December 2016 Issue                                                                      Vol.1 Issue 6
In this issue Learn how to earn pro logger credits and Washington Forest Practices credits, blast from the past photos, Easy Quick Links to the 2017 OLC program schedule, panel and seminar topics, social events, competitions and other activities can be found on the last page of this newsletter.  REGISTER NOW!
1965 OLC President Paul Ehinger Reflects...
Paul Ehinger was born in Portland, OR, grew up in Dover, Delaware, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1945 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry.  

He worked for more than three decades for the Edward Hines Lumber Company, working his way up the ladder from Forest Engineer, and retiring as the Senior Vice President. Along the way he served as Assistant General Manager, General Manager, Resident Manager, and Vice President of Western Operations.  

During his college years he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve, then after graduation worked short stints with the Forest Service and K.B. Wood Forest Engineers in Portland, before beginning his 31 year career with the Edward Hines Lumber Company.

His work there was interrupted by being called back to duty during the Korean War. Ehinger was discharged after serving one year and upon his return to the United States, recalled being with two of his sergeants from the service and meeting Joe DiMaggio in a San Francisco Hotel, while waiting to be dispatched back to Oregon.

While still working at the Edward Hines Lumber Company, Ehinger served as President of the 27th Annual Oregon Logging Conference (OLC) in 1965. He had joined the OLC board of Directors in the 1950s. Ehinger’s keynote speaker that year was Oregon Governor Mark Hatfield, an ally of the timber industry.  

In his keynote address, Governor Hatfield addressed the importance of sound forestry to prevent and mitigate the effects of forest disasters. He heralded the importance of accessibility to recover blow-down from the 1962 Columbus Day storm. He lauded the importance of fire prevention efforts supported by groups like Keep Oregon Green, called for quick repair of State and Federal forest roads damaged by the Christmas 1964 flood, and also cited the importance of stream clearance to eliminate blockage of logs left by the floodwaters.

Paraphrasing Governor Hatfield; he closed his remarks stating that “no one segment of the economy can prosper unless all prosper”. Finally, to a standing ovation he told conference attendees; “Government does not produce my friends… in the private sector of our economy represent production”.  

Ehinger’s presidential address was titled “The Challenge of Progress - A Responsibility”. He spoke of how improved economic values, for less desirable wood has changed our utilization and practices. In 1965 bidding for stumpage sales had routinely reached $ 70 / MBF and one sale near Eugene was bid to $88.50 on the stump! New products made from lower quality logs such as “cull peelers” and new more sophisticated equipment made logging in difficult terrain more feasible. Paul concluded his remarks with a challenge to the industry for more efficient timber harvesting and processing.    

Under Ehinger’s leadership a full slate of resolutions was presented and approved by OLC, which included a resolution opposing further public hearings on the proposed Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Area. The resolution asked the Forest Service to promptly submit the proposal to Congress so “it will no longer interfere with an orderly timber sale program”. The No. 1 resolution passed was a commendation for Governor Hatfield and his requesting quick action regarding forest access road restoration, caused by the December 1964/January 1965 floods.  

The 27th OLC program followed with presentations on topics such as; taxation, Forest Service contracts, the new concept of yarder interlock and regenerative braking systems.  

Panel member Peter Murphy Jr. discussed financial management of logging equipment, recognizing the “shocking investment of $40,000 – $70,000 required for a new yarder”.  

Francis Engle shared his experience loading logs with a new grapple equipped line machine, having loaded 85 million feet with no significant downtime since he purchased it in 1959.  

Wilson Boyer, a log hauler operating “some 60 trucks” from Coos Bay explored the new options available to upgrade logging trucks. He discussed replacing the Cummins 200 to 250 hp and a five and four transmission “we all have” with improved engines and a 15 speed Fuller with no Brownie.  

Later in the day with more “New Ideas In Logging,” Dick Hanlin described the use of the track mounted D&H “porta-spar” for high-lead logging small settings.  

Faye Stewart ended the session providing a detailed presentation on balloon logging. His system used the dynamic lift of a balloon to transport the rigging and logs free of the ground. The advantage was to eliminate extensive and costly road construction by flying logs over areas without adequate yarding deflection.  

President Ehinger closed the Conference with thanks to OLC contributors and exhibitors and showing some things never change; he cautioned delegates “don’t get wet in the rain, fellows!”  

After leaving the Edward Hines Lumber Company, in 1983 Ehinger established a consulting business, Paul F. Ehinger & Associates on Oakmont Way in Eugene. In his role advising the forest industry, Ehinger has particular expertise as an authority in Federal Forest Policy and the implications for the Western U.S. forest industry.
Ehinger worked with numerous companies on planning and efficiency and represented segments of the industry on log exports and small business timber sale program. Ehinger closed his consulting business in 2014, and now at the young age of 93, is living in Eugene.  

