The redesigned and improved web site of the American Loggers Council (ALC) contains easily accessible multimedia contact information and advocacy resources, making it the “go to place” for loggers to obtain the latest in useful information and news on national issues. According to Danny Dructor, ALC executive vice president, provides news and resources to better support the mission of the ALC: to serve as a unified voice for professional loggers and to communicate with the public and policy makers on issues of critical importance to U.S. loggers.

“We believe that we now have a premier site to better serve those that we represent,” says Dructor. “We worked hand-in-hand with John Deere and its creative teams to develop a site that is user-friendly and easier to navigate. Both Caterpillar Forest Products and Bandit Industries provided much appreciated financial assistance as well.

“The site includes on-the-ground, real-life video to help the public better understand our industry. For the most part, we are still considered an invisible industry, as most of our operations are far away from the public view. One goal of the site is to bring the logger to the public so the public will have a better understanding of the professionalism of the industry.”  Dructor says regular updates will help keep the site up-to-date regarding critical legislative, regulatory and environmental issues.

ALC President Steve Sherich notes that “the site is but one phase of the organizational work that is being done by the ALC to establish its identity with loggers and the public,” and adds other programs are in the works, including building stronger communications and networking between ALC members and sponsors. “We are proud of the partnerships that have evolved over the past 17 years with all of our sponsors, but my hat’s off to John Deere for their creative efforts on this project and to Caterpillar and Bandit for helping to make the website a reality.”