CONCORD, N.H. — Taking hold of the ceremonial chairman’s axe, Ben Crowell of CCM Logging and Land Clearing, New London, N.H., accepted the position of chairman of the New Hampshire Timber Harvesting Council (THC) at the annual Loggers & Truckers Convention on October 17. Crowell accepted the axe from outgoing chairman Scott Qualls of Kelley Trucking Inc., Gorham, N.H.

“I look forward to leading this terrific organization as chairman for the next two years,” said Crowell. “Scott leaves the THC in excellent shape, and it’s my privilege to follow such an excellent chairman.”

The THC, founded in 1993, is sponsored by the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA), the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, and the UNH Thompson School of Applied Sciences’ Forest Technology Program. THC works to provide training, to improve the public's perception of logging, to recognize their peers, and to improve awareness and compliance with timber harvesting laws.

Among the most important of the THC’s activities is sponsorship of the New Hampshire Professional Loggers Program (PLP), a voluntary certification program for New Hampshire’s loggers. The program teaches basic silviculture, wildlife management, and improving forestland aesthetics. The PLP also teaches forest professionals about laws and regulations governing forestry work. Every PLP participant receives instruction in basic first aid, CPR, AED, and techniques for operating forestry tools safely and productively.