October 2016 Issue                                                                      Vol.1 Issue 4
In this issue you will meet the 2017 Oregon Logging Conference Keynote speaker, and learn about program topics and speakers featured at the 79th OLC.  Enjoy photos of historic logging and learn about a unique opportunity to view an exhibit of Lost Logging Towns.   
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!
OLC President Selects Keynote Speaker
Merv George Jr., will address the 79th Annual Oregon Logging Conference
Oregon Logging Conference President Jeff Wimer has selected Merv George, Jr., the Forest Supervisor for the Six Rivers National Forest in northern California, as Keynote speaker.  The keynote address will be presented on Thursday (February 23rd) at 8:30 a.m., in the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds.

Merv George has worked for the U.S. Forest Service since 2008. He has served as Forest Supervisor for more than two years. Prior to his position as Forest Supervisor, he was Acting Forest Supervisor in early 2014.

George has served the U.S. Forest Service at both the regional and forest levels. His first assignment was serving the Pacific Southwest Region as the Regional Tribal Relations Program Manager, a position he held from 2008 to 2011.

Prior to joining the Forest Service, George served as the Executive Director of the California Indian Forest and Fire Management Council, and also served as the Administrator for the Klamath River Inter-Tribal Fish & Water Commission. George was born and raised in Humboldt County, CA, and has been a lifelong resident of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation and the Eureka, CA areas. George served four years on the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, including two years (1998 and 1999) as Tribal Chairman.

He is a graduate of Humboldt State University and holds a degree in Native American Studies. He has spent over 22 years managing natural resources and in public service. George and his wife Wendy have four children, and in his spare time he enjoys hunting, boating, cutting firewood, and playing drums in his father’s rock band.   Learn more
Loggers: Attend seminars at the OLC to stay up to date on the most current rules, regulations, and techniques, and earn Professional Logger Credits while doing so.  

Loggers can earn up to ten credits by attending panel discussions and presentations at the Oregon Logging Conference. As an added bonus, all registered logging companies who come and enjoy the OLC can earn two additional Professional Logger credits just for attending the show. These credits are applicable toward Professional Logger’s Certification and fulfillment requirements as outlined in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.  
The hole punch system is used to track credits earned. All paid registered members of the OLC 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 the OLC.
Better Ideas / New Technology In Logging
This is one of the more popular panels held at the OLC.  This session will be held on Thursday (February 23rd) from 2pm until 4pm in the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds.

Moderator and Panel chairman Mike McKibbin of Stimson Lumber Company has put together quality topics and speakers, and the following will be discussed:  

  • How Drones Can be Used in a Forestry / Logging Environment,
    presented by Joe Vaughn, Skyris Imaging
    Legal Requirements When Using Drones,
    presented by Craig Russillo, Attorney, Schwabe, Williams & Wyatts.
  • Computerized Diagnostics in the Off-Highway Industry,
    presented by Tyler Robinson, Diesel Laptops
  • Tethered Logging Update, presented by Matt Mattioda, Miller Timber Services
  • Oregon Timber Navi Systems, presented by Mike Flood, John Deere Forestry 
  • Timbeter-Innovation Smart-Device Solution for Timber Measurement,
    presented by Vallo Visnapuu, CEO, Timbeter
Hands On Seminar #1 - Log Scaling Basics and Sorting Logs for Exports
This seminar takes place on Friday (February 24th) from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the log loader competition outside display area.
Seminar chair Quincy Powers, Powers Ranch, Powers, OR, will moderate the session

Description: What happens after your logs are delivered? We will explain and demonstrate basic log scaling techniques, including taking a proper diameter and log length measurement. Examples of log defect will be discussed as well. We will then delve into the world of export, showing examples of export sorts and defining what sorting actually is.
The seminar will be presented by Dave Sabol, Pacific Rim Log Scaling Bureau, Lacey, Washington.  

David was born into a timber family and raised in Oregon; he began his career with Southern Oregon Log Scaling Bureau in the early eighties. He has performed check scaling and operational duties in 6 western states and Canada. He is certified in Eastside, Westside, Cubic scale, has been licensed in Idaho since 1991, and has been a Bureau supervisor since 1989.

In 2014 David 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.
Hands On Seminar #2 - State of Oregon Fire Prevention and Susppresion Requirements for Industrial Operations during Fire Season
This seminar will be presented on Friday, (February 24th) from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. in the outside display area located outside the south entrance to the Wheeler Pavilion.
Seminar Chair Mitchell Morrell, Morrell Logging LCC, Pleasant Hill, OR, will moderate this session.

