Sept Oct, 2002

 

 

 

 

Association News

Teachers’ Tours
The Temperate Forest Foundation has set locations and dates for their 2003 Teachers' Tours: • Southeast: Jacksonville, Florida, June 18-21 • Intermountain: Lewiston, Idaho, July 9-12 • Western Canadian: Vancouver, BC, July 23-26 • Lake States: Escanaba, Michigan, August 6-9 • Eastern Canadian: Mattawa, ON, August 20-23 The Foundation completed 25 successful tours in 2002. The participants (primarily 3rd-8th grade science teachers recruited from all over the U.S. and Canada) learned about regional issues and options, and how foresters and the forest products industry are meeting their needs while protecting the health, diversity, productivity and resiliency of the forest. Much of the success of the tour is due to the aid and support of industry sponsors who recruit and sponsor teachers. Sponsors pay registration and travel expenses, and in return build a working relationship with the teachers, who will carry their tour experience back into the classroom.

Galloway Steps Down
John N. Galloway, president of Hood Industries, Inc. in Hattiesburg, Miss., recently resigned from the Board of Trustees of the Engineered Wood Association (APA). It ended one of the longest APA Board service records in the history of the association -- 18 years. Elected to succeed Galloway is John Hammack, vice president of Hood Industries’ Manufacturing Division. He is responsible for the company’s timber procurement, manufacturing and sales for both lumber and plywood operations.

Questions About Mold
The Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) had released a new technical publication providing sciencebased information to help answer common questions about mold. Mold, Housing and Wood explains the "why’s" and "how’s" of mold, as well as current scientific information about the health effects of mold and steps that can be taken to prevent, control and remove it. The publication can be ordered for $2.50 per copy and is available at www.wwpa.org or by calling (732) 544-2876.

Safety for Smaller Logs
In a recent issue of Montana Logger, Jason Todhunter discussed the safety precautions necessary for hauling smaller logs. "There are a number of additional hazards with whatever system you use," says Jason. "First the driver is spending more time under the loader, which often results in a longer, more fatiguing, day. Second, if the driver is shortened up, the height of the legal load often flirts with the top of the trailer stakes; which, in turn increases the risk of a strained back or shoulder while throwing wrappers." Jason adds that the tall or double-ended load makes it more difficult to ensure two wrappers cover every log. This increases the risk of a short log getting jumped off the trailers when the wrapper is tightened. Finally, he urges continued safety at the mill, where it’s allowed to pull one wrapper before the loader arrives. This adds the risk of dislodging one of the short logs when the wrapper is removed.

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