Training and Educational Materials

Follow the link below for training and educational materials from past workshops, along with other useful resources and articles.

 

2019 Current Workshop Offerings

**2019 classes are listed below. Occasionally we identify additional training throughout the year - check back regularly**

Click on the workshop title to view class descriptions, dates, and locations. Workshops with current openings will have a "register" link. This page will be updated as needed with any new training opportunities that may become available throughout the year. Classes are free to MLEP members unless otherwise indicated and pre-registration is required for all classes.

If you have any questions about individual training requirements, review them here or contact the MLEP office.

NOTE: Registrations cannot be accepted until membership dues are paid in full!

MLEP Credit Classes

 

Bemidji Loggger Conference
Duluth Logger Conference
FMG Pocket Guide: A Handy Tool
Forest Health: Local Concerns
Forest Managment Guidelines Onsite
Introduction to Invasive Species
McCoy Construction & Forestry Live Cut Event
Tailgate Maintenance & Chainsaw Felling
Timber Cruising & Measurements
Truck Inspection & Load Securement
Truck Weight Compliance
Webinar Series


Online Training: Click here for descriptions and to begin training
Forest Management Guideline Training
Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver
Hazardous Materials
How to Prepare for a DOT Audit
Introduction to Safety Supervision
OSHA Recordkeeping Basics

 

 

 

Bemidji Logger Conference (6 hrs. MLEP Cr./4 or 8 hrs. LogSafe Cr.)

The annual northwest spring logger conference in Bemidji, MN. Day One (6 Hours) will consist of MLEP (SFI) training and opportunities to interact with vendors. Attendees will attend a minimum of 6 sessions consisting of required and individually chosen sessions to meet a total of 6 hours of credit. A variety of topics will be available to choose from throughout the day. Join McCoy Construction & Forestry, OSHA Consultation, PetroChoice and other presenters to learn more about topics related to equipment, operations and environmental management practices. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1a, c, f, g, h, i and k and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1a, c, f, g, h, i and k. Day Two (4 or 8 Hours) will consist of LogSafe classes. CPR/First Aid and OSHA training will be offered concurrently on Day Two. One OSHA class option will be Tailgate Maintenance and requires registered attendees to bring their own chainsaw (clean and empty of fuel/oil). Tailgate Maintenance registration will be limited to the first 40 people who pre-register. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1f and g and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1f and g.

 

April 16-17 - Sanford Center - Bemidji - CONFERENCE IS FULL

 

 

Duluth Logger Conference (6 hrs. MLEP Cr./4 or 8 hrs. LogSafe Cr.) register

The annual northeast spring logger conference in Duluth, MN. Day One (6 Hours) will consist of MLEP (SFI) training and opportunities to interact with vendors. Attendees will attend a minimum of 6 sessions consisting of required and individually chosen sessions to meet a total of 6 hours of credit. A variety of topics will be available to choose from throughout the day. Join McCoy Construction & Forestry, OSHA Consultation, PetroChoice, RMS, MDA and other presenters to learn more about topics related to equipment, operations and environmental management practices. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1a, c, f, g, h, i and k and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1a, c, f, g, h, i and k. Day Two (4 or 8 Hours) will consist of LogSafe classes. CPR/First Aid and OSHA training will be offered concurrently on Day Two. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1f and g and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1f and g.

 

April 23-24 - Duluth Entertainment Convention Center - Duluth

 


 

FMG Pocket Guide - A Handy Tool (6 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

This workshop will bring natural resource managers, loggers and landowners together for an introduction to the pocket guide to Minnesota's Forest Management Guidelines. Classroom and field activities will focus on using the pocket guide in real world applications of the FMGs. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1b, c, d and e and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1b,c, d and e

May 30 - Tower
July 30 - Tower

September 19 - Grand Rapids

 

 

 

 

Forest Health: Local Concerns (6 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

To be useful, forest health information must be local and practical. This session will begin with an overview of specific local forest health threats. Heading out to the woods, we will see the "bugs and crud" up close and talk about specific steps loggers and land managers can take to address the threats. Session in IFalls will focus on Dwarf Mistletoe. Session on the North Shore will address Spruce Budworm and Wildfire risk. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1c and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1c.

May 15 - International Falls FULL
TBD - North Shore

 

 

 

Forest Managment Guidelines Onsite (6 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

This workshop offers an onsite option to complete the online Forest Management Guidelines course for those without access to a computer or high speed internet service or those who are not comfortable completing the online training independently. The online modules will be completed as a group in the classroom. The paper exercise will be completed individually by each attendee for credit. A moderator will present the modules, coordinate discussion of the topics and be available to answer questions related to the paper exercise. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1b, c, d and e and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1b,c, d and e.


May 17
- Cloquet
December 12 - Bemidji
December 19 - Cloquet

 

 

 

Introduction to Invasive Species (6 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

Can you identify the newest and most troublesome invasive species of concern for forested landscapes in MN? Join us for an introductory class to learn how to identify invasive species and their native look a-likes on the job. This course will utilize many tools and will introduce 2 apps that can assist with identification and reporting: GLEDN and iNatuarlist Learn about possible management options available to assist landowners/managers make good choices before and after their harvests. Become familiar with Work Clean Go resources to help prevent the spread of invasive plants. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1c and k and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1c and k.


