Training and Educational Materials

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

 

2021 Workshop Offerings - all current classes are listed below. Check back often for updates!

 

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
Virginia Logger Conference
Forest Managment Guidelines Onsite
Exploring Leave Trees in MN: To Leave or Not to Leave
Truck Weight Compliance
Wood Markets and Hardwood Mgmt.


Online Training: Click HERE for descriptions and to begin training
Forest Management Guideline Training - for new members or new QLP's only!
Ash Management Overview - MNDNR
Carbon 101: Understanding the Forest Carbon Debate
Current Issues In Forestry
MNDNR Purchaser Registration System
OSHA Introduction to Safety Supervision
OSHA Recordkeeping Basics
SFI Training Blocks 1 and/or 2
Truck Weight Compliance Overview

 


Bemidji Logger Conference (6 hrs. MLEP Cr.)

The annual northwest spring logger conference in Bemidji, MN is back! Due to COVID related headcount restrictions, there will be two days of MLEP training to accommodate those needing 6 hours of MLEP (SFI) training to meet the Qualified Logging Professional training standard. The MLEP training days will consist of educational seminars and opportunities to interact with vendors. A variety of topics will be covered throughout the day. Join MN Department of Health, Wheeler Associates, Raveill Trucking, MN DNR, MN DOT and the MN Department of Agriculture to learn more about topics related to trucking, forest health, business practice opportunities and Invasive pest limited permitting requirements.

 

May 13 - Sanford Center - Bemidji (COMPLETED)

 

 

 

 

Duluth Logger Conference (6 hrs. MLEP Cr.)

The annual northeast spring logger conference in Duluth, MN is back! LogSafe will be held on Monday, April 19th. Please register separately for the LogSafe day. Due to COVID related headcount restrictions, there will be two days of MLEP training to accommodate those needing 6 hours of MLEP (SFI) training to meet the Qualified Logging Professional training standard. The MLEP training days will consist of educational seminars and opportunities to interact with vendors. A variety of topics will be covered throughout the day. Join MN Department of Health, Wheeler Associates, Raveill Trucking, MN DNR, MN DOT and the MN Department of Agriculture to learn more about topics related to trucking, forest health, business practice opportunities and Invasive pest limited permitting requirements. Join us after training on Tuesday, April 20th for a COVID compliant social hour sponsored by Ziegler CAT, McCoy Construction & Forestry, Bell Timber, Inc., Pomp's Tire, Klinner Insurance, Compeer Financial, Prairie Trailer and Rainy Lake Oil!

 

April 20 - Pier B Resort (COMPLETED)

 

 

 


Virginia Logger Conference (6 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

This Fall logger conference will be held at the new Iron Trail Motors Event Center in Virginia, MN on October 19! LogSafe will be held two days later on October 21st. Please register separately for the LogSafe day. The MLEP training day will consist of educational seminars. Vendors are being invited. A variety of topics will be covered throughout the day. Join Wheeler Associates, Raveill Trucking, Cenex, Choice Financial Group, Waldo Solutions, MN DNR, MN State Patrol, MN Department of Health and the University of Minnesota to learn more about topics related to trucking, lubricants, liability insurance, forest health, ticks and mosquitoes, forest health, software which can help better manage trucking and DNR timber sales.

 

October 19 - Iron Trail Motors Event Center - Virginia

 

 

 

 

Forest Management 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 25
- Cloquet (COMPLETED)
August 19 - Birchdale

December 16 - Cloquet

 

 

 


Exploring Leave Trees In MN: To Leave or Not to Leave (6 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

LIMITED TO 10 LOGGERS-REGISTER SOON! The Forest Management Guidelines suggest retaining minimum of 5% of a harvest area in clumps and/or 6-12 scattered leave trees per acre. But what does this look like? When should we aim for more? How do we decide between clumped and scattered? Once these trees are retained, how do we track them into the future?

Join the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative (SFEC), St. Louis County Land & Minerals Department, and David Wilson (MN DNR Guideline Monitoring) as we viisit a range of sites with different leave tree species, configurations and objectives.

What to expect: We are heading back INTO THE WOODS! That's right, we won't be discussing pictures of trees on Zoom, but instead, we will be outdoors, together, looking at real live trees. We hope you're as excited as we are. Lunch will be provided (unless you'd prefer to bring your own). We will not be providing a bus/shuttle, so be prepared to drive yourselves. If you can carpool with a coworker it will create more parking space for others, so plan accordingly.

