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In this issue you’ll meet some of the 2020 Oregon Logging Conference speakers and seminar presenters, find out about educational outreach programs available in the Pacific Northwest (Part 2), and discover what’s new with Oregon Women in Timber. Easy quick links to the 2020 program, including social events can be found on the last page of this newsletter. REGISTER NOW!
Panel and Seminar Sessions Presented At
The 82nd Oregon Logging Conference
Your Voice and Vote Counts
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ● Wheeler Pavilion

Speakers will address the current federal and state legislation and how grass roots advocacy affects both levels of government. The use of social media and the power of movements like Timber Unity will also be discussed. Jim Dudley, Swanson Group, Glendale, Oregon will moderate the panel.

For complete program details visit www.oregonloggingconference.com
Kristina McNitt, President
Oregon Forest Industry Council

Kristina McNitt was named President in 2012, she brings more than 25 years of legislative experience to OFIC.

During her career, she has advocated for water, agricultural and timber issues before the Oregon state legislature, and continues to advocate on behalf of OFIC’s members to promote stewardship and sustainable management on all of Oregon’s forest-lands.

McNitt graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Economics and was the principal of a small contract lobby firm prior to coming to OFIC.
Nick Smith, Healthy Forests
Healthy Communities

Nick Smith founded Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities in 2013. As a member of multi-generation farming family, he has a passion for natural resources and rural communities.

Smith has a background in public policy and communications, having worked in the Oregon Legislature in various capacities and having served several members of leadership in the House of Representatives. Nick is an active member of the Oregon Society of American Foresters, previously serving as chair of the society’s Communications Committee.

He holds a BA in Journalism from Chico State and an Master of Public Administration from Portland State.
Travis Joseph
American Forest Resources

Travis Joseph was born and raised in Springfield, OR and spent eight years in Washington D.C working for the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a senior legislative aide to an Oregon congressman, a senior policy advisor on the House Natural Resources Committee, and the Director of Northwest Policy for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Joseph returned to Oregon to pursue his passion for healthy public forest-lands and creating economic opportunities in rural communities. At American Forest Resources, Joseph manages the budget , staff, communications, government relations, and overall strategy of the Association.

He earned his Bachelor degree in history and international studies from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in environment and development from the London School of Economics and Political Science in environment and development. When Travis is not in the office or traveling for work, he spends his time pursuing international adventures or exploring Oregon’s public lands.
Log Scaling and Optimal Bucking
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 11 a.m.
Outside Log Loader Competition Area

Speakers will discuss the different methods for West side, East side, and cubic scaling. They will also discuss optimal bucking for getting the most scale and/or value from a tree.
Jayme Dumford, Forester
Thompson Timber Co.

Dumford is the Forester for Thompson Timber Co., in Corvallis, Oregon and has worked in the timber industry for 20+ years.

He graduated from Oregon State University (OSU) with a Bachelor's Degree in Forest Management and has worked as a silvicultural forester, forest engineer, timber sale appraiser, contract administrator and log buyer.

He is currently responsible for managing 15,000 acres of timberlands.
David Sabol, Operations Manager
Pacific Rim Log Scaling Bureau

Sabol began his career with Southern Oregon Log Scaling Bureau in the 1980s.He has performed check scaling and operational duties in six western states and Canada and is certified in Eastside, Westside, Cubic scale, has been licensed in Idaho since 1991, and has been a Bureau supervisor since 1989.

Sabol accepted a position as Operations Manager for Pacific Rim Log Scaling Bureau in Lacey, WA. where he currently resides. He is active in The NW Log Rules Group, Scaling Practices, and The Timber Measurement Society.
The Professional DOT Driver
 Friday, February 21, 2020, 10 a.m.
Southwest meeting room of Exhibit Hall
Dave Gaffney, Senior DOT Compliance Specialist Pape Group .

This is an all-inclusive presentation providing participants with insight to Department of Transportation (DOT) enforcement and compliance through the experience the presenter brings as a veteran DOT enforcement regulator. 

DOT compliance can be complicated and there is only so much you can learn from the internet or reading the FMCSR’s. Don’t miss out to get the chance to get the “inside information” on highway legal and regulatory requirement which affect your operations.

Specific topics include load and equipment securement, proper pre/post truck inspections, licensing requirements, common DOT violations, size and weight rules and much more.

Dave Gaffney is the Senior DOT Compliance Specialist for the Papé Group of companies. Gaffney has been with the Papé Group since 2015 and is responsible for the oversight of company-wide Department of Transportation legal compliance matters pertaining to the company fleet of more than 2,000 vehicles, mostly trucks. 
 
