N D DEL A LA W M AR Y ERA RE M ST G A ER LOG V O L U M E 1 0 , I S S U E 2 S P R I N G 2 0 0 9 Change is affecting every as- planning, strategic public and ting public policy, which will pect of forestry. Many natu- private investment, and lead- affect your future. What ral resource professionals in ership at all levels to prepare kinds of technical support, Maryland and Delaware are Maryland’s landowners, com- educational opportunities, struggling to plan for the fu- munities, forestry profession- and cost share programs do ture of forest management in als and forest industry to you need to help you manage the face of reduced timber forest land and market forest values and increased regula- products in a changing world? tion. Local and state leaders are But with change comes op- faced with tough choices over portunity. New markets for how to spend scarce re- sustainable forest products sources, and need to hear and environmental services about your needs from you. offer new opportunities for succeed and thrive in this Check the calendar for the income, as citizens statewide new world, and your input is listening session nearest to begin to recognize the public important! you. Contact Nancy Nunn at values of private forests. It Regional Listening Sessions email@example.com or 410-827- will take smart and inclusive will play a direct role in set- 8056 for more information. Cut along lines. Circle TWO days that work best for you to attend a class. MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN Circle ONE best way for you to get your eight hours of continuing education credits. 1 eight‐hour class 2 four‐hour classes 4 two‐hour classes Circle your THREE favorite methods for getting continuing education credits. Watching a logging‐ Joining a live online Watching a recorded Reading a logging‐ related video at home training from home or online training from related publication Program Survey office home or office Attending a lecture Attending a class at a Participating in a Mas‐ Participating in a Please take a few min- job site ter Logger tailgate workshop on a utes to complete this safety session specific skill survey so that we can What are the biggest challenges you face as a logger? make the Master Logger program better fit your How can this program help you meet those challenges? needs. Complete, cut, and return, or fill out What are the things about the Master Logger Program you like? online at: What are the things about the Master Logger Program you dislike? www.zoomerang.com/ Survey/? p=WEB22973TBL6SR Do you log on state‐owned land? Yes No Do you log for the Emerald Ash Borer eradication program? Yes No Do you log for a mill certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative? Yes No PAGE 2 The MD/DE Master Logger The award winner will re- couraged to submit a letter Steering Committee and ceive an engraved plaque, of nomination for any log- the Maryland Forests Asso- complimentary registration ger they feel exemplifies ciation (MFA) are look- and guest package at the best in logging contrac- ing for nominations the MFA Annual Meeting, tors. You do not need to for the 2009 Logger and other awards donated be an MFA member to “Who can of the Year award. by MFA sponsors. The final- nominate someone for this submit a The award program is ist will automatically be award. open to all independent nominated to the appropri- Letters of nomination must nomination? logging contractors. ate regional Forest Re- be received by July 1, 2009. Preference will be sources Association Out- Submit nominations to the Anyone!” given to those actively standing Logger Award address below or at the participating in the MD/DE Program, subject to eligibil- link below. Master Logger Program. ity requirements. Karin Miller Finalists will be judged by Who can submit a nomina- Maryland Forests Assoc. an on-the-ground inspec- tion? Anyone! Forest Land- PO Box 599 tion visit by a 2 or 3 mem- owners, foresters, forest Grantsville, MD 21536 ber team appointed by the products companies and www.zoomerang.com/Survey/? Board. fellow loggers are all en- p=WEB2298S9YMESW Congrats to our new Master Loggers! The following people have recently attained active MD/DE Master Logger status. Robert Beale Walter Layfield Jr. Samuel Mays Luke Wilhelm Brian Blickenstaff Philip MacDonald Jr. Steve Mays Sr. Matthew Wilhelm Carl Dyson Russell Massey Doug Minner Timothy Wilhelm Jr. John Hudson Henry Mays Martin Palmer Adam Wingo Thomas Kane Luke Mays Michael Sterling Cut along lines. Please place postcard stamp here Nevin Dawson MD/DE Master Logger Program Wye Research & Education Center PO Box 169 Queenstown, MD 21658 J. Dindinger VOLUME 10, ISSUE 2 PAGE 3 The emerald ash borer (EAB) is top down, new sprouts from only warranted on high-value a shiny green beetle about 1/3- the bottom, S-shaped tunnels landscape trees. Researchers 1/2” long. The adult does some under the bark, and wood- are studying several wasps from damage by munching on tree pecker activity. The most Asia that feed on EAB, but it is leaves, but the larva is the real unique sign, though, is a D- not yet known whether popula- nuisance. These tan, angular shaped 1/4 inch exit hole. EAB tion control will