Group Resources

Group Leadership

Cliff Geigle
Deere & Company

Vice Chair
Brandon Sargent
LBX Company LLC

AEM Staff Contact

Nick Tindall
Sr Dir, Regulatory Affairs & Ag Policy | 202-898-9067




Product Focus

Tree harvesting and (in-field) processing machinery, including log skidders, tracked and wheeled felling, tracked and wheeled harvesting/processing cut-to-length equipment, log forwarders, harvesting/processing attachments, knuckle boom loaders, and forestry excavator conversions.


  • Provide a forum where forestry equipment safety related issues can be freely discussed.
  • Work toward efficient service of the needs of forest harvesting contractors and foresters in various markets.
  • Improve the image of forestry and tree harvest operations.
  • Promote the interests of member forest machine manufacturers, and represent forest machine manufacturers with a spirit of cooperation and common voice regarding:
    • Operator safety and protection issues
    • Machine standards input and influence, domestic and international
    • Regulatory & compliance issues - input, influence, and comment
    • Confidential market data programs
    • Maintain access to North American and International markets


All AEM members with a direct interest in forestry equipment or forestry related issues are encouraged to participate in the FoEC. Although each company has one vote on issues before the council; multiple representatives from a single company may attend meetings and participate in council activities.


Council leadership consists of a Chair and a Vice Chair elected from council membership. Term of office is two years, renewable, with the Vice Chair being the natural successor to the Chair. Member nominations of office candidates before each election are welcome.  Council members may also express interest.

Role of the Forestry Equipment Council

  • To identify and develop industry positions and recommendations on forest machine issues.
  • To serve as the voice of the industry when dealing with forest equipment related regulation, standard, and best practice issues.
  • To develop industry positions regarding regulatory and legislative matters impacting the forestry marketplace.
  • To identify and recommend additional services or service improvements to AEM forestry members.
  • To provide a defined communication path for staff to address forestry issues.


Organized as a product council in 1975.