" How much money is in that Log?"
“How Much Money Is In That Log?” 8 LEAP Credits & Forester Licensing Credits
May 17, 2018: 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: Gagnon Lumber Inc, 89 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763, 
Mill is at 89 Stevens Road, Pittsford, Mill is 1 mi. East of VT Rte 3 coming from Proctor using Stevens Rd., or 1.5 mi S off VT Rte 3, coming from the north using Corn Hill Rd. or 1.5 miles off US RT 7 using Pinnacle Ridge West then Grove Street North.
Cost: $50/ $45 for Current VFPA members. Please bring hardhat & ear protection.
**Lunch is Provided**

AMP/Portable Skidder Bridge Workshop
AMP/Portable Skidder Bridge 8 LEAP Credits & Forester Licensing Credits
May 15th, 2018: 8:00am – 3:30pm, Stafford Technical Center in Rutland VT
May 22nd, 2018: 8:00am – 3:30pm, Green Mountain Technical Career Center in Hardwick VT
May 30th, 2018: 8:00am – 3:30pm, North Country Career Center in Newport VT
David Wilcox, Watershed Forester for the Department of Forest, Parks & Recreation will present the new and final revision of the Acceptable Management Practices. We will also build the third and final panel of a Portable Skidder Bridge, which a drawing to give away to one of the attendees, will be held in early June. A presentation on proper transporting, installation, closing out the Bridge crossing and duration of use will happen. A discussion on Spill Kits will also happen, including how to use & how and when to report etc.
Directions for AMP/Portable Skidder Bridge:
Stafford Tech Center: 8 Stratton Road, Rutland VT 05701, behind the Rutland High School.
Green Mountain Technical Career Center: 433 North Main Street, Hardwick VT 05843 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.
North Country Career Center: Land Lab, 633 Upper Quarry Road, Newport VT 05855
Cost: $50/$45 for Current VFPA members **Lunch is Provided**

First Aid for Loggers, REFRESHER ONLY
First Aid for Loggers **REFRESHER** Satisfies LEAP FA/CPR Requirements.
North – May 7th, 2018: 8:00 am – Noon, Randolph Town Hall, Randolph VT
South –May 8th, 2018: 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 will be done by Noon.
*Additional $19/card if an American Red Cross Card is needed for FA and or CPR.
South: Old Fire House, Tinmouth, VT: Mountain View Road, Tinmouth. 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: Randolph Town Hall, Randolph VT: 7 Summer Street, Randolph, VT 05060, Take Exit 4 off Highway 89, head West toward Randolph on route 66, turn Left onto Route 12, take 3rd right onto School St., take 1st left onto Summer St. Town Hall on left.
Cost: $50 / $45 for Current VFPA members.

Regeneration Harvesting in a Challenging Environment
Reviewing the Shelterwood system and its variations in Cavendish VT.

For more information contact Kristen Dietrich, 802-257-1644, kristen.dietrich@gmail.com
Timber Purchaser's Meeting & AMP Workshop
Timber Purchasers Meeting and AMP Workshop 8 LEAP Credits, 4.5 SAF Category 1 Credits
April 30th, 2018: 7:45 am – 4:00 pm Vermont Technical College, Red Schoolhouse.
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will be holding the first annual Timber Purchaser s Meeting for those interested in bidding on State Lands Timber Sales. Update on Emerald Ash Borer, Timber Sales anticipated in 2018, New State Lands marking procedure, Truck Bridges, Safety Planning, Review of contract changes, Insurance and independent contractor documentation requirements, Surety Bonds, Q&A. AMP changes on Logging Operations. Site visit to discuss AMP’s, stream crossings and job closeout.
Directions: I 89 to Exit 4, East, up hill, 1 mile – take a right, at first intersection go straight, Red School House on right.
Cost: Free **Bring your own lunch**.

Advanced Logger Rescue
Advanced Logger Rescue 8 LEAP Credits This workshop will satisfy LEAP’s FA/CPR requirements
South - April 20th, 2018 8:00am – 3:00pm Lake Bomoseen KOA Campground, Bomoseen, VT
North - April 23rd, 2018 8:00am – 3: 00pm Green Mountain Technical Career Center, Hardwick VT
This program teaches all participants how to handle an in-woods rescue from the time a person is injured until they are at a Level 1 Trauma Center. This course will better prepare you and your crew in how to activate the EMS system and affect the rescue. Dana Hinckley, is the Assistant Chief of the Shelburne NH Fire Dept. and specializes in in-woods rescue extraction. He has spent the last 35 years working in the logging business. This will be a hands-on, in the woods workshop.
South: Lake Bomoseen KOA Campground, Bomoseen, VT 18 Campground Drive, Bomoseen VT 05732, Route 30, Lake Bomoseen.
North: Green Mountain Technical Career Center, Hardwick, VT: 433 North Main Street, Hardwick VT 05843 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: $100 / $95 for Current VFPA members. **Bring your own Lunch**.

Log Haulers Safety Workshop
April 19th, 2018 8:00am – 3:00pm Hunter Excavating, South Londonderry VT.
April 24th, 2018 8:00am – 3:00pm Grizzly Mountain Trucking, Groton VT.
An Inspector from the Department of Motor Vehicles will be presenting on:
* DOT numbers, who needs one?
* For hire versus Not for hire.
* Hours of Service & Electronic Log Device Requirements
* Medical Card Requirements
* A “walk around” of both a loaded log truck and a lowbed with a machine chained down on it to discuss load securement and other common issues that DMV inspectors typically find during a roadside stop.
Team Safe Trucking-The American Loggers Council and Forest Resource Association have worked with insurance companies to develop Team Safe Trucking materials.
Log loader and landing safety-Discussion of log landing and loader safety, blind spots, overhead lifting and truck traffic. Skidders, slashers, chippers, log loaders and log trucks all are operating in a tight space on a typical landing. Learn about taking steps to prevent accidents to make your landing a safe one.
Directions: April 19th: Hunter Excavating, 2218 Route 100, South Londonderry, VT 05155
April 24th: Grizzly Mountain Trucking, 148 Powerhouse Road, Groton VT 05046
$50 / $45 for Current VFPA members **Lunch will be provided**

Forest Health Meeting
Annual Vermont Forest Health Information Meeting 8 LEAP Credits & Forester Licensing Credits
April 18th, 2018: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at the Woodstock Union High School, VT
A must for anyone in the Forest Industry. This is put on by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. Especially pertinent is the report of the Emerald Ash Borer and its detection in VT.
Directions: April 18th: 100 Amsden Way, Woodstock, VT 05091
Cost: Free. No need to register! ** Bring your own lunch**

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

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.