July 2017 Issue                                                                           Vol. 2 Issue 1
In this issue you will hear from the 2017-2018 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 2018 conference.

Easy Quick Links to the 2018 OLC program schedule, panel and seminar topics, social events, competitions and other activities can be found on the last page of this newsletter.  
OLC Foundation Selects Scholarship
Recipients for the 2017-2018 College Year

Eleven students received a total of $26,000 in scholarships for the 2017-2018 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 entering his fourth year at Oregon State University, pursuing a dual degree in forestry engineering and civil engineering, and he hopes to find employment in the timber industry after graduation.  
He said, “To everyone involved in the Oregon logging Conference: First, I would like to express how extraordinarily grateful and honored I feel. Being selected to receive this scholarship makes an enormous difference in my ability to pay for college and I really don’t know how to say thank you, enough.”  
He said the timber industry is his life and his heritage, and it is full of people and organizations willing to invest in the next generation. When Eades received a scholarship last year from the OLC he said, “I am truly indebted to all of you…(and) 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.”
Trevor Sartnurak“As a student pursuing a double major of Forest Engineering and Civil Engineering, I plan on being in school for another three years and having an internship for every summer between school years.   I was very fortunate to have graduated from Philomath High School because the forestry class that I took has led me to many amazing experiences and new friends. The forestry program at Philomath High School helped me find my passion in forestry. I am the first in my family to pursue a forestry degree or forestry job, and I have been welcomed by amazing people in the industry. 
This scholarship from the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation will help pay for my tuition and books for college at Oregon State University. Without this scholarship, I would have a hard time paying for college even with my student loans. I am grateful for the OLC Foundation and their generosity because it will allow me to focus on my studies while in school.   
I am eager to graduate and be a part of the industry that has supported me. I look forward to continuing my studies at Oregon State University with the continued support of the OLC Foundation.”