During his career Ehinger served on numerous industry boards and committees, including Chairman of the Industrial Forestry Association (IFA), resource committee chairman and executive committee member of the National Forest Products Association, director and executive committee member of the Western Wood Products Association, director of Lane Plywood in Eugene, Alpine Veneer in Portland, and Riley Creek Lumber Company in Idaho, and in 1962 joined the Board of Trustees of what was then the Douglas Fir Plywood Association. He served as a Trustee until 1980, one of the longest tenures in the history of the Association, also serving as President from 1971-1973. Ehinger also received the W.E. Difford medal from the Douglas Fir Plywood Association.  

Additionally, Ehinger served as a trustee of Keep Oregon Green, Chairman of the U.S. Forest Service Timber Purchasers Committee, and served on the Committee to Establish Standards for Lumber.  

Ehinger is widely regarded as a local industry historian and always served as a credible and reliable source for news media questions regarding forestry related topics.  

At 93 years young Paul enjoys visiting with friends and reminiscing about the good old days!

L eft Top:    Early 60's OLC equipment show                              
Left 2nd:    1965 OLC Board                                                      
Left 3rd:     Paul and his sweetheart Mary Ellen                         

Right Top:  Paul early years
Right 2nd:  Paul with his Family (4th from left)
Right 3rd:   Hines Lumber Company (Westfir) in the early 50's
Loggers from the neighboring state of Washington will be able to earn Professional Logger credits at the Oregon Logging Conference. Two Seminars are scheduled, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, on Friday, February 24th. The Washington State Forest Practices Rules establish standards for forest practices such as timber harvest, pre-commercial thinning, road construction, fertilization, and forest chemical application. These rules are deigned to protect public resources such as water quality and fish habitat while maintaining a viable timber industry.

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.

To keep track of your credits, 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.  

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.
Morning Session
Washington Forest Practices Seminar
Friday, February 24, 2017, 8:30am to 10:30am
SE Meeting Room, Exhibit Hall

M oderator: David Boyd, Hancock Forest Management, Cathlamet, WA
"One Year To Understand the Challenges
We Face"

Jenny Knoth, PhD, Director Environmental Affairs, Green Crow, Port Angeles, WA

Jenny returned to Washington following a two year world tour.  The Pacific Northwest remains one of the greatest places on Earth in her mind and it is all because of our amazing forests.  She hit the ground running for Green Crow in August 2015 and quickly learned that “Director of Environmental Affairs” was code for “Political Forester.”... her story and what she has learned on the job, so far.

Jenny is a tree nerd.  Not because she knows everything about trees.  It’s more that she really likes them and she’s a bit of a nerd.  Hikes with her always come with an ecology lesson and sometimes even a quiz at the end.  Jenny is a research scientist who likes to get her hands dirty.  Who knew that would lead to politics?  She is a member of the Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research (CMER) committee which is the scientific arm of Washington State’s Adaptive Management Program.  She also Chairs the Washington SFI Implementation Committee and is an active participant in the Washington Tree Farm Program and the Society of American Foresters.  Jenny has an M.S. in forest genetics from NCSU and a Ph.D. from the UW’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.     

"Road Maintenance Do It.  Or Be Done"

Dave Roberts, Port Blakely Tree Farm, Olympia, WA

Dave will take a look at Washington's Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plan (RMAP) program.  He has worked over 34 years in forest engineering, construction and logging in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.  He presently works for Port Blakely Tree Farms.  Dave received his degree in Logging Engineering from the University of Washington.

"Bridges Over Troubled Waters" - Bridge Inspection Programs, Unexpected Conditions and Repairs.

Steve Faulkner, PE, Pacific Forest Resources, Inc., Enumclaw, WA.

In the past few years, the RMAP program has taken front position for most of the industrial landowners in Washington (with the emphasis on upgrading culverts for fish passage), leaving the existing bridge infrastructure in a back-seat position.  Now that the RMAP program is somewhat complete, those landowners (as well as their Oregon counterparts) can now turn their attention back to their existing bridges.  As part of that focus, a good bridge inspection/inventory program is needed to help identify potential structures that may need immediate repairs or improvements as well as help to develop maintenance and replacement plans for long-term budget/safety consideration.

Mr. Faulkner has been working in the forest industry for 40 years, most recently as President of Pacific Forest Resources (PFR), Inc since 1988.  As a consulting engineer with PFR, he has worked with many of the agency, municipal and industrial forest landowners in the Pacific Northwest on stream crossing and road construction solutions.  In addition, he has contributed to improvements in the designs of numerous bridge manufacturers.  Before forming PFR, Mr. Faulkner began his professional carrier in 1980 as a Forest Engineer for Plum Creek Timber Company (or their predecessors) in Enumclaw, WA.  Mr. Faulkner obtained a BS in Forest Engineering from Oregon State in 1980 and PE licenses in Logging/Forest Engineering in Washington in 1988, and in Oregon in 2003.

