What is the National Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety Foundation?

The National Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety (THATS) Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization administered by the Forest Resources Association. Established in 1991, the mission of the Foundation is "to promote, support, and serve as a catalyst for safe and professional work attitudes, practices, and conditions in timber harvesting and transportation." For a brochure with more information, please click here. (Adobe®Acrobat®Reader, available at no charge from Adobe, is necessary to view)

What is the Forest Resources Association?

The Forest Resources Association (FRA) is a national trade association concerned with the safe, efficient, and sustainable harvest of forest products and their transport from the woods to the mill. Established as the American Pulpwood Association over 75 years ago, FRA has a long history of working to improve the safety of the forst work environment.

Who are the members of the Forest Resources Association?

FRA members are wood consumers (sawmills, pulp and paper mills, and biomass-consuming mills), wood suppliers (wood dealers, independent logging & trucking contractors), forest landowners and consultants, and businesses that provide services and equipment to forest resource-based industries.

What support does FRA provide to logging safety efforts nationwide?

The Forest Resources Association offers many logging safety training materials like Timber Harvesting Safety and The OSHA Logging Safety Video & Companion Guide. Many statewide logger continuing education programs use FRA-produced training materials in their safety courses. Safety Alerts are used by loggers in their monthly safety meetings with employees. FRA staffs two regional safety committees (Southwide Safety and Northeastern Safety & Training), in addition to serving as secretariat for the National Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety Foundation.

How does the National THATS Foundation improve logging safety?

The Foundation awards grants each year to non-profit organizations to help fund worthy logging safety-related projects and activities. The National THATS Foundation has awarded over $675,000 to 131 organizations since 1991. For more information about the Foundation's grant program, including information on applying for a grant, please contact Vickie Swanton at 906-282-6752 or [email protected]

What are some recent THATS-funded projects?

  1. 2016, North Carolina Forestry Association - Video.
  2. 2012, North Carolina Forestry Association – Video “Be Seen, Be Safe, Be Alive.” $7,500.00
  3. 2011, Minnesota Logger Education – Video “Woodyard Safety.” $8,000.00.

How can I support the Foundation's grant program?

If you would like to make a contribution to the Foundation, please click here to download and print-out a form and send it with your donation (check or credit card) to:

National Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety Foundation
c/o Forest Resources Association Inc.
1901 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 303
Washington, DC 20006

Donations are deductible as contributions to a charitable 501(c)3 organization.