August 2018 Issue <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>  Vol. 3 Issue 2
In this issue read about the OLC President’s field-trip to the Roseburg, OR area, updates on the 2019 program topics, and learn which charity has been selected to benefit from the delicious Desserts for Dreams luncheon event
Easy Quick Links to the 2019 OLC program schedule, panel and seminar topics, social events, competitions and other activities can be found on the last page of this newsletter. 
The True Meaning of Labor Day

For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of Summer. But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday on the first Monday in September in the United States and Canada since 1894.

Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers make and have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Through the years the nation has given increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. The first state to pursue legislation was New York, but the first state to actually pass Labor Day legislation was Oregon on February 21, 1887.
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

Information source for this article: Wikipedia
2019 Oregon Logging Conference President Jim Dudley and wife Michelle had pre-planned a variety of interesting and fun activities for the annual OLC President’s field trip, held August 23 – 25, 2018 in the Roseburg, OR area.
After the three-day outing Dudley said, “I am always struck by the tight knit nature of our group. When you are with our board, it feels like family,” he added. He said this trip was his way of saying thank you to the OLC Board and staff, and a chance to come together and celebrate what we do.
Rock Creek Fish Hatchery
Calling it a shining example of what the logging industry can do when it comes together to solve problems, members of the Oregon Logging Conference Board of Directors on August 24th visited the Rock Creek Fish Hatchery.
The present hatchery was built in the 1940s, although two other hatcheries were in place nearby in the 1920s, and at the turn of the century.
The timber industry has partnered with the state-run hatchery, mainly though the Douglas Timber Operators (DTO). “When the hatchery was at risk of being closed, we figured if we gave it an educational aspect, it would have a better chance of staying open,” said Paul Beck, President of Mountain Western Scaling Bureau and Umpqua Fish Derby Steering Committee member . “This gives us a chance to show off what we do in Douglas County,” he added.
Douglas Timber Operators is a group established in the 1960s originally to address safety and fire safety issues. The group promotes active timber management to enhance fisheries.

Every year DTO has a fish derby, and proceeds support education and fisheries habitat enhancement. The derby started as a project in partnership with the Roseburg Chamber of Commerce, and today includes two days of fishing and a 500-person banquet. “We have raised $1.5 million (over the years),” said Bob Ragon, retired from DTO, “which has helped leverage money from other places (for fisheries enhancement,” he said.
The 27 th Annual derby will take place in Feb 2019.
An important piece of the hatchery is the Rock Ed Outdoor Education Center, a classroom that provides hands on learning opportunities for students. The classroom was designed by Roseburg High School students, and the interior walls are covered with local native species of wood.
Referring to potential listing of fish species as endangered, and other stringent environmental laws, OLC President Jim Dudley said, “It’s easy to think that when we run into roadblocks that we should just give up. But when we work together, and put our hearts and minds into something, we can do anything,” he added.
After the interesting tour of the Rock Creek Fish Hatchery, the group enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Steamboat Inn and a beautiful view of the North Umpqua River.
Umpqua Community College – Southern Oregon Wine Institute and Culinary Program
The evening activities included a tour of the Southern Oregon Wine Institute at Umpqua Community College and tasting some of the wines produced by students enrolled in the program. The wine institute was established at the college in 2008 as the first viticulture and enology program in Oregon outside the Willamette Valley. From a two-acre vineyard of Pinot Noir grapes, and a soon to be planted three acre vineyard of Syrah, Tempranillo, and Viognier grapes, the wine is made on site by students enrolled in the hands-on program.
Dinner was provided by the Umpqua Community College Culinary Arts program. Students enrolled in this program earn a culinary arts certificate by learning chef training in three working areas of the kitchen: a la carte, production, and pastry and bake shop.

Saturday morning the OLC board met to begin working on the 2019 program panels, seminar topics and speaker, which will address the theme "Building Products for Building Futures". Click here for details on the 2019 OLC program and schedule of events.

Photos: 1st Row: Backside Brewery Party Bus, heading to Backside, Wood-fired Pizza & Craft Beer.
2nd Row: Golf at Roseburg Country Club, Ladies "create & sip" painting class.
3rd Row: lunch at Steamboat Inn, President Jim & Michelle Dudley, Group after Backside Brewery social, 4th Row: Steamboat Inn, North Umpqua River, Rock Creek Hatchery
Calling All Past Oregon Logging Conference Scholarship Recipients
We want to hear from you!
The Oregon Logging Conference Foundation scholarship program began in 1968, and since then we have awarded over $600,000 in financial assistance to those interested in pursuing careers in the logging and forestry-related industries.
Are you a past recipient of an OLC scholarship? We want to know how it influenced your career pathway…how it changed your life, and what you are doing now.
We are proud of our scholarship program and really want to share the impacts of our contributions.