Afternoon Session
Washington Forest Practices Seminar
Friday, February 24, 2017, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
SE Meeting Room, Exhibit Hall

M oderator: George Kirkmire, Washington Contract Loggers Association, Olympia, WA
"RMAP Fish Passage Issues"

Sam Lovelace, Manager, Longview Tree Farm Road Maintenance & Construction Operations, Weyerhaeuser Company

Sam will provide an overview of the Longview operation, RMAP and road maintenance best practices and methods to minimize RMAP impacts (determining fish presence).

Sam Lovelace graduated with honors from OSU in 2010 with a BS in Forest Engineering and a minor in Business and Entrepreneurship.  While in school he completed two summer internships with Weyerhaeuser in Aberdeen WA and Longview WA.  He has been working as a full time employee with Weyerhaeuser in Longview WA since 2010 as a Forest Engineer and now manager of the Longview Tree Farm road maintenance and construction operations.
"Unstable Slope Identification"

Brandon Austin, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Olympia, Washington

You will be supporting the Oregon Logging Conference (OLC) Scholarship Fund if you are the successful bidder on a new Southstar Equipment felling head, or any of the other items included in the auction taking place at OLC in February 2017.

Southstar Equipment has donated a FD750 felling head and all proceeds after the reserved bid has been met will be donated to the OLC Foundation Scholarship fund.  The head will be auctioned off at 8am on Friday, February 24th during the "members" breakfast in the Wheeler Pavilion.  The felling head will be on display at Southstar's inside exhibit area.  If you can't attend, call the OLC office to make arrangements to place a "proxy" bid - 541.686.9191.

Washington Contract Loggers Association Credit Union is offering 12 months interest free financing to the lucky bidder.  Must be credit approved and you can call Brian Bahs for more information 360.352.5033. Click here to see full details.

This isn't the only great item available at the OLC Foundation Auction.  You can cast your bid for a $5,000 gift certificate towards purchase of a set of Olofsfors tracks, donated by Ponsse Coburg location, a $1,000 gift certificate towards purchase of a set of Michelin pickup tires, donated by Superior Tire Service, a pair of truck seats donated by DSU Peterbilt, and/or a youth bow and adult bow donated by Radiator Supply House and Bowtech. 

Click here to see a list of items that will be available at the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Auction on Thursday and Friday mornings during the 79th OLC.

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

The 79TH Annual Oregon Logging Conference will be jam packed with seminars, workshops, competitions and more!   Click on the images and logos below to learn more.



Paul Edward Lauch passed away on Nov. 27, 2016 of natural causes.  A memorial service honoring Paul was held on December 11th.

Paul was born May 22, 1927 in Seattle, WA. He served in the United States Navy at the close of WWII and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Washington.  Paul pursued a career as a forest engineer contributing to the regions' forestry management and preservation.  

Paul served on the board of directors of the Oregon Logging Conference and was president of the 46th Oregon Logging Conference in 1984.

Over the years Paul served on many industry and community committees.  He was a long-time member of the Lutheran Church.

Paul is survived by his wife of 69 years, Betty; 4 children (David, Steve, Jon, and Lisa), 10 grand-children and 15 great grand-children.

Paul had a great enthusiasm for life and he will be greatly missed by all whose lives were touched by him.

Photos below taken from of The Vintage News website.

Stump House with Lennstrom family, Edgecomb, 1901 Photo by Darius Kinsey
All Photos Courtesy of The Vintage News website
Top photo:  Stump house on the Elwha river
2nd photo:  Mt. Pleasant , WA Three room Stump House
3rd photo:  Cedar Stump house 1901
The Heavy Diesel transportation program at Linn Benton Community College (LBCC) is now housed in a state-of-the-art, 27,000 square foot facility, which also includes an Innovation Center that will allow the industry to test new alternative fuel resources. 

This program is leading the industry in training new technicians to meet the rapidly growing need for highly-skilled heavy transportation specialists, and builds on the more than 45 years of success already established. 

The new facility has four large pull-through bays, 150 x 130 space for tools, and training for all phases of truck and heavy vehicles maintenance, repair and service.  Brakes, engines, drive train, electrical/electronics, steering and suspension, and comfort systems can all be covered. 

This program focuses on providing an ongoing pool of trained quality technicians for the trucking and heavy equipment industry, as well as incorporating training in alternative fuels for the industry. Students coming into the program can complete either an Associate of Applied Science degree or a degree in Construction and Forestry Equipment.    

LBCC is proud to have industry partners such as Pape, John Deere, Coastline, and Ag West. These and other companies support the Heavy Equipment Diesel program in many ways including sponsoring a student as they are attending class and then bringing them on as employees.  Industry trends show that over the next 20 years there will be approximately 200,000 openings for trained diesel mechanics due to the retirement of many workers.  

In today’s world technology is quickly progressing and the LBCC program is excited to meet this need with highly trained Heavy Equipment Diesel technicians.

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