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On a warm, beautiful late-summer day, members of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA) and dozens of friends fired their shotguns at soaring clay birds, enjoyed each other’s company, had a great outdoor picnic, and in the process raised more than $10,000 to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (ChaD). The Log-A-Load Fun Shoot event, held at the Green Mountain Shooting Preserve in Effingham, N.H., on Saturday, August 21, 2021, was part of the national Log-a-Load for KidsTM program in which loggers and wood-supplying businesses raise money to support children’s hospitals to provide medical care to kids in need.

This year’s Fun Shoot was the sixth annual co-hosted by CHaD and the NHTOA, and attendance reflected the enthusiasm for the event. A total 90 people, including families, participated this year.

“People who own timberland and who are in the forest products industry are outdoors-oriented by definition,” said Jasen Stock, NHTOA executive director. “Shooting sports is a natural for them, and support for our sporting clays trap-shooting event is growing tremendously. The fact that the Fun Shoot benefits CHaD, one of the best children’s hospitals in New England, also encourages great participation.”

Sponsors supporting the Fun Shoot included: Wagner Forest Management Ltd., Farm Credit East, J.M. Champeau, Hancock Lumber Co., Bridgewater Power, HHP Inc., Zambon Brothers Logging, HB Logging, Madison Lumber Mill, Santor and Sinnemon CPAs, Peters Logging, and Richard Carrier Trucking

The 7th annual Log A Load fun shoot will happen on August 20, 2022, at Green Mountain Shooting Preserve in Effingham. 

 

The New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, NH Farm Bureau Federation, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and S.P.A.C.E. are jointly conducting a survey of current use landowners regarding the State of New Hampshire’s Current Use program.

The consulting firm selected to conduct the survey is Pan Atlantic Research of Portland, Maine, a highly experienced market research and consulting firm with significant experience in the natural resource related sector. Information gathered will be used to advocate for the Current Use program in New Hampshire.

We strongly encourage you to participate in this important project if you own current use land. Your inputs will be an invaluable tool for policy development and support of the Current Use Program.

If you wish to use the online link to participate, go to: https://www.research.net/r/NHCurrentUse

A print version of the survey is included in the Spring 2021 edition of The Timber Crier. If you'd like to receive a printed survey, please contact the NHTOA office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 224-9699.

Note: Because this survey is being distributed by multiple organizations and also through direct solicitation to a sample of current use landowners, you may receive multiple copies of the survey online or by mail. Please only fill out the survey once. Additionally, this survey is intended for current use landowners only. Please only fill out the survey if you currently have land in New Hampshire’s Current Use program.

Thank you so much for your participation!

Beginning July 22, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications for pandemic-related financial assistance from loggers and timber truckers. In total, FSA will provide up to $200 million in relief funds, which are part of USDA's Pandemic Assistance for Producers initative.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, authorized this critical assistance for the timber industry. Timber harvesting and hauling businesses that have experienced a gross revenue loss of at least 10% during the period of Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2020, compared to the period of Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2019, are encouraged to apply.

“USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative promised to get financial assistance to a broader set of producers and today’s announcement delivers on that promise,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. “On top of the existing challenges associated with natural disasters and trade, the pandemic caused a major disruption for loggers and timber haulers including lack of access to wood processing mills. This industry plays a critical role in our nation’s economy and we are proud to support these hard-working loggers and truckers as they get back on track.”

“We’ve heard from loggers and truckers whose livelihoods were significantly impacted this past year by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are pleased that USDA can help alleviate some of the financial burden,” added Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. “I encourage those logging and log-hauling businesses hardest hit by the pandemic to learn more about the assistance offered through this new program.”  

Program Details

To be eligible for payments, individuals or legal entities must be a timber harvesting or timber hauling business where 50% or more of its gross revenue is derived from one or more of the following:

  • Cutting timber.
  • Transporting timber.
  • Processing of wood on-site on the forest land (chipping, grinding, converting to biochar, cutting to smaller lengths, etc.).

Payments will be based on the applicant’s gross revenue received from Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 1, 2019, minus gross revenue received from Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 1, 2020, multiplied by 80%. FSA will issue an initial payment equal to the lesser of the calculated payment amount or $2,000 as applications are approved. A second payment will be made after the signup period has ended based upon remaining PATHH funds.

The maximum amount that a person or legal entity may receive directly is $125,000.

Applying for Assistance

Loggers and truckers can apply for PATHH beginning on July 22 by completing form FSA-1118, Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers Program application, and certifying to their gross revenue for 2019 and 2020 on the application. Additional documentation may be required. Visit farmers.gov/pathh for more information on how to apply.

Applications can be submitted to the FSA office at any USDA Service Center nationwide by mail, fax, hand delivery, or via electronic means. To find a local FSA office, loggers and truckers can visit farmers.gov/service-locator. They can also call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.

On December 21, 2020, the NHTOA Board of Directors approved a five-to-seven year Strategic Framework. This document is a product of the NHTOA Board of Directors and the Granite State Woodland Institute Board of Directors.

A Strategic Framework functions like a traditional Strategic Plan, setting and prioritizing goals for the organizations, and by extension its membership.

The approved Strategic Framework has five goals:

1. Foster a legal and regulatory environment that supports and enhances timberland ownership, timberland management, and a thriving forest industry.

2. Advance professionalism, safe practices, sustainable forestry, efficiency, and productivity throughout the forest industry.

3. Provide responsive and high-quality support and service to members.

4. Promote the value of working forests and responsible forest management.

5. Ensure the financial and organizational vitality of the NHTOA through increased fundraising and membership, staff development, and attentive governance.

To read the full Strategic Framework document, click on the link below:

2020 NHTOA Strategic Framework