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ACLT Requests MNDNR Take Action Regarding Weather Impacts to Winter Harvesting

Doug and Forrest, If you would share this e-mail with the Commissioner I would greatly appreciate it. I know that Doug and I spoke about this issue a couple of weeks ago and he indicated that the MNDNR was going to be monitoring the weather situation and would look to make a decision by the […]

House Passes Bipartisan Nolan Measure to Permit Logging Trucks to Use I-35 Around Duluth

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Swamp Logger Bobby Goodson To Speak at ACLT Banquet

Mark your calen­dars on April 14th, 2015 for the ACLT Annual Meeting and Banquet. This year’s keynote speaker will be Bobby Goodson of All Terrain Logging, and of the Dis­covery Channel Swamp Logger fame. Attend the Business Meeting at 4:00 to hear about the past year’s accomplishments of your Associa­tion; issues and challenges facing the […]

The Director’s Desk

In conducting some research about the logging industry I was amazed to discover how some things never change. “In 1937, at the height of the Great Depression, Minnesota’s timber workers triumphed over daunting odds to launch two successful strikes, achieve union recognition, and negotiate unprecedented improvements in wages and living conditions. Their success arose from […]

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

When the housing industry collapsed in 2006 the ACLT reviewed the wood portfolios of the mills, particularly the mills that closed. The common denominator was that Weyerhaeuser and Ainsworth had the highest cost wood portfolios respectively. Compared to the average cost of the logger wood portfolios, Ainsworth averaged $25/cord higher. With the housing industry collapse, […]

Where’s the Wood?

The current mill wood shortage is not solely a result of the severe winter weather and wet spring/summer weather. The current situation is a result of a combination of years of wood procurement practices and price structures that have taken advantage of a supply/demand imbalance. This has allowed mills to keep wood prices at a […]

Northern Long Eared Bat – Minnesota’s Spotted Owl

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife is proposing to add the Northern Long Eared Bat to the Endangered Species List. The bat is being killed in high numbers by the white nose syndrome. The listing of the Northern Long Eared Bat on the Endangered Species List will place vast restrictions on activities that might disrupt the […]

Six-Month Extension and Re-opening Comment Period on the Proposal to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced a six-month extension on the final listing determination for the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) and a reopening of the public comment period on the proposed rule to list the bat as endangered. “We are taking this action based on substantial disagreement regarding the sufficiency and accuracy […]

Attack the Source

The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend.  A new hope in the battle against WNS? By Chris Cornelison For the past six years, the “silver bullet” sought by scientists battling White-nose Syndrome has been an ecologically acceptable tool for destroying or disabling the Geomyces destructans fungus, which causes this scourge that is killing millions […]

Fast track for logging trucks through Duluth?