September 2017 <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Vol. 2 Issue 3
In this issue meet the Keynote speaker Kathy Abusow, learn more about the Oregon Forest Practices topics, Oregon Women in Timber, OLC Foundation auction update, exhibit space reservations now open and more.  Easy Quick Links to the 2018 OLC program schedule, panel and seminar topics, social events, competitions, and other activities can be found on the last page of this newsletter.  REGISTER NOW!
It’s easy to reserve exhibit space for the 2018 Oregon Logging Conference. By now interested exhibitor have received an email including the contract packet for the 2018 Oregon Logging conference. Plus, you can easily download the contract packet from the OLC website or click here.

The 2018 OLC promises to be bigger and better than ever and will once again have exhibits in the Auditorium (with 13,000 square feet of additional space) and Expo Hall 2 (with 7,200 square feet of additional space) as well as the main Convention Center making more than 95,000 square feet, the total inside exhibit space for the show.

To celebrate the history of logging at the 80th Annual Oregon Logging Conference, we will spotlight antique logging equipment and memorabilia in another section of the Expo Hall (Southeast section). There will be no charge for this exhibit space, includes one table and two chairs, and this is open to all non profit organizations with historic displays, on a first time, first served basis. If you are interested contact Rikki at 541.686.9191.
Oregon Logging Conference President Rick Kriege is proud to announce that the 2018 OLC keynote speaker will be Kathy Abusow, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Inc.
Abusow will address the OLC during the morning breakfast on Thursday morning, February 22, following the opening sessions in the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds.
SFI is the new home to Project Learning Tree, an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool age through grade 12. Project Learning Tree’s integration into SFI provides an opportunity for the program to expand its reach and impact, and Project Learning Tree’s expertise in education will bolster SFI’s role as a sustainability leader will be bolstered.
Abusow became President and CEO of SFI Inc,. in 2007, the same year that the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® became a fully independent, non-profit organization. Since she joined SFI, forests certified to SFI® Forest Management Standard have grown from 140 million acres/56 million hectares to more than a quarter billion acres/100 million hectares across public and private lands from Canada’s Boreal to the U.S. South.
Abusow sits on numerous technical and advisory committees, and is also a member of the board of World Forestry Center. She also sits on Canada’s LIFT Philanthropy Partners’ National Leadership Council, and is a founding member of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature Initiative.
Abusow has led, moderated, and spoken at well-respected international, U.S., and Canadian forums including Greenbuild International Conference, the Economist’s World Forest Summit, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Quebec Forestry Industry Council annual meeting, and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certifications (PEFC) Stakeholder Forum.  
Abusow earned an undergraduate degree from McGill University, with studies at Leningrad State University, and an M.A. from Harvard University with a concentration in sustainable development of natural resources. 
Oregon Forest Practices
Topics Selected for the 2018 OLC
OLC director and seminar chairman, Bodie Dowding annouced topics have been selected and speakers are being confirmed for the Oregon Forest Practices Seminar, taking place at the 80 th Annual Oregon Logging Conference, on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The seminar will take place in the Wheeler Pavilion, and registered companies earn three Forest Practice credits for attending.
Topics include:
  • How the Forest Practices Act (FPA) Has Changed
  • Update: ODF Policy for Steep Slope Logging
  • Adaptive Management Reflected in New Rule Changes
  • Agency Overview of the New Salmon, Steelhead, and Bull Trout Rules
  • Industry Implementation of the New Salmon. Steelhead and Bull Trout Rules
  • Best Management Practices for FPA Low Compliance Areas
  • Aerial Spraying: Local Politics Driving Statewide Politics
  • ODF’s Fire Severity Aircraft Program
The theme for the 2018 OLC is 80 Years Evergreen and Growing.” Join us February 22, 23, and 24, 2018 at the Lane County Events Center and Fairgrounds in Eugene, Oregon. Click here for the complete 80 th Annual OLC Program and Schedule.
Who Are They and What Do They Do?
As the Oregon Logging Conference will celebrate its 80 th anniversary next year, Oregon Women in Timber will celebrate three decades of dedication to forest resource education.
Oregon Women in Timber’s Annual Auction will take place Wednesday, February 21 st at the Eugene Hilton, in conjunction with the OLC Pre-registration Meet and Greet gathering, to get the Conference underway. The auction takes place in the ballroom of the Eugene Hilton hotel, and dinner tickets are $60 per person. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. with hosted beer and wine. Click here for more information on how to purchase tickets to this event.
The 2018 Oregon Women in Timber auction is the 27 th Annual fundraiser, and proceeds from this event provide critical support for the Talk About Trees forest education program.
The Talk About Trees program was established in 1991, and since then over three million (!) students have participated in the program’s forest education activities. The hands-on activities give an overview of forest ecology, management practices, and forest products used in our daily lives. Trained facilitators present this science-based program, and serve an average of 150,000 students, teachers, and parents each year.
Oregon Women in Timber and the Oregon Logging Conference have also joined hands as Partners in Education to raise money for the OLC Foundation scholarship fund and the Talk About Trees program. Supporters have an opportunity to buy a 2018 commemorative lapel pin for $100, and only 100 pins will be sold. Those who purchase lapel pins will have an opportunity to win a $500 Meredith Lodging gift certificate. Meredith Lodging offers a wide selection of vacation rentals in Oregon destination resort areas along the Oregon coast, Sunriver, and central Oregon. The winning ticket will be drawn at the auction on February 21, 2018. Click here to purchase a lapel pin or for more information.
Oregon Women in Timber would like to thank the following for insuring the long-running success of their annual auction: Oregon Logging Conference, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, many, many generous donors, Talk About Trees facilitators, and its dedicated membership.
Oregon Women in Timber also collaborates with Forests Today and Forever and the OLC to assist with the school tours of the OLC equipment exhibits at the Lane County Fairgrounds, and also provides bird feeder building and hands-on activities including paper making during the OLC Family Day (this year taking place February 24, 2018).
Oregon Women in Timber is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to creating awareness of the importance of forests, trees, and wood products in our daily lives. Oregon Women in Timber members are individuals who share a deep commitment to Oregon’s beautiful and productive forests. Many work in forest related fields, others are small business owners, teachers, county commissioners, realtors, mothers, and friends of those who work in the forest.
Photos: 2017 Live auction items, sample of 2018 Partners In Education pin, 2017 Silent auction Items
Oregon Newspaper Article Highlights Difficulty in
Attracting Younger Workers into the Logging Industry.
The article is titled The Job No One Wants: Why Won’t Young People Work in Logging and was published in the Guardian newspaper on August 23 rd . Written by reporter Jason Wilson, the story also highlights the technological advances in modern day logging equipment.

