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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE ATPA/ARK PRO LOGGER PROGRAM – TRAINING POSTPONED 

In recent days, as information is constantly changing, COVID-19 has spread rapidly. These new developments are having an impact on the way we live. COVID 19 is a significant threat to some members of our forestry community who are seniors and those who struggle with health issues.  The impact is difficult to measure at this point because of the lack of current testing. 

The Arkansas Timber Producers Association will be joining National, State, and local organizations in practicing “social distancing”. As part of the forestry family, we want to do our part to protect the people who attend the (ATPA) Logger Training. 

In conforming with social distancing as an effort to flatten the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are postponing the Arkansas Timber Producers Association (ATPA) Logger trainings effective immediately.  Our decision has not been motivated by fear, but by prayerful deliberation, interaction with other leaders in the Forestry community, and medical professionals.  All of our decisions have been unanimous. The ATPA will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed via our web page weekly as the situation changes.

We are thankful that the COVIV-19 issue is being addressed and yet the full picture has not yet emerged. Let’s all be in prayer for our community, leadership, and especially those who are most impacted by this ever-changing situation (at risk populations, health care workers, first responders, and many others). 

On behalf of ATPA,

Arnold Hameister

  • Director of Logger Education
  • Arkansas Timber Producers Association
  • 2311 Biscayne Drive
  • 501-224-0016 – office | 501-764-2958 – cell | arnoldatpa@gmail.com 

 

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This is the website of Arkansas’ award-winning logger training and education initiative and the distinction earned by those logging contractors and crew members that have graduated from the program. Since its inception in 1995, more loggers, landowners and forestry professionals have participated in the Ark Pro Logger program than in any other training program of its kind nationwide.

The Ark Pro Logger training initiative is administered by the Arkansas Timber Producers Association (ATPA) and was developed for loggers by loggers. The program exudes a collective commitment of the region’s timber harvesters to high standards of professionalism and represents a voluntary adherence to rigorous principles of sustainable forestry and natural resource conservation.

Company representatives, consulting foresters, and forest landowners have password-protected access to the online database participants use to confirm and monitor completion of training modules. While graduation from Ark Pro Logger does not constitute a professional endorsement or warranty of an individual or logging firm, it does serve as an industry indicator of a timber harvester’s commitment to this widely upheld training effort.

Additional information and specific requirements of the Ark Pro Logger program can be obtained through this site by selecting the Training menu above, or by contacting ATPA Director of Logger Training, Arnold Hameister toll-free at 1-888-403-2232.

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