be possible larvae with bell-shaped seg- will infest any and all species of even if populations of these ments grow up to 1 1/4” and ash, but will not inflict signifi- wasps can be established. feed on the cambium of ash cant harm on any other species. If you have found evidence of “The most trees, cutting off nutrient and There are so far no easy meth- EAB activity, call the Home and water supplies. This almost ods of controlling EAB. Some unique sign is a Garden Information Center im‐ always kills the host tree. pesticides can prevent infesta- mediately at 410‐531‐1757 or D-shaped 1/4 The signs and symptoms of in- tion, but their application is visit their website at festation are dieback from the fairly expensive and is generally www.hgic.umd.edu. inch exit hole.” The American Loggers Council very difficult economic position. do wish to continue their busi- has issued a resolution request- These include the highly special- ness through the “extreme eco- ing that loan providers take the ized nature of logging equip- nomic down cycle.” unique financial demands associ- ment that makes it unsuitable The council hopes that this ated with the business of forest for other work, and the current resolution will encourage some harvest into consideration drop in demand for timber leniency in the administration of when dealing with loans for products. equipment loans. logging equipment. The resolution goes on to ex- The North Carolina Associa- The resolution explains that plain that even though many tion of Professional Loggers has several factors are currently logging equipment loans are in endorsed this resolution. combining to put loggers in a danger of default, many loggers Log truckers in Virginia, North Caro- been able to qualify for a 25 percent not interpreting congressional intent cor- lina, and South Carolina, have reported reduction in HVUT, in recognition of rectly. FRA is working with state logging that the Internal Revenue Service has the prevalence of empty backhauls and association representatives and the Ameri- denied the 25 percent reduction in the correspondingly reduced road wear. can Loggers Council to persuade the IRS Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) for log However, the IRS office in Rock Hill, to reaffirm the 25% reduction in HVUT trucks in recent audits and has required South Carolina, is taking the position for log trucks. these logging firms to pay back taxes for that a vehicle must be used exclusively If you know of logging firms that have a period of three years. For one logger to transport harvested products to and been denied the 25% HVUT reduction, in Virginia, the back taxes exceeded from points located within a forest in please contact Steve Jarvis at 301-838- $30,000. order to qualify. The Forest Resources 9385 or firstname.lastname@example.org Since the early 1980s log truckers have Association (FRA) asserts that the IRS is -from Forest Resources Association February 9, 2009, Bulletin N D DEL A LA W M AR Y ERA RE M ST G A ER LOG MD/DE Master Logger Program Nevin Dawson Program Coordinator Wye Research and Education Center PO Box 169 Queenstown, MD 21658 Phone: 410-827-8056, ext. 125 Fax: 410-827-9039 E-mail: email@example.com md-demasterlogger.com Equal Access Programs THE LOGGER is the official publication of the MD/DE Master Logger Pro- gram, Master Logger Steering Committee (MLSC), and the Maryland SFISIC. CALENDAR Jun 6 Hardwood Bucking, Edrich Lumber pavilion, 8am-2pm, $30, Carol Taylor: 410-827-8056 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jun 8 Forestry Listening Session, Harford Community College (Rm. E132), Bel Air, MD, 6pm-8pm, FREE, Nancy Nunn: 410-827-8056 or email@example.com. Jun 10 Estate Planning 100, Potomac Falls, VA, 10am-11am, FREE, Christine Cavins: 703-637-4346 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by McLean Insurance. Jun 10 Forestry Listening Session, Ramada/Holiday Inn, 300 S. Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD, 6pm-8pm, FREE, Nancy Nunn: 410-827-8056 or email@example.com. Jun 15 Forestry Listening Session, College of S. Maryland (Bldg. BI, Rm. 113), LaPlata, MD, 6pm-8pm, FREE, Nancy Nunn: 410-827-8056 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jun 16 Forestry Listening Session, Urbana Library (Community Rm.), 9020 Amelung St., Frederick, MD, 6pm-8pm, FREE, Nancy Nunn: 410-827-8056 or email@example.com. Jun 17 Forestry Listening Session, Frostburg State Univ. (Compton 226), 101 Braddock Rd., Frostburg, MD, 6pm-8pm, FREE, Nancy Nunn: 410-827-8056 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jun 27 ML Core: OSHA Logging Safety, Wye REC, 124 Wye Narrows Dr., Queenstown, MD, and Online, 9am-1pm, $30, Carol Taylor: 410-827-8056 or email@example.com. Registration req’d by 6/22. Jul 30 Performance Management, Potomac Falls, VA, 11am-1pm, FREE, Christine Cavins: 703-637-4346 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by McLean Insurance. Aug 12 Entity Choices for Small Businesses, Potomac Falls, VA, 10am-11am, FREE, Christine Cavins: 703- 637-4346 or email@example.com. Sponsored by McLean Insurance. Attendees at all listed events are eligible for ML CE credit hours equal to the length of the program.