September 2019 <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Vol. 4 Issue 3
In this issue 2020 OLC President Greg Stratton announces Dr. Patrick Moore as the keynote speaker, 82 nd Annual OLC program details revealed, and OLC Foundation fundraiser a smashing success. Part 2 of forestry related educational programs WILL NOT appear in this issue…but will be in the October 2019 issue.
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Dr. Patrick Moore Selected as 2020 Keynote Speaker
2020 Oregon Logging Conference (OLC) President Greg Stratton has announced that Dr. Patrick Moore will be the keynote speaker at the 82 nd Annual gathering in Eugene in February.
“I have always wanted to understand the ‘other side’ and Patrick has been on the other side,” Stratton said. “He is knowledgeable in the facts and real science of our environment,” Stratton continued, “unlike much of the current ‘best available’ information which is more often than not, politically or agenda driven.”
According to his biography, Dr. Patrick Moore is an informed and provocative speaker who inspires new ways of thinking about environmental challenges. His views are refreshing, informative, and relevant. He is focused on the promotion of sustainability and consensus building among competing concerns. He calls for issues to be discussed on the basis of accurate scientific data, and the creation of sustainable solutions.
Dr. Patrick Moore is a founding member, former president, and international director for Greenpeace.
OLC President Stratton said, “While Mr. Moore may not always tell you what you want to hear, I have found him to be honest and truthful. I believe politics are based on opinions and agendas,” Stratton continued, “but science should be proven and validated with facts.”
Stratton believes that management of the environment should be based on what’s best for the landscape and long-term viability, not short-sighted agendas that destroy entire communities. “I believe Patrick Moore shares this same belief.” Stratton said.
Keynote speakers Dr. Patrick Moore will talk during the OLC opening session breakfast on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds in Eugene, OR.

For more information visit or contact the OLC at 541-686-919.

View video by Dr. Moore Trees Are the Answer

82nd OLC Program Set by Committee

OLC program chairs and their committees are securing topics and confirming speakers for Thursday and Friday, February 20 th and 21 st sessions.
Registered companies and individuals can earn Professional Logger credits and three Forest Practice credits for attending these sessions.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020, Program sessions held in the wheeler Pavilion, and outside exhibit area at the Lane County Fairgrounds.
9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker Dr. Patrick Moore

11 a.m. – 12 noon Hand on Seminar Log Scaling and Optimal Bucking
Speakers Jayme Dumford, Thompson Tree Farms and Dave Sobol, Pacific Rim Log Scaling Bureau will discuss different scaling methods for westside, eastside, and cubic scaling. They will also discuss optimal bucking for getting the most scale and/or value out of a tree.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Your Voice and Vote Counts
Moderator: Jim Dudley, Swanson Group, Glendale, OR
Speakers Travis Joseph, American Forest Resources, Nick Smith, Healthy Forest Healthy Communities, and Kristina McNitt, Oregon Forest and Industry Council will address current state and federal legislation and grass roots advocacy and how it affects both state and federal politics. Speakers will also highlight the use of social media and the power of movements like Timber Unity.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020, Program sessions held in the wheeler Pavilion, South meeting rooms of the convention center, and outside exhibit area at the Lane County Fairgrounds.

