Region Two Forestry Students participate in area logging CLP certification training
On Thursday, Sept. 27th, the forest management class at Region Two attended a Skidder Bridge workshop hosted by Katahdin Forest Products, Maine Forest Service, Nortrax Houlton and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The students, along with local loggers and foresters, constructed a temporary, movable bridge used to limit environmental impact while crossing sensitive areas or streams while harvesting timber. Certified Logging Professional (CLP) and Qualified Logging Professional (QLP) credits are obtained by the students for attending the workshop. Region Two Forestry program uses (CLP) as its third party organization.
The participants built two bridges that were 22 feet long by 12 feet wide in the morning. Lunch was provided by NORTRAX. After lunch the group went to a bridge placement site in the town of Merril. The pros and cons of the placement were discussed and questions were answered by Maine State Foresters Dan Jacobs and Water Quality specialist Keith Kanoti. It was a very informative workshop enjoyed by all. Workshops like this keep students, instructors, and the public up-to-date on water quality issues in the forest industry and demonstrates to them how to minimize environmental impacts.