways Track” ELD from List of Registered ELDs

Monday, March 27, 2023

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has removed All-Ways Track ELD from the list of registered Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). FMCSA has placed All-Ways Track ELD on the Revoked Devices list due to the company’s failure to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A, effective March 27, 2023.

Logging News

Newsy to become Scripps News – T Dog Media

Scripps News cites UMaine research in logging industry story

In a news story about the product demand and job losses experienced in the logging industry, and the possible ramifications they could have on the supply of building products, Scripps News cited a recent report by University of Maine researchers titled “The Economic Contribution of Logging and Trucking in Maine.”

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


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

Enhanced Supporting Members