In North Carolina, the ProLogger Program is administered by the North Carolina Forestry Association (NCFA), and is the designated logger training and certification program for the state. A roster of current ProLoggers is available from the NCFA's Web site and is updated periodically. Additional logger contact information may be available in the Timber Buyer's Guide, maintained by the N.C. Forest Service (NCFS), although the list does not specify whether or not a logger is a ProLogger, or otherwise has obtained a level of certification.
ProLoggers attend a 3-day comprehensive course covering three main areas: Safety, Business, and Environment. After obtaining ProLogger status, participants must obtain credits from annual continuing education workshop modules. A portion of each annual module focuses on BMPs and other water-quality topics.
The NCFS assists in the development and instruction of ProLogger coursework. In 2005 and 2006, the ProLogger Program incorporated three BMP training videos produced by the NCFS into its annual continuing education modules. The 2007-2008 training focused entirely on the recently revised Forestry BMP manual.
We intend to continue this partnership with ProLogger and keep the program active and meaningful so forest landowners can be confident that their timber is being harvested by a trained professional.