Welcome to Minnesota Logger Education Program (MLEP)

Here you will find information on training, news & resources, and a directory of logging professionals. MLEP is a private non-profit educational corporation established to assist logging business owners meet the ever-challenging demands of their profession.

MLEP Spring Conferences

April 23-24, 2024

Sanford Center

Bemidji, MN

April 30-May 1, 2024

Iron Trail Event Center

Virginia, MN

Industry News


Producer Price Index for Logging

by Eric Kingsley | FRA Northeastern Region Consultant Across the country, I am hearing concerns about logging capacity – are there enough people and equipment to harvest the wood we need to support the industry of today and tomorrow?

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UMN Blinn, Charles R.; Nolle, David A. (University of Minnesota, 2023)

Status of the Minnesota Logging Sector in 2021

Logging businesses in Minnesota have been surveyed intermittently since the late 1970s to assess their status and health. A mail survey was conducted in spring 2022 to assess the status of Minnesota’s logging sector during 2021. The survey was a follow up to previous surveys, the most recent of which were conducted in 2016 and 2011.

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Jobs in the Woods Act 118th

The bipartisan Jobs in the Woods Act was introduced by Congresswomen Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR-5) and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA-3) to address the labor shortage impacting forestry and related industries. The legislation would create a grant program for nonprofit organizations, state governments, and colleges to utilize workforce training in forestry-related fields.

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Support the Safe Routes Act (H.R. 2493)

The bipartisan Safe Routes Act of 2023 was introduced by Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI-8) and Jared Golden (D-ME-2). This legislation would improve the safety of transporting raw forest products from the woods to a remote storage facility or mill.

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