Housing report in two parts

The latest commentary on the U.S. housing report is now available from Virginia Tech University and the U.S. Forest Service. The report includes information from June, which is the latest data available. The monthly report is available in two parts. Click the link below for Part I, which is the housing data. U.S. Housing Report — Part I Part II of the report includes information about the economic conditions. Click the link below for Part II. U.S. Housing Report — Part II

Continuing ed for loggers in September

The Louisiana Logging Council is holding a continuing education class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2830 S. MacArthur Drive in Alexandria. "Business Management Class — Louisiana Workers Comp Corp." event will feature Richard Perkins, CSP, as the speaker. The cost of the Class is $40; the deadline to register is Thursday, Sept. 17. Registration forms can be found online at www.laforestry.com by following this link. For more information, contact Gracee Texada with the LLC by email at gtexada@laforestry.com or by calling 318-443-2558.

Team Safe Trucking meeting set

Team Safe Trucking, a organization founded to help loggers and log truck operators with safety programs in an attempt to ease the skyrocketing cost of insurance, will hold its semi annual meeting in September. The Sept. 23 meeting will be virtual using Zoom, in lieu of its plans to be in Branson, Missouri. The online meeting will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Central Time. To find out more about the fall semi-annual meeting, click here. If you'd like to register for the Zoom meeting, click here.

Snag for wildlife a good thing

By Ashley M. Long Louisiana’s forests cover more than 50 percent of land and 99 percent of forested land is used for timber production, an industry that supports nearly 20,000 jobs and adds more than $12 billion to the state’s economy each year. Beyond the direct financial benefits, Louisiana’s forests help maintain water, air and soil quality; support biodiversity; provide opportunities for outdoor recreation; prevent erosion; and store carbon, among many others. Our state’s trees also represent a source of pride, and they symbolize a legacy we hope our children will value for generations to come. Given the importance of trees to our economy, environment and culture, it can be challenging t

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