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NO. R-57.  Senate concurrent resolution commending the Vermont Loggers Association.


Offered by:  Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District.

Offered by:  Representatives Larson of Burlington, Barnard of Richmond, Donovan of Burlington, Fisher of Lincoln, Johnson of South Hero, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Klein of East Montpelier, Leriche of Hardwick, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Seibert of Norwich, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, forestry-related industries are an essential component of Vermont’s economy, and

Whereas, the fundamental requirement for a healthy forestry industry is the vitality of the state’s logging operations, and

Whereas, there are many logging contractors in Vermont who employ highly skilled workers in the state’s forests, and

Whereas, Vermont’s loggers deliver raw wood materials to Vermont-based sawmills and to other mills around the world, and

Whereas, the forest-based manufacturing industry in Vermont, which is the recipient of these raw wood products, employs thousands of individuals and ships millions of dollars worth of processed wood around the world, and

Whereas, wood‑derived fuel is an important energy source in Vermont, and

Whereas, in the year 2000, the Vermont Loggers Association, Inc. (VLA) was created to represent and train the state’s loggers, and it has expanded to nearly 400 members, and

Whereas, the VLA has developed the Vermont Loggers Academy, which offers a four-year logger certification program, and

Whereas, enrollment in the Vermont Loggers Academy now exceeds 1,000 participants, and

Whereas, the Vermont Loggers Academy is the only OSHA-compliant program in Vermont with a focus on safety training, and

Whereas, the VLA board of directors has voted to adopt the Vermont Master Logger Certification program, and approval is pending from the American Loggers’ Council, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commends the Vermont Loggers Association, Inc. for its efforts on behalf of the state’s loggers, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Loggers Association, Inc. in Greensboro.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont