Trucking Safety for the Timber Transportation Industry
Trucking Safety for the Timber Transportation Industry
8:00am – 3:00pm Two locations:
Central: May 2, 2016 Yankee Farm Credit Union, White River Jct, VT
North: May 3, 2016 Green Mountain Technical Career Center (GMTCC), Hardwick VT –This training will be offered by Peasley Safety Consulting, LLC. Fast paced 6-hour training seminar on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for Owners, Operators, Office & Safety Managers, Safety Directors, Supervisors and Drivers. This seminar is suitable for new driver orientation training, re- fresher training and remedial training. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? New Motor Carriers (New Entrants), Finished and Unfinished Forest Products Haulers, Bridge & Road Construction Contractors, Land Clearing Contractors, Farmers, Owner Operators, Trainers and any company that uses vehicles or vehicles and trailers to transport passengers or property in their commercial enterprises. Training includes DOT’s mandatory training requirements and the civil liability consequences of failure to train employees, failure to comply and failure to supervise your commercial vehicle drivers.
Questions: Wayne Peasley, President Toll Free: 1-877-525-3581 www.safetruck.org
Directions: (Trucking Safety for the Timber Transportation Industry)
North: GMTCC, Hazen High School, Hardwick, VT: From the center of Hardwick turn North on North Main Street, go ¼ mile, pass Hazen Union High School, turn Left into driveway of GMTCC.
South: Yankee Farm Credit Union White River Jct.: Exit 11 off I 91, Right onto Rte. 5, turn Right at Light onto Sykes Ave. go 1/5 mile, Turn Right onto Holiday Drive, go 1/5 mile, Turn Left onto Farmvu Drive. Building on Left.
Cost: $90 / $80 for Current VFPA members. **LUNCH IS PROVIDED**


   
Invasive Bugs, Plants & Mill Tour
Invasive Bugs, Plants & Mill Tour.
South –April 26, 2016: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Old Firehouse in Tinmouth, VT
North –May 11, 2016: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at the XXXXXXX in Essex Center VT.
We are literally surrounded in Vermont by several of the tree devastating insects: Emerald Ash Borer, Asian long-horned Beetle, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and potentially others. And trying to eradicate us are the Deer Ticks. Creeping in and making natural regeneration challenging are the invasive plants; Common Buckthorn, Honeysuckle, Barberry and others. Learn the status of these threats to us and the forest and what current thinking is for managing our woods and them. This will be an inside morning session at both locations and in the afternoon we will take a mill tour. The Southern workshop will visit True Temper Corporation, a major mill utilizing our threatened White Ash trees. The Northern workshop will tour the Joseph C. McNeil Generating Station at Burlington Electric Department where they typically use around 30 cord/hr to generate electricity.
Directions:
South: meet at the Old Fire House, Tinmouth, VT: From Wallingford on Rt. 7, take Rt. 140 West 5 miles to Tinmouth, park in Church parking lot. From W. Rutland take Rt. 133 South to Rt. 140, then East 3 miles to Church Parking lot
North: meet at the xoxoxoxoxo in Essex Center, VT:
Cost: $50 / $40 for Current VFPA members. **LUNCH IS PROVIDED**

   
VT Forest Health Information Meeting
The annual Vermont Forest Health Information Meeting is scheduled this year for Wednesday, April 13th 8:00am It will once again be held at Woodstock Union High School. This is a VT Department of Forest, Parks & Recreation sponsored meeting. It is free and open to the general public. LEAP Credits will be awarded. Bring your Lunch!
   
What's in the Woods
8:00am – 3:00pm Jericho VT. This workshop is limited to 20 people max!
Join us for an amazing workshop learning what animals are sharing our woods. Susan Morse, of Jericho VT, is a naturalist, forester and professional tracker. "We will experience in the field a variety of wildlife, tracks and sign, with an emphasis on discovering how many species communicate within their forested habitat as well as benefit tremendously from good forest management practices.” She has been conducting wildlife monitoring at her Wolfrun property for 40 years. You can learn more about her and Keeping Track®, the organization she founded in 1994, at www.keepingtrack.org.
Directions: Carpooling will occur from the Richmond Park & Ride located off of I-89, Exit 11 at 8:00am. You will be lead to the site from there. Dress for the weather and bring your lunch!
Cost: $40

   
NH Professional Logger Program Workshops
NH Professional Logger Program has graciously offered the ability for VT LEAP loggers to attend their workshops at their member rate. Please check out their offerings and let them know if you are interested in attending. VT LEAP loggers need to send verification of attendance if taking any of their workshops to receive LEAP credits.

Contact this website for a listing of workshops offered this Spring - www.nhtoa.org
   
Game of Logging - for Loggers
The Game of Logging
This training is directed to Professional Loggers. These techniques have proven to increase production and safety in the woods. Game of Logging is a world-recognized training curriculum that teaches chain saw skills. Developed in the 1960s by Soren Eriksson, a Swedish logger turned training instructor, the Game of Logging combines Scandinavian logging techniques with the latest systems for working safely and productively around trees.

Four Days/Levels of Safety & Skills Training: 

The entire Game of Logging program is broken into four separate days. Day 1 provides an overview of chain saw safety and covers tree felling. Day 2 covers saw maintenance and chain sharpening techniques and provides another opportunity for tree felling.
 Days 3 and 4 build on the first two days and present techniques for felling difficult trees, including trees with side and back lean. Days 3 & 4 also cover limbing and bucking techniques and systems for planning work.
Level 1 – June 2nd Level 2 – June 6th Level 3 – September 8th Level 4 – September 15th
Level 5 –September 19th: Level 5 is designed for the logger who has taken all four levels in the past. This day will incorporate a review of the first four Levels and add many techniques that go beyond the basics.
Location will be determined depending on participants.

