Value Assessment of “Certified” Logger Programs

In the year 2000, loggers through the American Loggers Council set out to create a third-party, auditable set of standards and a certification program that holds to account the business and on-the-ground practices of loggers who hold the certificate.  The ALC Master Logger Certification Program demands compliance with Seven Areas of Responsibility that ensure environmental…

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A Lean Logistics Framework: Applications in the Wood Fiber Supply Process

Virginia Tech has completed a project for WSRI that considers the the application of Lean Thinking principles to the wood supply value chain.  Lean has been broadly applied to supply chains within a broad range of manufacturing settings but there is little documentation of it being applied to wood supply.  Their report explains Lean concepts…

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WSRI / Team Safe Trucking Collaboration – Training & Awareness Modules

WSRI is collaborating with Team Safe Trucking to speed up the development of a trucking safety and issue awareness training system.  The target audience ranges from drivers and wood suppliers to wood producers and consumers.  This is a departure from the traditional model for projects funded by WSRI. The goal this time is to support…

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Compensation Indices for Logging and Trucking Occupations

(Shawn Baker and Brooks Mendell, Forisk Consulting) In response to concerns about the sustainability of logging production and the trucking workforce, the Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) commissioned research into the compensation for logging occupations compared to occupations competing for the same employee pools. This report investigates logging employee wages and benefits in four U.S.…

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Regional Cost Analysis and Indices for Conventional Timber Harvesting Operations

(Shawn Baker, Dale Greene, Tom Harris, and Richard Mei, Center for Forest Business, University of Georgia) The research team developed and implemented a logging cost index methodology to extend forward in time the trend lines established in the well-known logging cost index project based at Mississippi State University, but informed by more frequent data-gathering intervals…

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Verification of the Southern Logging Cost Index

(Dr. Dale Greene and Dr. Shawn Baker, University of Georgia) With the University of Georgia’s Southern Logging Cost Index now being reported quarterly in Timber Mart-South, this Project concluded that the Index appears to be a reasonably accurate measure of input cost changes and that production variability is still a major driver of cost changes…

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Factors That Affect Fuel Consumption and Harvesting Cost

(Dr. Tom Gallagher, Auburn University) Project funded jointly by WSRI and the National Council on Air and Stream Improvement documents machine productivity and fuel consumption across a range of conditions and types of equipment to determine what variables impact the level of fuel consumption. KEY FINDINGS: Presentation and FRA Technical Release 15-R-23 summarize fuel consumption data gathered from felling,…

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