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Oregon Forest Practices Seminar
Moderator: Eric Gehrke, Weyerhaeuser, Coos Bay, OR
Steep Slope/Tethered Logging, Oregon Forest Practice Rules,
Guidance and BMPs Surrounding These Practices: Speakers to be announced.
Snowmagedon 2019: Implications on Future Insect Damage and Fire
Potential: Invited Speakers are Christine Buhl, ODF Entomologist and Link Smith, ODF
Legislative Update as it Applies to Forestry in Oregon: Invite
Speaker is Kyle Williams, OFIC Director of Protection
ODF/BLM Fire Protection Contract Update: Speaker is Ron Graham,
ODF, Fire Protection Div., Deputy Chief of Planning, Salem, OR
What Does it Take to Obtain a Waiver During Fire Season: Speaker
Doug Thackery, ODF Stewardship Forester, Grants Pass, OR
Low Water Crossings: Rules and BMOs Surrounding These
Activities: Speaker is Steve Whetmore, ODF Stewardship Forester, Medford, OR
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Washington Forest Practices Seminar
Moderator: Doug Mayes, Weyerhaeuser, Longview, WA
Speakers will discuss a variety of subjects pertaining to the Washington Forest Practices Act.
Training for Success to Safely Stay Within Your Ribbons: Speaker is
Roy Hauser, Art of Felling Timber,
Drone Use to Protect Resources and Improve Efficiency: Speaker
will be Shane Szczerba, Weyerhaeuser Co. and Mark Stanley, Jr., Pacific UAV Technology, Banks, OR
Chainsaws to Tethered Machines on Steep Slopes Evolution of PNW
Logging: Speakers are Ben Flint, Weyerhaeuser Co. and Researcher (TBA), Weyerhaeuser Co.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Business Seminar 1: The Professional Drive, Pre and Post Inspection
Moderator Quincy Powers, Powers Ranch, Gaylord, OR
Speaker David Gaffney, Senior DOT Compliance Specialist Pape Group, will demonstrate a proper thorough truck inspection, as well as review load securement requirements to ensure a safe and properly equipped vehicle and a legally secured load.
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Effective Communication: How to Successfully Understand and Work with Others
Moderator: Bodie Downing, Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem, OR
Speaker will focus on how to more effectively understand and communicate with others. This improvement in communication and understanding can help achieve more favorable outcomes for you and the people you work with.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Better Ideas/New Technology in Logging
Moderator Fred Blaylock, Blaylock Logging, Coquille, OR
Speaker Pat Ybarra of Pat Attachments/HWM Equipment Repair will talk about the hydraulic grapple carriage . Speaker Shane Szerba of Weyerhaeuser will talk about silviculture drone use . Speaker Sam Loveless of Weyerhaeuser will talk about central tire inflation , and speaker Eric Krume of Summit Attachments will talk about double draw bar on yoders.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Exhibitor Hand-on Seminar 3: Weller Forestry, and Introduction to the Industry.
Moderator: Rick Scott, Peterson Cat, Portland, OR
Speakers Pat Weiler, owner and founder of Weiler Forestry and Bill Hood, Vice President of Weiler Forestry will introduce Weiler Forestry and the history and philosophy of the Wieler brand. Caterpillar and Weiler Forestry walk around included during this seminar.
The theme for the 82nd OLC is Working Forests: Carbon Keepers” Join us February 20, 21, and 22, 2020 at the Lane County Events Center and Fairgrounds in Eugene, Oregon. Click here for the complete 82nd Annual OLC Program and Schedule.
OLC Foundation Fundraiser for the
Scholarships Program a HUGE Success!
by Natalie Foglio
The first ever “Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Clay Target Tournament” fundraising event was held at Creswell Clay Target Sports on September 6th. The idea for this event came from Jeanne Shuttleworth, a member of the Logging Conference Board and a former college scholarship recipient herself. “I decided to do this as a way to contribute as a board member but also because I received a scholarship in college at a time when I really needed it,” Jeanne stated. “I will always be grateful for that help and this was a way for me to pay that forward.”

About fifteen volunteers came together to make this fundraiser happen, and special thanks should be given to Rikki Wellman for her hard work and planning. And to volunteers, Anitra Franco, Michelle Dudley, Gabby Pelayo, Martie Munsell, for their help during the event and to Kevin Merritt and Dave Wellman for doing much of the heavy lifting required for the setup of the tournament. Erin Pelayo from Chapala Mexican Restaurants donated lunch to the entire group, allowing for any money that would have been paid toward catering to go directly to the scholarship fund.

Each participant started off the event by signing in at registration, and then deciding on any additional purchases which would not only be contributing to the scholarship fund, but would also help them out on the field. Options included: a practice round of shooting before the tournament, mulligan tickets (Once redeemed, a mulligan allows an unfavorable round of target shooting to be attempted a second time), raffle tickets for the drawing held after the tournament, or a premium package which included one practice round, ten mulligans, and forty raffle tickets. 

Following lunch, seventy-five participants divided into fifteen teams and headed to the shooting range. Points were earned based on the number of clay pigeons each participant shot throughout the tournament, and at the end of the day the highest scoring individual and team received awards based on their score. The winning team at the end of the day was Ocean Terminals.
All funds raised by the OLC Scholarship Foundation are given out in the same year. This money benefits college students working toward two- and four-year degrees, as well as trade school students. The Oregon Logging Conference has given out over $900,000 in scholarships to date, and that number will only continue to grow. The proceeds from the OLCF Clay Target Tournament netted $24,000; the original goal was between $10,000 and $15,000. It is an incredible thing that so many people in one industry can come together and make a difference in the lives of the youth through which that industry will continue to grow.

