January 2020 Issue <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Vol.4 Issue 7
In this issue: The 82 nd Annual Oregon Logging Conference is almost here! Learn tips on how to plan your days at the OLC, how to earn the maximum pro logger credits (and Oregon and Washington Forest Practices credits) and find out who are the 2019 Operators of the Year. Easy Quick Links…. Easy Quick Links t o the 2020 OLC program schedule, panel and seminar topics, social events, competitions and other activities can be found on the last page of this newsletter.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!
THE OREGON LOGGING CONFERENCE
IT'S ALMOST HERE!
SEE IT ALL AND DO IT ALL - IN ONE LOCATION!
Click on Photo Above to View a Video of Past Years' Equipment Show
OLC would like to thank its partners, the dedicated exhibitors, which represent a huge part of the conference’s success every year The many exhibitors and sponsors are the reasons the OLC show is the biggest logging, trucking, construction, and heavy equipment show west of the Mississippi and with your help, we continue to grow.
 
Walking through both the outside and inside exhibits this year, you will find examples of what it takes to keep the logging industry productive and successful. More than 325 exhibitors and sponsors will gladly talk about their products and services, which range from the 99-cent ear protection to the $750,000+ latest technology in logging, trucking, construction, and heavy equipment.
 
A big thank you too, to all of the sponsors of the Oregon Logging Conference. Without their continued support, this conference would not be possible.
 
For a full list of exhibitors and sponsors, click here to view the names on the OLC website.
 Still Time To Register for the 82ndAnnual Oregon Logging Conference,
but Do It NOW!
For less than $100, you can register for the 82nd Annual Oregon Logging Conference, with full access to panels, seminars, social events and much more. Here's what is included in the $95 fee:
  • Wednesday pre-registration meet & greet at the Graduate Eugene.
  • Thursday opening breakfast, meetings and social networking at the well-known OLC Sawdust bowl.
  • Friday breakfast, meetings, break-out seminar sessions, and social networking at the well-known OLC Sawdust bowl.
  • An opportunity to sign-up to compete in the 11th Annual Log Loader Competition.
  • The largest logging equipment show west of the Mississippi with millions of dollars of equipment on display.
  • Attend meetings and earn Pro Logger credits.

Click on the logo above to register online or download the registration forms.
OREGON'S OPERATORS OF THE YEAR
NAMED FOR 2019
On Thursday, February 20 th , the 2019 Oregon Operators of the Year will be recognized at the Oregon Logging Conference. The Oregon Department of Forestry will honor the Operators at 1:15 p.m. in the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane County Events Center and Fairgrounds.

Since the Operator of the Year awards honor operators who consistently meet or exceed Forest Practices Act regulations, ODF Private Forests Division Chief Kyle Abraham said, “These operators have shown an outstanding ability to harvest the wood products Oregon and the nation need, while protecting natural resources. We’re pleased to honor the care and diligence they exercise to protect soil and water during harvest operations, often in challenging circumstances,” he added.
Northwest Oregon   
Jim Gahlsdorf
Gahlsdorf Logging, Inc.
Rickreall, Oregon

Gahlsdorf Logging Inc. earned the Operator of the Year award for taking extra firefighting precautions due to the location of the operations in a steep and remote part of the Coast range.
Soil disturbance was minimized by using an elaborate rigging system that lifted the logs off the ground and over a high ridge to a yarder landing.
Click here to view video.
Southwest Oregon   
Alex Davis
Pacific Forest Contractors Inc.
Eagle Creek, Oregon

Pacific Forest Contractors was recognized for how it successfully harvested a unit that had been severely damaged by a late winter snowstorm in 2019. Heavy snow bent many of the trees in a hazardous, helter-skelter pattern, and there was only a narrow window of time to harvest before summer fire restrictions would have curtailed logging. Logging crews did an outstanding job of protecting trees bordering a salmon-bearing stream, sending logs aloft through rigging that crossed the stream above the treetops. Click here to view video
Eastern Oregon
Steve Jackson
Steve Jackson Logging
Ridgefield, Washington
(photo Andy Conklin, Weyerhaeuser)

Steve Jackson Logging was selected for a careful harvest along a scenic highway, leading to popular hiking trails, in Hood River County. Jackson protected multiple pockets of young trees, jump starting natural regeneration on the steep slopes. He was able to fell trees near an upper fork of the Hood River without harming trees in the protective buffer, and at the request of the U.S. Forest Service, he also removed hazardous, non-merchantable trees along the roadside to improve public safety. The Operator of the Year award also recognizes Jackson for decades of consistently applying best management practices to safeguard forest resources, even under challenging circumstances. Click here to view video.
Merit Award
Frank Chandler Jr.
C & C Logging
Kelso, Washington

C & C Logging was issued a Merit Award for the firm’s safety consciousness and innovative use of technology, including using a drone to carry line into areas of fallen timber.
 
