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.

Board of Directors

Robin Avery
252 Nutting Hall
Orono, ME 04469

Terri Coolong
PO Box 415
Old Town, ME 04468

Paul Cyr
128 East Main Street
Fort Kent, ME 04743

Bill Kimball
267 Diamond Road
Livermore Falls, ME 04254

Darren Maxsimic
PO Box 100
Kingfield, ME 04947

Justin Merrill
Oak Street
Jay, ME 04239

Patrick Sirois
535 Civic Center Drive
Augusta, ME 04330

John Starrett
PO Box 808
Farmington, ME 04938

Alvin Wasson
72 Davis Street
Old Town, ME 04468

Andy Wood
69 Meadow Road
Hampden, ME 04444

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