It is the mission of the CLP program to provide the best possible training and education to people involved in the Maine logging industry. The program is equally committed to recognizing the skill and professionalism of those who meet and exceed the CLP standard. The successful CLP candidate will be prepared to work safely, productively, and in a manner that protects, enhances and sustains the forest. Our program will evolve to reflect changes in the forest products industry and will provide a means for continual professional growth.


The CLP program was founded in 1991 as a combined effort of loggers, landowners, environmental specialists and safety consultants to establish a standard for professionalism in the Maine woods. An immediate goal of the program was to combat the high rate of logging accidents and the resulting Worker’s Compensation costs for logging contractors.

Today, under the sponsorship of the Maine TREE Foundation, the program takes pride in the fact that the Injury & Illness rate for loggers is 83% less than what it was when the program began. As a result, mechanical CLP loggers pay up to 48% less for Worker’s Compensation than non-certified mechanical loggers. To ensure that the needs of working loggers continue to be met by the CLP program, the Board of Directors remains today, as always, comprised mostly of those who make a living working as loggers in our forests.

Loggers today face many more challenges than they did even a decade ago. Rules and regulations control virtually everything they do. Their work environment is fragile and easily damaged. The cost and complexity of doing business can be prohibitive. To top it off, loggers are confronted with life-threatening hazards every day at work. So, loggers trained to handle these challenges are in high demand.

Why Choose a CLP

If you’re a landowner in search of a skilled logger to work on your land, here are a few reasons to search our database for a CLP near you.

Safety – The CLP program stresses safety throughout its training and certification processes. This emphasis on safety has resulted in a reduction in accidents by CLPs that gained them a special, reduced workers compenstion rate.

Skill-  CLPs receive hands-on training that allows them to develop a wide variety of skills. From layingout a site, to felling and marketing wood, CLPs have the skills to safely, efficiently and profitably conduct a harvest.

Knowledge – Regulations, technology and a complex and fragile work envirornment all pose daily challenges for the logger. The CLP program prepares loggers to meet these challenges as well as the needs of their customers.

Stewardship- Stewardship of our forest is a priority of  the CLP program. That is why we provide training in wildlife protection, erosion and pollution control and sustainable forestry. We are commited to healthy forests for the future.

Professionalism- Professional standing is gained through training and experience. CLPs have both. With their extensive training and evaluations, CLPs are regarded as the true “professionals” in the Maine woods.

Pride- Pride is what makes a professional go the extra mile to maintain a safe, environmentally sound, profitable operation. Landowners can be confident that CLPs will bring this quality to the worksite every day.

Code of Ethics

1. The professional logger abides by and promotes safety standards.

2. The professional takes pride in his or her profession.

3. The professional logger protects our natural environment and enhances our natural resources.

4. The professional logger is aware of all laws and regulations relating to the profession of logging.

5. The professional logger does not perform any service for which he or she is not qualified.

6. The professional logger recognizes landowners, wood buyers, and other professionals are part of the industry.

7. The professional logger will keep up with changes in the logging profession.

8. The professional logger implements a contracted harvest with explicit intent of achieving the goals and objectives of the forest landowner, or their agent.

Advisory Committee

Tim Basham
PO Box 562
So. China, ME 04358
[email protected]

Terri Coolong
87 Airport Road
Old Town, ME 04468
[email protected]

Paul Cyr
128 East Main Street
Fort Kent, ME 04743
[email protected]

Jack Houtz
252 Nutting Hall
Orono, ME 04469
[email protected]

Bill Kimball
267 Diamond Road
Livermore Falls, ME 04254
[email protected]

Darren Maxsimic
PO Box 100
Kingfield, ME 04947
[email protected]

John Steward
PO Box 38, 4 Hill St
Millinocket, ME 04462
[email protected]

Patrick Sirois
535 Civic Center Drive
Augusta, ME 04330
[email protected]

John Starrett
PO Box 808
Farmington, ME 04938
[email protected]

William Taylor
194 Raymond Rd
Gray, ME 04039
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Alvin Wasson
72 Davis Street
Old Town, ME 04468
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Andy Wood
69 Meadow Road
Hampden, ME 04444
[email protected]

