Bruce Bovill addresses the 2022 Loggers & Truckers Convention at the Town and Country Resort in Shelburne, NH. Bovill is a member of the NHTOA board and chair of the NHTHC.
The objectives of the New Hampshire Timber Harvesting Council (NHTHC) are to promote a better public understanding of timber harvesting while improving the lives and livelihood of professional loggers and forest product truckers.
The THC is administered by the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, the University of New Hampshire Thompson School of Applied Science (TSAS) and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension (UNH).
The NHTOA serves as the legislative advocate on all THC policy issues. The THC Board advises the NHTOA on policy matters pertaining to the interests of their members.
There are four meetings a year, scheduled at the first meeting of the year. An annual convention is held in the late fall or early winter.
These loggers completed the required coursework in the Professional Loggers Program in 2022 and were re-certified. (From the left to right) Marty Driscoll of Lancaster, Jake Bronnenberg of Loudon, Craig Birch of Hollis, Matt Magoon of Loudon, Errol Peters of Landaff, and Michael Sharp of Bridgewater.
Professional Loggers Program (PLP)
The New Hampshire Professional Logger Program is a voluntary education and certification program. It was developed by loggers for loggers.
This program is run by the N.H. Timber Harvesting Council and is co-sponsored by the NHTOA, UNH Cooperative Extension, UNH Thompson School, U.S. Forest Service, N.H. Division of Forest and Lands, and the N.H. Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s state implementation committee. ((can you include the links to these organization’s website?)). This program’s objectives are,
Any person gainfully employed in the harvesting of timber, including manual or mechanical felling, limbing, bucking, skidding, trucking, or chipping can apply for certification. For more information about the certification requirements go to Personal Log Book.
New Hampshire Loggers and Truckers
On Saturday, October 22, the N.H. Timber Harvesting Council (NHTHC) held its 30th Annual Loggers & Truckers Convention at the Town & Country Inn and Resort in Gorham. The yearly gathering is a chance for this community to catch up with old friends, have a meal together, hear about the Professional Loggers Program from the N.H. Timberland Owners’ Association (NHTOA), and recognize the newly certified or re-certified. NHTHC chair Bruce Bovill of Moultonborough welcomed his colleagues, and NHTOA executive director Jasen Stock and program director Cheri Birch summarized the done by NHTOA over the past year in partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension and several other state agencies, with financial support provided by the Implementation Committee of the N.H. Strategic Forestry Initiative.”
The event is also a time to remember and honor members of the logging and trucking community who have passed on. This year they lost Hunter Carbee of Greenfield, Luther Crowe of Littleton, and Dan Keniston of Campton.
The proceedings always include a guest speaker, and last weekend Bill Torrey, a storyteller and former logger from Essex, Vt. entertained a room filled with 160 loggers, truckers, and their families. Torrey found the humorous side of almost being killed by a tree, evading a really nasty firewood customer, and how to deal with vandals at your landing.
The evening ends with the Red Ticket Auction. Members contribute items that range from homemade apple pies and handmade furniture to Halloween gift baskets and socket wrench sets. NHTOA vice president Rich Roy took charge of selling tickets and he sold nearly the whole roll.
Last Saturday was a beautiful Indian summer day and many spent it in the woods at work. But a good crowd made the time to drive up (or down) to Gorham because it’s an opportunity to check in on the state of New Hampshire’s forest products industry, of which the attendees are an important part.
Bruce Bovill, Chair
David Bovill, Logger
Jake Bronnenberg, Logger/Forester
Rocky Bunnell, Logger
Heath Bunnell, Logger
Matt Magoon, ex-officio (immediate past chair)
Errol Peters. Logger, Trucker
Fred Weld, Logger
Ross Caron – Industry
Ray Berthiaume, Forester
Peter Howland, At Large
Jon Martin – Forester Central
Steve Patten – Industry
Mike Simmons, Co-sponsor
Andy Fast, Co-sponsor
Jim Frohn, Co-sponsor
Jasen Stock – NHTOA
Cheri Birch – NHTOA