207-688-8195 Professional Logging Contractors of the Northeast

PLC Events

This year’s meeting is being held at an exciting new location, The Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine. We can’t wait to see you there!

May 9th

Splinters and Spirits Tour – Robbins Lumber and Local Brewery, Winery, & Distillery Tours

Evening Social Gathering – The Samoset Clubhouse

May 10th

Full PLC Board Meeting and Elections (Contractors only)

Equipment Innovation Panel

John Godfrey, Godfrey Forest Products

Log A Load Auction with NASCAR Driver Ricky Craven

PBS America’s Forests TV Show Premiere Featuring The Mallett Brothers Band


It is not too late to Donate!

In 2023, we raised over $127,723 for Log A Load for Kids & Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, through our dinner and auction. Our goal in 2024 is to exceed that total, and we hope that you can help us make miracles happen! This year, we are also excited to announce a new partnership with the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital in Burlington as we expand our Log A Load reach and look forward to sharing our generosity with children in Vermont. We need auction items! Giftbaskets, giftcertificates,overnight stays, trips, products,and genuine Northeast experiences that epitomize the region. Can you help us reach our goal and make this year’s Log A Load Auction a success? 

There is a link to donate online below. If you would like to call us and discuss your ideas for adonation, please call Renee’at 207-688-8195 opt. 1. 

If you are able to donate, please let us know, so we can plan ahead to promote the item! 

Thank you for making miracles happen and we look forward to hearing from you!

Northeast Logger Reception at Loggers’ Expo

Northeast Contractors, if you’re planning on attending the Loggers Expo, don’t miss this FREE event! You and a guest are invited (space is limited to two per company). Please RSVP by Friday, May 3rd at noon by emailing office@plcloggers.org or calling 207-612-9280. Please consider inviting a logging contractor with you who is not a current PLC Member or Master Logger! Thank you to our sponsor for the event, Milton CAT!

Logging News

The Logger’s Voice – Spring 2024 Edition

Members, The Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP), administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides payments to eligible owners of nonindustrial private forest land in order to carry out emergency measures to restore land damaged by the weather related storms of the last five months. This program could provide many landowners you work with, and as a result your business, revenue during mud season for clean-up efforts on eligible forestland.

Applicants to this program (landowners) need to work with their local FSA Office to register their land by providing proof of ownership documents such as their deed(s) and tax map(s) and complete in-house eligibility paperwork. Applicants will also need to take initial pictures of the damage and provide an estimate of what is needed to clean up the land. Work cannot start in the program until approved.

Only nonindustrial private forest land is eligible for this program. Applicants that are principally engaged in the primary processing of wood products are not eligible applicants.

Once approved, applicants will be paying upfront for the cleanup to contractors and the program will provide cost-share for items approved. It is important to note that the program will not pay more than 75% of the established price which can be found on the component spreadsheet – the intent of the program is not to reimburse applicants in full but to cover a portion of the cost. Receipts will be required when applicants request payment. 

A Fact Sheet on the program is available here and we encourage you to share it with landowners you work with: Emergency Forest Restoration Program.

Sign up for this program ends on May 24.

Anyone with questions should speak with their local FSA office.

Maine’s Direct Link Loan Program

Are you a Master Logger® in Maine who is buying new equipment? Take advantage of the Direct Link Loan Program and get an interest rate reduction of up to 2% on qualifying equipment. Details of the program and how you can take advantage of it are below:

1. A Master Logger signs an Agreement with the Maine Forest Service (MFS), the bank submits Agreement to MFS, and it is approved by the MFS for the purchase of a new or new to them piece of qualifying equipment. (Cut to Length Harvesters and Forwarders, Tracked Feller Bunchers, Stroke Delimbers, Mulching Machines, Road Graders; also includes retrofitting of existing equipment like Flotation tires, Bogey wheels, harvester and processor heads; and Miscellaneous purchases like Metal and Wooden Bridges, Bottomless arches, and sediment and erosion control products) Purchases are considered on a case by case basis, with eligibility based on whether the equipment facilitates the implementation of Best Management Practices.

**Equipment that is NOT eligible: Grapple Skidders, Pull-Thru Delimbers, Tree-to-Tree Feller Bunchers. 

2. The Master Logger gets a loan from a participating bank. (See list below) Example: Loan is for $500,000 at current bank interest rate (ex. 7.00%). Contractor can have multiple loans but can’t exceed the $800,000 aggregate limit allowed by the program.

3. The Master Logger is given an interest rate subsidy (reduction) of 1.50% (up to 2%) – the same amount as the *CD rate for as long as they continue to qualify for the program.

Example: 7.00% loan interest rate less 1.50% rate subsidy = 5.50 effective rate.

The following banks participate in the direct link loan program.

**Note: Maine Municipal Bond Bank buys a $500,000 CD for up to five years from bank for up to 2.00% less than the bank’s going CD rate matching the term of the loan. Ex. 1.50 % – (up to 2%)

Don’t see your bank on the list? Reach out and encourage them to get involved.

Not yet Master Logger® Certified? Email Sydney at sydney@tcnef.org, call (207)-688-8195, opt. 2 or visit masterloggercertification.com.

 For more information, click here for the Direct Link Loan Program.

