Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Logger Wants to Advocate for Industry; as President of the American Loggers Council, He Says He Can Effect Positive Change

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Logger Wants to Advocate for Industry; as President of the American Loggers Council, He Says He Can Effect Positive Change

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Byline: KEVIN TURNER

HILLIARD - Charles Johns' commitment to the logging industry is full-time. He runs a Hilliard logging business and was named president of the American Loggers Council in September.

Johns, 56, is a third-generation logger and his son, Kevin, has also gotten into the industry, carrying it into a fourth generation.

Johns said the main duty of the American Loggers Council is to advocate for the industry and the renewable resources it uses so the trade can be passed to future generations.

"We've got the ability to leave a light footprint on the soil," Johns said. "We have the ability to grow a renewable resource. When all the oil is pumped and drilled, it's gone. But we can make this resource last as long as we want to."

Johns is a founding member of the American Loggers Council, established in 1994. The council is a national association of state and regional logging associations, representing more than 12,000 contractors in 29 states and more than 50,000 employees.

"It's a national voice that represents logging issues on a national level, in Washington, D.C., primarily. It takes up issues in the industry itself," he said.

The group has a interest in laws that pertain to the industry, he said.

"We typically have a springboard meeting in March in Washington, D.C.," he said. "We have the opportunity to effect positive change for the industry in which we work."

He had experience advocating for loggers' issues before that. He helped form the Southeastern Wood Producers Association in 1990, becoming the group's first president. When seven southern logging groups pooled together in 1992 to form the Southern Logging Coalition, he became president of that organization, too.

With the rest of his time, he runs Johns & Conner Inc. with his brother-in-law, Donnie Conner. …

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