Mainebiz cites School of Forest Resources presentation in article about new truck driver training program

Mainebiz cited a presentation from the University of Maine School of Forest Resources in an article about a new addition to the Dexter-based Tri-County Technical Center’s commercial driver’s license training program. The new program, focused on wood products driving, is in partnership with members of the logging industry and aimed at high school students, who will have the opportunity to intern with a company during summer or be selected for an apprenticeship opportunity leading to full-time employment, the article states. It’s designed to help address an overall driver shortage, according to Mainebiz. On any business day in Maine, 2,300 truckloads of Maine forest wood are on the road, traveling an average of 90 miles one way, according to the presentation “Forest trucking industry in Maine: A review on challenges and resolutions” by Anil Koirala, a master’s student in the School of Forest Resources, and Anil Raj Kizha, an assistant professor of forest operations at UMaine.