Click here to view video
OLC WELCOMES ISAIAH SHAW
TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

New Oregon Logging Conference Director Isaiah Shaw is a fourth-generation logger, who with his wife Micha, own and operate Shaw Bros. Logging, his family logging company. From the start, Isaiah and Micha have worked side by side with complimenting traits to create an exceptional experience for clients.
 
Isaiah Shaw established his professional career through 10 years of combined experience in excavation, logging, and heavy equipment operation in the Army.
 
A considerable amount of his childhood was spent alongside his grandfather Ralph, where Isaiah discovered his craving for an operating career spent in the Oregon outdoors. He is dedicated to keeping Shaw Bros Logging a strong family-oriented company.
 
Micha Shaw started off her professional career as a Portland State University Business Administrative Marketing graduate. After spending time with valuable company roles in marketing, sales support, and logistics, and her and Isaiah starting a family of their own, she found her calling with Isaiah and Shaw Bros. Logging, as an administrative coordinator.
 
Shaw Bros Logging was established in 1955 by Ralph Shaw.
 THANK YOU FOR THE GENEROUS
DONATIONS FOR THE
OLC FOUNDATION AUCTION
The $26,000 that was raised at the OLC Foundation auction last year provided a financial boost to more than a dozen college students. These students are the up and coming leaders in the logging and forestry industries.

Join us this year for the OLC Foundation auction on both Thursday (February 20th) and Friday (February 21st), starting at 8 a.m., in the Wheeler Pavilion during the opening session breakfasts both days. Auctioneer will be Jaime Yraguen of Basco Logging Co. Your generosity this year at the OLC Foundation auction will help further the higher educational pursuits of many young students planning a career in the industry.

Here's a list of just a few of the great items donated so far.

 Thursday, February 20th

Friday February 21st

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 and trade school related costs. These students go on to play vital roles in the future of the logging and forestry industry. 

If you would like to donate to this worthy event, contact the OLC office 541.686.9191
PLAN AHEAD TO GET
THE MOST OUT OF THE OLC
Download the program schedule (click here) and look it over today. Highlight the panels and seminars that peak your interest and mark the dates and times. Then you can plan ahead and get the most out of the many program topics, seminars and social activities that are planned. 

The best of the best will be on display and there are many activities planned...all in one location. This opportunity comes along just once a year, and this is it! 

Click on the images and logos below to learn more.
11th ANNUAL LOG LOADER COMPETITION
Click on Photo Below to Watch Video
ATTENTION STUDENTS:
Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship Applications Are Now Available
The Oregon Logging Conference Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 college year. The applications must be received in the OLC Foundation office no later than April 1st, 2020.

The OLC Foundation scholarship program is available to students who are studying in forestry related areas.  Click Here to download the OLC Foundation scholarship application and guidelines.

7th Annual Fellowship of Christian Loggers Breakfast
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:30am, at the Oregon Logging Conference, Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds.
Click here for more information and to signup. Deadline February 14th .
ARTISTS AT WORK
Three chain saw carvers will create fantastic pieces of art at the Oregon Logging Conference. Come watch them do their magic .
Chainsaw Buzz
by Jay Peppard

Jay lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon, and is a semi-pro wood carver with over 6 years of experience. In addition to the Oregon Logging Conference, he participates in the McKenzie River Chainsaw Art Festival, where he sometimes carves with his father, Mark Peppard. You may have seen his work at stores in the McKenzie Vida area. Visit chainsaw.buzz
Myers Sculpting
by Nick Myers

Nick grew up in Newport, OR, where he learned wood carving from his father, Chris Myers. Nick has been carving as a semi pro for over six years. He lives in Eugene, OR with his father, and carves in Cottage Grove. Nick is known for the “cutest bears in the state of Oregon,” which is also his dad’s specialty. This will be his first year to carve at the Oregon Logging Conference.
Sculptures In Motion
by Ryan Anderson

Ryan started his chainsaw carving career in June of 2005 after being apprenticed by Tracie Brittenfeld of Packwood, Washington. Since that time, Ryan has been competing and receiving awards throughout the country. While representing America in Europe at the English Open, Ryan took both second and third places, and he has traveled to competitions in Scotland and Canada.
Ryan has been carving at the Oregon Logging Conference for nearly 10 years.


PUBLISHER / EDITOR / WRITER

Mary Bullwinkel, Freelance
Rikki Wellman, Conference Manager

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