University of Vermont

Free Workshops Help Loggers Hone Their Business Skills

Burlington--To help logging industry professionals in Vermont and neighboring states sharpen the business skills needed for a profitable operation, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is holding a free workshop at two locations in November.

The workshop will cover a range of topics from legislative and forest products industry updates to marketing strategies and business plans. It will be offered Nov. 7 at the U. S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, 170 South Main St., Rutland, and Nov. 8 at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center (Hazen campus), 433 North Main St., Hardwick. Start time is 8 a.m. with a wrap up by 3:30 p.m.

Registration is required by Nov. 2. Email Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu or call (802) 476-2003 or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont only) to register. To request a disability-related accommodation to attend, please call by Oct. 17. Lunch and all workshop materials will be provided.

Presenters from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation include Paul Frederick with an update on market trends in northern New England and Deputy Commissioner Sam Lincoln who will preview some of the legislative developments his department expects to see in 2019. He also will provide guidance on how to effectively communicate with elected officials about the forest economy.

Lincoln will join Steve Bick, Northeast Forests, LLC, in Thendara, New York, to share useful tools, including smartphone apps, which loggers can use to estimate daily operational costs and develop a site assessment to determine the best schedule and terms for a financially successful harvest.

Christine McGowan, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, will lead two sessions on marketing. She will provide an update on the Vermont Forest Industry Network, begun earlier this year to help logging industry professionals tap into new markets for forest and wood products, and talk about free and affordable marketing tools to develop a simple, customized marketing plan.

Chris Lindgren's talk will focus on one-hour business plans and planning templates for loggers. Lindgren is the UVM Extension forest business educator.

Participants will earn eight Vermont LEAP (Logger Education to Advance Professionalism) and 5.5 CFE (Continuing forestry education) continuing education credits. For more information about the workshop go to http://go.uvm.edu/logger2018 or contact Lindgren at (802) 773-3349, ext. 274, or (800) 281-6977 (Vermont calls only).