FROM FOREST TO FRAME: INTRODUCTION TO TIMBER FRAMING
Taught by Will Wallace-Gusakov of Goosewing Timberworks and David Brynn of Vermont Family Forests, the course offers a hands-on introduction to timber framing, from timber selection in the forest, through felling, milling (via portable sawmill), hand-hewing, and joinery. The three-day course, which begins May 16, will culminate on the summer solstice, when participants will raise the finished timber frame—a small pavilion that will support The Watershed Center’s outdoor education programs. Great course, limited openings, so register soon!

For more information, visit
http://www.familyforests.org/public-education/events.shtml.
   
SWAT - A Business Innovation Workshop for Loggers, Hardwick VT
SWAT – Strengthening What’s Already There!
A Business Innovation Workshop for Loggers
North – May 13, 2015, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Green Mountain Technical Career Ctr, Hardwick VT
In this full-day workshop, you will learn how to:
Innovate
Manage time
Improve your process
Strengthen employee engagement
Analyze logging job costs
And understand what the most innovative and successful logging contractors are doing in the Northern Forest today!
Workshop designed and presented by:
Jeffrey Benjamin, University of Maine
Steve Bick, Northeast Forests, LLC
Wendy Farrand, Wfarrand Consulting
Rene Germain, SUNY-ESF
Directions: North – Green Mountain Technical Career Center, 126 Hazen Union Drive, Hardwick VT, (GMTCC), 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.
Cost: $35, cost includes LUNCH.

   
SWAT - A Business Innovation Workshop for Loggers, Brattleboro VT
SWAT – Strengthening What’s Already There!
A Business Innovation Workshop for Loggers
South – May 12, 2015, 8:00 am -4:00 pm, Cersosimo Lumber, Brattleboro VT
In this full-day workshop, you will learn how to:
Innovate
Manage time
Improve your process
Strengthen employee engagement
Analyze logging job costs
And understand what the most innovative and successful logging contractors are doing in the Northern Forest today!
Workshop designed and presented by:
Jeffrey Benjamin, University of Maine
Steve Bick, Northeast Forests, LLC
Wendy Farrand, Wfarrand Consulting
Rene Germain, SUNY-ESF
Directions: South- Cersosimo Lumber 1103 Vernon Street, Brattleboro VT

Cost: $35, cost includes LUNCH.

   
Maple, to Tap or Cut, Tinmouth VT
“Maple, to Tap or Cut?”
South –May 8th, 2015: 8:00 am- 3:00 pm at the Old Fire House, Tinmouth, VT
An appropriately timed workshop to help identify what a healthy sugar bush looks like, when that tree might be better to tap or cut and how to improve road and tubing systems. Information will be presented showing when a Maple tree is more valuable as a Sap producer vs. a Lumber producer. A Presentation on the Silviculture of a healthy Sugar Bush. And suggestions for creating appropriate woods roads into areas that need access during the worse time of year to be in the woods. Inside presentations in the morning followed by an afternoon in the Bush. Speakers include Michael Farrell, Ph.D. of Cornell University, Nancy Patch, Franklin & Grand Isle County Forester, Dave Wilcox, Dept F.P.&R. and JR Sloan of Green Mountain Mainline.

Directions: South – May 8th: 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.
Cost: $60 / $50 for Current VFPA members. Please bring lunch.

   
Maple, to Tap or Cut, Enosburg VT
“Maple, to Tap or Cut?”
North –May 7th, 2015: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Heneveld Property, Enosburg, VT
An appropriately timed workshop to help identify what a healthy sugar bush looks like, when that tree might be better to tap or cut and how to improve road and tubing systems. Information will be presented showing when a Maple tree is more valuable as a Sap producer vs. a Lumber producer. A Presentation on the Silviculture of a healthy Sugar Bush. And suggestions for creating appropriate woods roads into areas that need access during the worse time of year to be in the woods. Inside presentations in the morning followed by an afternoon in the Bush. Speakers include Michael Farrell, Ph.D. of Cornell University, Nancy Patch, Franklin & Grand Isle County Forester, Dave Wilcox, Dept F.P.&R. and JR Sloan of Green Mountain Mainline.
Directions: North – May 7th: Heneveld property, 24 Daigle Drive, Enosburg, VT:
From the west and I-89 take RT 105 East to Enosburg Falls, drive through the village staying on Rt 105, turn right onto Boston Post Rd at the Iron Bridge, turn left at Enosburg Center onto the Nichols Rd., at the Y turn right, at stop sign turn left and left again onto Longley Bridge Rd. The Heneveld house is at the intersection of Longley Bridge Rd and Daigle Drive.
From the East and I-91, from Newport take RT 105 west to RT 100. In troy turn north on RT 101, then west on RT 242 to Montgomery, continue west on Rt 118 through Montgomery Village, turning left onto the Longley Bridge Rd to the Heneveld house at the intersection of Longley Bridge Rd and Daigle Drive.

