By Ryan Rhodes, FRA Director of Public Relations and Government Affairs
Action Requested by Forest Resources Association (FRA): Contact your Congressman and Senator and urge them to support the Future Logging Careers Act Sponsored in the House by Rep. Poliquin (R-ME) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) as well as it’s Senate companion bill with sponsors Sen. Angus King I-(ME) and Sen. Risch(R-ID).
Background: The Future Logging Careers Act would ensure that the next generation of mechanical timber harvesters can gain on-the-ground safety training and experience under the close supervision of their parents. Timber harvesting operations are similar to family farms with sophisticated and expensive harvesting equipment that requires young men and women to learn how to run the business, including equipment operation and maintenance, prior to the age of eighteen.
The agriculture industry enjoys regulatory exemptions that permit family members between the ages of sixteen and seventeen to participate and learn the operations of the family business under the direct 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. This bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to allow for sixteen and seventeen year olds in mechanized logging operations to work in the business under parental supervision.
Take Action: Please enter your voting address on the web form attached, and then review and revise (if you wish) the template letter. Once you have reviewed the letter, click “Print/Send” to automatically e-mail it to your House member and Senators.