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Idaho Asking For Management of Timberlands
The ALC reported that Idaho has taken steps to manage state land. Rural counties, which depend on federal timber sales for roads and schools, are in serious need of larger and steadier funding.
Gov. Butch Otter has approved a plan that would shift funding from federal to state management. However, the plan would require federal legislation in congress.
L&I “Stay at Work” Program
WCLA reported on the new L&I “Stay at Work” program passed during the 2011 legislative session. The program encourages employers to bring their injured workers quickly and safely back to light-duty, transitional jobs by helping to cover their initial costs. If eligible, they can be reimbursed for up to 50 percent of the injured worker’s wages and for the cost of instruction, tools, and clothing the worker needs to do the transitional job.
You are eligible if:
Reimbursement does not affect workers’ comp rates.
Idaho Trucker Information
Trucking companies have a wealth of information at their fingertips — www.trucking.idaho.gov/help.html.
The American Loggers Council (ALC) recommends checking out the site if you have questions ranging from laws to business reorganization. There is even a Business Regulatory Requirement Wizard.
ALC Annual Meeting
The ALC summer meeting was held July 30 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The agenda included government relations, transportation, communications, and Master Logger Certification©.
“One of the notable highlights to the Government Relations Committee was that both the House and the Senate introduced legislation to amend the Clean Water Act to specifically exempt silvicultural activities from the NPDES permitting process,” said ALC President Matt Jensen. “ALC representatives had visited with members of Congress on this issue during the spring Board of Directors meeting and Fly-In held in Washington, DC last March and have continued that dialogue over the past three months, joining in with the Forest Roads Coalition and other forestry organizations seeking solutions to the issue.”
Jensen adds, “Board members also agreed to submit comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) asking that they do not make any changes in the current guidance documents on how the FMCSA would treat implements of husbandry. Under proposed changes, implements of husbandry could be treated as a commercial motor vehicle subject to the regulations currently imposed on highway use motor vehicles, including obtaining a CDL for operators.”
However, the primary focus of the meeting was the strategic plan for the ALC. It included, among other things, rebranding and updating communications.
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