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Calling all loggers and sawmill owners (or senior management) to complete an important survey on Workers’ Compensation! For two years the Hardwoods Development Council, AHUG, and DCNR have been studying options to develop a Workers’ Compensation program in Pennsylvania. The Council is proposing developing a public/private pool of funds over three years that would offset the cost for Pennsylvania loggers to participate in the SWIF program that would be at a subsidized rate. We are hoping the first year, the program may cost somewhere between 20-30 cents/$1.00. Over the course of the three years, we hope that the participation will increase and the costs to participants decrease so that a private insurer would successfully bid for the program and continue it in a program similar to New York state. The pool of funds would developed over the course of three years with approximately $2.5 million annually from the state treasury and $2.5 million annually in designated tax credits from sawmill owners and the forest products industry. In order to move forward with this proposal it is important to have real numbers from the loggers and from sawmill owners about the program and possible participation. If there is no support it is doubtful the funding would become available. Therefore, we ask that every logger and sawmill owner complete the attached survey and return it by mail or email ( to Wayne Bender at the Hardwoods Development Council within the next two weeks or by June 24. Thank you! There is also an general information sheet about the current status of Worker’s Compensation in Pennsylvania. THANK YOU! Your participation is crucial to the success of any program that moves forward for this specific need.>>


NTHA Year End Report 2017-18
Interested in what we have been up to this year? Read our year-end report to find out! Thanks to the support of the Hardwood Development Council and our members, we were able to provide the following activities, outreach, and support in 2017-18 and look forward to building on those successes in 2019!>>

New E & S Plan Template for Timber Harvesting Operations
Over the past year, NTHA has worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture - Hardwoods Development Council, the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee, and others in a workgroup to update and republish the E&S Plan Template for Timber Harvesting Operations. We are happy to announce that the new plan is official and available for use!

The DEP's Bureau of Clean Water has worked with the group and has posted the updated template to DEPs eLibrary website HERE

The template is intended for operations that require a written E&S Plan under 102.4(b)(2), but do not require a permit under Chapter 102.
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