Cost: $60 / $50 for Current VFPA members. Please bring lunch.

   
How much money is in that log? Hardwick, VT
“How much money is in that log?”
North –May 6, 2015: 8:00 am -3:00 pm at Green Mountain Technical Career Ctr. Hardwick, VT
How do you get the most money out of that hardwood tree? We will have logs already sawn to see actual defects as they progress through the stem and log buyers will talk about maximizing value yield. An important workshop to improve log bucking skills and to better understand grading specs for hardwood sawmills.

Directions: North – Green Mountain Technical Career Center (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.
Cost: $40/ $30 for Current VFPA members. Please bring lunch, hardhat & ear protection.

   
First Aid for Loggers Beginners Course
First Aid for Loggers **Beginner Class**
May 1, 2015: 8:00 am -3:00 pm, Randolph Town Hall, Randolph, VT
This class will be for loggers who are new to First Aid and CPR or if you feel a bit rusty with the topic. Techniques will be covered that are necessary to meet OSHA’s standards, the American Red Cross Basic First Aid as well as a focus on wilderness emergency first aid which is more appropriate than “street” first aid. The focus of this presentation is geared for the logger and the environment that loggers work in.
Directions: Randolph Town Hall, 7 Summer Street, Randolph, VT 05060. Take Exit 4 off Interstate 89, head West toward Randolph on RT 66, turn left onto RT 12, take 3rd right onto School St., take 1st left onto Summer St. Town Hall on left.
*Additional $19/card if an American Red Cross Card is needed for FA and or CPR.
Cost: $40 / $30 for Current VFPA members. . Please bring lunch

   
Equipment Handling & Safety
Part of the Primary Curriculum for new to LEAP loggers.
*Equipment Handling & Safety*
April 30, 2015: 8:00am – 3:00pm (This workshop may be waived by having taken the Game of Logging.)
This workshop is intended to increase awareness of the many dangers associated with logging, to improve equipment handling procedures (especially chainsaw safety and tree felling practices) and to change work habits so that safety is a primary concern to the crew. In recognition of the fact that accidents do happen from time to time, some first aid for first responders of logging-related traumas is taught as well.
$40/ $30 for Current VFPA members. Please bring lunch and hardhat

   
Professionalism in Forestry
Part of the Primary Curriculum for new to LEAP loggers or to those who have not taken this workshop.
*Professionalism in Forestry*
April 29, 2015: 8:00am -3:00pm
Understanding regulations that apply to logging, personal liability, ethics of forestry practice and successful communication are the focus of this workshop. Also included are descriptions of the forest industry in the U.S., the issues that face it, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
$40/ $30 for Current VFPA members. Please bring lunch

   
Managing and Using Forest Ecosystems
Part of the Primary Curriculum for new to LEAP loggers or to those who have not taken this workshop.
*Managing and Using Forest Ecosystems*
April 28, 2015: 8:00am - 3:00pm
An understanding of forest ecosystems and how they respond to the impacts of logging is essential knowledge for a timber harvester. In this workshop, LEAP participants learn about the main elements of forest ecosystems including water and wildlife, how productivity is influenced by various harvesting practices, and how to conserve soil while building access roads that can withstand heavy equipment and the elements.
Cost: $40/ $30 for Current VFPA members. Please bring lunch

   
Wildlife in those Woods, Barre VT
“Wildlife in those Woods”

North –April 27, 2015: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Site to be determined, Central –Northern VT area. If interested, sign up and directions will be mailed out once northern location is fixed.
One of the best habitat practices you can do for many species of wildlife is to cut trees. Join a Vermont state habitat technician and a Vermont state forester to find out how you can improve wildlife habitat for landowners while improving forest health and productivity. They will also explain the ins and outs of how you or a landowner you work with, can apply for USDA Farm Bill funding to get habitat improvements on the ground. Perfect work for Spring Mud Season. An indoor session will be followed by field trips to several local properties where these improvements have been or are in the process of being implemented.
Directions:
North – Directions will be mailed out to loggers who register for this workshop.
Cost: $40 / $30 for Current VFPA members. Please bring lunch.