Bottom line: There are jobs available right now in the logging industry, from timber fallers to truck drivers to equipment operators, and foresters to wildlife biologists.

"It’s certainly worth a read", says Rick Kriege, 2018 OLC president.

Oregon Logging Conference Foundation
Auction Update
More items have been added to the Oregon Logging Foundation Auction. Once again Quadco / Southstar Equipment will donate a reserved item, with all proceeds after the reserved bid has been met will be donated to the OLC Foundation Scholarship fund. The item will be auctioned off at 8am on Friday, February 23rd during the "members" breakfast in the Wheeler Pavilion. The item will be on display at Quadco / Southstar's inside exhibit area. If you can't attend the conference, call the OLC office to make arrangements to place a "proxy" bid - 541.686.9191.

Here's a few of the other great item available at the OLC Foundation Auction: Husqvarna 372 XP® X-TORQ chain saw with a 28 inch bar, donated by Pacific Tractor and Husqvarna, a $1,000 gift certificate towards purchase of a set of Michelin pickup tires, donated by Superior Tire Service, truck seats donated by DSU Peterbilt, Firestone and Michelin front truck tires donated by Farwest Tire Center, truck seat donated by TEC Equipment, Bow donated by Bowtech and Radiator Supply House, wood carvings donated by Ryan Anderson Sculptures In Motion and Jay Peppard Chainsaw Buzz, truck seat donated by Brattian. Watch the OLC NEWS for the updated list of items donated daily. 

As the OLCF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, all donations and purchases are tax deductible. Proceeds from the auction support scholarships awarded to deserving students to help with college-related costs. These students go on to play vital roles in the future of the logging and forestry industry.

It's important to support the companies who support our industry. Call 541.686.9191 if you would like more information on how you can donate to the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation or to the OLC Foundation auction.


