Difficulties of insuring commercial trucks

Log truck insurance markets tightened dramatically. Unfortunately, the trucking side of raw forest products production is deteriorating rapidly. I’m concerned that major restrictions on production are coming as the driver shortage grows and the ability to insure trucks become a much bigger problem. Most of those involved with the production — logging — side of the industry will have no choice but to adjust their production to their ability to haul raw forest products. I have yet to hear much from the wood consumer — mills — side of the forestry industry saying their inventories are suffering, but many mill representatives have expressed their sincere concerns about the situation. Truck Drive

New uses for wood, insurance top agenda

Convention goers considered how timber can be the key element in tall buildings and checked out the problems with truck insurance and our economy during the Louisiana Forestry Association meeting in New Orleans in September. The slow-moving Hurricane Harvey caused the annual meeting to be rescheduled, but despite the change in date, almost 400 people attended the event. Candice Nichol, architect from Vancouver, British Columbia, works with a firm specializing in tall wooden buildings made with engineered wood products referred to as “mass timber.” The first big project — a seven-story 224,000 square-foot building completed in 2014 in Minneapolis — made headlines across the country. “There is

Willis' career spanned five decades in Louisiana

With a career that spans more than five decades in both public and private sectors, Jewel Willis built a growing business from the ground up. He played an important role in the timber industry, has been a consultant to private landowners and was a pioneer of hardwood forestry in Louisiana during the 1960s. His name might not be recognizable to some, but Willis helped mold the state’s forestry industry into what it is today. Jewel L. Willis was born in Palmetto in 1934 to humble beginnings. His father, Dan H. Willis, was a benefactor of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Work Progress Administration. After graduating high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea from 1953 to 1955.

Educators learn about forest products industry from planting to production

Teachers look forward to summers, some for the days away from the classroom to relax and rejuvenate. For 36 educators, however, at least part of their summer was spent traipsing through forests, wetlands and mills to learn what they can about forestry. The annual Teachers Tour, put on by the Louisiana Forestry Association and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, has been ongoing for more than 20 years, said Ricky Kilpatrick, area forestry agent for the LSU AgCenter for Northwest Louisiana, and it’s come far. Kilpatrick has been involved with the program since it started at the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry facility in Woodworth. It was just a week in the class

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