October 2018 Issue <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><<> Vol.3 Issue 4
In this issue you will read about forest practice seminar topics for both Oregon and Washington scheduled to take place at the 81 st Annual Oregon Logging Conference. Topics will include High Landslide Hazard Areas and How to Obtain a Permit for Temporary Crossings over Typed Waters. Also discover where the newest chapters of Oregon Women in Timber have formed. Easy quick links to the 2019 program, including social events can be found on the last page of this newsletter. REGISTER NOW!

Forest Practice Seminars to Address Important Topics
Loggers from Oregon and Washington will have the opportunity to attend forest practice seminars on Friday morning, February 22, 2019.
The Oregon session will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Wheeler Pavilion, and the Washington session will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Southeast meeting room of the Main Exhibit Hall at the Lane County Events Center and Fairgrounds.
Oregon Forest Practices Act Seminar topics are:
1)    High Landslide Hazard Locations (HLHL) . Speaker Mike Buren is a Geotechnical Specialist with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and will explain how to identify HLHL areas and the potential liability for these occurrences. Buren has worked for ODF since 2011 and currently evaluates harvest and road building techniques on steep slopes.

2)    Oregon Forest Practices Act Enforcement – Purpose and Process – Things to know and Things to Avoid. Speaker Paul Clements is Compliance and Training Coordinator in the Private Forests Division of ODF. He will discuss what circumstances can lead to enforcement actions, the concept of “damage” as defined in the Forest Practices Act, types of enforcement actions, the enforcement process, and examples of recent enforcement cases pursued by ODF.

3)    Reforestation 101. Speaker Rodney Jacobs has worked for 19 years as a Reforestation Forester with Stimson Lumber Company and will give his ideas for how to start a new stand of timber after logging is complete. He said this process can be a challenge for small landowners who may not be familiar with how to grow a new stand of timber.

4)    Written Plans. Speaker Bill Mahr is a Stewardship Forester with ODF and will talk about harvest plans; what they are, why do they exist, and when they need to be submitted. Mahr has been a Stewardship Forest with ODF since 2010.

5)    Full Bench Road Construction. Speaker Kevin Boston is a Professional Engineer in Oregon and a Registered Professional Forester in California. He will present information on techniques and rules surrounding full bench road construction.

6)    Locating Suitable Waste Areas for road Construction Material. Speaker Mike Dewey is a Stewardship Forester with ODF and he will talk about on-the-ground ways to determine relative stability of proposed waste area locations and ways to increase stability of the placed waste material. Dwey is also working as an interim Geotechnical Forester for ODF in the southern Oregon area,
Moderator for the Oregon Forest Practices Act seminar will be Brian Tenbusch, Log Acquisition Director for Rosboro Company. Three forest practice credits are available to those who attend this seminar.
During the Washington Forest Practices Act seminars, two speakers will address several topics.
1)    Speaker Byron Hinners is a Forester with Hadaller Logging and will talk about when a forest practice permit is required for harvest, how to apply for a permit, and steps and procedures when communicating with state or county representatives for ingress from public roads.

2)    Speaker John Schmit is a Log Buyer for RSG Forest Products and will talk about how to obtain a permit for temporary crossings over typed waters, and will share examples of temporary crossings the he has engineered and implemented.
Moderator of the Washington Forest Practices Act seminar will be Paul Hadaller. Log Buyer for Pacific Fiber Company. Two forest practice credits are available to those who attend this seminar.

For complete program schedule visit www.oregonloggingconference.com
Motivational Presentations from Wendy Farrand
Two topics will be addressed by Wendy Farrand, industry columnist and motivational speaker, on Friday, February 22, 2018 in the Wheeler Pavilion. Agile in the Woods – New for 2019 is one, and Loggers! Don’t leave Culture to Chance is the other.
The first presentation will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and loggers and logging contractors will learn about agile and the agile revolution, and how to apply some of those tools and concepts to the business of logging. Moderator will be Steve Henson, Potlach.
The second presentation is from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Farrand will talk about how focusing on the culture of logging can improve business relations inside and outside of the business. She promises that those who attend will leave with a better understanding of how to reinforce the culture which the logging industry deserves. Moderator will be Erik Gehrke, Weyerhaeuser.

Wendy Farrand is an industry columnist and speaker whose mission is to strengthen the people side of timber harvesting. For the past 10 years she has worked solely for the logging community taking her unique combination of skills and experiences to logging contractors around the country and Canada. Her timely and relevant presentations are based on current trends and founded in those tried and true human relations principles. As a former corporate training consultant turned procurement manager, Wendy brings her unique
perspective right back to the loggers helping them to improve safety and production on the job. Most of the things she shares can be applied by contractors upon their return to the woods.