Description: State Forestry representatives review what is required of industrial operations during fire season; tools, personnel and practices.
This seminar will be presented by personnel from the Western Lane District, Oregon Department of Forestry.
Hands On Seminar # 3 - Evolution on Diesel Exhaust Emissions
The seminar will take place on Friday (February 24th) from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Valley Freightliner's inside display booth, located in the Auditorium.  Seminar Chair Scott Melcher, Melcher Logging Co., Sweet Home, OR, will moderate this session.

Description: This session includes an in-depth presentation on the strategies and components used to meet emissions, from 1998 to current day diesel engines. EGR, after treatment, SCR, DEF. Asymmetrical exhaust and injections.

This seminar will be presented by Clint O'Neill, Corporate Trainer with Valley Freightliner Corporation. 

Clint has 30 years in the industry and has worked in fleet and service environments.  He has 5 years with Freightliner design engineering group, 13 years with Pacific Truck Centers and 8 years as a Detroit Diesel certified instructor.
Martin Nygaard Still Going Strong After All These Years!
In Oregon, the Nygaard name is synonymous with the timber industry. In the 1920s, Andrew Nygaard and brother Ingvald came to Oregon from Trondheim, Norway. The Nygaard brothers formed A & I Nygaard Rafting, after receiving a contract to raft logs on the North Fork of the Nehalem River for a company called Markuw and Caello.

Martin Nygaard was born on June 8, 1929.  Martin’s relationship with the woods began at a very young age, when at age six, he was peeling Cascara bark to sell.

A & I Nygaard Rafting moved to Warrenton, Oregon in 1939 and then when Martin was 15, he started working with his father and uncle during the summer months of his high school years. Martin learned about sorting logs for rafts, according to species and grade. During these years he also became proficient in “log rolling” and participated in several contests.  

After graduating from Astoria High School in 1947 Martin attended one year at Pacific Lutheran University, then transferred to OSU in 1948 and graduated from there in 1951 with a degree in forest engineering. He recalls that his four years of college cost a total of $4,000 ($1,000 per year including room and board). He paid for his college education by working summers in the family log rafting business, as well as delivering newspapers, and teaching shop at a local school.  Ma rtin chuckles, as he comments, "I pay more for parking at Reser Stadium and tickets to 6 Beaver football games than I paid for 4 years of college."

Martin attended his first Oregon Logging Conference in February 1950, as it was required for all junior and senior college forest engineering students to attend.

The Conference was at that time known as the Willamette Valley Logging Conference. 25 years after attending his first logging conference, Martin became a director of the Oregon Logging Conference in 1975, and then 20 years later he was the president of the 57th OLC in 1995.

His theme that year was “Managing America’s Forests – Supplying Tomorrow’s Needs”.  The hot topic on the program was the spotted owl and the murrelet.

During his president’s address Martin, as he thanked his supporters he said, “Last, but certainly not least, I thank my family who are all sitting here. I think this is like going to a NASCAR race,” he continued, “they are all waiting for the big crash!”

Keynote speaker for the conference was Thomas Thompson, past president of the National Association of Home Builders with 169,000 members.

Martin remembers his conference year as one of the largest logging equipment shows, which back then the show covered more than 345,000 sq. ft. of equipment on display with inside exhibits in every building available.

Martin recalls his class of 1951 forest engineering had 17 students and produced three presidents of the Oregon Logging Conference; Sam Konnie 1986, Larry Christiansen 1990 and Martin in 1995.

When Martin was a senior in college he married his high school sweet heart Doris Whetstone.  They have three children, David, John and Mardi.  All three work in the business today.  Doris passed away in 2009.

Martin continued working for A & I Nygaard Rafting after graduating from college and then in 1958 was the successful bidder on an Oregon State timber sale. He bought a used D 7 cat from Interstate Tractor and rented a log loader, and M. Nygaard Logging Company was born. Also in 1958, Martin was the Commander of E Company, 162nd Brigade, 41st Division of the Oregon National Guard, stationed at Camp Rilea.

He continued buying state of Oregon timber sales, Weyerhaeuser sales and state of Washington timber sales until 1972. In 1972 Martin sold out to Dant & Russel, which included A & I Nygaard Rafting which he had purchased in 1968 from his father and uncle.  Martin joined Dant & Russel as Vice President of the logging division.  D & R operation included sawmills in Warrenton, Oregon, Marysville, Washington and Haines, Alaska. 

In 1982 with interest rates at 25% and inflation about the same, sawmills were not operating.  Dant & Russel’s banker, First Interstate Bank, decided they no longer wanted to be in the timber business and forced the sale of Dant & Russel.   Martin bought the logging equipment from Dant & Russel, which included buying back his company name M. Nygaard Logging Company.  Together with his original crew, he started over again in the logging business.  He also bought some existing logging sales along with the equipment from Dant & Russel.  Soon after Martin and his forester Mike O’Brien successfully bought 3 timber sales totaling 20 million board feet from the state of Oregon.  They were back in the logging business.