Justin Fasana, "I am extremely thankful for the generosity of everybody in the OLC. Attending a state university straight out of high school will be financially challenging for me as it is for most kids.
I would like to thank you all for making this problem in my education smaller because without the scholarship money that I was granted, I may have never been able to attend college.
But attending college is only the first step in what will evolve from your scholarship. Working towards a degree that will further establish who I am and how I can change the world is my end goal.
Through a long process of hard work and determination I am able to slowly grasp that goal. More specifically I wish to eventually acquire knowledge on how to establish a better way to preserve the environment and improve relations with the general public and logging industries.
These small parts that I can play may play a huge role in the future when this planet becomes more crowded and resources become scarcer. I would not be able to accomplish those goals without a basic education and college is a great place to start and thanks to everybody in the OLC, college will now be possible.
Not only do I wish to improve logging in the United States, but I also wish to help prevent logging that is destroying environments in foreign countries. If I am able to help preserve environments around the world maybe we won't have to find another planet to live on and in my opinion I'd rather stay here on this beautiful planet.
Once again thank you all for this opportunity. I can assure you that you will not regret it."
Reese Dobmeier, "I am currently a wildland firefighter for the Oregon Department of Forestry in the West Oregon district Toledo unit.
I plan to attend Oregon State University in the future and major in Forest Management and minor in Wildland Fire Ecology. Forestry has always been a passion of mine and a degree in Forest Management would help me purse my passion for the forest while also allowing me to do something that I love everyday.
With my journey in becoming a forest manager, I have four main goals I hope to accomplish throughout my career. Growing sustainable forests as well as growing healthy forests are two of my main future goals.
Wildland firefighting is another passion of mine as combining wildfire and forestry are two of my main areas of interest. With this, my third goal while in the forestry industry would be utilizing more prescribed fires to make forests healthier.
My fourth and final goal as a forest manager would be to increase public knowledge of the forests and the sustainable practices that are being used in order to keep our forests healthy. By getting a Forest Management degree I would be following in the footsteps of my father who is also a forester, and I will be able to continue his life long goal to produce healthy forests.
Thanks to the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation, I will someday in the near future, be able to make a positive impact on the forest and all the elements in which it holds. Sustainable forestry is much more than harvesting and replanting trees, but rather growing healthier trees and creating healthier environments for all the creatures living within its boundaries."
Daniel Virture, "Thank you for you very generous Oregon Logging Conference Foundation scholarship.  What an amazing honor it is to be selected for this scholarship.  I am so grateful and appreciative.
The scholarship will help me pursue my career goal of becoming a forest engineer by helping me pay the cost of attending Oregon State University. 
I am excited to start my education and I already have a head start by completing four of my required college courses through the College Now program at Sweet Home High School. 
I am currently working at the Oregon Department of Forestry as a wildland fire suppression specialist.  I will keep you updated on my progression throughout college as I plan to excel in the forest engineering program. 
Words do not fully express my thanks, but I truly appreciate your commitment to funding this scholarship for young forestry student like me.  By awarding me the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship, you have lifted a large portion of the financial burden which allows me to focus more on my learning. 
Your generosity is greatly appreciated and I hope to one day help young students achieve their goals, just as you are helping me achieve mine."
Kimberly Ortiz, "This fall I will be attending Umpqua Community College (UCC) in Roseburg Oregon. I will also be enrolled at Oregon State University to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Forest Management.
It has been an aspiration of mine to work in the Forest Industry since I first began taking Forestry classes at Scio High School my freshman year.
Having the opportunity to meet people in the forest industry through my high school forestry club greatly influenced my decision to pursue a career in forestry.
Being in one of the few high schools left in Oregon that has a forestry program and club has presented me with this opportunity to know that I want to be a part of the forestry community. I would never have discovered my interest in forestry if it weren’t for the classes at my high school and my amazing forestry teacher who was thrilled when I told him that I wanted to pursue a career in forestry.
I am excited to begin my journey into the forest industry and was delighted that a scholarship from Oregon Logging Conference Scholarship Foundation will assist me in this opportunity.  By awarding me this scholarship they will help me to achieve my goals of working with timber companies to improve their timber stands as well as improving the longevity of forest soils to be able to continue timber production for many years to come."
Nicholas Swanson, "I am sincerely thankful to the Oregon Logging Conference participants, the Board of Directors and especially the scholarship committee.  Words cannot express how much I appreciate this gift from the Oregon Logging Conference Scholarship Fund.
This scholarship will definitely help me achieve my educational goals. I am entering my fourth year of studies at Oregon State university. My goal is to graduate with two Bachelor degrees, one in Forest Engineering and one in Civil Engineering. This is a five-year dual engineering degree offered at Oregon State University.   A major goal of mine is to graduate with minimal or no school debt. I am sure this is the same of many, if not all, of other recipients.  Scholarship programs like this offered by the OLC, as well as many other scholarships help me attain my educational goals.  
I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work last summer and this summer in the timber industry as a Forest Engineer paid intern.  Last summer’s opportunity was working with Roseburg Forest Products and this summer I am working with Weyerhaeuser in Castle Rock, Washington.  This is such a great way to get first-hand experience outside of the classroom.  Getting paid is the icing on the cake as this helps contribute to my educational expense and I am able to realize what it is like to follow my dream of being a Forest and Civil Engineer."
Joseph Schaeger, "The scholarship that was awarded to me by the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation will greatly contribute to my academic studies and my future career. Coming into the last year of my forestry program, there are a lot of classes that need to be taken and supplies that will be used.
The fact that I chose to get two degrees in my field means there is a larger requirement of credit hours, but I believe that this will benefit me in my career.
I am seeking a degree in forest management and in forest operations. By doing this, I will be versatile in the field and be able to adapt to a broad range of jobs.
This scholarship money will allow me to allocate more of my time to my studies and to worry less about the financial burden of college. Ultimately, this scholarship will help me retain more information in my courses and allow me to carry that knowledge into my future career.
My goals after college are to contribute to the forest industry by working for a timber production company. Over the past few years I have experienced what it is like to work for these companies by cruising timber as a summer intern. By having the chance to see how these companies work, it quickly solidified my future goals and I knew instantly this is what I wanted to do.  
I would like to thank all the members of the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation for the scholarship I was awarded.
With the help from the Foundation, my goals are much more achievable." 
Anna Collins, "I am a graduating senior from Philomath High School.
Through OLC's financial contribution I am able to further my education and start in the fall at Oregon State University College of Forestry. I am ecstatic to be able to have the opportunity to gain a degree and be able to work in the field of forestry and logging. 
I am hoping to get my four year Bachelor degree in Forest Management and then begin working with a local company in Oregon.
I was a part of the forestry and natural resource program at Philomath High School for three years and my senior year I was president of the program. I love working outdoors and am excited to have an outdoor career.
Thank you to the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation for their financial support helping me achieve this goal."
Taylor Chytka, "selected the timber industry for his career path because of the love for the outdoors and all it has to offer. He said it began when he was young.
At age seven, his Grandfather took him hunting on family property just south of Lyons, Oregon and that is where his love for the outdoors really took off. Chytka’s family has been involved in many outdoor activities like camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting and it is this connection to the outdoors that has driven he to find a career to enjoy the outdoors and all it has to offer.
Chytka’s grandfather has worked in the timber industry throughout his life and taught him many important skills, such as how to enjoy the outdoors and to respect it as well.
He said this has had a great influence on him and his plans for the future. “Overall I chose the timber industry to help preserve the forests for many generations to come so that they might enjoy and experience it in the ways that I have gotten to,” Chytka said.
Grant Christman, “I intend to use this scholarship to help pay for my college education at Oregon State University. I am interested in a career in Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering, which is directly related to logging in Oregon  

I plan to remain in Oregon once I graduate so I can use my degree to make a positive impact on the state where I was born and raised.”  

