August 2016 Issue                                                                           Vol.1 Issue 2
In this issue you will hear from the 2016-2017 OLC Foundation Scholarship recipients. Checkout a few of the HOT items that will be auctioned during the OLC Foundation Fundraiser Auction on Thursday and Friday mornings during the 2017 conference.

Easy Quick Links to the 2017 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! for the OLC.
OLC Foundation Selects Scholarship
Recipients for the 2016-2017 College Year
Thirteen students have received a total of $24,000 in scholarships for the 2016-2017 college year from the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation (OLCF).

This article introduces you to the recipients and each will talk about why they are pursing a future in the logging and forestry industry.

If you or someone you know would like to apply to receive an OLCF scholarship, applications are accepted each year beginning in January.   Read more 
Seth Eades is currently enrolled in the Oregon State University College of Forestry and is pursuing a dual degree in forestry engineering and civil engineering. He hopes to find employment in the timber industry after graduation. “The timber industry is full of people and organizations willing to invest in the next generation,” Eades said. “I am truly indebted to all of you,” he continued. “The timber industry is my life, and my heritage. It is my plan to put what I am learning now into practice, improving and strengthening the industry that I hope will also be my legacy.” Read more
Preston Green will start graduate school this fall at Oregon State University, pursuing two degrees: a Master of Science and an MBA. “Being accepted into the graduate school is a product of the time I was able to spend building my resume and professional status, of which the OLC Foundation’s support has played a key role,” Green said. He added, “I have been able to travel to different parts of the world and represent Pacific Northwest forestry to our counterparts on different continents, work with some of the best timber companies in the world, and further hone my passion for this industry because of the freedom that donors make possible.” Read more.
Alessandra Hossley is entering her final year at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry and is interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree to study landslides in forestry. “I will be getting my master’s of science in geotechnical engineering, which will be the link between my forest engineering and civil engineering degrees,” Hossley said. She said her goal is to apply her engineering skills in forestry to prevent and restore landslides. “None of this would have been possible without the support and financial assistance from the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation scholarship,” Hossley said.  Read more.
Renee Pitts is a student studying forestry at University of Idaho and comes from a multi-generation logging family. “Growing up around multiple generations of loggers sparked my interest in forestry at a young age,” Pitts said. “Many of my childhood memories have revolved around watching my uncle and grandfather at various logging sites, and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said. Pitts said deciding to further her education at the University of Idaho has been one of the best decisions she’s made, and she added that receiving the OLC Foundation scholarship has been a big help.  Read more. 
Robin Wortman is pursuing a career in forestry at Oregon State University and is a previous recipient of an OLC Foundation scholarship. Wortman said she grew up in a military family and spent a lot of time camping and hiking. “In high school I took a trip to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument in Arizona that inspired me to take the forestry classes offered at my high school,” Wortman said. “After two years of hiking, working outdoors, and competing in logging sports, I decided that I wanted to go into forestry in college and for a career,” she said. Read more.
Bryson Bossley is enrolled in the diesel technology program at Linn-Benton Community College. After completing his first year, he is planning to graduate next year with an Associates of Applied Science degree. “By awarding me the Oregon Logging Conference scholarship you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspects of school learning,” Bossley said. “Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community,” he added. “I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me,” he said.  Read more.
Robert Clayton is a full-time student in the Bachelor of Applied Science for Diesel Technology in Centralia, Washington. He has a 3.9 GPA. Clayton also works at Papé Machinery in Tacoma, Washington “furthering my career in the heavy equipment/diesel industry.” He expressed his appreciation to the OLC Foundation for the scholarship which he said contributes to his educational success. “I am grateful and do not take for granted my opportunity to pursue my education,” Clayton said. “Receiving the OLC Foundation scholarship will make my goals much easier to obtain and will substantially lessen the financial burden on my family. (The) OLC Foundation has reaffirmed my dreams are possible,” he continued, “and (this) generosity is appreciated and accepted with extreme honor.”  Read more.
Austin Grimes decided to pursue a career in forestry after he went to work at a plywood mill during the summer after graduating from high school. He was working to save money for college and became fascinated by the process of turning a renewable resource into a commodity. He attended and graduating from Umpqua Community College with an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree. He then transferred to Oregon State University and began working on his Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering and is now in his final year. Grimes will graduate from OSU in June 2017. He has worked summer internships in the timber industry and is currently on a six month internship with Lone Rock Timber. Grimes said, “I have had the opportunity to work on a cable-side, help with road layout projects, and perform boundary surveys. This has solidified my choice in selecting a major that I know will hold an exciting and challenging career.”
C ole Hansen is a Political Science/Forestry major at Oregon State University. In his family, he is a third generation student at OSU. “I come from a long line of loggers, mill owners and landowners,” Hansen said. “In my family, forestry isn’t just a business, but a tradition that goes back several generations,” he added. He said his interest in forestry is because Oregon is his home. “As an Oregonian I want to make sure we protect our state’s economy and industries like lumber that make it strong.” He said he is very aware of how many livelihoods depend on the industry, and “I am interested in exploring law as it relates to forestry in order to better protect rural communities, landowners, and the timber industry.” And he added, “The Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship is helping me to do just that.”
Isaac Donaldson will be attending Southwestern University where he is planning to take drafting and fabrication classes to earn his welding certification. He is also planning to attend Umpqua Community College to earn his commercial driver’s license. “Receiving the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation scholarship will put me one step closer to becoming a welder,” Donaldson said. For the last several years, Donaldson has been working with a local fabricator and has had the opportunity to work on various types of equipment including yarders, off-road dump trucks, and logging trucks. “Eventually I hope to open my own fabrication and equipment repair business where I will no doubt work on plenty of logging equipment,” Donaldson said. “It’s hard to say where the winding road of life will actually take me but I am confident that a welding certification, a commercial driver’s license, and general mechanical knowledge will always be a valuable skill set,” he added. Read more.
Kolton Mahr is entering his senior year at Oregon State University, studying forest engineering and civil engineering. Mahr has big plans for September this year, when he will travel to Warsaw, Poland, to attend the 49th Annual International Symposium on Forest Mechanization. “This symposium will greatly benefit my education as well as my early career as a forester,” Mahr said. He will use his scholarship from the OLC Foundation to help cover the costs of this trip. The symposium invites international industry leaders to present research on forest engineering matters. Mahr has spent two summers working as an engineering intern for a forestry company, and is entering his senior year at OSU pursuing a dual degree in forest engineering and civil engineering. His scholarship from the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation will also help pay tuition, fees, and for textbooks.
When Justin Wolfe joined the Sweet Home High School Forestry Club, it became perfectly clear that he would not be in an office job for his career. During the four years he was involved with the Forestry Club he met many people, expanded his options, and many doors were opened. He also attended many Oregon Logging Conferences and had an opportunity to meet new people. “In my meetings of new people within the Conference, I have seen the joy of people within the industry,” Wolfe said, “and felt that I would be elated to have the same feelings as these people, as well as encourage somebody into a path, as I have been.” Wolfe said his educational pursuits have not been without struggles, but credited the OLC and others with providing him the encouragement and assistance to persevere. “The long-term goal I have set can be credited to many; pointing out my parents, a few mentors, and the unforgettable Oregon Logging Conference/Equipment Show,” Wolfe said. Read more.
Trevor Sartnurak, is pursuing a double major in forest engineering and civil engineering at Oregon State University. He plans to use his scholarship from the OLC Foundation to pay for tuition. “As a result of their generosity,” he said referring to the OLCF, “the financial burden placed on me to pursue my education will be reduced, which will allow me to focus on classes and homework.”  Sartnurak plans to apply for forestry internships during summer months, to learn different skills and career paths. “After finishing college, I plan to enter the forestry industry and attain my Professional Engineer’s license for both of my degrees,” he said.  Read more.
The Oregon Logging Conference Foundation (OLCF) Auction will take place over a two day period in the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds. The auction will be held on Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24 following each morning’s breakfast, during the 2017 Oregon Logging Conference.  Auctioneer for the for the fundraiser will be Jaime Yraguen of Basco Logging. 

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.  

Donations are still being accepted and those interested should contact the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation office at 541-686-9191. The list of donations will be updated regularly on the OLC website ( ).

This is a list of current auction items:    

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.     FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.  
  • Southstar 750 Felling Head - Reserved Bid.  Donated by SOUTHSTAR  EQUIPMENT - Item will be displayed at Southstar Equipment's outside exhibit area.
    Proxy bids will be accepted for this item, contact OLC office for details.

Professional Logger Credits Available at
Oregon Logging Conference 
Stay Up-To-Date on the Most Current Rules, Regulations, and Techniques
Earn up to 10 Professional Logger credits by attending panel discussions and presentations at the Oregon Logging Conference. 2017 topics include updates on steep slope logging with a feller buncher and Oregon sick time law, and all will be presented by industry professionals.  

Loggers can pick and choose what seminars to attend to stay up to date on the most current rules, regulations, and techniques. The information presented will help loggers and logging companies in being more productive and competitive.   These credits are applicable toward Professional Logger’s Certification and fulfillment requirements as outlined in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.  

As in prior years, the hole-punch system will be used. All paid registered members of the OLC will receive a punch card in the registration packet. At the end of each seminar or panel session, as you exit someone will be available to punch your card.  

As an added bonus, just for attending the Oregon Logging Conference, two additional Professional Logger credits can be earned by all registered logging companies which come and enjoy the show.  

Click here to view the latest OLC program, panels and seminars and to find out how you can earn the maximum number of credits when attending the two days of sessions.

Online Registration for the 79th OLC is Now Open.
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With more than a century of educating forestry professionals, the future looks bright for the Oregon State University College of Forestry. Construction of the $65 million Oregon Forest Science Complex is underway, and is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2018.
The new facility will encompass renovation of existing OSU campus facilities as well as new construction to showcase innovative uses of wood in building design and allow the College of Forestry to help meet the world’s growing demand for energy efficient, tall buildings made from sustainable building products .
It will include a new Peavy Hall with expanded classrooms, lab, and public space, and the A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, which will house sophisticated manufacturing systems, a high-bay lab with a unique strong floor for full-scale product design and a design lab to support interdisciplinary educational programs.
“Outside the classroom, experiential learning continues in the field,” said OSU senior instructor and 2017 OLC President Jeff Wimer. He and the rest of the staff of the Student Logging Training Program are gearing up for fall semester.  

The Student Logging Training Program at OSU trains forestry, forest engineering and forest engineering/civil engineering students in practical logging skills. Crews work in many of the 15,000 acres of research forests just minutes from campus, and utilize modern logging equipment. Students can supplement their education through hands-on programs, internships with top companies, or the ability to pursue their studies around the globe, and describe the program as giving them a leg up on the competition when they enter the industry.  

OSU is consistently ranked as one of the top 15 institutions in the world to study forestry and enrollment is anticipated to double in coming years. “It’s an exciting time for the college as we continue to work with partners to ensure a healthy forest landscape for generations to come,” Wimer said.    

The Oregon Logging Conference, the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation and OSU College of Forestry has been working together since 1968 providing scholarships to students pursuing a future in the logging industry.

The OSU College of Forestry will have an exhibit in Performance Hall at the 2017 Oregon Logging Conference and invites everyone to stop by and learn more about the programs. Learn more.
Eugene Hilton - Headquarter Hotel
The Hilton Eugene is honored to once again host the Oregon Logging Conference.   We are excited to show you some improvements that we have made in order to enhance your experience while in Eugene.
Enjoy our new Hilton Sweet Dream Beds and 50” Samsung HD TV’s with an enhanced channel line-up.  In addition the Hilton will be undergoing some other improvements over the next 6-8 months for a complete hotel makeover to include a refurbished exterior, new Restaurant and Lounge concept and Meeting Space renovation to include one Ballroom on the 12th floor that overlooks the entire city and surrounding mountains.
The Hilton is located in the heart of downtown Eugene, in the city’s art and entertainment district and is close to many local businesses as well as shopping and dining.  We are excited for you to see the hotels transformation and share it with you during the upcoming conference.

The Hilton Eugene opened their doors in January of 1982.  The Oregon Logging Conference was the first  group to hold a meeting at the hotel (January Board meeting).  For the past 34 years the Hilton Eugene has been the Headquarters of annual the Oregon Logging Conference. 

We looks forward to continuing our relationship with the OLC and their members.   The Hilton Eugene is proud to be a Gold Level sponsor of the 79th Annual Oregon Logging Conference. Learn more
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