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NO. R-183.  Joint resolution recognizing the outstanding work of the Logger Education to Advance Professionalism training program.


Offered by:  Representative Fallar of Tinmouth.

Whereas, in 1988, the “Silviculture for Loggers” program was established in Tinmouth, and in 1991, the program was formed officially as Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP), and

Whereas, LEAP’s mission is “to promote a professional approach to logging by providing the knowledge necessary for loggers to work safely, efficiently, and in an environmentally conscientious manner while harvesting timber in Vermont,” and

Whereas, LEAP is a not‑for‑profit organization dedicated exclusively to its mission of education and professionalism in the logging profession, and it refrains from any involvement in political matters, including lobbying activities, and

Whereas, the program recognizes “that the logging profession is an essential  link between Vermont woodlands and forestry industry,” and

Whereas, LEAP offers provisional and full professional logger certification as well as a continuing education program in order that a logger can maintain the full certification status, and

Whereas, a broad‑based group of individuals representing all aspects of forestry in Vermont, including loggers, foresters, forestry organizations, mill owners, state and federal forestry officials, secondary manufacturers, and others from both the private and public sector, created LEAP’s comprehensive curriculum, and

Whereas, courses offered include forest ecosystem and silviculture, business management, safety and first aid, forest operations and professionalism, and

Whereas, over 500 individuals have enrolled in LEAP’s classes, and approximately 400 persons have maintained an active status, and

Whereas, LEAP’s educational offerings more than satisfy the requirements of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and

Whereas, the outstanding work that LEAP has accomplished has been of great benefit to the logging profession and the sustainable care of forests in Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the outstanding work of the Logger Education to Advance Professionalism training program, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Logger Education to Advance Professionalism program in Tinmouth.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont