NMDC Offers Business Training Workshop for Northern Maine Loggers
A one-day seminar to help loggers and off road truckers become more profitable will be held Thursday, May 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lakeview Restaurant in St. Agatha.
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) has developed the workshop, following up on a successful logger business training program last spring at the University of Maine Fort Kent.
Conducting the training will be Steven Bick, a forestry expert who developed the "Planning and Analysis of Timber Harvesting” (PATH) software to help calculate operating costs.
Bick has taught more than 150 full-day workshops from Ohio to Maine and has spoken to landowners and industry audiences all over the country. He is the author of seven books on forestry and conservation, including his most recent offering “Harvesting Woody Biomass: A Small Business Guide.”
Thursday's hands-on workshop will include these topics:
Introduction to PATH Software
General Production Analysis for Logging Business
Calculating Machine Rates and Truck Rates
Are We Striving, Thriving or Just Surviving?
Calculating and Comparing Costs Structures of Various Logging Systems
Break Even Analysis
Estimating Production Costs for Individual Timber Harvesting Jobs
Logging Site Management
The registration fee for Thursday's seminar is $100 per company, with up to two employees, owner/operator and bookkeeper. Lunch will be provided at noon. For more information or to register, go to the NMDC website.