The LEAP Mission
THE PURPOSE OF THE VERMONT LEAP PROGRAM IS TO PROMOTE A PROFESSIONAL APPROACH TO LOGGING BY PROVIDING THE KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY FOR LOGGERS TO WORK SAFELY, EFFICIENTLY, AND IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIENTIOUS MANNER WHILE HARVESTING TIMBER IN VERMONT.
We recognize that the logging profession is an essential link between Vermont woodlands and forest industry. Along with landowners and foresters, loggers are partners in managing our forests for wood, water, wildlife and recreation. Vermont’s forests have a legacy of providing these resources and are capable of sustaining these public benefits if properly managed. We see education as offering a positive approach, bringing everyone together to reach this common goal. The LEAP program is an instrument to encourage life-long learning among loggers. We will strive to promote professionalism through education and instill a stewardship ethic among loggers. The outcome of this endeavor, we envision, will be a well managed and productive forest landscape, and a positive public perception of the logging profession.
The purpose of the Vermont LEAP program is to promote a professional approach to logging by providing the knowledge necessary for loggers to work safely, efficiently, and in an environmentally conscientious manner while harvesting timber in Vermont.
HOW TO JOIN LEAP
There are a number of reasons to be certified through the LEAP Program; selling wood to mills that require certification; professional advancement; recognition by landowners. Whatever the reason, the LEAP Program is currently the only recognized Logger Education organization in the State of Vermont.
The Vermont LEAP Program maintains a database of Loggers with their certification status, credits and history of workshops taken.
There is a one-time Registration Fee of $300. After registering, you are required to take the basic curriculum workshops which range from $60 to $150 each, depending on the topic, instructor, and material costs. See the Curriculum Guide for more info. Contact David with questions, [email protected] or phone 802-235-2908.