For complete program details visit www.oregonloggingconference.com
Attention Loggers: When you attend the Oregon Logging Conference you can earn up to ten credits to keep your Pro Logger certification up to date. You can do that by attending seminars, panel discussions, and presentations at OLC and learning about the most current rules, regulations, and logging techniques.
These credits are applicable toward Professional Loggers certification and fulfilling requirements as outlined in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
The hole-punch system is used to track credits earned. All paid OLC registered members will receive a punch card in the registration packet.
At the end of each seminar or panel discussion, as you exit, someone will be available to punch your card.
Click here to view the latest OLC Program (including panels and seminars) and to find out how you can earn the maximum number of credits when attending the two days of sessions at OLC.
28th Annual Talk About Trees Auction
Planned for February 20th, 2019
Oregon Women in Timber will hold it’s 28 th Annual Talk About Trees auction on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the Headquarters Hotel & Conference Center (formerly Hilton Eugene). This event is held in conjunction with the Oregon Logging Conference’s Meet and Greet Festivities. Individual tickets, tables of eight and tables of 10 may be purchased for this event which includes a hearty buffet dinner, hosted beer and wine, and a variety of fantastic auction items. In celebration of it’s 40 th anniversary, this event will be 1980s themed.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit OWIT’s statewide education program, Talk About Trees . This award-winning program provides free, hands-on education to students in preschool through eighth grade to promote awareness and appreciation for the valuable, renewable resources all around them – Oregon forests. Program topics include tree identification, forest health, renewability, careers in forestry, and more. Over 3 million students and adults have been reached by Talk About Trees since its inception in 1991, and educators from throughout the state consistently provide outstanding feedback about the program. OWIT’s annual auction is the biggest fundraiser for Talk About Trees . Last year’s auction brought in $133,000 for this important program! 
Once again, Oregon Women in Timber and Oregon Logging Conference (OLC) have teamed up as Partners in Education to promote OLC's theme of “Building Products for Building Futures”. Commemorative OWIT lapel pins will be available for purchase for $100, and each pin comes with the chance to win a $500 gift certificate to Meredith Lodging. Only 100 pins are available, and the winner does not have to be present to claim the prize! Every purchase will help support the education of future generations by funding the OLC Foundation Scholarship Fund and Talk About Trees .
Please consider donating and/or attending the auction to help support forestry education in Oregon. Your generous contributions are critical to the ongoing success of Talk About Trees . Oregon Women in Timber is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all donations and purchases are tax-deductible. The volunteers of OWIT and Talk About Trees , plus millions of students through the state of Oregon, extend their deepest thanks for your continued support of forestry education!
In addition to preparing for the annual auction, OWIT has been busy forming new county chapters and engaging with students, community members, and politicians. Over the last few months, the new Lane County and Douglas County chapters have emerged with dozens of members volunteering their time to participate in events such as the Pacific Logging Congress and SAFSquatch Run. The Lane County chapter also traveled to Salem during Legislative Days to pass out informational packets to local representatives about the importance of managing Oregon’s forests. OWIT has also been working hard to increase membership by holding meet-and-greet events and visiting student organizations to encourage them to take advantage of their free membership!
OWIT members continue to seek new opportunities to communicate with Oregonians and educate them about the importance of protecting, managing, and conserving our renewable forests. Anyone who is interested in protecting the future of Oregon’s renewable resources is invited to become a member of OWIT. Join OWIT in spreading awareness that “Managed Forests Are Forever”!  
For more information about OWIT and to register or donate to the auction, please visit our auction website at https://orwit.ejoinme.org/auction .
Want A Career In The
Timber Industry?
High School students will be able to learn first hand about current career opportunities at the 2 nd Annual Future Forestry Workers Career Day, taking place February 22, 2019, in conjunction with the Oregon Logging Conference (OLC).

Participating students will be able to get up close with state of the art and technologically advanced logging and forestry equipment on display at the OLC, which is held at the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds in Eugene. Both self-guided and guided tours will be available for those who sign up.
The Career Day itself will be held in Livestock Arena at the Fairgrounds and will include two sessions of presentations, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students will learn about forestry, reforestation, logging, trucking, diesel mechanics, operating heavy equipment, and firefighting, and can talk with industry professionals about current job opportunities.
For more information on this event click here . Sign up your school now download the form here . The deadline to sign up is December 20, 2018.

Questions? Contact the Oregon Logging Conference at (541) 686-9191.
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Exhibit space is filling up fast,  click here to download exhibit information.
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Wash. native Vicki Christiansen named chief of U.S. Forest Service:
Washington State native Vicki Christiansen was named this week as the permanent head of the U.S. Forest Service. Congratulations, Vicki! She was named interim chief of the Forest Service in March and now takes over permanently. Read more.

