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Ben Parsons

Ben Parsons | FISTA Training Co-ordinator

FISTA

Ben Parsons, FISTA Training Coordinator, is originally from West “By God”, Virginia as they say in that part of the Appalachian Mountains. His family’s deeply rooted philosophy of living off the land was monumental in deciding to earn a degree in Forest Management from West Virginia University.  Throughout his career, Ben has had the opportunity to tackle a wide variety of assignments.  He measured Forest Inventory and Analysis research plots in Virginia and Georgia, been involved with urban and utility forestry operations throughout the Appalachian region, procured lowland hardwood timber in the swamps of South Georgia, managed logging contracts and harvest operations in Arkansas and specialized in water quality and harvest planning as well as fighting forest fires in Virginia. As FISTA Training Coordinator, helping to meet your safety and educational needs is the number one priority here at FISTA.  For more information, contact Ben at 800-551-2656 or ben.parsons@fistausa.org.

Spring break-up is fast approaching. Most of us are very familiar with the oldies song, “Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do” by Neil Sedaka. more »

Jul 7, 2015 10:28 AM Guest Columns

Normally, discussion of forest road building tends to focus around avoiding soil disturbance and runoff that could pollute nearby waterways. Water Quality BMP’s or Best Management Practices are now common in every state across the nation. more »

Jun 10, 2015 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Spring break-up is fast approaching. Most of us are very familiar with the oldies song, “Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do” by Neil Sedaka. more »

Mar 9, 2015 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Most of us have wonderful memories of Christmas seasons past. Some, however, have had painful experiences around this time of year. more »

Dec 16, 2014 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Vince Lombardi is often given credit for stating, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” more »

Nov 25, 2014 12:00 AM Guest Columns

First, let’s address something I am asked quite frequently about “felling” trees. more »

Nov 3, 2014 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Last month, we talked about the importance of remembering “The Felling Five” and putting them in practice before firing up your chainsaw and sending the sawdust a’ flying. more »

Nov 21, 2013 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Acronyms are everywhere. more »

Oct 23, 2013 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Every year, FISTA coordinates a handful of classes on Best Management Practices for Invasive Species in partnership with the Wisconsin DNR. more »

Aug 6, 2013 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Chainsaw PPE has come a long way in the last 20 years. We’ve also seen an increase in utilization of chainsaw PPE in that time frame as well. more »

Jul 9, 2013 12:00 AM Guest Columns

chainsaw safety lesson more »

May 28, 2013 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Forest Raptors more »

Apr 26, 2013 12:00 AM Guest Columns

This month, we’ll focus on the “E” of the HHELP 5 step felling process. “E” stands for Escape Path. more »

Feb 24, 2013 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Professional chainsaw training more »

Feb 12, 2013 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Have you ever had to make a plan B? How many times have we had to make a plan B after discovering plan A isn’t going the way we thought? My guess is that when plan B is an impromptu plan, it tends to begin with at least one expletive. more »

Dec 30, 2012 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Much of the year, we trudge to the woods in our trusty pick-ups, coffee or high-octane energy drink in-hand (featuring some variation of “mountain” or severe weather in the name). more »

Nov 27, 2012 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Now that I have your attention, I must confess this article would be more appropriately titled “The Wasps and the Hornets.” more »

Oct 14, 2012 12:00 AM Guest Columns

For the most part, we are on the downhill slide of summertime with June and July behind us. But don’t break out the long sleeve shirts and fleece jackets just yet though. more »

Aug 29, 2012 12:00 AM Guest Columns

Everything we would ever want to know about ticks more »

Jun 5, 2012 12:00 AM Guest Columns