Award-Winning Training and National Model
The ArkPro Logger Training and Education program was established in 1995 in support of the American Forest & Paper Association’s (AFPA) Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Today the program continues as a formal outreach effort of the national Sustainable Forestry Board’s SFI Certification program and serves as a model statewide professional development and conservation training effort for timber harvesters and others involved in forest resources management. The mission of the Ark Pro Logger program is:
“To provide ongoing development and implementation of a training and education program for Arkansas loggers, procurement foresters, land management foresters and others who deal with loggers and logging contractors, designed to provide instruction that will assist in achieving sustainable forestry and stewardship practices.”
Administered by the Arkansas Timber Producers Association (ATPA), ArkPro Logger training has reached more contractors, crew members, landowners and forestry professionals than any other training programs of its kind. The program has been well received by participants and has been honored by the national Forest Resources Association as one of best professional logger training programs in the nation, earning a second place recognition FRA National Outstanding Logger Training Award in 1996, a first-place FRA K.S. Rolston Memorial Award in 1998 and a second place K.S. Rolston Memorial recognition again in 2000.
To learn more about the details of the program, visit our About Training page on this site, or download the most recent Ark Pro Logger Strategic Plan (October 26, 2015), which includes module descriptions, learning objectives, and detailed information about evaluation and assessment, as well as ongoing reporting, DOWNLOAD HERE: Arkansas Logger Training & Education Program, Revised & Approved,October 26, 2015.
ARK PRO LOGGER SUPPORTERS
Anthony Forest Products Company
Bragg Land Co., Inc.
Clear Water Paper
Deltic Timber Corporation
FIA Timber Growth Master, LLC
Green Bay Packaging
Hancock Forest Management
Huber Engineered Woods
J.R. Banks Lumber Company
Kingwood Forestry Services, Inc.
Neeley Forest Products Services, Inc.
Patterson Hardwoods, Inc.
Plum Creek Timber
Red Mountain Timberlands, LLC
Regions Southeast Timber Fund II, LLC
Rickwood Timberlands, LLC
Rogers Lumber Company
West Fraser, Inc.