Thank you to all of the companies who sponsored events and donated money to the scholarship fund; Title sponsors; Bell Lumber & Pole, Pay It Forward, Beverage sponsors; Bob & Carolyn Magathan, Stuntzner Engineering & Forestry LLC, Lunch sponsor; Chapala Mexican Restaurant, Awards Sponsors; Siuslaw Sporting Clays, Ocean Terminals Co., Dr. Abel, Scholarship sponsors; Hap & Lory Huffman, Boise Cascade, Starker Forests, Inc., Station sponsors; Bearhaven, Cascade Timber Consulting, Inc., Giustina Resources, Kriege Logging LLC, McGee Engineering Inc., Merrill & Ring, Modern Machinery, 82 nd Oregon Logging Conference, Dave Wellman. And to the many people and companies who donated items for the auction and raffle.

Thank you to everyone else who made this fundraiser possible- you are making the logging industry great, and having a great time in the process.

Save The Date for our 2nd Annual Clay Target Tournament Fundraiser for Scholarships, September 5th, 2020. Event will be held at Creswell Clay Target Club. For more information call 541.686.9191 or email or

Photos courtesy of Natalie Foglio
Event Planners Jeanne Shuttleworth and Rikki Wellman
Donald Wimer
December 4, 1930 - August 14, 2019
Donald Lyle Wimer was born in Coquille, OR to Lyle and Pearl (Stonecypher) Wimer. He grew up the son of a gypo logger and lived in various towns and logging camps throughout the Pacific Northwest, finally settling in Albany, OR.
Don marries Marilyn Mae Renn, who lived across the street, on June 14, 1953. Both Don and Marilyn attended Oregon State College (as Oregon State University was known back then).
Don served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956, as a Lieutenant Second Class.
After joining his father in the logging business, Don worked his way up to President of Wimer Logging, and then retiring in 1996.
Don was active in the community and in the logging industry. He served as President of the Oregon Logging Conference in 1991.
He is survived by wife Marilyn, son Steve of Lebanon, OR, daughter Marcie McCartin of Sweet Home, OR, and son Jeff of Albany, OR, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, brothers Jerry of Salem, OR, and Bill of Monmouth, OR, and sisters Diane Kinman of Corvallis, OR, and Sandy Eggers of Albany, OR.
A memorial service was held on September 6 th in Albany. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation.
Fairgrounds Exhibit
Buildings Filling Fast!
Over 65,000 sq. feet of inside exhibit space has been reserved for the 2020 Oregon Logging Conference. Not to worry, there's still plenty of space available and it’s easy to reserve exhibit space. Visit our website to download the contract packet or click here .

The 2020 OLC promises to be bigger and better than ever and 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 the total of inside exhibit space more than 95,000 square feet. Additional sections of Expo Hall will be used as needed.
Is your log loader operator the  BEST  in the  WEST ? Sign them up and let them compete head to head in the OLC’s 9th Annual Log Loader competition.
For the 11th Annual Log Loader Competition! - Sign up before January 25th and you will receive a 82nd 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 available or be a Friend of the OLC. Call the OLC office 541.686.9191 for more information.
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Thursday Morning Opening Session Breakfast
Friday Morning Members Breakfast
Family Day &
Log Loader Competition
Log Loader

Warrenton Fiber
High School Skills Event
 Show Guide / Official Program
Saturday Family
Day Events
Headquarters Hotel, Desserts for Dreams & Friday Celebration Party
Meet & Greet
Sawdust Bowl &
Social Networking
OLC Social Team
Sawdust Bowl
Show & Meetings
Friday - High School Forestry Career Day
Dwight Wartenbee Trucking
Forests Today & Forever
Oregon Women In Timber
Smiling Moose Marketing
Swanson Bros. Lumber Company
Travel Lane County
Turn Key RV
OLC Board Member Heidi Leib Recognized
Heidi Leib was nominated by her friend, Mark Schroeder to be recognized as Women Crush Wednesday.

