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In the wake of Gov. Sununu's Emergency Order #17 issued on March 26, 2020 -- the "stay at home" order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus -- the following changes have been made to the schedule of upcoming classes, workshops, and events hosted by the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association:

  • All Professional Logger Program (PLP) and Landowner classes and workshops are cancelled until May 4, 2020. Please check the NHTOA website for any further updates or postponements of classes/workshops. Please call the NHTOA office for information about rolling any prepaid registration fees to fall PLP and Landowner classes or about refunds. 
  • The 109th NHTOA Annual Meeting has been postponed until June 13, 2020. It will still be held at Sanborn Mills Farm, Loudon, N.H. All registrations already made for the Meeting's original date (May 2) will be applied to the new date.
  • The New Hampshire Forest Career Field Day, originally scheduled for May 7, 2020, at Bear Brook State Park, has been postponed until the spring of 2021. Watch the NHTOA website for new dates and information. Exhibitors who booked exhibit space for the original date should contact Cheri Birch, NHTOA's program director, for information about applying fees to the rescheduled event or about refunds.
  • The "Forests of New Hampshire Teacher Tour," July 21-24, is still scheduled. Click here for more information.  

 

 

Citing the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security's memo of March 19 declaring the forest products industry to be "essential" in a number of ways (manufacture of paper products, lumber for infrastructure, pallets for shipping, production of energy, etc.), the NHTOA has written to N.H. Gov. Chris Sununu requesting that N.H.'s forest products industry also be declared "essential" should any shelter-in-place orders be issued by the Governor's office for the Granite State.
"New Hampshire’s forest products industry is interconnected. Loggers that produce saw logs for lumber and pallets also produce wood chips for power plants and institutional heating and they produce pulp wood for paper making. Sawmills that produce lumber also produce wood chips for electricity, heat, and papermaking," stated the letter, which was signed by NHTOA executive director Jasen Stock. "Lose one piece of this interconnected web and the remaining portions will be impacted."
 
Read the full letter here. The Dept. of Homeland Security's March 19, 2020, memo can be read here
To date, Sununu has not issued a shelter-in-place order for New Hampshire.

Forest Products Listed as "Essential Industry" Under Governor's Order

Yesterday, March 26, Governor Sununu issued Emergency Order #17 (a.k.a. the "stay at home" order). Accompanying this order was a list of "essential industries" that are exempt from the order. Forest products businesses are on this list and therefore exempt. (To see the full list, click here. To see the text of Executive Order #17, click here.) In addition to sawmills, "Forest products" includes those businesses that support the manufacturing and distribution of timber and forest products (i.e., loggers, truckers, foresters, etc.). It is also worth noting that forest products businesses appear several places on the order as noted below:

Food and Agriculture

  • Workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood products.

Transportation and Logistics

  • Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operations

 Energy

  • Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore the reliable generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power, including call centers, utility workers, reliability engineers and fleet maintenance technicians

Health Care/Public Health/Human Services

  • Manufacturers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators, and distributors of or necessary to the supply chain of medical equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), medical gases, pharmaceuticals, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and paper towel products.

Although Emergency Order #17 does exempt Forest Products businesses, the order still urges these businesses to follow social distancing protocols for employees in accordance with guidance from the Department of Public Health, including but not limited to:

1. Prohibiting all gatherings with more than 10 individuals.

2. Keeping all personnel six feet apart.

3. Encouraging employees to stay home when sick, and sending home those who report feeling ill or display symptoms.

Please call or email the NHTOA office if you have any questions. Note that there could be a delay in the office's response due to work-at-home requirements.

THe 109th Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA) will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Sanborn Mill Farm in Loudon, N.H.

Sanborn Mill Farm, owned by NHTOA member Colin Cabot, dates back to the 18th century and is a spectacular restoration of a working farm from the 18th and 19th centuries. There is a water-powered sawmill, water-powered grist mill, blacksmith shop, carpentry shop, and restored barns and outbuildings. Tours before the Annual Meeting begins will introduce attendees to the workings of these mills and buildings and include demonstrations.

The day will also feature a catered lunch and the presentation of NHTOA's annual awards. Circle June 13, 2020, on your calendar now and plan to join us!