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COVID-19

This page will be updated with COVID-19 related information and documentation as it becomes available.

The Governor’s Forest Management Task Force has provided a guidance document for State of California supported Vegetation Management activities.

This document is intended to provide clarity for, and guidance to, partners and grantees engaged in vegetation management projects who have expressed concerns and raised questions regarding their ability to continue working on existing projects and/or to bring on new seasonal  crews.

FEDERAL PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM(PPP) RE-OPENS THIS WEEK FOR NEW BORROWERS AND CERTAIN EXISTING PPP BORROWERS

PPP will re-open this week for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. We always advise to consult with your accountant and/or banker as soon as possible. This is the link to PPP release and copy below: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm1230 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that…

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“WITH DEEP REGRET” — ALL CHRISTMAS PARTIES OF ASSOCIATED CALIFORNIA LOGGERS FOR DECEMBER 2020 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED — EXCEPT FOR MAYBE ONE

In recent days and weeks, the Chapter Chairs of four ACL regional chapters have each checked in with President Mike Albrecht and the ACL office to let us know that – despite some initial attempts to try – they regretfully must cancel their 2020 Christmas Parties and December 2020 Chapter meetings. The reason is simple and…

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WORK AVAILABLE: CALAVERAS COUNTRY TREE MORTALITY PROJECT # 35; BID DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 19; PRE-MEETING IS NOVEMBER 13

ITB#20-1000-19-968 Tree Mortality Program Project #35 Above: a link to EXTENSIVE information about a tree mortality project in Calaveras County, including “COVID-19” related information about how certain meetings will be held using ZOOM technology. BID DEADLINE: 3:00 PM, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19 PRE-MEETING: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

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President Trump Signs Into Law Bill To EXTEND Paycheck Protection Program

UPDATE: HOUSE PASSES, PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS: EXTENSION OF PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM(PPP) APPLICATION DEADLINE TO AUGUST 8, 2020: From news sources: BEGIN: “President Donald Trump on Saturday July 4 signed an extension of the small business Paycheck Protection Program into law, according to the White House.” “House lawmakers unanimously passed the extension less than a day…

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ASKING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO VOTE FOR LOW INTEREST LOANS FOR LOGGERS AND LOG HAULERS IN THE “NEXT STIMULUS PACKAGE”

A MESSAGE FROM THE AMERICAN LOGGERS COUNCIL, COMPOSED OF 34 LOGGING STATE ASSOCIATIONS, INCLUDING ASSOCIATED CALIFORNIA LOGGERS: “As more financial impacts are being felt around the country as both a direct and indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the members of the American Loggers Council have coalesced around a proposal to members of Congress that…

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COVID-19: USFS ANNOUNCES: TIMBER CONTRACTS CAN BE EXTENDED USING SOPI PROVISIONS OF THE NFMA.

PART ONE The US Forest Service has announced that timber sales contracts and certain Stewardship Contracts are eligible for up to 2 years of extension, using the Significant Overriding Public Interest (SOPI) provisions of the National Forest Management Act (NFMA.) Guidance letters and additional background information on these extensions are found in the four links…

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INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS NOW CAN FILE FOR FUNDS FROM PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

Starting April 28, 2020, independent contractors are able to file for unemployment through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.   https://www.labor.ca.gov/pandemic-unemployment-assistance-pua-program/   The link above will take you to a “Frequently Asked Questions” page for information about the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program — “PUA.”   The “PUA” program is part of the “CARES Act” passed…

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US FOREST SERVICE: CONTINUITY OF FOREST PRODUCTS OPERATIONS AND OTHER GUIDANCE

Associated California Loggers has been receiving and “collecting” various letters and memos created by federal, California state, and local agencies, detailing how government offices and their staffs will be working during the COVID-19 crisis. Some of these documents are about “government telling government what to do,” and some of these documents are about “government telling…

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COVID-19 LOAN/UNEMPLOYMENT: A LIST OF PHONE NUMBERS FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE

PLEASE NOTE: As our Associated California Loggers members and others seek help with the various federal and state programs providing financial relief from the economic side of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Crisis, we want to direct your attention to the federal and state office holders who, we are told, can help their constituents “cut through the…

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CALIFORNIA GUIDANCE DOCUMENT FOR VEGETATION MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

COVID-19: CALIFORNIA GUIDANCE DOCUMENT FOR CALIFORNIA-SUPPORTED VEGETATION MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES. HOW TO WORK IN THE WOODS MESSAGE FROM JENNIFER MONTGOMERY, CHAIR OF THE CALIFORNIA FOREST MANAGEMENT TASK FORCE:   Please find attached a guidance document for State of California supported Vegetation Management activities. This document is intended to provide clarity for, and guidance to, our partners…

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US GUIDELINES: FOREST PRODUCTS WORKERS ARE ESSENTIAL

US GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES GUIDELINES: FOREST PRODUCTS WORKERS ARE “ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKFORCE AND DO NOT HAVE TO STAY HOME DUE TO COVID-19 SHELTER-IN-PLACE RULES. GOVERNOR NEWSOM APPROVES THIS FOR CALIFORNIA. LOG ON! The federal government has issued “guidance” and identified 16 “critical infrastructure sectors” whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered…

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