May 2018 Issue <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Vol.2 Issue 11
In this issue:  We wish you and your family a safe Memorial Day weekend.
Planning begins for the 81st Celebration! OLC Foundation announces scholarship recipients soon and more photos of the 80th OLC.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.

By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Dan Applebaker President of the 1993 OLC
OLC past president Dan Applebaker passed away on April 21, 2018. He was born in Medford, OR., on Aug. 12, 1946, to Lewis and Ilene Applebaker and grew up in Jacksonville, OR., with his younger sister, Susan. Upon graduating from Medford High School, he attended Oregon State University, graduating with a degree in forestry in 1968.

He had a long and illustrious career in the timber industry, having worked for the BLM, Boise, Alpine Veneer and many years with Modoc Lumber Co., where he retired as the timber manager.

In 1993, he served as president of the Oregon Logging Conference. He was an avid outdoors man who loved to hunt, fish and pack with his mules in the mountains.

In 1996, Dan married Betty Barcroft who loved the outdoors and animals as much as he did, making a talented team. They took many pack trips together, taking friends into the mountains of California, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming and Oregon, sharing their love of the back-country and packing skills.

He was one of the founders of the Horse Packing and Wilderness Skills Clinic held annually by the High Desert Trail Riders Chapter of Klamath Falls and the Back Country Horsemen of Oregon. He was their second president and currently their public lands chairman working with the federal agencies ensuring pack and saddle stock have access to public lands. He served as a national director for the Back Country Horsemen of America.

Dan is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Joe Applebaker and Scott, Brad and Mark Barcroft; daughter, Jessica Applebaker; and numerous grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Ilene Applebaker.
Here is a beautiful YouTube video of Dan and Betty doing what they both loved, "Packin' the Mountains".  Dan recites one of his many great cowboy poems.

A celebration of life will be held on June 2 at 2 p.m., 2018, at the Klamath County Fairgrounds Event Center with a potluck to follow.
It won’t be long, in fact by this time next month, a theme will be selected for the 81 st  Annual Oregon Logging Conference, taking place February 21, 22, and 23, 2019. It’s not too early to mark your calendars and plan to attend.
Planning has already commenced for the many activities that will take place at the OLC, and we have listed just a few reasons why you will want to attend the 81 st  Annual Logging, Construction, Trucking, and Heavy Equipment Expo.

  • Wednesday pre-registration meet & greet at the Eugene Hilton
  • Thursday opening breakfast, meetings, and social networking at the well-known OLC Sawdust Bowl.
  • Friday breakfast, meeting, break-out seminar sessions, and social networking at the OLC Sawdust Bowl (takes place both Thursday and Friday)
  • An opportunity to sign up to compete in the 10th Annual Log Loader Competition.
  • The largest equipment show in North America, with millions of dollars of equipment on display.
  • Attend meetings and earn Pro Logger credits

Important and current topics for the seminars and panel discussions are being discussed and be sure to check the June edition of OLC NEWS for more details.

A complete update will be available and published next month, after the OLC Board meeting, which is scheduled for early June.
We think it is important to continue to celebrate the industry and our history and would love to hear from you about past Oregon Logging Conference’s or events in the timber industry from days gone by. If you have photographs or mementos from the past and would be willing to share them with us, we will write up an article and help tell the story.

Please send photos and historic stories to: or mail to P.O. Box 10669, Eugene, OR 97440
Successful Stories from
Past OLC Foundation Scholarship Recipients

More than two dozen scholarship applications for the 2018/2019 academic year were received by the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation by the May 1 st deadline. The OLCF scholarship committee is reviewing the applications and will announce recipients in June (names will be included in the June edition of OLC NEWS).
The scholarships will be awarded for the college year beginning in August/September 2018. Since the scholarship program was established in 1968, more than 335 scholarships with a value of $800,000+ have been awarded.
Students studying forestry related subjects such as forest engineering, forest management, forest operations/management, resource management, diesel mechanics/heavy equipment maintenance, and welding are eligible to apply. Both four-year and two-year vocational/trade school/college scholarships are awarded annually.
The Oregon Logging Conference Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation and all donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds from the auction at the OLC are donated to the Foundation for scholarships and other education-related activities.

