207-688-8195 Professional Logging Contractors of the Northeast

PLC Member Weekly Update Nov. 17, 2023

In this Issue

Membership Renewal – Deadline Dec. 1!

Senator Brad Farrin, Logging and Construction Industry Fundraiser – Take the Majority Back – Dec. 6 – You are invited and Needed!

Welcome New Members – 4 New!

American Loggers Council Managed Forests are Healthy Forests

The Logger’s Voice – Fall edition now available!

Cost Calculators – Members Only

PLC Store – NEW Small First Aid Pack

Safety Resources – Safety First!

Trucking – Latest news

Classified listings – Send us your listings!

Member Discounts – Many to choose from

Logging News – Latest headlines!

Membership Renewal Deadline Dec. 1

Renew Now!

Members, now is the time to renew your membership in the PLC for 2024 if you have not already done so. Thank you to all who have renewed already!

The PLC is your voice and advocate and is fighting for your business, your industry, and your future. We need your support to continue standing up for Northeast loggers during these challenging times.

We have also made the online renewal process easier than ever and we encourage you to take advantage of this option. To do so, click on the link below.

Renewals are due by Dec. 1. Don’t delay, renew now!

You’re Invited!

Logging and Construction Industry Strategy Gathering Dec. 6th

Members, State Senator Brad Farrin (R-Norridgewock) and Milton CAT are hosting two evening logging and construction industry legislative strategy gatherings in the run-up to 2024; one was held last night in Brewer and the second will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6 in Scarborough, and have asked the PLC to forward an invitation to all PLC Members to attend. Senator Farrin is an employee of Milton CAT, and Milton CAT is a Preferred Supporting Member of the PLC.

PLC Executive Director Dana Doran and the PLC’s new Deputy Executive Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, Ben Grant, attended last night’s event and encourage you to join them at the Dec. 6 event. Please RSVP if you have not already done so. If you plan to attend please also email Dana at dana@plcloggers.org to let him know.

These events are not sponsored by the PLC. However, they do align with our own planning and preparations for the next legislative session in 2024 and Sen. Farrin is someone who has been very helpful to the PLC since he was first elected to the Legislature in 2015.

You may view the full invitation by clicking the button below.

Please RSVP you plan to attend to Heather Priest at hezjrp@gmail.com or 207-458-5980.

Thanks and please contact us if you have any questions.

Welcome New Members!

Emerson and Sons Logging, LLC of Groton, VT joined the PLC as a new Contractor Member in October of 2023. The company is Master Logger® certified and has a professional staff of 6. To learn more contact Zach Emerson at (802)-274-4039 or zacharyemerson802@gmail.com, or visit emersonandsonslogging.com

Mike Hammer and Sons, LLC of Whitingham, VT joined the PLC as a new Contractor Member in October of 2023. The company is Master Logger® certified and has a professional staff of 1. To learn more contact Craig Hammer at (802)-688-3938 or mikehammerandsons@gmail.com

Thurston Forestry, LLC of Brandon, VT joined the PLC as a new Contractor Member in October of 2023. The company is Master Logger® certified and has a professional staff of 2. To learn more contact Everett Thurston at (802)-342-1288 or ethurston88@gmail.com

Tamarack Management of Arlington, VT joined the PLC as a new Contractor Member in October of 2023. The company is Master Logger® certified and has a professional staff of 2. To learn more contact Blake Pike at (802)-681-3563 or bpike84@gmail.com

American Loggers Council – Managed Forests Are Healthy Forests

Logger’s Voice Fall Edition

Now Available!

The Fall 2023 edition of The Logger’s Voice is now available!

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.


PLC Upcoming Meetings

PLC Full Board Meeting

 Dec. 7 @ 9AM

Governor Hill Mansion

Augusta, ME

Safety Resources

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

Still available – This first aid pack was designed for the PLC members to provide you with the supplies you need for a crew in the woods. PLC Member Price – $299 plus tax and shipping (Free Pick-up available) – Color – RED

To order Click HERE

CPR/First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogens certification: Did you know your employees are required to have this training every two years? If your employees need this training in 2023, contact Jessica at Jessica@maineloggers.com or 207-688-8195 and the PLC will schedule training in your area. THIS TRAINING IS FREE TO MEMBERS!

Now FREE to Maine Loggers! A $300 value!



Workplace safety and labor law requirements can seem complex – join the Maine Department of Labor for no-cost upcoming trainings!

Upcoming classes:

Lifting & Rigging Safety 

November 27, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

Lift planning is essential to safe-lifting practices. This program provides a basic understanding or review of your knowledge about lifting safety in the workplace. It will help you determine what you may need for a lift and what type of equipment to use, including communications through signals, written, or verbal plans. 

Automotive Lift/Jack Stand Safety and Compliance

November 28, 2023 | 8:30–12:30 p.m.  SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

This half-day course provides training on the proper operation of multiple types of automotive lifts, jack stands, inspection, compliance reporting, training, and documentation required by various inspection agencies. This course will have classroom and hands-on training. 

Trenching and Excavation 

November 29, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Dive, Augusta

This course explains the dangers to employees from trenching and excavation operations, soil classifications, OSHA requirements, and the types of protective systems to prevent cave-ins. You will also learn what is meant by “competent person.” 

Register and browse more SafetyWorks! classes: https://www.safetyworksmaine.gov/training/scheduled_classes/register.shtml

If you have questions about safety or upcoming classes, reach out to SafetyWorks! at 1-877-SAFE-345 or general.bls-safetyworks@maine.gov.

If you have questions about Wage and Hour compliance, please reach out to the Wage and Hour Division at 207-623-7900 or bls.mdol@maine.gov, or visit www.maine.gov/labor/bls/.  

2024 classes will also be posted online and open to registration on 11/1.

Thank you,

The Maine Department of Labor


Autonomous Mack Granite logging truck

Autonomous trucks cutting a path in forestry sector

In an untamed Quebec forest, a Canada lynx watches curiously from the bush as a platoon of Mack Granite logging trucks, one of them operated autonomously, passes by on a remote logging road. Meanwhile in Maryland, engineers from Robotic Research Autonomous Industries (RRAI) watch the lynx on screens set up to monitor the performance of the autonomous truck platoons serving a Resolute Forest Products facility.

This is the rugged Canadian wilderness, where forestry trucks encounter some of the toughest conditions imaginable. And this, according to Robotic Research, is the perfect environment for the near-term automation of commercial trucking.

Logging News

Twelve students graduate from Mechanized Logging Operations and Forest Trucking Program

PASSADUMKEAG, Maine – Graduates of Maine’s only college training program for operators of mechanized logging and forest trucking equipment were recognized Nov. 9 at the site where they have spent recent weeks completing the final, trucking stage of the program after months harvesting timber using sophisticated state-of-the-art machines like those they will encounter in the logging industry.

Member Discounts

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



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 have equipment for sale, are looking to buy, are looking for employees, or

Preferred Supporting Members

Enhanced Supporting Members