July 31 - Palisade
September 18 - Cloquet

 

 

 

McCoy Construction & Forestry Live Cut Event (3 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

Hosted by McCoy Construction & Forestry. This will be a live cut event held in Wisconsin. It will include a practical in-woods demonstration of John Deere equipment combined with training sessions highlighting proper maintenance and operation, safety considerations, and how technology is driving productivity and uptime. Additional information will be provided prior to the event. Additional information will be provided prior to the event. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1f and k and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1f and k

August 15 - Land O Lakes, WI


 

 

Tailgate Maintenance & Chainsaw Felling (6 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

This course will combine two chainsaw classes into one.  Bring your own chainsaw!  Must be clean and empty of fuel/oil.  Whether you are a hand-feller with a chainsaw in hand every minute, or use it only occasionally as needed, this course will teach everything you think you know about maintaining your equipment in the field.  Explore hands on examples of maintenance tips and tricks that will make chainsaw maintenance safe and efficient.  Training will address chainsaw safety features, reactive forces and the importance of proper saw selection and maintenance.  Out in the woods, a facilitated discussion will include observing, recognizing and reacting to jobsite hazards.  A live demonstration of safe felling, limbing, bucking and topping techniques will be included.  Participants will receive individual instruction and practice the demonstrated techniques.  Participants must provide their own saw, PPE and all other required safety gear.  Proper maintenance and PPE can help eliminate safety issues during chainsaw use.  Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1f, g and k and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1f, g and k.



October 22 - Cloquet

 

 

Timber Cruising & Measurements (6 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

Ever wonder how foresters estimate timber volume on a sale? Can you calculate the number of trees to remove to meet the basal area requirements for an RMZ? Join industry experts in a class that shows how to use the tools needed to estimate volume and determine basal area. Workshop will include classroom and field instruction. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1b, c and d and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1b, c, and d


July 18 - Bemidji
August 8 - Palisade

 

 

 

Truck Inspection & Load Securement (6 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

Understanding truck inspection and documentation may assist truck drivers and owners incorporate best practices and efficiencies into daily routines while meeting legal requirements. Join us for a hands on class led by MN DOT personnel to review truck inspection requirements, load securement options and scenarios. A rail and crib trailer along with a lowboy will be onsite for hands on application of the practices discussed. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1g, h and i and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1g, h and i.


May 7 - Cloquet

 

 

 

Truck Weight Compliance Training (6 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

Participants will review the laws governing gross weights, road restriction weights, axle weights and seasonally increased weights. The workshop will also address the differences between state and local systems, road damage issue, reading weight charts and the advantages and reasons for proper tire sizes, axle spacing and axle configurations, and things to consider when purchasing a new truck or altering a current truck. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1g, h and i and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1g, h and i.

This workshop is being funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and presented by Alexandria Technical/Community college. The instructors include retired State Patrol Lieutenant Greg Hayes (Program Developer/Coordinator/Instructor), Paul Robischon, Keith Williamson, Tom Nelson.

This workshop includes coffee breaks and program materials. Registrants are on their own for lunch.


March 13
- Moorehead FULL
March 14 - Alexandria FULL
March 20 - Albert Lea
March 21 - Shoreview FULL
March 27 - Grand Marais
March 28 - St. Cloud FULL
April 3 - Mankato FULL
April 4 - Bloomington
April 10 - Marshall

FALL CLASSES:

Septenber 4 - Rochester
September 11 - Duluth
September 12 - St. Cloud

 

 

 

Webinar Series (3 or 6 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

In cooperation with SFEC, MLEP will offer credit for attending webinars offered by SFEC in 2019.  You must register through MLEP to get the payment code to cover the webinar cost.  All webinars are held live from Noon to 1pm.  You can attend the webinars via the internet from anywhere or in person at one of the live broadcast sites (Cloquet, Ely, Crookston, or St. Paul).  The webinars offered this year are:
                January 15th- An Update on the Health of Minnesota's Forest
                February 12th- Minnesota's Changing Climate
                March 19th- Structured Decision Making: An approach to solving problems in natural resource mgmt.
                April 16th- Update on Invasive Plants in Minnesota's Forests
                May 21st- Understanding Treaty Rights and Obligations
                June 18th- Treaty Rights and the Chippewa National Forest
                July 16th- Oak Wilt: Biology, Distribution, and Mgmt Approaches

                August 20- Understanding Famiy Forest Landowners in the Lake States

                September 19- How To Learn More From Your Daily Woods Work

                October 15- Expanded Climate Adaptation Resources from NIACS

                November 19- All-Lands Forest Stand Mapping

                December 17- Ruffed Grouse and Forest Management

To receive credit for MLEP and have the $50 webinar cost covered through MLEP, you must attend either a minimum of 3 or 6 webinars. If you attend only 3 webinars, you must find another 3 hour MLEP class to complete your 6 hours of training for the year. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1b, c, d, e, j and k and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1b, c, d, e, j and k

