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Introducing the Missouri Forest Products Logging School

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The MFPA Logging School is designed to develop the skills students need to succeed in the logging industry in the following areas: Forest Management, Timber Harvesting and Marketing and the Sustainable Utilization of Forest Resources.

The MFPA Logging School is a 10-week program with the first session beginning on Oct. 2, 2017 at The Camp Lake Wappapello (formerly Missouri University's University Forest) near Poplar Bluff, MO. Classes will be held Monday through Friday with students staying onsite during the week in dormitory style housing. The Logging School tuition covers lodging, meals, all class and field instruction and the required PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). The class is a hands-on class with the size limited to 12 students to maximize the course material and the student to instructor interaction.

Students will learn the logging profession in a mix of classroom and field activities from industry subject matter experts. The goal of the Logging School is to graduate students capable of either joining an existing logging company as a productive team member or of starting their own business. Graduates will learn the business side of the timber and logging industry as well as learn how to operate and maintain all of the machinery utilized in modern logging operations. Importantly, each student will graduate with MFPA Professional Timber Harvester credentials which is the prerequisite for their Master Logger certification if they choose to pursue this in their career.

The overarching goal of the Logging School is safety. We will continuously emphasize the importance of safely harvesting timber while implementing sustainable management practices to ensure the long-term health of our forests.

Curriculum Components

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