The Kentucky Master Logger Program is designed to enhance the logger’s ability to operate efficiently within the framework of constantly changing environmental and safety regulations.
Below you will find information helpful to master loggers.
The Center offers chain-of-custody certificates for logging firms to allow the cutting and hauling of Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, or Tree Farm timber. If your logging crew purchases stumpage from certified woodlands you must have a chain-of-custody certificate. Visit the Center’s website for more information to get chain-of-custody certified.
The Kentucky Master Logger Program was developed in 1992 by the University of Kentucky Laws and regulation dealing with water quality, timber trespass, endangered species and air quality. Department of Forestry Extension, Kentucky Forest Industries Association and Kentucky Division of Forestry as partners. It is a 3-day program that is designed to give participants current information on:
- Best Management Practices (BMP’s) on logging operations that are recommended to comply with the current laws and regulations.
- Kentucky Forest Industries Association update.
- OSHA regulations and procedures.
- Safety and fatality update.
- Chainsaw safety and felling techniques.
Attendance at the program was voluntary from 1992 through July 15, 2000. On this date the Kentucky Forest Conservation Act became effective which requires all logging operations to have one person on site and in charge that has successfully completed the 3-day program. All participants will receive a Kentucky Master Logger Designation Card and Certificate upon completion of the course.
This updated guide serves as a field reference to ensure logging operations meet the mandatory BMP minimum requirements for water quality protection. Loaded with color photographs and drawings the guide is a great resource for loggers and woodland owners to ensure they are in compliance with logging BMP requirements. Click the photo above to view the manual.