In 1982, Martin also had a log sorting business, exported logs, and chipped pulp logs with portable equipment at Tongue Point in Astoria, Oregon.  In January of 1986 the company moved the sorting and permanent chipping operation to Warrenton, Oregon at Tansey Point.

This facility consists of 40 acres of log storage and a 750 foot dock (40 feet deep) and a separate wood chip barge loading berth on the Columbia River, which were both built by Warrenton Fiber.  There they barge chip for Georgia Pacific Corp in Wauna and Camas, Washington, Weyerhaeuser and Cap Stone in Longview.

In 1999, David and John Nygaard’s company, Nygaard Brothers Logging merged with Warrenton Fiber and Nygaard Logging.

They continue to log for Hampton, Stimson, RSG, Murphy, Campbell Group and Hancock.  Right now they are primarily working for Greenwood Resources and Hampton.

Many of their current employees have been with the company for 20 to 30 plus years.  The oldest employee Clark Larson, started in 1964 and runs a D8 tractor building roads during the summer.  

The Nygaard companies have purchased a lot of logging equipment over the last 43 years, with prices ranging from $13,500 to more than $600,000 per unit.

More than 29 machines were purchased from the Howard Cooper Corp. from 1973 to 1991. From 1992 to present they have purchased approximately 98 pieces of Caterpillar equipment from Halton Company and Peterson Cat. Pete Wood has remained their salesman from the early years through now, they have had a great working relationship.

Warrenton Fiber and Nygaard Logging employee over 120 people and is one of the largest employers in Clatsop County in Oregon.  They are well respected in the community; represented on the Chamber of Commerce, they support many regional charities and foundations including the Columbia Memorial Hospital, Clatsop Community College and Columbia River Maritime Museum.

In 2005, Martin received the "Western Outstanding Chip Supplier" award from the Forest Resources Association. And in 2008, he received the Associated Oregon Loggers “Logger of the Year award.”  In his introduction of his father, Martin’s son David, stated “I’m sure there are many of Martin’s accomplishments that I have left out of this introduction, except for one more that I must include; he has been a dynamic and brilliant mentor in the art of doing business in the constantly changing environment facing our modern logging industry.”

At 87 years young Martin hasn’t slowed down.  He continues to be involved in many projects, even though he is retired from Warrenton Fiber and Nygaard Logging, he continues to show up for work, every day, except when he drives to watch the Beavers play football, he attends most home and away games.  He has driven to Beaver games as far as Cincinnati and past trips have included games at LSU and ASU.  He is a dedicated Beaver fan. . .Go Beavs!

Martin enjoys attending the OLC and feels the value of seeing old friends and making new friendships is very important.  Learning about the latest technology in equipment is very important for today’s loggers.  He has learned a lot from attending his very first Willamette Valley Logging Conference in 1950 and looks forward to attending the 79th Oregon Logging Conference, February 23, 24, & 25, 2017.
3 Bedroom Home in the Rough
The Oregon Jaycee Log Truck was displayed
for several years at the annual OLC

Harvesting Old Growth Photo-op
Photo courtesy of Lane County Historical Society
A special treat is in store for historic logging enthusiasts who attend the 79th Annual Oregon Logging Conference.

Visit the Lane County Historical Museum (located on the grounds of the Lane Events Center, where the OLC takes place) and step back in time at a one-of-a-kind exhibit titled Lost Towns: Revisiting Logging Communities.

Through photos and oral histories from workers and families who lived there, two communities are spotlighted: Wendling and Cushman. The exhibit will also include a variety of historic forestry tools from the Museum collection.  Wendling, OR was a
company town owned and operated by Booth- Kelly Lumber Company and was located about 20 miles northeast of Eugene.  Cushman, OR was a station on the Coos Bay branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

OLC attendees will receive free admission to the exhibit during public hours (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday). The exhibit opened October 21, 2016 and will run through September 1, 2017.

Regular admission is $5 for adults (18 -59), $3 for seniors (60+), $1 for young adults (15 -17), and children under 15 are free. The Lane County Historical Society and Museum is located at 740 W. 13th Avenue in Eugene. The telephone number is (541) 682-4242. To learn more, visit the Lane County Historical Society website or join them on Facebook.
McKenzie River Logging Crew in 1902, near Leaburg, Oregon.  Man in back row, fourth from left is identified as George Potte r.   Photo courtesy of Lane County Historical Society
Crew near Marcola posing by a
steam donkey in 1905.
Photo courtesy of Lane County Historical Society
Cookhouse and crew at a logging camp
near  Wendling in 1900
Photo courtesy of Lane County Historical Society

If you are looking to purchase a new felling head, you won't want to miss the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation auction.  