Associate Committee

Robin Avery
PO Box 292
Old Town, ME 04468
[email protected]

Ted Clark
77 Exchange St, Ste. 401
Bangor, ME 04401
[email protected]

Dale Currier
21 Raymond Joseph Lane
Caribou, ME 04736
[email protected]

George Merrill
127 Intervale Rd
Jay, ME 04239
[email protected]

James O’Malley
278 St. John Rd
Fort Kent, ME 04743
[email protected]

Alphonse Spencer
148 Papermill Rd
Hampden, ME 04444
[email protected]

Peter Tracy
269 Whittier Rd
Farmington, ME 04938
[email protected]

Loggers of the Year

Year Conventional Mechanical Contractor/Supervisor
2022 Bud Philbrook Robert Berry III Desjardins Logging
2020 Danny Weed Scott Arnold CTL Land Management
2019 Edward Bauzenburger Brandon Leblanc Josh Rich – JL Rich Logging
2018 Peter Pfeiffer Ben Savage Ken Lamond – Family Forestry
2017 John Chamberlain Armand Roussel Marc Greaney – Western Maine Timberlands
2016 Jeremy Gibson Michael Allen Jason Nadeau – Nadeau Logging
2015 Roger Avery Tim Wing Anthony Madden – AW Madden
2014 Russell Perry Josh Olson Greg Adams – GA Logging
2013 Paul Cyr Danny Dewitt Dean Young Logging
2012 Chris Maxim Carroll Ladd Lloyd Smith Logging
2011 Milt Baston Andy Ward Raynold Blair – Chopper One
2010 Kurt Burrill John Ouellette Duane Jordan – Elliot Jordan & Sons
2009 Dale Walker Tony Cropley Todd Ladd Logging
2008 Paul Vicneire Gerve Goodine Lance White
2007 Daniel Richardson Don Burr Ron Ridley
2006 William Rowe Richard Quirion Tyler McIntosh
2005 Aaron & Jon Mason Frank Mathews & Alan Stevens Ed Haverlock Logging
2004 Paul Michaud Keith Crocker Brent Haverlock
2003 Greg Herz & Wade Drake George Merrill Richard Thomas
2002 Robert Berry Jason Chasse Bob Bethune
2001 Francis Avery Donald Lacadie Richard Wing
2000 Andy Ward Gary Speed Willard “Cub” Hanington
1999 Ed Berry Don Cole & William Cole Clayton Pelletier

Program Supporters


Hilton Timberlands
Huber Engineered Woods, LLC
Huber Resources
J.D. Irving
Katahdin Forest Management
Louisana-Pacific Corp.
Maine Bureau of Parks and Land
ND Paper
Portage Wood Products
Prentiss & Carlisle
Robbins Lumber Company
SAPPI Fine Papers, NA
Seven Islands Land Company
Twin Rivers Paper
Verso Paper
Wagner Forest Management
Woodland Pulp

We would like to thank our sponsors of our 2019 CLP Banquet

Acadia Insurance
Anderson Equipment
Babineau Trucking & Logging, Inc.
E.J. Carrier, Inc.
Chopper One, Inc.
Conservation Forestry
Cross Insurance Agency
M.B. Eastman Logging, Inc.
Family Forestry
Fontaine, Inc., Stratton Lumber, Inc. & Timber Resource Group
H.C. Haynes, Inc.
Huber Resources
M.H. Humphrey & Sons, Inc.
Irving Woodlands, LLC
J&S Logging
Elliott Jordan & Son, Inc.
Katahdin Forest Management
Key Bank, NA
Limington Lumber Company
Lumbra Hardwoods, Inc.
A.W. Madden, Inc.
Randall Madden Trucking
S.F. Madden, Inc.
Madden Sustainable Forestry
Madden Timberlands, Inc.
Frank Martin Sons, Inc.
Milton Cat
Nadeau Logging, Inc.
Nortrax, NE
Peavey Manufacturing
Pleasant River Lumber Company
Robbins Lumber Company
Edmond Roy & Sons
Ben Savage Logging
Seven Islands Land Company
TreeLine, Inc.
Trees, LTD.
United Insurance
Varney Agency
Verso Paper Corp.
Western Maine Timberlands, Inc.
Weyerhaeuser Company