Date: September 9, 2021 from 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: St. Louis County - Pequaywan Lake Area. No shuttle provided - carpool if you can!
Host: St. Louis County Land and Minerals Department. David Wilson (MN DNR Forest Management Guideline Monitoring) will join us for most of the day as well.

Since we we will be driving separately in a convoy, we will need all the parking space we can get.


September 9 - St. Louis Cty Pequaywan Lake Area

July 13 - Aitkin County (COMPLETED)

 

 

 

 

Truck Weight Compiance (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 issues, 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.


This workshop is being funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and presented by the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies. The instructors will be retired State Patrol Lieutenant Tom Nelson, and retired Commercial Vehicle Inspector Paul Robischon. 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 includes coffee breaks and program materials. Registrants are on their own for lunch.


October 6
- Rochester
October 7 - Mankato

October 13 - Grand Rapids

October 14 - Detroit Lakes

October 20 - Mankato

October 28 - Cloquet

 

 

 

 

Wood Markets and Hardwood Mgmt. (6 hrs. MLEP Cr.) register

Morning Session (3 hrs. credit) - Do you want to expand your markets? Do you just want to know more about the current market climate in MN? Want updated information about wood products produced in MN, where they go and how they are used? Representatives from the major wood using facilities in the region will be on hand to discuss the latest information about the products they produce, utilization specifications, resource needs, woodyard safety and more. The class will be held in the Blandin woodyard. Opportunities to discuss market relationships will be available individually outside of the class meeting time. Pricing and deliveries will not be discussed by anyone during the training session in accordance with Antitrust laws.

Afternoon Session (3 hrs. credit) - Minnesota's hardwood forests offer several opportunities for management.  Managing those forests requires an understanding of how hardwoods evolve and react to changing conditions and treatments.  This afternoon session will be field based and cover some of the hardwood management techniques and market opportunities for products. You must attend both morning and afternoon for 6 hrs. credit.


September 22
- Grand Rapids CANCELLED

 

 

LogSafe Credit Classes

 

Photo ID required on the day of attendance per MN DOLI requirements

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 23 - Brainerd - Arrowwood Lodge (COMPLETED)
March 24 - Rochester - Apache Hotel
(COMPLETED)
March 30 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge
(COMPLETED)
April 6 - Cloquet - MLEP Office
(COMPLETED)
April 8 - Tower - Fortune Bay
(COMPLETED)
April 15 - Bemidji - Sanford Ctr (MLEP Conf)
(COMPLETED)
April 19 - Duluth - Pier B (MLEP Conf)
(COMPLETED)
April 27 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge
(COMPLETED)
April 29 - Cloquet - MLEP Office
(COMPLETED)
May 4 - Baudette - Sportsmans Lodge
(COMPLETED)
May 5 - International Falls - Backus Community Ctr
(COMPLETED)

October 20 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge
October 21 - Virginia - Iron Trail Motors Event Center

October 26 - Cloquet - MLEP Office
November 2 - Brainerd - Arrowwood Lodge
November 4 - Cloquet - MLEP Office
November 16 - Bemidji - Sanford Center
November 17 - Baudette - Sportsmans Lodge
November 18 - International Falls - Backus Community Ctr
December 2 - Cloquet - MLEP Office
December 7 - Bemidji - Sanford Center
December 9 - Two Harbors - St. Lukes Hospital
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 23 - Brainerd - Arrowwood Lodge
(COMPLETED)
March 30 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge
(COMPLETED)
April 8 - Tower - Fortune Bay
(COMPLETED)
April 15 - Bemidji - Sanford Center (MLEP Conf)
(COMPLETED)
April 19 - Duluth - Pier B (MLEP Conf)
(COMPLETED)
April 27 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge
(COMPLETED)
May 4 - Baudette - Sportsmans Lodge
(COMPLETED)
May 5 - International Falls - Backus Community Ctr
(COMPLETED)
October 20 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge
October 21 - Virginia - Iron Trail Motors Event Center
October 27 - Cloquet - MLEP Office
November 2 - Brainerd - Arrowwood Lodge
November 16 - Bemidji - Sanford Center
November 17 - Baudette - Sportsmans Lodge
November 18 - International Falls - Backus Community Ctr
December 3 - Cloquet - MLEP Office
December 7 - Bemidji - Sanford Center
December 9 - Two Harbors - St. Lukes Hospital
December 13 - Grand Rapids - Timberlake Lodge

 

 

 



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

Phone (218) 879-5633