Sending Office: Honorable Jared F. Golden
Support the Next Generation of Loggers
Cosponsor H.R. 1785: The Future in Logging Careers Act
Cosponsors: Fulcher, Schrader, Duncan, Palmer, Cook, Kuster
Like farming and ranching, the timber harvesting profession is often a family run business where the practice and techniques of harvesting and transporting forest products from the forest to receiving mills is passed down from one generation to the next.
The agriculture industry currently enjoys regulatory exemptions that permit family members to participate and learn the operations of the family business under the direction and supervision of their parents. However, young men and women in families who own
and operate timber harvesting companies are denied the opportunity to work and learn the family trade until the age of eighteen.
That is why we have introduced H.R. 1785, the Future in Logging Careers Act. This legislation would bring the logging trade in line with other agricultural fields by allowing family members to get hands-on experience at age sixteen so that they
may carry on the family business. Specifically, the legislation would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds to work in mechanized logging operations, provided they are under parental supervision.
Timber harvesting operations are labor intensive, highly mechanized and technical careers that require on-the-ground training to promote efficiencies and expertise in performing those operations.This requires young men and women to learn how to run the business,
including equipment operation and maintenance, prior to the age of eighteen.
The Future in Logging Careers Act would ensure that the next generation of mechanical timber harvesters can gain the training and experience under the close supervision of their parents who have a vested interest in their children’s safety and in
passing down the profession to the next generation of timber harvesters.
If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor this legislation, please contact Eric Kanter in Congressman Golden’s Office (Eric.Kanter@mail.house.gov), or John Busovsky in Congressman Thompson’s Office
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