Gaffney has worked in the motor carrier enforcement field for 20 years, both with the California Highway Patrol and state of Oregon, Motor Carrier Enforcement Division. In his 10 years with the state of Oregon, Dave was the Manager of enforcement operations in the Coast Valley District, managed the Enforcement Officer Academy and conducted transportation safety training to the industry (which he regulated).  With the CHP, Gaffney spent five years doing field enforcement work in addition to developing and implementing a grass-roots outreach educational program for the trucking industry.

Gaffney particularly appreciates being able to share information pertaining to driver safety and avoiding collisions, specifically involving trucks, by helping drivers make appropriate, educated decisions on the road. Gaffney said, “Understanding potential driving conflicts while using experience, training, and good judgement to make safe decisions can save lives on the highways.

This seminar will be moderated by Quincy Powers, Powers Ranch, Gayload, Oregon.
Weiler Forestry An Introduction To The Industry
Friday, February 21, 2:30pm
Peterson Cat Outside Exhibit Area

Speakers will introduce Weiler Forestry to the forest industry with discussions
on history and philosophy of the Weiler brand. There is a Caterpillar and Weiler Forestry machine walk around included during the seminar. Rick Schott, Peterson Cat will moderate the seminar.
P at Weiler, President
Weiler Forestry

After receiving a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University in 1980, Pat Weiler began his career at Vermeer as a design engineer. In 1983 when promoted to Director of Engineering, he became the youngest, non-family senior manager in the company’s history. Weiler held multiple roles in senior management until retiring from Vermeer in 1999.
 
In 2000 Weiler secured financing to start a contract manufacturing company in Knoxville, Iowa, and since then has grown from a few employees in a 40,000 square foot building to more than 425 employees in a state-of-the-art, 400,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Weiler credits the success to listening to customer’s needs and developing products that serve those needs.
Bill Hood, Vice President
Weiler Forestry

Bill Hood grew up on a livestock and row crop farm near Bloomfield, Iowa. He then attended Iowa State University where he earned his degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1992.
 
Bill began his career with Northop Grumman in Palmdale, CA as a structural design engineer on the B-2 Stealth Bomber. In 1995, Bill returned to Iowa to work as a project engineer for Vermeer where he earned five patents for his designs on the round baler line.
 
In 2006, Bill joined Weiler as vice-president of sales and marketing. Bill directs the company’s sales and marketing efforts while being heavily involved in new product development.
Mike Dickenson, Industry Specialist
Caterpillar Forestry

Mike Dickenson has worked at Caterpillar in the forestry industry for over 18 years, primarily in Western Canada and the Northwest USA. Throughout his career at Caterpillar Mike has held positions in the machine manufacturing group, marketing division, and in-field dealer and customer support. Mike is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick Forest Engineering program, and lives in British Columbia.
EARN PRO LOGGER CREDITS
Attending the above mentioned seminars are only some of the ways to earn Pro Logger credits. When you attend the Oregon Logging Conference, you can earn up to 10 credits to keep your Pro Logger certification up to date. The most current rules, regulations, and logging techniques will be discussed at the OLC

These credits are applicable toward Professional Loggers certification and fulfilling requirements as outlined in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
 
At the OLC, we use the punch card system to track who’s earning credits.
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.
Forestry Education Programs
Teaching the Next Generation - Part 2
This is part 2 of a series of articles on forestry-related educational programs in the Pacific Northwest. Some of these programs have been around for several years and others are just getting started. If you have a program in your community that we do not mention, please contact us and give us the details so we can promote it in future OLC NEWS newsletters.

Part 2 of this series mentions Future National Resources Leaders, Forestry Institute for Teachers, Redwood Region Resource Rally, Boots on the Ground, U.S. Forest Service Conservation Education, Forest Conservation Days, and the California Forest Foundation.

Future Natural Resource Leaders
Web: www.facebook.com/ORFNRL.com
Email: Kirk Hutchinson, Executive Director, hutchfnrl@gmail.com
Phone: (503) 550-0471
 
The Oregon FNRL (Future Natural Resource Leaders) is a Career Technical Student Organization that is dedicated to the support of high school students who are interested in pursuing educational and career opportunities within the Natural Resources / Forestry sectors. The focus of the FNRL Association is to provide career related activities that support the development of smart, strong and safe students, workers and citizens. Key tenets of the FNRL are to understand the environmental benefits, social benefits and economic benefits of Natural Resources / Forestry management.
 
Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT)
Web: www.forestryinstitute.org
Email & Phone: Each location has individual contact. See website for specific contact information.
 
The Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) is a multi-day residence workshop held at 4 northern California locations. The goal of FIT is to provide K-12 teachers with knowledge, skills and tools to effectively teach their students about forest ecology and forest resource management practices.
 