 

 

 

 

 

 

LogSafe Credit Classes

 

CPR/1st Aid Certification (8 hrs. LogSafe Cr.) register

During these classes, attendees will learn to respond to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies with and without the availability of an AED device. First aid will cover bleeding emergencies, burns, head injuries, heat and cold injuries and basic wound care until help can be attained. Attendees will discuss communication strategies and possible limitations, emergency response time and other issues related to remote work locations. Classes will be allocated a total of 8 hours, 4 of those hours for Basic CPR and AED CPR and 4 hours of Basic first aid. Each student will be issued a First Aid, CPR and AED guide book and upon successful completion of the class, a Basic CPR and First Aid card indicating class and date of completion. This class is a skills based class and class length will be based on the amount of time required for every attendee to successfully demonstrate the required skills. This class meets the OSHA Logging Standard 1910.266 requirement for CPR/First Aid certification.

March 21 - Rochester - Apache Kahler Hotel (formerly Canadian Honker)
March 22 - Brainerd - Arrowwood Lodge
March 26 - Two Harbors - Superior Shores CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF REGISTRATION
March 27 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge
April 1 - Cloquet - Cloquet Forestry Center FULL
April 4 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge FULL
April 9 - Cloquet - MLEP Office FULL
April 11 - Ely - Grand Ely Lodge FULL
April 17 - Bemidji - Sanford Center (MLEP Conference) FULL
April 24 - Duluth - DECC (MLEP Conference)
April 30 - International Falls - AmericInn
May 1 - Littlefork - Community Center
May 2 - Baudette - Sportsman's Lodge
October 17 - International Falls - AmericInn
October 30 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge
November 19 - Cloquet - MLEP Office
November 21 - Bemidji - Sanford Center
December 3 - Cloquet - MLEP Office
December 10 - Two Harbors - Superior Shores
December 13 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge

 

OSHA (4 hrs. LogSafe Cr.) register

All OSHA training will take place in the mornings 8 AM to noon unless noted below.

LogSafe OSHA
These classes will provide an overview of general safety topics related to recent work comp injuries and claims for the logging industry in Minnesota. Topics to be covered may include: preventing equipment fires, slips and falls prevention, emergency response call systems, hydraulic safety, tire maintenance safety, general health and personal safety, GHS labeling systems, 1st aid kit requirements, emergency planning and communication strategies, and other topics as deemed appropriate to address trends in logging safety. Topics covered during individual classes will vary due to instructor availability. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1f, g and h and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1f, g and h.

March 22 - Brainerd - Arrowwood Lodge
March 26 - Two Harbors - Superior Shores CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF REGISTRATION
March 27 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF REGISTRATION
April 4 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge FULL
April 9 - Cloquet - Cloquet Forestry Center
April 11 - Ely - Grand Ely Lodge FULL
April 17 - Bemidji (MLEP Conference)- Sanford Ctr FULL
April 24 - Duluth (MLEP Conference)- DECC
April 30 - International Falls - AmericInn FULL
May 2 - Baudette - Sportsman's Lodge FULL
October 17 - I Falls - AmericInn
October 30 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge
November 21 - Bemidji - Sanford Center
December 3 - Cloquet - Cloquet Forestry Center
December 13 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge

 


OSHA Tailgate Maintenance (4 hrs. MLEP Cr.)

Bring your own chainsaw! Must be clean and empty of fuel/oil. Whether you are a hand-feller with a chainsaw in hand every minute, or use it only occasionally as needed, this course will teach everything you think you know about maintaining your equipment in the field and take it to the next level. Explore hands on examples of maintenance tips and tricks that will make chainsaw maintenance safe and efficient. Proper PPE and cutting edge options for chainsaw resistant apparel and maintenance equipment will be discussed and available for inspection. Proper maintenance and PPE can help eliminate safety issues during chainsaw use. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1f, g and k and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1f, g and k.


April 17 - Bemidji CANCELLED

 

 

OSHA Chainsaw Felling (4 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

Participants will receive an overview of the OSHA requirements related to chainsaw safety and timber felling activities. Training will address chainsaw safety features, reactive forces and the importance of proper saw selection and maintenance. Out in the woods, a facilitated discussion will include observing, recognizing and reacting to jobsite hazards. A live demonstration of safe felling, limbing, bucking and topping techniques will be included. Participants will receive individual instruction and practice the demonstrated techniques. Participants must provide their own saw, PPE and all other required safety gear. Will address concepts related to SFI FMS PM 11.2 I 1f, g and k and SFI FSS PM 6.2 I 1f, g and k.


April 3 - Wabasha



Minnesota Logger Education Program - 1111 Cloquet Ave; Suite 7 - Cloquet MN 55720

Phone (218) 879-5633 - Fax (218) 879-5261