Seth Sanders, Forest Engineer, Hancock Forest Management. Oregon State University, graduate 2000, Forest Engineering.

I always thought I would head back to my small town in Northern California. Where hunting, fishing, and working in the woods were what I learned and experienced from a small child. My Dad, Dee Sanders, played a large role in exposing me to the timber industry, from taking me to the logging jobs he managed to helping me get a summer job at the local sawmill that still helps my small home town survive. My Dad taught me that although working in the woods wasn’t easy, it had benefits that most people never experience. The benefits of working in the forest and experiencing God’s creation on a daily basis is why I chose a career in the timber industry.

To achieve this career goal I began my forestry education at Oregon State University in 1997.  I received the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship in 1998 which assisted me in paying for the cost of my education at Oregon State. This was especially helpful in paying for the high cost of out of state tuition. I worked hard in college taking 18 to 20 credits per term to try and make up for the many classes that didn’t transfer from the community college I attended in California. I graduated with a B.S. in Forest Engineering from Oregon State in 2000. I always thought I would head back to my small town in Northern California to pursue my forestry career, but after meeting a wonderful local Oregon girl my plans to move back home quickly changed. I then decided to pursue my forestry career here in Oregon and accepted my first job after graduation working for Boise Cascade in the forests of the Oregon Coast Range.  The company I have worked for has changed multiple times since the beginning of my career, but I have basically managed the same timberland ownership for almost 18 years and continue to do so.  I currently work for Hancock Forest Management as a Forest Engineer. My job responsibilities include road design, bridge and culvert design, harvest planning and logging layout, as well as contract administration.    
I appreciate the effort the Oregon Logging Conference makes in assisting the timber industry in staying connected, as well as the pursuit of education in continuing to manage our God given natural resource that thrives in the Pacific Northwest. I would also like to thank the OLC Scholarship Foundation for the financial support in college for helping me pursue my career in the timber industry. 
Leah Schofield, Lead Planning and Environmental Coordinator, BLM Grants Pass Field Office of the Medford District, Grants Pass, Oregon. Oregon State University, graduate 2008, Forestry  

Thank you for allowing me to share my story. I grew up in a small southwestern Oregon town, where the majority of our family and community was built on industries related to forest products. My great grandparents started their logging company up Cow Creek, where my grandmother was raised. My dad’s grandfather built sawmills up and down the 1-5 corridor and some in central Oregon. I am a native Oregonian, a logger’s daughter; and my story, I’m sure is shared with many others. 

My passion for forestry began as I was growing up and playing in the beautiful outdoors. I love to hike, fish, swim, hunt and adventure with my friends. The concept of sustainable forest management was instilled in my upbringing. I learned early on that we can utilize our natural resources and support our economy while protecting essential resources such as water, fish and wildlife.
I enrolled with Oregon State University, College of Forestry and was fortunate to be a recipient of the OLC Foundation Scholarship program. This support assisted me to fund my education and achieve my goals as a steward of the land and the community. I received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, and gained employment as a Forester with the Bureau of Land Management in Salem, Oregon. 

Primarily, I was a project lead for timber sales, and then was promoted to leading the NEPA program which ensures project compliance with laws, regulations and policy. Now, ten years after receiving my degree, I am still employed with the BLM in southwestern Oregon, an extremely biologically diverse area with very interested public and organizations. 

I am responsible for providing the written responses to protested, appealed and litigated BLM timber sales. This work is incredibly complex, although the end product helps the BLM award sold timber sales, thus contributing to the economy, managing our forests and protecting resources. I have a long road ahead in my career, and intend to continue to be a steward of the land and the community.