There are four gatherings scheduled for 2020 in northern California: June 14 – 20 in Plumas County, June 21 – 27 in Tuolumne County, July 5 – 11 in Shasta County and July 12 – 18 in Humboldt County.
 
The program brings together natural resource specialists and teachers from rural and urban settings for one week, working side by side to gain a deeper understanding of the intricate interrelationship of forest ecosystems and human use of natural resources. The environment becomes the basis for integrating the learning of many subject areas, including English, math, environmental science, physical science, social science, biology, forestry, and history.
 
Since 1993, there have been more than 2800 participants in FIT. Sponsors of FIT are the Society for American Foresters, University of California Cooperative Extension, CalFire, the U.S. Forest Service, and the California Forest Foundation. California Women in Timber also participate.
Redwood Region Resource Rally
Web: https://b-m.facebook.com/ncagpartners/
Email: Sandy Dale, Northcoast Agriculture Partners - sdale@fuhsdistrict.net
 
High school juniors and seniors, teachers and adult chaperones spend the day in the small northern California town of Scotia learning about natural resource career opportunities. Students from seven California counties participate (Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma and Marin counties.). Student participants are split into small groups and learn hands-on activities in the fields of forestry, fisheries and wildlife, heavy equipment operations, and truck driving. They also take a guided tour of a working sawmill and attend a career information workshop. Agricultural careers are also highlighted with students visiting a working dairy, the Humboldt Auction Yard and a sustainable family farming operation.
 
Boots on the Ground
Web: www.rrlc.net
Email: Katherine Ziemer, Executive Director - rrlc@sonic.net
Phone: (707) 443-4091
 
This program, coordinated by the Redwood Region Logging Conference in Humboldt County, CA began in 2019 and included 12 high school students spending half the day in the woods and then touring a working sawmill. Students were able to talk one-one-one with industry professionals including loggers, equipment operators, foresters, and millworkers, and get a first-hand look at the complete process of timber harvesting to milling the end product.
 
U.S. Forest Service/USDA Conservation Education
Web: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/conservationeducation
Pacific Northwest Region (Portland)
Email: Brenna White - brennawhite@fs.fed.us
Phone: (503) 808-2246
 
The U.S. Forest Service offers conservation education programs including a Forest for Every Classroom which is a year-long professional development program for educators focused on place-based education. Teachers who participate develop curricula that fosters student understanding of and appreciation for public lands in their communities.
 
North American Association for Environmental Education is a professional organization whose members provide assistance with programs and services that teach people how to think, not what to think.
 
Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. A national network of State Wildlife Agency Sponsors ensures that Project WILD is available nationwide --training educators in the many facets of the program. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.
 
The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators, and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet – water. Project WET is committed to global water education that is implemented at the community level. Visit their website to find out how to attend a Project WET workshop in your community.
 
Forest Conservation Days
Web : www.californiasaf.org/forest-conservation-days
Email: Nettie Carroll, Education Coordinator - NorCalFCDed@gmail.com
Phone: (559) 246-9162
 
Forest Conservation Days takes place in California and is coordinated by the Society of American Foresters. It is an annual event where teachers bring their students to the forest to experience outdoor learning stations including a portable sawmill, and displays with information on topics including wood products, forest management, careers in natural resource management, and fire management.
 
California Forest Foundation
Web: www.calforestfoundation.org
Email: Executive Director Jann Taber - jann@calforestfoundation.org
Phone: 866-241-TREE (8733)

Forests: Today, Tomorrow & Forever is a complete environmental education unit on California’s forests, complete with lab activities, games, art projects, and discussion materials for each lesson. Specifically designed for grades 4 – 6 and adaptable for grades K – 8, lessons focus on forest health, forest watersheds, nature’s treasure chest, carbon and climate change, and more. This information can be downloaded from the California Forest Foundation website.
Logging and Forestry Careers to be Highlighted

If you love the outdoors and have an adventurous spirit, the timber industry just might be a good fit for you.

Current career opportunities will be presented to high school students attending the 3 rd annual Future Forestry Workers Career Day, scheduled for Friday, February 21, 2020, in conjunction with the Oregon Logging Conference.

Participating students will interact with industry professionals and get up close with state-of-the-art and technologically advanced logging and forestry equipment on the display at the OLC. Both guided and self-guided tours will be available for the students.

The hands-on career day will be held in the Livestock Arena at the Lane County Fairgrounds and will include two sessions (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) of presentations. Students will learn about forestry, reforestation, logging, forest products manufacturing, trucking, diesel mechanics, operating heavy equipment, and firefighting.
 
