Instructor Biographies

(As of January 2016)



Mike St. Peter
Experience:
    * CLP Administrator since 1992
    * GOL Instructor
    * OSHA Instructor Training
    Awards/Honors Received:
    * American Pulpwood Association H.H. Jefferson Safety Award - 1986 & 1996
    * American Pulpwood Association, APA National Outstanding Logger Training and Education Program - 1996
    * American Pulpwood Association, APA National Outstanding Logger Training and Education Program - 1998
    * 2000 Governor's Council Award for Outstanding Safety Program - Maine Safety Coincil
    * 2008 Governor's Award for Outstanding Training Program.
* 2011 Recognition for outstanding service from Maine TREE Foundation.

Yves Levesque
Experience:
    * CLP instructor/Field inspector since 1998
    * GOL Instructor
    * OSHA General Industry Trainer
    * Five years conventional logging, Levesque Lumber
    * Five years delimber operator, Levesque Lumber/Up North Corp.
    * Five years conventional logging, Hanington Brothers, A.J. Soucy
    * BS in Environmental Studies from UMFK, 2001
    * AS in Forest Technology from UMFK, 1997
Awards/Honors Received:
    * FRAís HH Jefferson Award
    * UMFK Forest Technology Award, 1997
    * Knights of Columbus Grand Knights Award, 1996
    * Knights of Columbus  Knight of the Month Award, 1995 & 1996
    * Knights of Columbus Family of the Month Award, March 94 & 97, December 1997
    * Hanington Brothers Safety Committee Member, 1991 - 1992
Year certified: 1991
Category:  Conventional
Interests: Snowmobiling, nature walking, motorcycling
Other information:
    * Trains other groups in logger safety, such as sawmill employees, Maine DOT, Maine Public Service Company (Utility), NMCC Mechanized Forestry Program, and UMFK Forestry students.
    * Works as a consultant for OSHA on logger safety, providing training for compliance officers around the U.S.
    * Former ATV Safety Institute Instructor.
    * Provides instructor training for Canadian Logging associations such as, New Brunswick Workers Health and Safety Compensation Commission (WHSCC), Saskatchewan Forest Industry Safety Association and Alberta Forest Products Association.
    * Former Maine Director for the Association of Woodland Trainers.
    * Former officer & Trustee for the Fort Kent Knights of Columbus Council 1934

    * Former officer & past president for the Levesque Association, Inc. (2001 - 2013)
    * President for the 2014 World Acadian Congress (WAC) Levesque Family Committee (2012 - present)

P. Forrest (Pete)
Experience:

    * Self-employed Maine Licensed Consulting Forester; 1983 - present.
    * Nationally Certified (CF) Forester; 2002 - present.
    * CLP trainer and Field inspector; 1997 - present.
    * Master Logger (MLC) field verifier; 2002- present.
    * Tree Farmer and "Tree Farm" Inspector; 1984 - present.
    * Part-time Logger (on own woodlots), crawler, oxen, farm tractor, skidder; 1965 - present.
    * Certified Forestry/Wood Harvesting Instructor - Foster Technology Center, Farmington; 1985-1997.
    * Maine Army National Guard Engineer Retired Major, 1978-2003.
Honors and Awards:
    * Meritorious Service Medal, United States Army; 2003
    * Leadership Award, Maine Forestry Instructors Association;1997
    * Outstanding Conservation Teacher Award, Franklin County SWCD; 1993
Year Certified CLP: 1997.
Category:  Conventional.
Interests: Family Activities, hunting, camping, shooting, coaching.
Other Information:
    * Commercial Drivers License.
    * Maine Forest Service firefighterís "Red Card".
    * Farmington Town Government; Past Selectman, Budget Committee, Conservation Commission.

Greg Herz
Experience:
    * Conventional logger for 26 years.
    * Independent owner/operator; Herz Logging
    * CLP field inspector/instructor since 1999
    * Master Logger 2002
    * Master Logger Verifier 2001
Year certified:  1993
Category:  Conventional
Interests:  Soccer, following the U. Maine Hockey & Basketball teams
Other Information:
    * 7 years on CLP Board of Directors
    * Conventional Logger of the Year 2003
    * Game of Logging competitor, 1998
    * Attend industry pertinent seminars and workshops
    * Featured in "Be Woods Wise"; Maine Forest Service video
    * Field tester - prototype saws for Stihl Corporation.

Michael W. Thurlow
Experience:
    * Conventional logger 27 years
    * Owns a cable skidder, draft horses and a truck
    * Independent owner/operator
Awards/Honors Received:
    * Two time Maine Regional Game of Logging Champion
    * 1998 national Game of Logging Champion
Year certified:  1991
Category:  Conventional
Interests:  Farming, collecting old chainsaws, hunting, fishing, camping
Other information:
    * CLP Instructor since 1994
    * CLP Board member since 1995
    * CLP Board Chair - 1995 & 1996
    * Inventor of FISH cut technique for reducing log splitting and kickback
    * Logging consultant for OSHA in several states
    * Volunteer fire fighter since 1985
    * Master Logger 2001
    * Maine Forestry Instructor for Region III in Lincoln 2004

Gary L. Morse
Experience:
    * B.S. In Forestry from University of Maine, 1966
    * Forester for Maine Forest Service, 1966 - 1999 including utilization forester and harvesting specialist from 1977 - 1992.
    * Member of the FRA Safety and Training Committee since 1981
    * Member CLP Board of Directors and Curriculum Committee since 1990
    * Private forestry, logging and logging safety business - Moosehead Forestry Services, 1999 - present.
Awards/Honors Received:
    * Northeast Loggers Association "Service to the Logging Industry and Education" award 1990
    * FRA H.H. Jefferson Safety Award, 1996
Year certified:  1991
Category:  Supervisor/contractor
Interests:  Travel, hunting, fishing, boating

Francis Avery Jr.