Is your log loader operator the  BEST  in the  WEST ? Sign them up and let them compete head to head in the OLC’s 9th Annual Log Loader competition.
For the 9th Annual Log Loader Competition! - Sign up before January 25th and you will receive a 80th OLC tee shirt. This offer only applies to those who sign up no later than January 25th. You will receive your tee shirt when you check into the competition on your assigned day and time. Click here to download form.

The competition is sponsored by Triad Machinery and Link-Belt Forestry Equipment. This event will be held on Friday beginning at 12pm until 3pm and on Saturday beginning at 10am to 12pm. Click here to learn more.
The Oregon Logging Conference would not be what it is today without the ongoing support and dedication of the many sponsors of this event. Please support those who support our Conference and our industry.

Interested in sponsoring? There are a few sponsorship opportunities still available. Click here to download the information and form. Questions? Call the OLC office 541.686.9191
Eugene Hilton - Headquarters Hotel, Ladies Event and Friday Celebration Party
Kriege Logging LLC - Friday Celebration Dinner and Dance.
Peterson Cat / Caterpillar – Thursday Morning Opening Session Breakfast.
Peerless Parts / General Trailer – Lars Larson Live Remote on Thursday
Pape’ Group – Friday Morning members Breakfast.
Rotobec - Registration
Triad Machinery / Link-Belt – Log Loader Competition.
KEZI 9 News – Saturday Family Day Events.
Nygaard Logging Inc. / Warrenton Fiber  High School Skills Competition.
TimberWest Publication / Logging Sawmill Journa l – Show Guide/Official Program.
Wilcox & Flegel Oil Company – Wednesday OLC Pre-Registration Meet & Greet.

Ritchie Bros Auctioneers – Thursday Sawdust Bowl.
U.S. Bank Columbia Region - Friday Sawdust Bowl.

Dwight Wartenbee Trucking
Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds
Swanson Bros., Lumber Company
Smiling Moose Marketing
Travel Lane County
Turn Key RV
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The Lane Events Center at the Fairgrounds is the home of the Lane County Fair and so much more! In the heart of Eugene, Oregon, we are uniquely located in the center of it all! Blocks from downtown and only minutes from the University of Oregon, the taste of Eugene is never far away. With 18 rentable spaces, Lane Events Center can host any event imaginable. From the most intimate of parties to the largest of banquets, trade shows and flat shows, we are here to help you create the perfect event of any size!
The LEC at the Fairgrounds is so much more than just the Lane County Fair. While we pride ourselves on having a fantastic fair, we also take pride in the fact that we can accommodate gatherings of any kind, from the most intimate of receptions to huge trade shows. Over the years, members of this community as well as those from far away have come to the Lane Events Center to hold their special event. Not only can we provide your event with top notch events planning assistance, but our on-site catering can provide you with anything from a box lunch to a five star meal. Take a look around and let us know what you think, we would love to help you make your event a success!
Over the past few months, LEC has been going through a very thorough process regarding our food and beverage partner. After feedback from our clients and researching models from around the state, we are excited to introduce Oakway Catering & Concessions and Oregon Beverage Services. 

Oakway Catering  will be the primary caterer for events and the exclusive provider of concessions services at the Lane Events Center.  With extensive experience in the Catering and Concession business including many different themed menus and options along with experience in serving in different and multiple locations, Oakway Catering has the skill and ability to meet your every need. It is a family owned and includes staff who have worked and cooked in the Eugene / Springfield market for many years. They have developed concessions menus featuring a variety of options that are more than just a burger.

Oregon Beverage Service will be the exclusive provider of alcohol services at the Lane Events Center. They have a lot of experience and knowledge regarding Northwest breweries, distilleries and provide top notch service. They have brought to this partnership a lot of great ideas and concepts to expand services and to provide great service to all of our clients. With the wealth of experience both of these companies bring to the table, we can’t wait to for them to have the opportunity to service everyone who attends the Oregon Logging Conference. 
The Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds once again is honored to host the 80th Annual Oregon Logging Conference and Equipment Show and we look forward to many more years.  Learn more.
Main Convention Center
(Exhibit Hall & Performance Hall)
Wheeler Pavilion
(Meeting Hall during the Conference) 
Publisher / Editor / Writer

Mary Bullwinkel, Freelance Writer

Rikki Wellman, Conference Manager

Contact: 541.686.9191
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