Southstar Equipment has generously donated a FD750 felling head, and all proceeds after the reserved bid has been met will be donated to the OLC Foundation scholarship fund.  The felling head, which will be on display at Southstar's outside exhibit area, will be auctioned off at 8am on Friday, February 24th during the "members" breakfast in the Wheeler Pavilion.   

If you can't attend, and want to bid, call the OLC office to make arrangements for a proxy vote.

Need financing? WCLA Credit Union is offering a 12- month, 0% interest financing for the purchaser of the felling head.  Buyer must be credit approved and qualify for financing.

This is not the only great item available at the OLC Foundation Auction. Other items available; $5,000 gift certificate towards purchase of a set of Olofsfors tracks, donated by Ponsse Coburg location, a $1,000 gift certificate towards purchase of a set of Michelin pickup tires, donated by Superior Tire Service, a pair of truck seats donated by DSU Peterbilt and much more.  Click here to see what other great items will be available at the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Auction on Thursday and Friday morning during the 79th OLC.

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 industries. 

Interested in exhibiting at the 2017 Oregon Logging Conference?  Exhibit space is filling up fast,  click here to download exhibit information.
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Four generations of the Nygaard family have been and continue to be involved in the logging industry. Andrew Nygaard arrived in Oregon from Norway in 1929. He started a log rafting business on the Nehalem River near Wheeler, OR. It was Andrew’s son Martin Nygaard who started Warrenton Fiber, and began purchasing timber to produce wood chips.  

Third generation Nygaard family members and brothers David and John Nygaard established Nygaard Logging, and in 1999 Warrenton Fiber and Nygaard Logging were joined together. David and John’s children are also actively involved in the family business.  

Warrenton Fiber-Nygaard Logging is a full-service processor of forest products, specializing in northwest forest harvesting, sorting, and chipping of timber. The Company’s logging operations include timber harvesting, rock crushing, road building, land development, and wetland mitigation.  

Warrenton Fiber operates a log sorting and storage yard, deep water and barge docks, and a log barking and chipping facility in Warrenton, OR.  

The company has over 140 employees and is well established in the local community. For almost 35 years, the company has been located in Tansy Point in Warrenton, OR. The facility there consists of a 750 foot long dock in deep water on the Columbia River. The Tansy Point location also has space for receiving, storage, and processing logs into wood chips in barges and trucks for transport to customers at paper mills.  

Warrenton Fiber-Nygaard Logging strictly adheres to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, with all of its timber supply derived from sustainable harvesting of local forest stock. The company is also a member of the Forest Resource Association and the Associated Oregon Loggers.  

Both Martin and David Nygaard are past presidents of the OLC, Martin in 1995 and David in 2015.  Both remain involved in the OLC today. Warrenton Fiber and Nygaard Logging feel the annual OLC is a great value to the industry, and that the OLC Foundation’s mission for forestry education and scholarships is just one of the many reasons they continue to attend, and sponsor the High School Skill Competition (which will be held at the OLC on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Visit their website to learn more about Warrenton Fiber and Nygaard Logging Company.

                           Photo below: Four Generations of the Nygaard Family
Left to Right: Martin Nygaard, Randy Blair, David Nygaard, Mike O'Bryan, and John Nygaard

Below: Log yard
Tansey Log yard at Tansey Point

Below: Chip yard
The Wilcox & Flegel Family
A Small Family Feel with an Enormous Reach

Wilcox & Flegel can trace its roots back to 1925, when “Smiling” Jack Manning sold heating oil from a 55-gallon barrel strapped to the back of his truck.  Since 1952, when Steve Wilcox Sr. purchased Manning Oil Company, Wilcox & Flegel has grown into a fuel distributor with over 400 employees.

Today they are still a fuel distributor dedicated to hard work, ingenuity, and value. They have been adamant about offering aggressive benefits to their employees and customers alike, and they continue building a company that lives its values. Over the years, their company has taken on other distribution companies to expand their geographic reach, product range, and services.

They offer Mobil-branded lubricants and Cardlock fueling through the CFN and Pacific Pride brands. They currently own 14 convenience stores with gas, two truck stops with gas and stores, the Indy Way Diner restaurant, 30 Cardlocks, and over 100 vehicles.

They are a large company now, but have not forgotten that great service to their customers is what got them to this level. 

Bill Hall , Commercial Contact , (360) 578-4297, bhall@wilcoxandflegel.com

Wilcox and Flegel has been built over three generations of hard work. “We’re proud of our history and the future we’re building.”

Wilcox and Flegel are big supporters of the timber industry and the Oregon Logging Conference.  They feel honored to continue to sponsor the Wednesday Pre-Registration “Meet & Greet” hosted beer and wine, during the 79th Oregon Logging Conference.  Join them on Wednesday, February 22nd at the Eugene Hilton, from 4pm – 6pm.

Visit their website to learn more about Wilcox and Flegel.
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