Send us your story, and if we use it, we'll send you a complimentary registration to attend the 2019 Oregon Logging Conference.

Email us at or call 541.686.9191.
Auction Donations Support
Industry Scholarships
Here is an opportunity for you to support the next generation of loggers, and other industry professionals. This support makes a difference in the career pursuits of individuals interested in joining our industry.

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 21 and Friday, February 22 following each morning’s breakfast, during the 2019 Oregon Logging Conference. Auctioneer for the fundraiser will be Jaime Yraguen of Basco Logging. 

Auction item donations are now being accepted and those interested should contact the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation office at 541-686-9191.
Here's a few of the items donated so far: 

The list of donations will be updated regularly on the OLC website.

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.
Oregon Logging Conference committee chairs are hard at work putting together top quality topics and speakers who will address current rules and regulation, the latest technology in the industry, and forest practice updates at the 2019 gathering in February of next year.
Following the 2019 theme “Building Products for Building Futures,” topics addressed will include grapple logging with a yarder, Tier 4 updates and regulations, feller buncher best practices, and the people side of logging.
Check back frequently with the OLC website for updated topics as they are added.

Attendees can 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 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, as you exit, someone will be available to punch your card. AND just for attending the OLC, two additional Professional Loggers credits can be earned by all registered logging companies who come to 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 OLC.
Douglas County Partners for Student Success has been selected as the charity to benefit from the 16 th Annual Desserts for Dreams event, which will take place Friday, February 22, 2019, during the Oregon Logging Conference.
“This year, as OLC first lady, I have selected Douglas County Partners for Student Success (DCPSS) as the recipient of our fundraising efforts,” said Michelle Dudley. “DCPSS has established the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub to promote and provide STEAM educational resources and tools for our educators and students,” she added.
Dudley said she is hopeful that the proceeds from Desserts for Dreams will help to expand the STEAM lending library, the annual STEAM extravaganza, and sponsor more STEAM and Expanding Horizons Career & Technical Education camps for middle school students.
This sweet event includes a light lunch and desserts donated by local restaurants and bakeries. Sparkling wine, wine, cider, coffee and tea are also included, and tickets are $30 per person.
Something new at the 2019 Desserts for Dreams event will be a shuttle bus from the Lane County Fairgrounds to the Eugene Hilton, where the luncheon will take place. Transportation will be provided for ladies who are at the Fairgrounds and want to attend this event. The shuttle from the Fairgrounds to the Hilton will run between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and will return to the Fairgrounds from the Hilton at 3 p.m. when Desserts for Dreams concludes.
100% of the proceeds raised at the luncheon will be donated to Douglas County Partners for Student Success.
DCPSS advocates for all learning from “Cradle to Career” and places equal focus on the importance of vocational programs as well as preparing for college. Visit to learn more about this organization.
For more information on this event visit
High School students who attend this year’s Future Forestry Workers Day will be exposed to four specific logging-related topics: forestry, firefighting, heavy equipment, and diesel mechanics. The students will also participate in guided tours of the state-of the art equipment on display at the Oregon Logging Conference, and talk one-on-one with industry professionals.
The first of this kind of event was held in February 2018 at the Oregon Logging Conference, and was attended by more than 600 high school students. These students represent current and future employees in the logging and forestry industry.
The 2 nd Annual Future Forestry Workers Day is scheduled for February 22, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held in the livestock arena at the Lane County Fairgrounds, allowing for more students to attend and learn about the industry.
The students will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with today’s high technology equipment and will learn about what employment opportunities are available and what skills are required for these well-paying jobs.
This event will be limited to 900 students, for more information, contact the Oregon Logging Conference at 541-686-9191 or .
The 2019 OLC Exhibitor Contact Detail packets are now posted on the OLC website. The 81st OLC inside booth exhibits will be displayed in more than 95,000 square feet of inside exhibit space located in the main Convention Center, the Auditorium and sections of the Expo Hall.
NE Oregon thinning project passes legal muster: A 2,000-acre thinning project in Oregon’s Wallowa-Whitman National Forest complies with federal laws, a judge has ruled in dismissing an environmentalist lawsuit. Read more.