Oregon wildfire costs hit record high of $514 million in 2018: The cost of fighting wildfires in Oregon reached an all-time high $514.6 million in 2018, according to data from Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. Fueled by wildfires that started early and threatened communities all summer, Oregon’s costs skyrocketed past last year’s record-setting total of $447 million. Read more.

The Case for Making Cities Out of Wood: Read more .

If You Can Make It From Oil, You Can Make It From Wood: There’s a professor at the University of Maine who’s fond of reminding the forest products industry that oil is just wood (and other formerly living material) that has been processed for a few million years. We’re now reaching the point where technologies are being developed that can take this process from millions of years to hours or minutes, allowing wood to be used for an entirely new range of products – fuel, plastic, pharmaceuticals and more. Read more.

Wooden Laptop is Made From Recycled Wood, Paper & Reusable OEM Parts: Read more.

Your word of the day is 'torrefaction.' First-of-its kind plant to open in eastern Oregon: Construction begins soon in eastern Oregon for the first commercial-scale "torrefaction" facility in the country. If you don't know what that word means, you're in good company. But the process itself isn't all that exotic. "You're actually very familiar with torrefaction," said Wayne Lei, the chief technical officer for the company Oregon Torrefaction . "All coffee beans are torrefied, actually. That's how it gets crispy." Read more.

Capitol Christmas Tree to travel 3,000 mile trail east from Oregon to D.C. this November: Read more.

Daines seeks end to fringe litigation with pilot arbitration program for Forest Service: The Republican majority on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources narrowly passed a bill by Sen. Steve Daines Tuesday that seeks to end what the Montana lawmaker describes as an endless barrage of lawsuits filed by fringe environmental groups against timber projects that enjoy collaborative support. Daines’ bill, which cleared the committee on a bipartisan 13-10 vote, would establish a five-year pilot program allowing arbitration to occur on two litigated Forest Service projects each year. The two projects must be located in Montana, Idaho or Wyoming. “Litigation from a few fringe groups is having a devastating impact on Montana,” Daines told the committee. “It’s a constant, unending barrage of lawsuits, now spanning more than a decade, and it’s hurting our forests and crushing our wood products communities. We have, in essence, replaced loggers with lawyers.” Read more.

Merkley bill directs $1 billion to wildfire fuels reduction: WASHINGTON - Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., on Wednesday introduced the Wildfire-Resilient Communities Act, a $1 billion measure to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, and the smoke and economic losses that they cause. “Across the country, our communities have been threatened by increasingly severe wildfires,” Merkley said in a news release “As we saw this summer in Oregon, even communities not directly impacted by flames were inundated with smoke. "We need a dramatic increase in the resources that make our forests — and our timber economies —healthier. Read more.

Trump officials blame ‘environmental terrorists’ for wildfires. California loggers disagree: Ryan Zinke knew exactly whom to blame for the catastrophic wildfires that have scorched California and the West this year.
Touring the scarred neighborhoods of Redding in August, President Donald Trump’s interior secretary blasted “special interest” environmental groups for blocking logging projects that he said would have made forests safer.
His words recalled the timber wars of the 1990s, when conservative politicians and out-of-work loggers blamed environmentalists for court rulings and a thicket of regulations that silenced chainsaws in many Western forests to protect the spotted owl and other threatened wildlife. Read more.

Class in the woods: Klamath County sixth-graders participate in forestry tour. Read more.

Freres Lumber Co. wins SEDCOR manufacturer award: Freres Lumber Co. recently was recognized at the 2018 SEDCOR Annual Awards, picking up the Manufacturer of the Year award. The event was held Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Salem Convention Center.... Read more.
Scam and Fraud Alert
It's that time of year again.... Oregon Logging Conference exhibitors and attendees: BEWARE OF SCAM PHONE CALLS AND EMAILS.
If you receive an email or telephone call from a 3 rd party Housing Service, or someone claiming to be a “reservation or rooming agent” for the Oregon Logging Conference (OLC), the Eugene Hilton or other Oregon hotels, IT IS A SCAM .
Do not make ANY hotel reservations or give any personal credit card information to someone who contacts you and claims to be an official “rooming agent” for the OLC.
Anyone interested in attending the Oregon Logging Conference is personally responsible for making room reservations by talking directly to the hotel where planning to stay.
Be assured (!), the Oregon Logging Conference honors the privacy of its members and the OLC policy is to NOT provide personal information of its members. In addition, OLC does not sell or provide its mailing list to any outside parties.
All potential scam activity should be reported to the Oregon Department of Justice, Consumer Division (1-877-877-9392 or email help@oregonconsumer.gov ). There is a online complaint form that can be filled out.
You can also sign up online to join the Oregon Department of Justice’s Scam Alert Network to receive information about scams, fraud, and other threats to consumers

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