GLTPA Tackles Land Use and Regulation at 4th Annual Spring Celebration

Publish Date: 
April 3, 2012

There will be plenty of reasons to celebrate at the GLTPA 4th Annual Spring Celebration and Membership Meeting. The event, which will be held during breakup at the Island Resort and Casino on April 16, includes SFI and SFE credited speakers, exhibitors, lunch buffet, prizes and Merit Awards.

This year’s event has plenty to offer members and non-members alike, GLTPA Executive Director Henry Schienebeck said.

“I think the topic has changed a little bit. We’ve talked a lot about timber harvesting. Now, we’re focused on regulation and land-use and how it’s impacting the industry,” he said, adding the conversation is taking on more of a national tone.

GLTPA President Denny Olson said a lot of this meeting will be focused on how to get common sense and local control back into how those in the logging industry do business.

“We know what we have to do here,” he said. “The science has been all put together, why we log the way do. We’re not going to reinvent the wheel with new rules and regulations.”

-GLTPA President, Denny Olson

Olson referred to Agenda 21, an action plan created by the United Nations related to sustainable development. It was the outcome of the UN Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. According to, it is a comprehensive blueprint of action to be taken globally, nationally, and locally by organizations of the UN, governments, and major groups in every area in which humans directly affect the environment.

“I have a hard time with them telling us how to run our business,” Olson said. “When they put rules and regulation on mill people, for example, they are driving the cost up so high. No wonder our jobs are all leaving.”

Olson said people are being driven out of the marketplace because they cannot afford to abide by all the rules and regulations.

Everyone in the industry is being asked to “look locally,” but “practice globally,” Schienebeck said.

“Rules and regulations come from more of an international setting,” he said. “Typically, it’s a trickle-down effect, but we’re trying to get rid of the faucet.”

Schienebeck explained a lot of people are unaware of how comprehensive planning effects everyone.

“We’re all dependent on natural resources,” he said, adding that one aim of the event is to educate the public.

This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Coffman, will address how land-use is effecting the timber industry. Schienebeck said Coffman is one of the leading speakers on this issue. His discussion is sponsored by the Roddis Foundation. Schienebeck said the Roddis Family were timber barons responsible for cutting down a lot of the timber used to build cities.

Although this event is in its infancy, it has been progressively growing over the past two years. The 2010 event at the Island Casino in Harris, MI, had approximately 250 attendees, while the event at The Patriot Center almost doubled at 460 in attendance. It just goes to show that the world is run by those who show UP!

Itinerary (All events EST)
7:30 am – 10:00 am Registration
10:00 am – 11:30 am Dr. Michael Coffman: Keynote Speaker
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch Buffet
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Scott Robbins, Michigan Forest Products Council
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Rodney Stokes, MDNR Director
Cathy Stepp, WDNR Secretary
3:00pm – 3:30 pm GLTPA Membership Meeting

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