Saturday, December 5, 2020

CCE Essex receives grant for logging training courses

Cornell Cooperative Extension Essex County (CCE Essex) received a $2500 grant from the International Paper’s Ticonderoga Branch, and the International Paper Foundation. The money will be used to host two “Game of Logging” courses through the Northeast Woodland Training with instructor David Birdsall, taking place at North Country Creamery in Keeseville.

“We’ve had so many requests for the Game of Logging courses, as well as basic chainsaw safety,” said Carly Summers, Agriculture Resource Educator of CCE Essex. “The courses filled up fast and we had several requests to offer the entire series next year. All who participated and wish to participate in the future are so grateful to IP for supporting these educational courses. We hope to work together in the future to continue offering them.”

As far back as 1952, the International Paper Foundation annually provides millions in grants to nonprofit organizations so they may address critical needs in the communities where its employees live and work. Funding priority is given to those which reflect the foundations signature causes, such as education, hunger, health and wellness, disaster relief, and initiatives which improve the planet.

“International Paper is happy to support Game of Logging. The loggers who participate in these training courses are integral to providing a continual supply of fiber to the mill and we greatly appreciate the work they do,” said Donna Wadsworth, Ticonderoga Mill Manager of Communication.

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7 Responses

  1. Todd Eastman says:

    GOL is a tremendous program. Even if you’ve been running a saw for decades, the information will be helpful.

  2. Dylan says:

    Where can you sign up? Does the grant cover registration fees?

  3. Richard says:

    Games of Logging. STIHL saws. Engineered in Germany … assembled in US. It’s a good combo!

  4. sandor says:

    How much $$ does NYS donate to this or similar schools/clubs/ orgs..?? Bring jobs to the ADKS. starts here.This complete control by APA to never LOG THE ADKS is costing taxpayers millions$$$ but yet we can finance NYC for next 10 years.There is simply no reason to let millions of acres of ADK lumber to rot in the forest when it will reduce taxes,improve the economy, create jobs,improve habitat for wildlife and let us select ,manage,harvest and still keep old growth pristine.

  5. Dylan says:

    Commercial logging does not generate tons of jobs. I wish it did. If you own woodland in the Adirondacks you are welcome to harvest it. You are even able to get property tax relief to do so through the 480a program. Public land has generated millions of dollars of revenue for tax payers in the Adirondacks. Rotting wood is highly beneficial to patiently rebuild our soils that were rapidly washed in our watersheds for the last 150 years (the Raquette used to be a rock and pebble bottomed, world class trout mecca, not a just sediment filled scenic ditch). Perhaps the best way to keep old growth pristine (not sure where you’retalking about?), would be if we stop belching diesel exhaust and other pollution into the atmosphere.
    I love Game of Logging. I love felling trees. It is worth recognizing that the state forests here are a tiny tiny patch of all the world that is afforded at least temporary protection from exploitation, and while standing afford residents outstanding economic opportunity and ecological value.
    While I appreciate IP sponsoring this excellent training, I am skeptical whether one out of forty of its participants provide any fiber for the mill. Sharpen your chain, and Merry Christmas!

    • gabe susice says:

      dylan, you have to own at least 50 acres of forest to be enrolled in 480a. who cares if they sell to a mill. the program helps people learn to run a saw safely.
      most people running a saw are cutting firewood,

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