September 2016 Issue                                                                      Vol.1 Issue 3
In this issue you will read about the topics and descriptions for the Business Seminars, hear from someone who has been attending the OLC for many years, OLC Foundation Auction, Ladies' Desserts for Dreams event, exhibit space reservations now open and enjoy a few pictures from the past. 
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!
It’s easy to reserve exhibit space for the 2017 Oregon Logging Conference.  By now interested exhibitor have received an email including the contract packet for the 2017 Oregon Logging conference.  Plus, you can easily download the contract packet on the OLC website or click here.

The 2016 OLC exhibits both inside and out were bigger and better than ever and reached a greater number of people, as attendance was up at the OLC for this past year.  Space was also expanded in 2016 to include more than 49 more exhibitors with displays both outside and inside.  Some were new to the OLC for the first time, while other exhibitors returned after a few years hiatus. OLC Conference Manager Rikki Wellman said attendees definitely noticed the difference.

The 2017 OLC 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.  Learn more
Harry Hanscom Remembers When...
Harry Hanscom was born in March of 1925, and he grew up in Eagle Point, Oregon.  During his early years he worked various jobs helping his father on their farm.   

In his early twenties Harry went to work for the timber industry.  As a left-handed chopper, Harry was a rare commodity. He went to work in the timber industry.  He started working for Roaring River Logging Company, as a faller in the Snow Peak area, (Frank L. Thompson, one of the principals of Roaring River Logging Company, was president of the 7th Willamette Valley Logging Conference in 1945).  Harry and partner were using an electric chainsaw to fall old growth timber (they hand chopped the top of the undercut).  The timber was whole tree yarded and hand bucked on the landing.  The good logs were trucked to the Willamette River and the off length chunks were processed in a small sawmill onsite.  After a couple of years Harry changed jobs.  He moved into the sawmill, where he learned to saw.

In 1947, Harry attended his first conference, the 9th Annual Willamette Valley Logging Conference (in the mid 50's the name was changed to Oregon Logging Conference).   Harry remembers the equipment show consisted of GMC trucks, a few trailers and crawlers lining the streets of the Osborne Hotel located in downtown Eugene. Oil and chain saw companies setup small displays inside the hotel. Harry remembers during the earlier conferences, the loggers would go on field trips to local sawmills. 

Now at 91-1/2 years young, Harry recalls many great times attending the conference and has only missed a few conferences in the past 69 years. He said attending the conference over the years has been very valuable to him especially in his decision to start his own business, Hanscom Bros. Logging Company.  Harry started the company in the early 50's with his brother Harold.  Harry and Harold continued to operate their company until his retirement in the late 90's.  

Harry served as a director of the Oregon Logging Conference for many years, as well as being President of the Associated Oregon Loggers. Harry is now an Honorary Life Member of the Oregon Logging Conference.   

Harry has seen many changes in the industry over the years.  He said, “One of the biggest change I've seen is in the equipment ... from Dolbeer steam donkeys to mechanized processors to Steep Slope logging.  We work in an ever changing industry," he added. Harry has truly enjoyed the many years he has worked in the industry.  When he can, Harry continues go to the woods with his sons Ed and Larry.   He enjoys spending time in the woods and remembering the good old days!

Photos - Top left:  Harry with his sons Ed and Don (Ed was 2004 OLC president). 
Top right: 9th Annual Willamette Valley Logging Conference Equipment Show. 
Bottom right: Larry, Harry and Ed Hanscom
Douglas Fir Log Motor Home
All the comforts of a luxury motor home
Now here's a beauty... Attend the OLC to view the present and future in trucking technology.  A few trucks from the past will also be on display.
Looking for a new log loader?  Be sure to check-out the latest log loaders on display at the 79th Oregon Logging Conference.
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.   Earn up to 10 Professional Logger credits by attending panel discussions and presentations at the Oregon Logging Conference. These credits are applicable toward Professional Logger’s Certification and fulfillment requirements as outlined in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.  

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.

To keep track of your credits, 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.  

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.

Again this year the OLC will offers three Business seminars on Friday of the conference,  detailed description on topics and speakers are listed below.
Business Seminar 1:
Which logging business doesn’t want to have a highly skilled and highly efficient crew out in the woods every day? Get all the information needed to accomplish just that at Business Seminar 1 at the Oregon Logging Conference.
Titled How to Build a Kick@$% Logging Crew , the seminar will take place on Friday, February 24, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the SW Meeting Room of the Exhibit Hall at the Lane County Fairgrounds.   One Pro logger credit is available for each business seminar attended at the OLC.  

Wendy Farrand, Training Consultant from Limerick, Maine will present this seminar.
The moderator will be Riley Fogarty, Merrill & Ring, Port Angeles, Washington.  

