Timber Program could provide relief for select few local logging truckers

Feb 18, 2014 6:13 PM

As diesel trucks of all kinds begin to adhere to new clean air standards, the California Air Resources board is offering relief for truckers who need it.

Through its own Carl Moyer program, it has started the Timber Program. As the name implies, this funding is available for logging truckers statewide.

The amount of funds allocated to counties was based on the number of logging trucks registered through CARB in that county.

Butte County received enough money to cover a handful of trucks, specifically four.

Those new trucks won't be fully funded, as they'll receive anywhere from $10,000 to $60,000 and the full cost of a new truck is more than $100,000.

There are a couple of catches. The money has to go towards a completely new, meaning 2010 or newer truck. This money does not go towards funding a new particulate filter.

Also, because it's a multi-district program, other counties can apply here in Butte County.

Regardless of who gets it, officials say the funds will help.

“The log truck is their office, and they may own one or two trucks and complying with the regulation is a hardship for them,” Butte County Air Quality Management District Planner Armen Kamian said. “They have recognized that this group needs additional assistance.”

The program is first come, first serve.

To apply, click here.

Kamian said this program will continue for another three years.


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