About Master Loggers



Find A Certified Master Logger


How Master Loggers are Making a Difference

Step One:

StepStep 2 One:   The company contacts the MLC Administrator who then sends out a complete readiness packet outlining expectations and standards. Then company schedules a 3-5 hour on-site interview:

  • Performance standards are explained
  • The commitment to superior management practice is defined
  • 3-5 past and current harvest sites are identified
  • 3 professional references are obtained
  • Company has opportunity for some self-reporting/evaluation

Step Two:

Step Two:  Field inspection by an NEMLC accredited field verifierStep 2

Step Three:

Step 3Step Three:  The company reviews the NEMLC application for accuracy, provides challenges, clarification or explanation, signs code of ethics, and approves sending application to certification board

Step Four:

Step Four:  Certifying Board reviews applicationStep 4

Step Five:

Step 5Step Five:  The Certifying Board meets and votes on acceptance of application

Step Six:

Step Six: Newly certified NEMLC companies are announced at a public reception

Step 6Rec 2016

2016 Master Loggers

What is it like to work with a Master Logger?

The Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands (TCNEF) and the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC) have partnered to produce this new educational video of a timber harvest by a professional Master Logger in Maine that highlights the perspective of the landowner and the steps necessary to balance the needs of the landowner while working in collaboration with the contractor to conduct proper forest management.

Shot at a site in Damariscotta, Maine in the fall and early winter of 2018, the video titled, “Working with a Professional Master Logger: The Landowners Perspective,” shows the before, during, and after phases of a harvest and the careful planning by the logger, CTL Land Management Services of Washington, ME, to ensure the aesthetic and forest health goals of the landowner are met in addition to the financial objectives.
CTL Land Management Services is a PLC Member and a certified Maine Master Logger. Many thanks to CTL and everyone else who made this project a success! 

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"Members of the Master Logger community belong to the most prestigious group of professional loggers in North America. They have widespread recognition and credibility —both geographically and across all facets of this business. Master Logger Certification is an excellent program that provides an efficient way to help manage change while certifying to major customers that the fiber Master Loggers produce is done to a recognized standard that has been verified by a third party."
—Greg Barrows, Verso Paper

"Master Logger Certification has helped me meet personal goals by helping to stay focused on safety and professionalism, and demanding that of employees."
—Cohort #2 Master Logger company

"For us, it's about personal recognition. There is no other team like ours and our work IS who we are. We like that Master Logger Certification recognizes that and creates a standard for the rest of the loggers in our state. And we know the mills are checking to see if we're certified. When times are hard, it's good to know that we'll be last on their list for downsizing because of our certification."
—Cohort # 3 father-and-son Master Logger Certified team

Questions for a prospective logger:

Does your operation have a waste wood/ biomass market – what will happen to the brush?

Do you have references from foresters and other landowners?

What other services can you provide, for example, I want two of the trails stumped, a food plot, etc.?

Can you provide proof of all insurances, trucking, liability, comp. etc.?

How is the wood being tracked and accounted for once it leaves my land?

What training have you and your employees completed?

Will you have a written contract that includes my expectations of what the roads, trails and landing will look like after the harvest?

If you choose a Master Logger you can be assured that they will have good answers to all of these questions!

Our Partners & Sponsors


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Giving ONline

If you would Like to donate to the Master Logger (501 c 3) program – Contact us and we will send you a link to pay online.

Giving By Check

Please send checks to: Master Logger Program PO Box 1036, Augusta, ME 04332

We are a 501 c 3 organization

How Donations Are Used

The Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands has been committed to raising the funds necessary to cover the costs of certification and continuous improvement for harvesting companies in the Northeast who are able to meet the point-of-harvest certification standard. Generous gifts from a variety of donors and grantors comprise the funding for this program.

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Toll-free hotline for comments on Master Loggers’ work.

The Northeast Master Logger Certification program maintains this hotline to receive feedback regarding NEMLC companies. The hotline has been used to relay praise for NEMLC companies’ work as well as concerns about NEMLC company practices. The hotline may be used anonymously. NEMLC staff follow up on each hotline phone call within 48 hours and keep records of each hotline call and the follow up activities for five years.