Northeast Master Logger Certification Program

The Northeast Master Logger Certification Program offers third-party independent certification of logging companies' harvesting practices. The certification system is built around standards that have been cross-referenced to all of the world's major green certification systems.

Map and List of Current Master Logger Certified Companies



Master Logger Workshop & Field tour by the Conn. Timber Professional Timber Producers Association. Click here for registration.

SWOAM Walk & Talk-

July 13th - Raindate July 14th- Storer Mountain Road, in Waldboro.

Join Master Logger Gavin Mclain, of CTL Land Manangement, on one of his active wood harvests in Waldoboro and experience the care and skill involved when a Master Logger harvests a woodlot. Master Loggers have to adhere to nine standards under the program for every harvest to achieve the goals of the harvest. Join Gavin and other forestry professionals to learn about the program, the standards and the ins and outs of having a woodlot harvested. Please RSVP by calling Swoam Mid-Coast Chapter leader Paul Sampson at 542-9910.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the Master Logger program, its objectives and its history.  This is also great opportunity to talk with professionals in the forestry world, and to see logging equipment in action.  Come join us to take a journey through a recent harvest to help identify where and how the goals were met.  For more information contact: 688-8195 option 2.


The NEMLC program is the recipient of the world’s first SmartLogging certificate – an internationally recognized harvest standard awarded by the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program, and NEMLC is audited annually to maintain this certificate. The innovation of point-of-harvest certification within the NEMLC program is also integrated with it’s parent organization’s, the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands’ (TCNF), Forest Stewardship CouncilTM (FSC®) certificates for forest management, chain of custody and controlled wood with the goal of building an independently third party certified supply chain at every link.

The content of the master logger program is based on a common vision for the rural communities and forest resources of the Northeast. These nine Goals guide Master Loggers in their work: Document Harvest Planning, Protect Water Quality, Maintain Soil Productivity, Sustain Forest Ecosystems, Manage Forest Aesthetics, Ensure Workplace Safety, Demonstrate Continuous Improvement, Ensure Business Viability, and Uphold Certificate Integrity. There are detailed harvest responsibilities with explicit performance standards under each goal.

Field verifiers visit actual harvest sites to determine whether candidates for Northeast Master Logger Certification are meeting and exceeding the standards that are required for certification. Their findings are submitted to an independent, regional board that makes the final decision on whether a company will be certified.