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Forestry forum focuses on small-business managment, safety, environmental issues (4/02)

Small-business management in the forest industry will be one of many topics covered during an annual forestry workers training session in Sault Ste. Marie on April 19.
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Small-business management in the forest industry will be one of many topics covered during an annual forestry workers training session in Sault Ste. Marie on April 19.

About 130 forestry workers, managers, harvest contractors, truckers and silvicultural workers will congregate in the Sault on Friday to discuss safety and forest environmental issues at a forum sponsored by the Sault Area Forestry Safety Committee and Clergue Forest Management Inc. The annual event features a wide range of topics, including small-business management, a review of labour laws, forest operations certification in Michigan and safety.

"One of the main focuses of this year's program is to provide information on managing a small business," says Trevor Isherwood, general manager for Clergue Forest Management Inc. "Many of the people working in harvesting operations and silviculture run their own business. These entrepreneurs are under intense pressure to maintain their costs, to improve efficiency and to work under increasingly complex safety and environmental laws. The health of the forest industry is dependent on maintaining successful contractors in all facets of woodland activities."

The Sault Area Forestry Committee is comprised of local forest industry, contractors and their staff, as well as Clergue Forest Management with a common purpose to promote safety in forest management operations.

The day-long session, which begins at 8 a.m. and convenes at 4:30 p.m., is at the Riuniti Banquet Hall on Great Northern Road in the Sault. For more information contact 1-705-942-7706.




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