Michelin wants to replace oil with wood in tires: Wooden tires don't have the best ring to them, but Michelin firmly believes they'll be a reality in 2020.
The French tire maker told Motoring in a report published this month of its plans to introduce wood into tires, and it's all about moving away from oil.
Cyrille Roget, Michelin's worldwide director of scientific and innovation communication, said the plan is to create more sustainable tires in the future, and experiments with wood waste have provided a solution. The tire maker will incorporate elastomers from wood chips to replace a tire's oil content. Today, 80 percent of materials found in tires come from oil. In the future, that percentage will drop to 20 percent by 2048, Michelin believes. And rubber will also be included, which Roget said is also sustainable.
"Trees grow everywhere. So you re-distribute the opportunity for everyone to have local sourcing. And they are renewable," Roget added. Read more .

 Ole Woodmans A Maine Fly Dope Is Back: Ole Time Woodsman, a fly deterrent with a story that spans back to Maine logging camps in the 1880s, has been resurrected and is now available for purchase online. With a pungent scent that is meant to mask the natural odor of a ripe lumberjack, the dark brown liquid is made from the same recipe as it was more than 100 years ago.
“It’s a mixture of pine tar, petroleum distillates — like mineral oil and stuff like that — and essential oils,” Ken “Skip” Theobald III said. Read more.

RISI Announces Acquisition of Random Lengths: RISI, Inc., a leading information provider for the global forest products industry, announced today that its parent company, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, has acquired Random Lengths, a leading price reporting agency ("PRA") for the wood products industry. 
Founded in 1944, Random Lengths provides unbiased and consistent price assessments and market reporting for the global wood products industry, with a core focus on the North American lumber and panels markets, publishing over 1,500 prices each week. Random Lengths will compliment and expand RISI's existing wood products price reporting. Read more.

California Timber Firms May Be a 'Piece of the Puzzle' to Help Reduce State's Raging Wildfires: As California wildfires rage, politicians, timber companies and environmentalists are debating whether to thin overly dense forest lands that fuel the state's deadly infernos.
About one-third of California is covered by forests , most of it owned by the U.S. government. Last year was the most destructive and deadly wildfire season in the state's history. And 2018 through July is one-third higher in acreage burned than a year ago, according to Cal Fire.
Some believe the state's timber industry could be part of the solution by selectively thinning forests of trees. Timber harvesting has fallen sharply in California since the 1990s. Read more.

Mass Timber: Thinking Big About Sustainable Construction:
MIT class designs a prototype building to demonstrate that even huge buildings can be built primarily with wood. The construction and operation of all kinds of buildings uses vast amounts of energy and natural resources. Researchers around the world have therefore been seeking ways to make buildings more efficient and less dependent on emissions-intensive materials.
Now, a project developed through an MIT class has come up with a highly energy-efficient design for a large community building that uses one of the world’s oldest construction materials. For this structure, called “the Longhouse,” massive timbers made of conventional lumber would be laminated together like a kind of supersized plywood. Read more.

Oregon Products;Chain Saw Kickback Explained: Learn How to Avoid The Danger: Kickback is a term used to describe the sudden, upward motion of a chain saw’s guide bar and is one of the most common causes of chain saw accidents. If proper cutting techniques are not followed, the lightning-fast kickback of a chain saw can be very dangerous and may result in serious injury. Read more.


Judge Dismisses Environmental Groups' Lawsuit on Elliston-Area Timber Project: The U.S. Forest Service will proceed with an Elliston-area timber and fuels reduction project after a U.S. District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by two environmental groups – a decision the groups say they will appeal.
The 5,700-acre Telegraph Vegetation Project includes logging and prescribed burning about 15 miles southwest of Helena and 5 miles south of Elliston. Approved last year, the project seeks greater resiliency to wildfire, insects and drought through diversifying age classes of trees along with producing 25 million board feet of commercial timber. Read more.

Northwest Hardwoods donates $25,000 of lumber: Northwest Hardwoods, Inc. (NWH) , the leading manufacturer of high quality hardwood lumber in North America, donated $25,000 worth of lumber to the new Oregon Forest Science Complex . The lumber donation of alder wood will be used as cladding for the outside of the new building. Read more .

Western Farmers and Ranchers Urge Administration Toward Better Land Management Policies: As wildfires ravage parts of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming—sending smoke clear across the country to New England—farmers and ranchers in 13 Western states are calling on the federal government to put in place more effective land management practices and policies. Read more.

Room Scammers: Room poaching is one of those stubborn meetings and events industry problems that deftly avoids even the best efforts to snuff it out.
It’s the “Whac-A-Mole” of industry irritants: You whack one “room pirate” with the mallet and another room-block-busting buccaneer pops its head up somewhere else.
In short, room poaching is when travel or housing companies outside of the official conference housing agency portray themselves as representing the event, or at least give the appearance of being associated with the event. The companies target likely attendees, whether through using an event’s published attendee list or via other means, and attempt to steer them to book outside of the official room block company. Read more.
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