Koin TV, anchor Jennifer Hoff's series,   Women Crush Wednesday , highlights women who are crushing it.

Heidi works in an industry long dominated by men, one Oregon woman stands out amid a veritable forest of peers. Heidi Leib is one of just two female logging contract coordinators in the entire Northwest. She’s currently working on a site in the Tillamook Forest. Read more.
In With The New: Graduate Eugene
The host hotel for the Oregon Logging Conference has a new name: the Graduate Eugene. Formerly known as the Hilton Eugene, when you drive up to the front of the hotel, the changes can be seen. The outside of the hotel has been painted and the entrance has been renovated. The changeover began in March of this year.
Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed at the front desk, which also doubles as a shoe display case for the Eugene-founded Nike business shoe collection. In the lobby you’ll see vintage sports posters, pops of color and warm textures that blend to create a 1970s inspired atmosphere. There is also a 34-person communal table in the lobby.
The guest rooms feature design elements that celebrate Oregon’s lush landscapes and Pacific Northwest heritage. On the walls hangs original art pieces including those from the movie classic Animal House, which was filmed in Eugene.

There are several on-site dining options at the Graduate Eugene. In the lobby is a laid-back eatery called The Fir, which also includes an outdoor beer garden with communal tables and a private dining room known as The Pit. The lobby café Poindexter serves hot breakfast food, salads, coffee, smoothies, pressed juices and more.
Adjacent to the cafe is the Topgolf Swing Suite, which features simulator bays and a variety of virtual games including the popular Topgolf target game, hockey shots, and baseball pitching. This venue also includes comfortable lounge seating, HDTVs, and food and beverage service.
As the headquarters for the Oregon Logging Conference, the Graduate Eugene and staff look forward to welcoming all who attend the 2020 gathering in February. Visit
Front Desk and
Vintage Nike Running Shoes
The Fir Bar
Giant Wooden
Duck Pull Toy
Double Queen Room
King Room
Nike Poster Collection

It's that time of year again.... Oregon Logging Conference exhibitors and attendees: BEWARE OF SCAM PHONE CALLS AND EMAILS.
If you receive an email or telephone call from a 3 rd party Housing Service, or someone claiming to be a “reservation or rooming agent” for the Oregon Logging Conference (OLC), the Graduate Eugene or other Oregon hotels, IT IS A SCAM .
Do not make ANY hotel reservations or give any personal credit card information to someone who contacts you and claims to be an official “rooming agent” for the OLC.
Anyone interested in attending the Oregon Logging Conference is personally responsible for making room reservations by talking directly to the hotel where planning to stay.
Be assured (!), the Oregon Logging Conference honors the privacy of its members and the OLC policy is to NOT provide personal information of its members. In addition, OLC does not sell or provide its mailing list to any outside parties.
All potential scam activity should be reported to the Oregon Department of Justice, Consumer Division (1-877-877-9392 or email ). There is a online complaint form that can be filled out.
You can also sign up online to join the Oregon Department of Justice’s Scam Alert Network to receive information about scams, fraud, and other threats to consumers.
Hampton Lumber empowers women in the trades industry with Girls Build. Read more.

Boots on the Ground - Attracting high school students to the Northern California Timber Industry. Read more.

Heroic strength. Unflappable bravery. A commitment to doing what's right against impossible odds. Wearing a cape. This is what it takes to be a Guardian. Right? Read more.

Amazing New Material Combines Wood Fibers and Spider Silk. Read more.

Sturdy, strong and sustainable: Oregon builders more frequently look to engineered wood for construction. Read more.

Forest debris buildup has been blamed for fueling many wildfires in the West. Delta Airlines, hopes it can soon fuel its jet engines . Read more

Commentary: Explaining changes to the Endangered Species Act. Read more .

Students learn of timber jobs with apprenticeships. Do you know a young person who loves spending time outdoors? Read more.

Check it out: Tillamook High School to host ‘Logging Games’ on Oct. 20. Read more.

In Oregon, nearly 50 percent of our state's 61 million acres is forestland. Our forests supply renewable resources for lumber, paper and heating, along with jobs that support families and communities. They also provide us with an active playground and a quiet retreat. Read more.

Who is part of the forest community? HINT: It's more people than you think, and probably includes you! Watch Video
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Rikki Wellman, Conference Manager
Contact: 541.686.9191
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