South Carolina Timber Producers Association is proud to be a Charter Member of the American Loggers Council (ALC). ALC’s Professional Logger Code of Practices has been adopted by S.C. Timber Producers Association as our Charter Code of Practices.
SCTPA is dedicated to representing the hard working professionals on the ground—the true stewards of our forests for the 21st century. It is by choice professional loggers work in and with one of God’s great gifts—our most valuable renewable and sustainable resource—our forests.
Our Charge is to harvest our timber resources to provide healthy forests; provide products for our daily lives; enhance environmental balance; and, protect where applicable, conserve where needed and use wisely our renewable and sustainable forest resources so everyone will know and recognize professional loggers as having endeavored to conduct our businesses and perform our jobs with training, safety, stewardship, integrity and professionalism.
The Professional Logger Code of Practices says—As a professional logging contractor I will strive to operate in such a way as to engender the public’s trust including meeting or exceeding the standards and principles listed below:
- Promote ethical conduct for all loggers.
- Strive to always meet standards for harvesting practices, which are consistent with the principles of sustainable forestry.
- To operate responsibly in all phases of the harvesting operation, from the actual harvesting activities to clean-up requirements following harvest.
- Recognizing private landowner rights, I will strive to meet the landowners objectives as long as they are consistent with sustainable forestry principles, federal, state and local laws.
- I will do all I can to educate and inform landowners about the need to meet sustainable forestry principles.
- I will participate in such training and educational programs that will provide my recognition as having met the appropriate requirements for logger education and training as envisioned by sustainable forestry principles.
- Comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations, industry standards and guidelines applicable to the conduct of forest harvest operations.
- Conduct harvest operations in a safe manner and in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health regulations including safety planning and all provisions of such requirements.
- To operate my company as a responsible member of the business community including compliance with all requirements and practices as they relate to my employees, vendors and others I do business with.
- Continually strive to maintain positive relationships with landowners, procurement and mill personnel and the public in general.
- Do my part to assure that my industry has a positive image and to work with peer groups, loggers associations and others to strive to bring all loggers up to these standards.
- Take an active role in local, state and national loggers organizations.
- Strive to continually improve my operations through training, innovation, employee programs and other appropriate means.
- Act responsibly to uphold the integrity of the logging profession.