Sharing industry, technology for decades

Founded in 1914 as the Southern Pine Association, the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) is a nonprofit trade association of southern pine lumber manufacturers, pressure-treaters, distributors, exporters and associated businesses throughout North America. With 18 member lumber companies operating 75 sawmills and 108 associate members in affiliated businesses, SFPA’s members account for more than half of the southern pine lumber produced in the United States. The association’s two primary roles include lumber product promotion and sponsoring the Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition (EXPO). Southern pine lumber manufacturers maintained their upward annual volume trend in 2

Election is Saturday; ForPAC endorsements

Polls open at 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 for Louisiana voters to decide runoff for two statewide, several legislative and local races. Incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, faces Republican opponent Eddie Rispone. In the race for Secretary of State, incumbent Republican Kyle Ardoin faces challenger Gwen Collins-Greenup, a Democrat. The Louisiana Forestry Association's political action council, the Forestry Political Action Council or ForPAC, has endorsed several candidates in legislative races: Senate District 16 — Senate candidate Franklin Foil Senate District 35 — Senator Jim Fannin Senate District 36 — Senate candidate Robert Mills House District 20 — Representative Neil Riser House

Trucker pleads to felony theft of wood chips

A Sabine Parish man received a 10-year suspended sentence with three years supervised probation after pleading no contest to one count of theft over $25,000 involving the theft of a wood byproduct, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Veachel V. Parker Jr., 77, of Parker Circle in Nobel, pleaded no contest Oct. 31. According to LDAF Enforcement Division, Parker stole 62 loads of wood chips from Natchitoches Tie & Lumber. The theft occurred from September through December 2017. Parker was arrested Aug. 28, 2018, after an eight-month investigation. LDAF investigators said Parker, who owns and operates Parker Trucking LLC was hired by the Natchitoches sawmill to ta

GOP trying for supermajority in state House

BATON ROUGE — While most of the attention is on the tight governor’s race in Saturday’s runoff election, a battle over whether Republicans will gain a supermajority in the state House of Representatives also seems close. Republicans reached a supermajority in the Louisiana Senate during the primary last month but need to hold 70 seats to reach a supermajority in the House. The Republicans are seven seats shy of that goal, which would equal two-thirds of the 105 total House seats, and whether they reach it could come down to how they fare Saturday in two or three largely suburban districts. A supermajority in both chambers of the Legislature would give Republican lawmakers the ability to over

Woodpeckers designed for life with wood

The Louisiana Forestry Association and its people are about forests, trees and wood. A suite of birds is as well and have been at it much longer. The woodpeckers. They are equipped with nature’s design for life with wood. They have stiff tail feathers which function as a brace for perching on tree boles. Most birds have toes arranged three forward and one aft, but woodpeckers have two forward and two aft, suited for clinging to vertical surfaces, i.e., trees. Stout bills are good for exposing subsurface prey in wood. Woodpeckers have an especially hard cranium, good for head banging on hard surfaces, called drumming. Drumming seems to be an important part of reproductive behavior. For woodpe

Master Loggers in need of CLEs?

Loggers and foresters in the Master Logger program who need CLEs this year in order to get certified for their 2020 Master Logger card have only one more chance for CLE classes. The last business management class scheduled for Master Loggers to earn 6 hours of continuing logger education is set for Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Arcadia Event Center in Arcadia. You have to register by Nov. 11. Click here to get registration form.

Update on logging safety research at SWAC

In the January and April 2013 issues of the Louisiana Logger, I wrote about some of the research concerning logger safety conducted by the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education, headquartered at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. For short, they call themselves the Southwest Ag Center or SWAC. The center’s work covers five states — Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. I thought I would give an update on their work in this article. Dr. Dave Douphrate conducted a survey of loggers in western Louisiana back in 2013 to try to determine the extent of muscular-skeletal (repetitive stress) injuries in loggers. An earlier stud

Passing down legacy of timber, memories

Burns Forest Products in Jonesboro was synonymous with the affable, white-haired LSU-loving forester who made his name in the piney woods of north Louisiana. Joe Burns was the owner that managed timber for landowners and served as a wood dealer for the industrial companies in his area from 1962 until his death last November. Four daughters had been preparing for this transition time and yet people are never prepared to replace a founder, builder and motivator that made everything work. “Dad always wanted to leave the Tree Farm for the next generation,” said daughter Mary Helen Burns, a CPA who lives in Baton Rouge. But no one was ready to run the business. “We decided to protect the assets a

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