Mike's Message

With our annual meeting behind us I would like to thank all our sponsors for their continued support of the Montana Logging Association. I would especially like to thank Western States Cat for sponsoring Friday evening’s cocktails, RDO Equipment for sponsoring the Saturday banquet and Associated Loggers Exchange for being a program sponsor. Particularly I would like to sincerely thank Coleen and the MLA staff for putting on a quality program.

Friday morning, we gained some useful information during our safety conference and then moved on to hammer out the details of our strategic plan for the next five years.

On Saturday we were given a presentation by Brian Graham on a new insurance alternative from Associated Insurance Services. We then listened to Dave Haupt and Tom Partin. They gave us an exceptionally positive message about future timber supply on USFS Region 1. Thank you all for your hard work.

At lunch we were fortunate to hear from Scott Dane of the American Loggers Council. He talked about passing on our legacy and how important it is to fight for our way of life. He read us a quote from Ronald Reagan

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

I would like to finish this message with a short story about a young lady whose father works for us. Gracelyn is an elementary school student in Plains, MT.

During class one day the teacher played a video that was negative about logging and hunting. Gracelyn picked up her chair and turned it backward. She told her teacher that her dad is a logger and her family kills animals and eats them. She further told her teacher she wasn’t going to watch that video.

Way to go Calvin and Christina for teaching your daughter to be

proud of the way of life we have in Montana.

Until next time,

God Bless, Mike.

Mike Newton is the President of the Montana Logging Association.

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