   
Mechanized Harvesting: What’s wrong with your head?
Mechanized Harvesting: What’s wrong with my head?
April 23, 2015: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Long View Forest’s shop, Westminster, VT
We are offering this workshop again this year due to its popularity and support that it received last year. A recent survey of logging contractors noted that one of the biggest challenges to the increased mechanization of timber harvesting is the struggle to effectively diagnosis problems with electrical and hydraulic systems. This workshop will cover the basics of hydraulic and electrical systems and how to diagnosis whether the problem with your CTL head or hot saw head is from a valve not actuating, a pump not compensating, or that some sensor is not sensing.
Instructor: Dennis Inman – Tractor and Equipment Repair Technologies, Warner, NH
Directions: From I-91, Exit 5 (Bellows Falls, VT), Turn West off ramp, 0.2 miles to stop sign. Right onto Back Westminster Road, 2.6 miles then turn Left onto Picz Rd. (no road sign), Picz is short private rd just past Bazin Brothers Trucking, 3 mailboxes on one side and Long View’s business sign on the other. Bear right on fork in Picz Rd ~50 yards, follow drive to shop/office building in field. 48 Picz Road Westminster, VT.
Cost: $90/ $70 for Current VFPA members. Please bring lunch

   
How much money is in that log? Pittsford VT
“How much money is in that log?”
South – April 22, 2015: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at Gagnon Lumber, Pittsford VT
How do you get the most money out of that hardwood tree? We will have logs already sawn to see actual defects as they progress through the stem and log buyers will talk about maximizing value yield. An important workshop to improve log bucking skills and to better understand grading specs for hardwood sawmills.
Directions: South – Gagnon Lumber Inc, 89 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763,
Mill is at 89 Stevens Rd. Pittsford, 1 mi. east of 3 coming from Proctor using Stevens Rd., or 1.5 mi S off VT RT 3, coming from the north using Corn Hill Rd. or 1.5 miles off US RT 7 using Pinnacle Ridge W then Grove N.
Directions: North – Green Mountain Technical Career Center (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.
Cost: $40/ $30 for Current VFPA members. Please bring lunch, hardhat & ear protection.

   
Wildlife in those Woods, Tinmouth VT
“Wildlife in those Woods”
South –April 21, 2015: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Old Firehouse in Tinmouth, VT

One of the best habitat practices you can do for many species of wildlife is to cut trees. Join a Vermont state habitat technician and a Vermont state forester to find out how you can improve wildlife habitat for landowners while improving forest health and productivity. They will also explain the ins and outs of how you or a landowner you work with, can apply for USDA Farm Bill funding to get habitat improvements on the ground. Perfect work for Spring Mud Season. An indoor session will be followed by field trips to several local properties where these improvements have been or are in the process of being implemented.
Directions: South – 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.

Cost: $40 / $30 for Current VFPA members. Please bring lunch.

   
First Aid for Loggers, Tinmouth VT Refresher
First Aid for Loggers **REFRESHER**

South – April 17, 2015: 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.
If you have not had First Aid &CPR before or feel a bit rusty with the topic, there will be a full day’s workshop on May 1st in Randolph.
Cost: $40 / $30 for Current VFPA members.
*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.


   
Annual Forest Health Information Meeting
Annual Forest Health Information Meeting: April 15th at Woodstock Union High School.

One of the most informative meetings in the State! Don't miss it!

   
First Aid for Loggers, Hardwick, VT Refresher
First Aid for Loggers **REFRESHER**
North –April 10, 2015: 8:00 am – Noon, Green Mountain Technical Career Ctr, Hardwick, 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.
If you have not had First Aid &CPR before or feel a bit rusty with the topic, there will be a full day’s workshop on May 1st in Randolph.
Cost: $40 / $30 for Current VFPA members.
*Additional $19/card if an American Red Cross Card is needed for FA and or CPR.

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.

   
in FOREST SOILS IN THE HOGBACK ECOREGION
And there is still room in FOREST SOILS IN THE HOGBACK ECOREGION (begins April 2) taught by Dr. Wendy Sue Harper. Back by popular demand. Participants who complete this course receive continuing education credit from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

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

   
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.