Experience:
    * Conventional logger 35 years
    * CLP field instructor 1996 - present
    * Independent owner/operator
    * Currently working for University of Maine as a Forest Tech.
Year certified:  1992
Category:  Conventional
Interests:  Scouting, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling
Other information:
    * Four levels Game of Logging training with Soren Eriksson and Tim Ard.
    * CLP Board member since 1997
    * CLP Board Chairman 2000
    * CLP Logger of Year 1991
    * Member BSA 1990 - present
    * Assistant Scoutmaster 1995 - present
    * Member, Properties Committee, Katahdin Area Council
    * Member, Knights of Columbus
    * Master Logger Certified
    * Member, New England Regional Conference of Forest Engineers

Steve Laweryson
Experience:

    * Conventional logger for eight years; three of which was spent on a special 7-man production crew.
    * Assistant line foreman and delimber operator
    * Truck driver for eight years
    * Biwinder and online coater operator on paper machine for 15 years.
    * Total service for S.D. Warren; 32 years
    * Instructor/Field inspector for CLP since 1998
    * Trainer for D.O.T. crews, town crews, and individual training in chainsaw safety and logging safety
Awards/Honors:
    * Second place, S.D. Warren Safety/Felling competition
    * Safety recognition at Somerset Mill
Year certified:  1998
Category:  conventional
Other Information:
    * Military Instructor for one year
    * Served on safety committee in woodlands and mill
    * Boy Scout for six years
    * Helped judge National Collegiate and International Small Landowners competition
    * Helped judge GOL in state finals from 1999 - 2004
    * Received felling training from Soren Eriksson
    * Received Bronze Star in Vietnam

Stewart Hall
Experience:
    * Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company 2003 - present
    * CLP instructor since 1993
    * Game of Logging instructor since 1993
    * Logger, Stony Brook Logging, 1988 - 1993
    * Scaler, equipment operator, 1986 -1988
    * High school teacher, 1985 - 1986
    * Graduate of University of Maine, 1985
Year certified:  1992
Category:  Conventional
Interests:  Fishing & hunting
Other information:
    * Conducts field inspections
    * Trains other groups in logger safety
    * Works as a consultant for OSHA on logger safety, providing training for compliance officers around the U.S.

Andy Wood
Experience:
    * Safety Consultant for forest products industry Maine Employers Mutual (MEMIC), 1993 - present
    * Logging Contractor, 1987 - 1993
    * Production wood cutter, 1983 - 1987
    * Forester, U.S. Forest Service, 1979 -1983 (summer)
    * CLP instructor, 1993 - present
    * Game of Logging instructor, 1993 - present
    * Member, CLP Board of Directors, 1991 - present
    * Member, Game of Logging Board of Directors, 2000 - present
    * B.S. from University of Maine in Forest Management, 1978 - 1982
    * Graduate of Washington County Vocational Technical Institute Woodharvesting program, 1982 - 1983
    * National winner of FRAís HH Jefferson Memorial Safety Award, 2003
Year certified:  1991
Category:  Contractor
Interests:  Backcounty recreation - summer and winter, small woodlot management
Other information:
    * Member of, Society of American Foresters, Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine, Forest Resource Association, Maine Forest Products Council, Northeast Loggers Association, and Association of Woodland Trainers.
 

Robin Avery
Experience:
    * Conventional logger for A.J. Roy in Katahdin Iron Works region, 1976 - 1979
    * Conventional logger with family operation, 1979 - 1994
    * CLP instructor and field inspector, 1994 - present
    * Operations Manager for University of Maine forest, 1997 - present
    * Maine Master Guide, 2000 - present
Awards/Honors Received:
    * 1993 Outstanding CLP Conventional Logger
    * 1990 200 Club Outstanding Crew (Champion International)
Year certified: 1993
Category:  Supervisor/contractor
Interests:
    * Spending time with family and friends in the north woods (Allagash), camping, fishing, hunting.
Other information:
    * Oversee harvesting operations on 12,000 acres
    * Train university students in all aspects of harvesting
    * Students took home two first places and a second place at Game of Logging National competition over three years.
    * Licensed wood scaler

Donald Poulin
Experience:
    * Logger since 1964
    * Game of Logging instructor, 1995 - present
    * Conventional logging instructor, 1995 - present
    * Filing instructor
    * Certified logging instructor for Province of Quebec
Year certified:  1995
Category:  Conventional
Interests:  Maple sugar production, management of family woodlots
Other information:
    * Specializes in filing instruction
    * Game of Logging competitor, 1995, 1996 and 1997

Paul L. Cyr
Experience:
    * 27 years experience as a conventional logger
    * Owner/operator of a 664 Clark skidder
    * Awards/Honors received:
    * Sam Ouellette 50 mile ski marathon 5 year award
Year certified:  1993
Category:  Conventional
Interests:  Hunting, fishing, alpine and cross country skiing, wood working
Other information:
    * B.A. from Western State College, Gunnison Colorado, with a minor in French
    * Assistant Coach Fort Kent Ski Team
 
 
 
 
 




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