Georgia "Master Timber Harvester" is a logger education program offered by the University of Georgia's Center for Forest Business and the Georgia Forestry Association's "Georgia SFI Implementation Committee", in cooperation with the Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Public Safety, Southeastern Wood Producers Association, and the Technical College System of Georgia.
The program objective is to foster improvement in the professionalism of wood producers, and it satisfies the logger education suggested in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Program. Logging business owners, crew supervisors, industry procurement foresters and land managers, consulting foresters, and timber buyers will benefit from participation in the Master Timber Harvester Program.
Information is offered in three subject areas:
The Environment — Sustainable Forestry, Forest Stewardship, Wildlife & Endangered Species, Forest Soils, Georgia's BMPs to Protect Water Quality, Harvest Planning
Business Management — Public Policy & Outreach, Federal & State Employment Laws, Employee Hiring & Retention
Safety — OSHA Compliance, Transportation Safety, Loss Control
The Master Timber Harvester Program consists of two (2) components:
Master Timber Harvester WORKSHOP — a two-day comprehensive introductory workshop that is required of all program participants
CONTINUING LOGGER EDUCATION — is flexible and offers a variety of educational opportunities for professional development.
For listing of current Georgia Master Timber Harvesters, click here.