Louisiana Forestry Assoc. & Southern Loggers Cooperative Invest in CLTCC Forest Technology Program

The Louisiana Forestry Association (LFA) and Southern Loggers Cooperative have each provided generous donations to the Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) Huey P. Long Campus Forest Technology program. In total, the two groups donated approximately $5,000 worth of equipment and supplies.

C.A. “Buck” Vandersteen, executive director of the Louisiana Forestry Association, and Todd Martin, President and CEO of Southern Loggers Cooperative, presented the donations.

“Good careers are available in forestry, and the Louisiana Forestry Association is proud to support the training of future forestry workers attending Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Winnfield. Through the generosity of members of the forest
community, the LFA’s Forestry Foundation also provides scholarships to forestry students in addition to technical assistance to assure the best for the student studying for a forestry career,” said Vandersteen.

Martin added, “The Southern Loggers Cooperative is dedicated to saving our members money. With that dedication in mind, we know that a prepared workforce that is sustainable and available to our members is a way that we can save them money. We feel that the Central Louisiana Technical Community College Forest Technology Program does just that and we were honored to do our part to help with that.”

Huey P. Long Campus Dean Jeff Johnson said the funds were used to purchase supplies for students in their outdoor lab classes. The forestry program received new clipboards, increment borers to check the age of the standing timber, clinometers to measure height, logging tape to measure tree diameter, planting bars for the reforestation class, compasses, and wedge prisms for cruising timber. In addition, the school increased its supply of safety items including cruising vests and hard hats.

“Business and industry partnerships play a critical role in our college’s success,” Johnson said. “We are very grateful to the Louisiana Forestry Association and the Southern Loggers Cooperative for their generous support of our Forest Technology program.”

The Forest Technology program is now accepting applications for the upcoming Spring 2022 semester. Anyone who is interested in the Forest Technology program is encouraged to contact the CLTCC Huey P Long campus or apply online. Scholarships, loans, and grants are available. For information about enrollment visit http://www.CLTCC.edu/apply. For more information, contact the
school via email at info@cltcc.edu or call 800-278-9855.

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