For more information and to Register go to Northeast Woodland Training’s website: www.woodlandtraining.com





   
Game of Logging Level 5 for Loggers
L5 is both a refresher of all the four levels and will add much new material from sawyers around the country.
Levels 1-4 are a pre-requisite.

Contact Nate Fice at: www.woodlandtraining.com for more details


   
To become a member of the Vermont Forest Products Association
To become a member of the
Vermont Forest Products Association
Your membership can be paid through the VFPA website at www.vtfpa.org using a debit/credit card or print off a membership application and mail to:
Vermont Forest Products Association
P.O. Box 110
Coventry, Vermont 05825
Or contact :
Barb Ross
Administrative Assistant
802-461-5688

   
Game of Logging - for Loggers
Bristol, VT VT Family Forests presents:

Game of Logging Level I (Thursday April 2) and Game of Logging Level II (Thursday, April 9). Game of Logging Level III (Thursday April 16) needs two more students to launch!

For more information about any of these HCC offerings, visit http://www.familyforests.org/public-education/events.shtml.

   
Road Building Tool Box
Road Building Tool Box: A one-day workshop co-sponsored by LEAP and VT Woodlands Association (VWA), with support from EJ Prescott, Gardiner ME. Two sessions are available.
North: May 24, 2016, 8:00am - 3:00pm, Green Mountain Technical Career Center (GMTCC), Hardwick VT
South: May 25, 2016 8:00am - 3:00pm, The Marsh Billings Rockefeller Park, Woodstock VT

The workshop combines indoor and outdoor discussion, presentation, materials, and technical assistance. The indoor morning session may focus on AMP rules and regulations, pending legislation, and other topics that relate to logging, road building, or water quality. In the afternoon program you will learn what Team E.J. Prescott can contribute to your business needs with innovations in erosion prevention, roadway stabilization, drainage systems and soil reinforcement. Field station topics may include:
1. Stream crossings and culvert installation.
2. Sediment Control Technology.
3. Stabilizing logging roads with geogrids.
4. Three dimensional soil stabilization.
5. Geotextiles uses and applications.
6. Erosion control technology.
Cost for the full day workshop is $50 Register directly with VWA, see below *** Lunch will be provided ***

For information, registration, and payment options, contact VWA at 802-747-7900 or email info@vermontwoodlands.org.

Registration and payment with credit card will be available online at www.vermontwoodlands.org or by check sent to VWA, PO Box 6004, Rutland, VT 05702 (registration below).

Directions:
North: GMTCC, Hazen High School, Hardwick, VT: From the center of Hardwick turn North on North Main Street, go ¼ mile, pass Hazen Union High School, turn Left into driveway of GMTCC.
South: Marsh Billings Rockefeller Park, Woodstock VT: From Interstate 89, take Exit 1. Follow Route 4 West about 13 miles, through Quechee and Taftsville to Woodstock. Turn right onto Route 12 North and bear right after the iron bridge, continuing 1/4 mile. The Park is on the left but parking is at Billings Farm on the right.


   
First Aid for Loggers, Hardwick, VT Refresher
First Aid for Loggers **REFRESHER**
North –April 18, 2016: 8:00 am – Noon, Green Mountain Technical Career Ctr, Hardwick, VT
South – April 19, 2016: 8:00 am – Noon, The Old Firehouse, Tinmouth, VT
This class will be a Refresher for those who have taken FA & CPR before. This is not for folks new to First Aid and CPR! We should be done by Noon.
*Additional $19/card if an American Red Cross Card is needed for FA and or CPR.
Directions:
South: Old Fire House, Tinmouth, VT: From Wallingford on US RT 7, take RT 140 West 5 miles to Tinmouth, park in Church parking lot. From West Rutland take RT 133 South to RT 140, then East 3 miles to Church parking lot.
North: Greensboro Bend, VT: Ken Davis’ Building, Greensboro Bend. From Hardwick go East on Rt. 15 for 2 miles to Rt. 16 North, go 4.1 miles on Rt. 16. Building on Left before turn to Stannard/Lyndonville Road on Right.
Cost: $40 / $30 for Current VFPA members.

   
Technology and Better Business Sense
Technology and Better Business Sense
South - April 22nd, 2016: Old Firehouse, Tinmouth VT
North - April 25th, 2016: Green Mountain Technical Career Ctr, Hardwick, VT
Low Cost Ideas to Improve and Advance Your Forestry Business. Sam Lincoln will present strategies he uses on his own logging operation to increase efficiency, improve safety and overall business performance using technology, communication and planning. Items he will discuss cost from $0-$200.
Chris Stone, Rutland County Forester: Hands on approach to using the Agency of Natural Resources Atlas. A powerful tool for looking at aerial views of woodlots throughout the State. Measure acres and distances. Layers of information include: Contours, UVA Parcels, soils, wetlands, Rare threatened & endangered areas. A very helpful tool when looking over woodlots prior, during, and after a harvest.
Directions:
South: Old Fire House, Tinmouth, VT: From Wallingford on US RT 7, take RT 140 West 5 miles to Tinmouth, park in Church parking lot. From West Rutland take RT 133 South to RT 140, then East 3 miles to Church parking lot.
North: GMTCC, Hazen High School, Hardwick, VT: From the center of Hardwick turn North on North Main Street, go ¼ mile, pass Hazen Union H.S., turn Left into driveway of GMTCC.
Cost: $50/$40 for Current VFPA members ***Lunch is Provided***