COVID-19 AND ARK PRO LOGGER TRAINING

An announcement from ATPA Logger Training Director Arnold Hameister (9/3/2020):

In light of the Coronavirus situation, we have all had to adjust the way we used to perform and accomplish our daily tasks, whether at home or at work. It was ATPA’s hope that Arkansas would be fully open by this time, and that we would have been able to resume the in-person, Continued Logger Education “CLE” and the four core ARK PRO LOGGER module trainings.

Because this has not happened, we are being proactive in making adjustments and planning Covid-19 temporary opportunities for logger training below:

  1. You may receive CLE credit by attending the Arkansas Forestry Association “Virtual Annual Meeting” Sept 29, 2020. The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m. The cost is $25.00. You need to pre-register on the link below, make sure you click the CLE box to receive your CLE certificate. 
  2. If you need one of the four core ARK PRO LOGGER modules, you will need to attend both days, September 29 and 30, 2020. The cost for both days is $125.00. Again, you will need to pre-register and make sure you click the CLE box to receive your CLE certificates.

    LINKS:      
     https://www.arkforests.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1400805
    OR https://www.arkforests.org/event/AFA2020
  3. First Aid and CPR training, which is an OSHA requirement, will also be accepted for CLE credit. You will need to take a picture or send me (Arnold Hameister) a copy of your current card, along with your mailing address. I will mail you your certificate for continue education or a safety module. I am working to develop an online training course to be available linked via our webpage (www.arkloggers.com) sometime in January 2021. It will consist of local expert speakers talking on various topics within one of the four modules.

    As more opportunities become available for training, they will be posted here, on our landing page of our website, as well as behind the training tab. We are hopeful that sometime next year we can once again conduct in-person training in a safe environment. When that happens, I would like to partner with you and schedule a CLE workshop. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

In the meantime, we hope you and yours are well and safe.

On behalf of ATPA,

Arnold Hameister

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Director of Logger Education

Arkansas Timber Producers Association

2311 Biscayne Drive

501-224-0016 – office | 501-764-2958 – cell | arnoldatpa@gmail.com


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
Evergreen Packaging
Domtar
Draxbiomass
FIA Timber Growth Master, LLC
Green Bay Packaging
Hancock Forest Management
Huber Engineered Woods
International Paper
J.R. Banks Lumber Company
Kingwood Forestry Services, Inc.
Neeley Forest Products Services, Inc.
Patterson Hardwoods, Inc.
Plum Creek Timber
Potlatch
Red Mountain Timberlands, LLC
Regions Southeast Timber Fund II, LLC
Rickwood Timberlands, LLC
RMS
Rogers Lumber Company
Twin Rivers Paper Co.
West Fraser, Inc.
Weyerhaeuser