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About the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association

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The Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association (GLTPA) has provided proven leadership in the Lake States Forest products industry for over 70 years. GLTPA is a non-profit organization proud to represent members in Michigan and Wisconsin and is committed to leading Forest Products Industry in sustainable forest management.

GLTPA's purpose is to practice, promote, and enhance the forest products industry through public education, professional training and sustainable forestry practices to protect the forests' renewable resources for generations to come.

As the world continues to change around us, it is important to stay abreast of new innovations and regulations that will affect your business. There is strength in numbers. With your help we can make a difference.

Our Mission

The mission of the GLTPA is to lead the forest products industry in sustainable forest management through advocacy, professionalism, service to members, education and training.


Our Code of Ethics

  1. As a Timber Professional, I will strive to operate in such a way as to engender the publics trust including meeting or exceeding the standards and principles of the forest products industry.

  2. I will act responsibly to uphold the integrity and professionalism of the timber industry. I will continually strive to educate myself and my employees on sustainable forest management and sound business practices. I will comply with all federal, state and local laws, industry standards, and guidelines applicable to the forest products industry. And I will operate my own business in a safe manner, in compliance with occupational safety and health regulations.

What We Do For You

The GLTPA Wants You Involved


Get involved today to make a difference! As a GLTPA member, you are invited to attend the annual and regional meetings. Join committees formed to address issues changing our industry.


The GLTPA Brings Members Together

Connect with the industry professionals at conferences and our annual trade show the Great Lakes Logging & Heavy Equipment Expo to learn about new initiatives and share ideas to improve your business profitability. The Great Lakes Logging & Heavy Equipment Expo is the largest Midwest forest/ wood products industry trade show. Learn about new forestry equipment, products, services and meet members and colleagues representing all parts of the forestry industry.


The GLTPA Educates

Services are provided through the Forest Industry Safety & Training Alliance (FISTA). FISTA provides safety training and education to workers and non-workers in the forestry related industry, municipalities and conservation districts to: decrease the number and severity of logging related accidents: Improve productivity and professionalism; encourage environmentally sound practices. FISTA is well known for its hands-on Chainsaw Safety Training program, which has been conducted in hundreds of locations in Wisconsin and nationwide. In Wisconsin, FISTA provides loggers and foresters SFI training and provides Best Management Practices and continuing educational requirements. Whether you are a logger or landowner, sawmill operator or trucker, there are subjects to interest everyone.

GLTPA and FISTA worked with DiscoverMediaworks to develop a short video and discussion guide geared towards middle school students which delves into the "Science of Forest Sustainability."  View the video  and discussion guide or education initiative options.


The GLTPA Represents You


We help keep an eye on local, state, federal issues impacting the forest products industry, with emphasis in Wisconsin and Michigan. We continually monitor the ever-changing laws and regulations to create a unified voice and lobbying efforts. We need to work together to face the continuing barriers to sustaining our industry.

 
GLTPA Staff

Henry Schienebeck
Executive Director    
henry@gltpa.org
Rose Wich
Manager
rosewich@gltpa.org
Heather Zimmer
Events Coordinator
heatherzimmer@gltpa.org

Jessie Augustyn
Legal and Policy Analyst

jessie@gltpa.org

Jennifer Smeltzer
Michigan Director

jennifer.smeltzer@gltpa.org

Jonelle Bushor
Communications Coordinator

jonellebushor@gltpa.org


Employment Opportunities  

Contact our office at 715-282-5828 or e-mail info@gltpa.org for more information.

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