Christman has ties to the industry through his grandfather, who is a retired U.S. Forest Service worker.

Oregon High School Forestry Clubs

By Anna Collins

In Oregon, there are several high school forestry programs educating students about industry from a both a technical and hands-on perspective. The forestry programs educate the students in the classroom about the technical side of forestry and how to use the equipment such as radio telemetry and clinometers. High school students are also given the opportunity to go out into the field to see how the industry runs first hand. Examples of on the ground training include students helping to thin a small plot and then cut the trees into firewood.

Each of the high schools also host a competition where students have a chance to show off the skills that they have been learning throughout the year. The local high schools partner with industry members to judge and provide equipment for the competitions. There is a variety of events including cable splicing, pole climbing, choker setting, timber cruising, and job interview. Students also have the chance to compete at state level in an annual competition.

Over the past few years Philomath and Sweet Home have been given the chance to do demonstrations of some of the events at the Oregon Logging Conference. This participation offers opportunities for the students to practice their skills, and for public education.

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 22 and Friday, February 23 following each morning’s breakfast, during the 2018 Oregon Logging Conference.  Auctioneer for the  fundraiser will be Jaime Yraguen of Basco Logging. 

The OLCF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and 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.  

Donation of auction items are now 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 ( www.oregonloggingconference.com ).

Here's a few of the items donated so far: 
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. 2018 topics are now being selected and will be presented by industry professionals.  

Loggers can 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 80th OLC
Will Open In September.
This Issue Sponsored By
Kriege Logging LLC
Kriege Logging LLC was established in 1991 and is based in Prineville, OR.  Third generation logger Rick Kriege followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both of whom got involved in the logging business in the 1940s.   Kriege's grandfather was also a rancher, owning a 160 acre ranch in the Smith Rock area of Central Oregon. 

After attending Central Oregon Community College for a year, Kriege decided he would rather be logging. He went to work for his dad building logging roads in the late 1970s. He operated a skidder, as well as set his own chokers. A few years later another opportunity presented itself and in 1981 he went to Nevada where he drilled core samples looking for gold. That good job lasted for a few years, and then he returned to central Oregon where he found work on his grandparent’s ranch in Sumpter, Oregon. It was then that he met his wife Donna, who had grown up in eastern Oregon. They married in 1983, tried the ranching life for a short time, and then Kriege went to work running a skidder on a salvage logging job for Sumpter logger Larry Baulk. 

Kriege worked for John & Debbie Sanowski’s J & D Logging in Prairie City as a skidder operator and enjoyed his time there. It was 1987 when he decided to bid on his own timber sales, with the blessing from J & D Logging. Later that year he went to work for Sisters Tree Trimming and Logging, and then in 1991, he  bought into the partnership. This was a prosperous partnership and when his partner wanted out of the business, “we bought him out,” Kriege said. At that point Kriege Logging LLC was established.

Kriege started out doing conventional logging and during the past 26 years in business, has moved more toward mechanized logging, specifically with a Tigercat LX 830D feller buncher, as well as capable Link-Belt, CAT, and John Deere machines. Kriege Logging is based in Prineville, OR.

Kriege and his crew log both private and U.S. Forest Service jobs. In the Spring of 2016 Kriege Logging LLC started a thinning job on a little over 200 acres of pine forest, and since then 12 million board feet of logs has been harvested. This U.S. Forest Service stewardship project involves Kriege Logging, Scott Logging, and Interfor, and is located along the Cascade lakes Highway on the route to Mount Bachelor Ski Area.

Kriege Logging LLC has 14 employees, including Rick and wife Donna’s son RJ, who works as a side rod, and represents the fourth generation of family to be involved in logging. Kriege said, “It’s all about the crew…if they don’t perform, you’re out of business.” The Kriege’s daughter Hannah was involved in the family business during her high school years when she worked with her father on weekends operating the skidder. She now lives in Baker City, OR with her husband and children.

Kriege Logging LLC has been attending the Oregon Logging Conference since 1988, and Kriege feels the OLC is a very valuable “tool” for loggers to keep up with what’s going on in the industry. “The panels and seminars are top quality,” he said, “and you can see the latest in technology, all in one location. It’s like one stop shopping,” he added, “and you can earn credits towards your pro logger certification.”

Rick and Donna invite you to join them at the 80th Celebration of the Oregon Logging Conference, February 22, 23 and 24, 2018. 
Visit www.oregonloggingconference.com for updated information posted daily.
Kriege Logging crew, top left to right: Tony Kloepping 15 years and RJ Kriege 8 years, bottom left to right: Mark Bliss 11 years and Mike Meadows 7 years, truck driver photo: Alex Debban 6 years.


Mary Bullwinkel, Freelance
Rikki Wellman, Conference Manager

Office 541.686.9191

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