The OLC foundation has helped me achieve my educational and personal goals, and for that I am grateful. 
Reaching out to the next generation of loggers and forestry workers is the goal of the Future Forestry Workers Career Day, with the first event taking place at the 80 th Annual Oregon Logging Conference. The success of the Career Day in 2018 (more than 400 students from 20 schools attended) has led to the decision to make it an annual part of the Oregon Logging Conference.
Plans are underway to improve and expand Future Forestry Workers Career Day in 2019. A few ideas are to move it to another location on the Lane County Fairgrounds and make it a two-day event.
The Livestock Arena, a 36,000 square foot building is being considered for the venue. This building has a dirt floor and a small cement floor, as well as bleachers. The size of this location and maybe having a two-day event would allow more students to attend.
Three young and energetic forest industry speakers (Brayden Andersen, Kaci Hellary, and Casey Rosco) spoke to the students at the first Career Day and were well received. They enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the students before and after they spoke and would like to continue to be involved in this event.
The ongoing discussion for this event is to make it more hands on for the students. Interactive exhibits could include reforestation/tree planting with professionals in this field available to talk to the students and explain the career opportunities. Students would be told what type of classes they should be taking in high school, what skills they would need, and what other kinds of education is needed to have a career in the woods products industry. Other hands on exhibits could include wildland firefighters, heavy equipment and diesel mechanics, and logging/machine operators.
The Livestock Arena would allow for the growth and expansion of the Future Forestry Works Career Day, and it allows for a designated entrance and a parking area for buses.

Another idea is to move the high school skills demonstration to the warm-up area attached to the Livestock Arena. This is a more than 14,000 square foot area and would provide ample space for the skills competition, as well as another perhaps interactive opportunity for students to learn from other students about logging skills. Plans are in place to look at moving this event from Saturday to Friday so it would be included in the FFWCD event.
Talk About Trees Auction
Huge Success for the 27th Annual Event
The 27 th Annual Talk About Trees Auction, held February 21, 2018 at the Eugene Hilton, raised more than $123,000 for Oregon Women in Timber’s (OWIT) statewide forest education program. This program is aimed at Kindergarten through 8 th grade students, and since 1991 has reached more than three million students.
This auction plays an important role in OWIT’s ability to keep the Talk About Trees program growing. Also at the event, OWIT founding member Jane Newton and Oregon Logging Conference Past President Ken Wienke were honored. Both passed away prior to this event. Jane’s husband, Mike Newton and daughter Linda Hanratty did attend the event.
A huge thank you goes to Ritchie Bros Auctioneers who did a wonderfully job managing the live auction, the NW Ford Dealers Advertising Association , and the Oregon Logging Conference . Check out the OWI website for a full list of donors .
Plans for the 2019 event will begin in the next few weeks. The theme will center around looking back on the last 40 years of OWIT and the amazing ladies that have been involved. The event will celebrate OWIT’s heritage and highlight the many accomplishment and activities of the last four decades. The date for the 28 th Annual Talk About Trees Auction is Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

In other news, Lane County has officially revived its chapter of Oregon Women in Timber. Along with Union County and membership at large, the plan is to grow outreach, education, and membership. A committee has been established to help re-establish chapters of OWIT. To learn more about the Lane County chapter, a Meet and Greet has been scheduled for June 5 th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Oregon Wine Lab, 488 Lincoln Street in Eugene. This event is not limited to women residing in Lane County; all women are invited. Please RSVP to .

The Lane County chapter will also have a booth at the Oregon Small Woodlands Association Annual Meeting, held this year at the Holiday Inn, 919 Kruse Way in Springfield, June 28 - 30 th . Stop by and visit our booth to learn about what we are providing in Lane County and how to start a chapter in your area. Look for OWIT at the Pacific Logging Congress too! September 13 – 15 at the Oregon State University Research Forest, near Corvallis.
To learn more about OWIT and to become a member, visit our website at We look forward to growing our membership and continuing our mission for forestry education. Thanks for all who are current members. Please consider joining us, or renewing your dues if you are a past member.
Woodsey Owl, Smokey Bear
and OWIT Coni-Fir
Founding Members
Lane County Chapter Invitation
80th OLC Photos
FEBRUARY 21, 22, & 23, 2019

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