La. sawmill owner accused of timber theft

The owner and operator of a Simsboro sawmill has been arrested for timber theft, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), following a six-month investigation that began when loggers complained about not being paid for timber they delivered. Following a six-month investigation, LDAF enforcement agents booked Robert B. Barnes, 67, of Hamburg, Arkansas, into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on July 29 on charges of theft of timber valued at $752,395. Barnes owned and operated a Lincoln Parish sawmill company in Simsboro, La. called Barnes & Barnes Tie LLC. In February, agents received complaints from multiple loggers who delivered timber to the sawmill owned

OSHA issues toolkits for businesses

For businesses preparing to resume operations, OSHA has issued help through the Resuming Business Toolkit publication. A second publications recently issued by the federal agency is the WICAR tool — Interim Non-Healthcare Workplace Infection Control Assessment and Response too — for COVID-19. Since the pandemic began in March, OSHA has provided helpful information for businesses as they prepare to get back to as near normal operations as possible. To download the publications, click on the links below. Resuming Business Toolkit WICAR tool

Rowland is FLA Consulting Forester of Year

The Forest Landowners Association has selected Scott Rowland of Magnolia, Arkansas, this year's Consulting Forester of the year. Rowland, president of Neill Forestry Consultants, has been active in the Forest Landowners Association for many years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Louisiana Tech and his company oversees more than 125,000 acres of privately owned timberland in Arkansas, Louisiana and East Texas.

Call 811 before logging essential ... and the law

By Jeff Zeringue Can you dig it might sound like an out-of-date phrase of another generation, but when you want to safely excavate anywhere, especially when it concerns a logging job, it’s a good question to ask. In fact, it’s the law. Brent Saltzman, interim executive director of Louisiana 811, said the Louisiana One Call system began in the mid-1970s ago when BellSouth wanted to protect its underground infrastructure. That’s when the DOTTIE program was established — Dial One Time To Inform Everyone. This was established through the Dig Law and includes an advisory panel that helps with changes to the law. Saltzman said the original law passed in 1988, but it has been changed about 14 times

Accident injuries more different in '19

By Niels de Hoop Although injuries around log trucks still dominate, the logging accidents in Louisiana in 2019 were more of a variety than usual. Every year, the logging companies participating in the Louisiana Master Logger program (and thereby, the Alliance between OSHA and the Louisiana Logging Council) are asked to turn in their accident reports. This report is a summary of those accidents. Owners of 520 companies were contacted to submit their accident reports for the year 2019. Ninety-two percent of the companies reported that they had no accidents during 2019, which is in line with the upward trend compared to previous years. However, one of the reported highway accidents was fatal.

Good news in mix for industry

The WinnSonn report for the second quarter of 2020 shows a positive outlook in the timber and wood products industry amid much uncertainty in the COVID-19 environment. "The remainder of the year promises to be interesting," wrote Will Sonnenfeld. You can download the report to review it by clicking on the link below. WillSonn Advisory Report

Transition to next Jenkins generation

By Jeff Zeringue Josh Jenkins walked off the stage after earning his high school diploma and into the woods to work full time with his father, Johnny Jenkins, and brother Buzz Jenkins. That was 1997. In the many years since, Josh and Buzz have been the learning of the tutelage of their father about logging, managing people and keeping a good business going. “I knew what I was going to do,” Josh Jenkins said. “I didn’t aspire to go to college. I graduated high school and went straight to the woods.” Buzz Jenkins followed the footsteps of his father, first earning a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University. After working the occasional Saturday and on holidays while in school, the

'There's strength in numbers'

By Jeff Zeringue One doesn’t have to own a lot of forest land to have a desire to learn how to keep his property healthy and learn about programs that could help. Ask McDuffie “Mack” Herrod, who owns about 17 acres but has access with permission from family members to about 100 acres. Herrod is one of several new Louisiana Forestry Association members joining in 2020. “I’ve had my hand in it (forestlands), even though I don’t own much timberland,” Herrod said. Herrod is a certified public accountant, whose clientele includes tree farmers and other forest landowners, but that was not his introduction into the forest products industry. His father, Jasper B. “Jap” Herrod was majority owner of C

$34B state budget passes

By Kathleen Peppo / LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE — Lawmakers agreed Tuesday on a $34 billion state budget that provides hundreds of millions for businesses hurt by the COVID-19 shutdown but freezes $60 million in pay raises for state employees and cuts funding for colleges that also are struggling financially. As a 30-day special session was nearing an end, the House agreed to a Senate proposal to temporarily set aside the pay raises for state employees and review in November whether tax collections had rebounded enough to provide them. If the economy remains stagnant or depressed, the money will be used to fill holes in the budget. In addition to nearly $800 million in federa

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