Northeastern Loggers’ Association Expo 2024

Safety & Educational Resources

Master Logger® Best Practices Workshops

The 2024 Spring series of Master Logger® Best Practices Workshop dates have been announced and registration is now open! As always, these workshops will be interactive and include great presenters. Please review the dates below and we hope to see you at one of these workshops. Register online at masterloggercertification.com/workshops, by phone at (207) 688-8195 opt. 2, or by email at sydney@tcnef.org. Register as soon as possible, as space is limited.
When & Where:
Maine Workshops
May 14 – Fort Kent
May 21 – Rumford
May 23 – Passadumkeag
Vermont Workshops
May 29 – Barre
Other States
We are planning Summer and Fall workshops. Interested in hosting? Please give us a call!
Time: 8 am- 3 pm
Cost: Free!
• BMPs and Defining Streams
• Harvest Planning for Efficiency
• Avenza Mapping for Loggers
• Climate-Smart Logging
• This workshop is for logging operators, foremen, foresters, and others who implement aspects of harvest planning and implementation.
• What to bring: work boots, hi-vis vests, hard hats (required)
• Lunch provided
• MLC Credits: 6 hours
• SAF Credits: pending

Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) – BMP Workshops

The Maine Forest Service (MFS) and Maine SFI will be co-hosting BMP workshops over the next couple of weeks.  The full details and registration information can be found in the links listed below.   

May 1, 2024 : Fundamental BMPs to Protect Water Quality on Haul Roads and Skid Trails – Dover-Foxcroft 

May 2, 2024 : Fundamental BMPs to Protect Water Quality on Haul Roads and Skid Trails – Millinocket  

May 7, 2024 : Fundamental BMPs to Protect Water Quality on Haul Roads and Skid Trails Workshop – Searsmont 

The PLC would like to make you aware that these workshops open your business to tracking and your information could be shared by MFS with SFI certified companies. This process of tracking and sharing your information may violate your rights of confidentiality and due process.  Additionally, it could also put your company at risk of losing a contract if SFI tries to use your information for their own compliance.  The PLC encourages all companies to do their due diligence and to know how their information could be shared and for what purpose before signing up – it is your right to know.    

The Master Logger Certification program is also offering four, free Best Practices trainings during the month of May as an alternative for your business.  You can see a schedule and register for the Master Logger Best Practices Workshops here. Employee and business information received during these trainings will not be shared without your permission. 

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

The Professional Logging Contractors of the Northeast (PLC) is pleased to offer Logger, Fleet and CPR Safety Training to all PLC Members and Master Loggers March 28-May 17 in 2024. Openings still remain! Don’t wait, register now!

There is no charge for the Logger and Fleet Safety Training classes. CPR/First Aid is $50/attendee. 

**Registration is still open for the Logger / Fleet Training in Fort Kent at TNT Road Company on May 17th.

Register now!


New Small PLC Operator/Driver First Aid Pack!

In response to demand for a smaller/”must have in an emergency” first aid pack to be stored in a machine or pickup, the PLC has created a new Operator/Driver First Aid Pack.

  • Contains “must have in an emergency” bleeding control items 
  • One pack is recommended per machine/truck 
  • Detachable velcro panel ideal for mounting in a machine or truck
  • Meets OSHA requirements for a logging first aid kit
  • Supplements PLC’s larger first aid back pack but is not a replacement

The PLC Member price is $69 plus tax and shipping (if it is not picked up by the contractor or delivered by the PLC). Color RED

More information on the pack and its contents is available HERE. 

Get yours now by clicking HERE!


PLC Crew First Aid Backpack

PLC First Aid Pack: In response to widespread interest from members, we have created a PLC First Aid Pack that has everything you need for emergencies in the woods. This Military Elite Tactical Trauma First Aid Backpack was designed for the PLC by Paul Stewart – EMT Houlton, ME. 

To order Click HERE

Now FREE to Maine Loggers! A $300 value!


Maine News

Vermont News

Member Benefits

PLC Members Only!

Equipment Cost Calculators Available


With expenses rising rapidly in the industry we know you are struggling to get a handle on your costs. This is a great time to utilize the cost calculators created in 2021 for PLC Members.

These new, easy to use, logging equipment and log trucking cost calculators are available on the PLC Members Only section of our web site You may access this private section of the web site with your member login or set up a login HERE.

These calculators allow you to quickly estimate the hourly cost of operation for any piece of your equipment.

DISCLAIMER: These calculators are being made available for your business use as a member benefit. They produce equipment estimates and are not official products of the PLC nor should they be used for negotiation purposes.

PLC Online Store

Looking for great PLC items and apparel? Gifts? First Aid packs, safety items and more? You will find them at the new PLC Online Store on our web site. Ordering is easy.


ALC Member Discounts

PLC Members, because the PLC is a member of the American Loggers Council YOU are entitled to special discounts! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Fabian Oil Discount

Wallingford’s Discounts

Dirigo Waste Oil 

10% Discount on new furnaces. Contact Justin at 207-873-0881.

Maine Trailer Discounts

PLC Members get a 5% discount on culverts purchased at Treeline and Frank Martin & Sons

Hale Trailer discounts for PLC Members on new trailer purchases! Call Neal at 207-232-7969 for details!


Cross Arena Discounts for PLC! 

PLC Classified Section

Check out the equipment and job opportunities our members have listed at the LOGGING ZONE! 
If you are interested in placing a classified ad, please contact PLC Northeast by Email – office@plcloggers.org or call Vanessa at 207-688-8195.

Preferred Supporting Members

Enhanced Supporting Members