Business Seminar 1 Description: Leaders in the woods are your most valuable asset.
This presentation will give them the tools to be more effective crew supervisors. Every single thing that your crew supervisors say and do can make or break your company. A good operator never leaves a company, they leave a supervisor. Make sure that yours are helping your operators and other key employees reach their maximum potential.  
Business Seminar 2:
Farrand will also present the second business seminar on Friday, February 24th, titled “Loggers for the Future.”
This seminar will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the SW Meeting room of the Exhibit Hall at the lane County Fairgrounds. Moderator will be Bodie Dowding, Interfor, Gilchrist, Oregon.

Business Seminar 2 Description: The strength of our industry in the future depends on what you do today as a logger, businessperson, and member of the logging community. This seminar will take a look at the incoming workforce and share ideas and solutions for how to attract and retain a base of professionals to keep the wood flowing. 
Wendy Farrand, Training Consultant
Wendy Farrand, is a forest industry consultant who works to spread the word regarding the value of strengthening "The People Side of Timber Harvesting" and the positive impact that has on safety, production, and overall professionalism in the logging industry.
She lives in the small Maine town of Limerick with her husband Merrill and her two dogs Rusty and Hitch on their 220 acre woodlot.
Wendy will present for both Business Seminars 1 and 2 . 
Business Seminar 3:  
The final seminar will be presented at 2:30-3:30pm in the Wheeler Pavilion.
The discussion will include a land manager’s perspective with operational & applicability considerations, “Updates on Steep Slope Logging with a Feller Buncher”, and will be presented by Brandon Miller, Potlach Corp., St Maries, Idaho. 
Brandon Miller is a District Forester for Potlatch Corporation in St. Maries, Idaho.  He is responsible for timber harvest and silviculture activities on 150,000 acres of Potlatch's North Idaho timberland.  Brandon has a bachelor's degree in Forest Products Business Management from the University of Idaho.  He lives with his wife Tammy and chocolate lab, Riley in St. Maries, Idaho.
Moderator will be Steve Henson, Potlatch Corp, St. Maries, Idaho.
Business Seminar 3 Description: The future shift to plantation harvest management on Inland forests will require cost effective and innovative equipment.  This seminar will discuss a timberland manager's perspective on how steep slope logging techniques can cost effectively harvest plantations while increasing safety in the logging industry.

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

Southstar Equipment has donated a FD750 Felling Head.  All proceeds after the reserved bid has been met will be donated to the OLC Foundation Scholarship fund.  The head will be auctioned off at 8am on Friday, February 24th during the "members" breakfast in the Wheeler Pavilion.  The head will be on display at Southstar's outside 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 great item available at the OLC Foundation Auction.  Here's a few of the 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.

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. 

First Lady Marla Wimer invites you to join her at the 14th Annual Ladies Desserts for Dreams Charity Event, Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Eugene Hilton.

This year Marla has selected SafeHaven Humane Society to receive 100% of the funds from the Desserts for Dreams.  This is a wonderful organization that is very dear to Marla.  Click here to visit SafeHaven's website.

The 2017 event will include a light lunch to go along with the delicious desserts from the many bakeries and restaurants in the Eugene and Springfield area. The light lunch, desserts, wine, champagne and an alcohol-free beverage choice will be served from 12:30p.m. until 3:00p.m. Tickets for this event are $30. Click here to learn more about this fun ladies event.  

Is your log loader operator the BEST in the WEST? Sign them up and let’s see them compete head to head at OLC’s 8th Annual Log Loader competition.  

NEW! For the 8th Annual Log Loader Competition! - Sign up before January 25th and you will receive a 79th 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
GOLD LEVEL supporters and what they are sponsoring:
Peterson Cat / Caterpillar – Thursday Morning  O pening Session Breakfast. General trailer / Peerless Parts – Lars Larson Live Remote, Thursday of the Conference.
Pape’ Group – Friday Morning members Breakfast.
Link-Belt / Triad Machinery – Log Loader Competition.
Eugene Hilton – Headquarters Hotel, Ladies events and Celebration Party.
SILVER LEVEL supporters and what they are sponsoring:
TimberWest Publication / Logging Sawmill Journal – Show Guide/Official Program.
Wilcox & Flegel Oil Company – Wednesday OLC Pre-Registration Meet & Greet.
KEZI 9 News – Saturday Family Day Events.
Nygaard Logging Inc. / Warrenton Fiber  High School Skills Competition.

BRONZE LEVEL supporters and what they are sponsoring:
Koos Transportation, Carson Davis Oil, and Chuck Bracelin Trucking – Thursday Sawdust Bowl.
Ritchie Bros Auctioneers and U.S. Bank Friday Sawdust Bowl.
This Issue Sponsored By
The Lane Events Center at the Fairgournds 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 rent-able 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 Golden Grill Catering & Concessions and Oregon Beverage Services.  

Golden Grill Concessions & 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, Golden Grill 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.  But if a burger is what you are craving, Bob’s Burger will be hot and ready to satisfy your taste buds.

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 79th 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) 
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