Forest Logistics Summit

January 25, 2019 
Tifton, Georgia

On Jan. 25 at the University of Georgia Conference Center in Tifton, GA, the Georgia Forestry Association and the UGA Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources will host the Forest Logistics Summit. This unique event will bring together experts to present information and facilitate conversation on log trucking challenges in the forest products supply chain.This event has been approved for five (5) Continuing Forestry Education credits. Learn more about this event and register below. 


Space is limited, attendees must register online before Jan. 20. Click the button below to register on Eventbrite. 

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Event Details


January 25, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. 


University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center


Expert speakers from a broad cross-section of forest industry, trucking and logging, insurance, technical education, and public safety fields. 


Click here to download a printable agenda for the event. This event has been approved for five (5) Continuing Forestry Education credits. 

7:00 a.m. 

Registration and Breakfast 

8:00 a.m. 


  • Dr. Dale Greene, Dean, UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Andres Villegas, President & CEO, Georgia Forestry Association
8:15 a.m. 

Challenges of Log Truck Liability Insurance

  • Moderator: Andres Villegas, Georgia Forestry Association
  • Dr. Joe Conrad, UGA Warnell
  • Hugh Thompson, Pierce Timber
  • Jeremiah O’Donovan, President, Specialty Market Managers
9:45 a.m. 

Opportunities to Improve Trucking Efficiency 

  • Zach Johnson, Beasley Forest Products
  • Tracy Harris, Mac 44 
  • Richard Schwab, M.A. Rigoni Logging
10:45 a.m. 

Coffee Break 

11:00 a.m. 

New Driver Training Programs: Progress and Further Opportunity 

  • Moderator: Tim Lowrimore, Interfor
  • Scott Copeland, Guffin & Eleam
  • Wally Summers, South Georgia Technical College
  • TEAM Safe Trucking
12:00 p.m. 

Attendees Will Have the Opportunity to See New Trucks and Trailers Parked Outside

1:15 p.m. 

Highway Safety and Law Enforcement

  • Moderator: Chad Nimmer, Pierce Timber and Former State Representative
  • Tommy Carroll, Southeastern Wood Producers Association
  • Captain Jeremy Vickery, Department of Public Safety
  • Russell Fowler, Flint River Timber of Georgia
  • Clinton Seymour, GA Division Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
2:45 p.m. 

Conclusion and Discussion / Action Items

Hotel Accomodations

Hilton Garden Inn Tifton

201 Boo Drive, Tifton, GA, 31793


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Hampton Inn & Suites Tifton

720 U.S. Hwy 319 South, Tifton, Georgia, 31794


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