For more information on this event click here . Call OLC office 541.686.9191 or email rikki@oregonloggingconference.com to sign up your school. The deadline to sign up is January 20, 2020 .
Oregon Women In Timber Update
It has been a busy and exciting year for Oregon Women in Timber (OWIT) with a number of outreach projects and the formation and discussion of a new county chapters of our organization.
 
Clatsop County is the newest chapter of OWIT, established on August 21, 2019, and includes many enthusiastic new members. There is also interest in chapters forming in Washington and Yamhill Counties.
 
In March of this year several OWIT members participated in Oregon Forest Sector Day, held in Salem, OR. OWIT joined representatives from the Oregon Society of American Foresters, Associated Oregon Loggers, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, and the Northwest Pulp & Paper Association, advocating for public policies that underscore the forest sector’s value and strengthen its ability to grow the economy and create jobs.
 
Several county chapters provided educational events throughout the year. Among other activities, the Douglas County chapter worked with the Douglas Timber Operators organization during the Douglas County School Forestry Tours in May at the Glide Educational Forest.
 
The Union County chapter coordinated a logging tour for the Eastern Oregon Summer AG Institute, a week-long, three-credit graduate level class through Oregon State University that educations K – 12 teachers with little or no background in agriculture. The Union County chapter also held their annual Ag Timber parade in May.
 
The Lane County chapter has been very active this year, including setting up mill tours later this month for students and staff from the University of Oregon. This chapter had informational booths at a number of events this year including the Lane County Fair, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, and Timber Unity meetings in Monroe, Warrenton, and Toledo. Media outreach is ongoing, with several members of this chapter submitting op-ed articles to the local newspaper and testifying in support of managed forests.
 
As October is National Forest Products month, OWIT Lane and Union Counties chapters are reaching out to local elementary schools offering Oregon Forest Resources Institute educational materials to include forestry education as part of their science curriculum. This special effort complements the work already done in both counties by the Talk About Trees program representatives and Forests Today and Forever in Eugene.
 
Moving forward, planning is already underway for the 29 th Annual Talk About Trees auction, held during the Oregon Logging Conference. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 19, 2020 , and we’ll see you at the Graduate Eugene Hotel. To make a donation to the auction or purchase tickets or a table, please visit www.orwit.org
 
Be sure to look for the OWIT booth at the Oregon Logging Conference. The booth will have information about Oregon’s forests, as well as how to get this organization started in those Oregon counties which currently do not have chapters.
 
OWIT is proud of all its members for all of the efforts this year and is looking forward to a busy 2020 advocating and promoting the Oregon forest industry
Industry Happenings And News
History & Innovation: Oregon’s Timber Industry. The timber industry has been a cornerstone of the Pacific Northwest economy since the 1880’s. Read more.

A gel that makes trees fire-resistant could help prevent wildfires. Read more.

CLT facility has roots at WSU: Cross-laminated timber used in the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building on the WSU campus. Read more.

WindTech: Using wood for modular, low-carbon towers: A Swedish company has come up with a novel design to make towers more cost-effective to manufacture, transport and install while reducing lifecycle LCoE. And it is made almost entirely out of wood. Read more.

Without Wood There Would Be Hardly Any Music': Chuck Leavell Talks Forest Preservation. Read more.

Tall Timber: Move Over, Glass-and-Steel Skyscrapers. Seattle embraces wood for high-rise construction. The loggers who worked in Ballard when it was Shingletown, a center of the national timber industry, are long gone. Read more.

WOMEN’S WORK: The truth is - women’s work is the work that gets done by a woman. Read more.

Join Oregon Women In Timber: Click here to download their membership form.

Red Rock Takes Shape: Construction is well underway, with work crews expected to grow over the coming months towards the on-schedule goal of completing the construction of Red Rock Biofuels by March. Read more.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) announced the availability of over $80 million for forest health and fire prevention projects Read more.

The dressing made from tree bark which could transform treatment of wounds and reduce scarring. Read more .

The Wood Product and Carbon Connection: When we think of a renewable resource, the first thing that usually pops in our head are the solar panels on our neighbor’s roof or perhaps the water that flows from the mountains. Rarely does a stand of trees root in our idea of a renewable resource Read more.

New OSU-Cascades Academic Building Will Aim for Net Zero. The unique high desert campus of Oregon State University-Cascades is growing and has recently begun the design process for the transformational new Academic Building 2. Read more.

Let’s Fill Our Cities With Taller, Wooden Buildings: Trees are some of our best allies in solving the climate crisis. Read more.

Oregon wood is used to make a wide range of products, generating income and employment for many rural communities. Read more.
Scam and Fraud Alert
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 Graduate Eugene 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 NOT to 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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