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A couple of issues ago I wrote about the upcoming Missouri Master
Logger Certification program. I am happy to announce that the Master
Logger Certification (MLC) program is ready for loggers to sign up.
The MLC program is for loggers who want to demonstrate to the public
that they harvest timber according to Best Management Practices
(BMPs), sound forest management, and good business practices. If you
are or know of a logger that wants to prove he has been doing the
right practices then this program is for you.
The MLC is considered the Gold Standard for Loggers. It is a
Certification Program that certifies logging companies for carrying
out sound timber harvesting activities. The third party verification
will require verifiers to inspect the logging site to make sure the
logger is complying with program requirements. A certifying board will
then review the findings of the verifiers and make decisions on
whether to accept the loggers into the program or to remove them based
What are the requirements for the MLC program? There are seven areas
of responsibilities that a logger must agree to uphold:
- Abide by water quality and soil retention standards
- Must comply with acceptable forest management practices
- The logger must be committed to safety
- Continued participation in an on-going training regimen
- Must comply with all state and federal regulations
- Utilization of sound business management principles
- It is mandatory that the logger documents harvest operations
So how does this program differ from the Professional Timber
Harvesters training? The MLC is not an education or training program.
But it does require the training which is already the industry
standards such as the Professional Timber Harvesters training. It is
an on-the-ground assessment of harvesting practices.
Why should you become a Master Logger? The MLC program will promote
the profession of wood harvesting as a key element in your business
success. The program will make it clear that loggers are
“environmentalists of trees” who spend their work time in the forest.
The MLC program will allow the logger to gain economic leverage by
marketing what he knows and does. In addition the logger will
hopefully gain reciprocity for harvesting timber across state lines
that require a Master Logger such as Tennessee and Kentucky. Hopefully
in time the Master Logger will be able to purchase timber and sell his
services to landowners who realize there is more to selling timber
than just money.
I feel this will be an outstanding program for loggers that know they
are doing the right thing but do not get credit for it. It will also
be a program that landowners should love since they would have
reassurance from the Certifying Board that the logger is honest, and
he knows how to implement good timber harvesting techniques. The
forest landowner will know if the logger does not perform based on the
MLC program requirements.
If you are interested in the Missouri Master Logger Certification
program you can call the Missouri Forest Products Association at
As always if I can assist you in concerning forest products or if you
have any questions you can give me a call. John Tuttle (573)522-4115
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