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For Release: Friday, May 8, 2015

DEC to Host Skidder Bridge Workshop on May 15

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 5 Warrensburg office will host a Skidder Bridge workshop on May 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at DEC's Warrensburg office, 232 Golf Course Road. New York Logger Training, Inc. will lead the workshop training, which will include both classroom and hands-on instruction on the construction of portable skidder bridges.

Portable skidder bridges are designed to be used as temporary structures to cross streams during logging operations. Portable skidder bridges reduce the potential for sedimentation and phosphorus release, channeling and degradation of aquatic habitat, which helps ensure loggers comply with state water quality regulations.

The fee to attend the workshop is $100 per person and includes lunch. Participants can receive one New York Logger Training continuing education credit.

The workshop is part of the Greater Adirondack Resource Conservation and Development Council's Portable Skidder Bridge Free Loan and Education Program in the New York State Lake Champlain Basin, which it plans to expand to protect other New York State watersheds. The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide portable skidder bridges free-of-charge to loggers;
  • Inform and educate loggers, landowners and foresters about the benefits of using portable skidder bridges; and
  • Assist businesses in the fabrication and loaning of portable skidder bridges.

In 2014, the Greater Adirondack Resource Conservation and Development Council received a $15,000 contribution for a temporary bridge project from Chasm Hydro, Inc., Chateaugay Hydro Partnership, and Chasm Hydro Partnership. The contribution was part of a 2014 settlement agreement with DEC.

To register, contact the Empire State Forest Products Association at 518-463-1297.

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