December 2017 Issue<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Vol.2 Issue 6
In this issue: Get to know some of the speakers at the upcoming 80th Oregon Logging Conference, lear n how to earn pro logger credits and Washington Forest Practices credits.
Easy Quick Links to the 2018 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!
The Oregon Logging Conference (OLC) School Tours, taking place on the opening day of the conference, is a program to connect youth to Oregon’s working forests. Oregon Women in Timber, Forests Today & Forever, and the Oregon Logging Conference work together each year to introduce hundreds of 4th and 5th students to forestry in the Northwest.
In 2018, over 800 students from 11 schools in six school districts will move through the program, including ten returning schools and one new school from Eugene. During the last few years, a number of urban schools joined the program, which is exciting because these youth often have the biggest disconnect from our forests. When one Eugene teacher was asked why she brings her students, she said “it is engaging and there is something for everyone interest-wise.” She adds, “I love how logging/forestry connects to STEM skills, it’s so important for students today to see the wide variety of uses for computer science and mathematics.”
The day is a whirlwind of activity with the 800 students moving through the program in just 51/2 hours! Each group spends one and a half hours at the OLC, rotating through three stations. First stop is an introduction to careers in the woods, presented by Talk About Trees educators, where students learn about the many great jobs available in our forests. Students then break into small groups to meet professional foresters and learn about how to age a tree with an increment borer. At this stop, students also learn about trees, the great resource itself! The final rotation is a tour of the big equipment, where students can see the big machines and learn how they are used in logging operations.
The OLC school tours is a fun and comprehensive look at forestry for our elementary school audience. Our greatest hope is that students, teachers, and chaperones walk away from the program understanding more about working forests and their value to them as individuals and society as a whole. 
OWIT has been educating students since 1982 when they introduced a hands-on program entitled “Managed Forests are Forever” It was aimed primarily at 4 th grade students and presented by OWIT members in local schools and during the Oregon Logging Conference, stressing the benefits of multiple use management of forest lands that require sunshine, moisture, nutrients and weed control. Students could touch products made from trees and samples of tree species, tree rounds for counting growth rings and examples of tree damage caused by insects, animals, man and fire. The Oregon Logging Conference provided a display of chain saws, trucks, yarders, loaders and other items needed to utilize this renewable resource. By 1988, it was impossible to accommodate all the schools that wanted to participate in the program. By 1991, the OWIT board adopted California Women in Timber’s forest education program, Trees Are For People, that was later renamed “Talk About Trees”. This on-site, hands-on science based program is offered to pre-school through eighth grade students free of charge and is presented by Talk About Trees facilitators. 27 years later, this award-winning program has educated over 3 Million students across Oregon!
OWIT’s passion for forestry education has grown throughout the years with support from many partners including the Oregon Logging Conference and Forests Today and Forever, who share a quest to educate and encourage youth to learn more about the forest products industry.
Photo above: Tour Guide and OLC President Rick Kriege with Elementary Students at the 2017 OLC
Photo below: Miss. Lane and Linn Counties ladies help during Family Day at the OLC
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The 2018 Oregon Logging Conference program schedule is packed full of quality speakers addressing topics of interest and concern to all who attend the 80th Annual Conference.

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.

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.

a few of the seminars and topnotch speakers are listed below:
Washington Forest Practices Seminar
Friday, February 23, 2018, 8:30am to 10:30am
SE Meeting Room, Exhibit Hall

Moderator: David Boyd, Hancock Forest Management, Cathlamet, WA
"Policy Challenges and What That Means to You"
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 North Carolinia State University and a Ph.D. from the UW’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.      
"Logging in the Black - Post Burn"
Jeremy Grose, SDS Lumber, Bingen, WA
Jeremy attended the University of Idaho College of Forestry and obtained a Bachelor in Forestry with Timber Harvesting emphasis. He worked summers on cable and ground based logging crews across the Pacific Northwest.
Jeremy worked for Plum Creek Timber in Enumclaw, WA for one year, then he spent time as a manager for a consulting firm in Corvallis, primarily doing forest inventory, cruising, and small landowner stewardship projects.
Jeremy worked five years as a WDNR State Lands Forester in SW Washington, doing Contract Admin and Sale Layout / Permitting, and fire suppression.
He has been with SDS Lumber in Bingen, WA since 2011. First as Inventory / GIS Forester and currently he serve as Log Purchasing and Sales, Recreation, and "Forester at Large" for SDS and Broughton Lumber Company.
"Challenges of Permitting and Logging in the Black -
Post Fire Salvage"
Rohan Theobald, Hancock Forest Management, Colville, WA
Rohan is a silviculture forester for Hancock Forest Management in the Northeast Washington Region. He has been with the company since 2013.
Prior to joining Hancock, he was employed by the Washington State DNR -- first in Loomis and then Deer Park, WA – working primarily in a pre-sales/layout capacity.
Rohan earned a B.S. in Business Administration: Marketing & Management from Portland State University in 2003, and then a Master of Forest Resources – Forest Management degree from University of Washington in 2012.
Commercial Thinning Seminar
Friday, February 23, 2018, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
SW Meeting Room, Exhibit Hall

M oderator: Matt Bliss, Roseburg Forest Products, Veneta, OR
"Why Thin? Silviculture Overview, Management Objectives, Economics"
Steve Keniston, Region Forester, Weyerhaeuser Company
Riley Stephenson, Operation Forester, Starker Forests

"Thinning Techniques: Types of Equipment, Limitations, How to Select an Equipment Mix, How to Know if You Get a Good Outcome."
Lee Miller, Owner, Miller Timber Services

"Markets: Where to Sell CTL Logs, Long vs Short, Pro / Con of CTL Logs"
Steve Keniston, Region Forester, Weyerhaeuser Company

"Manufacturing: Utilization of Small Logs"
Bruce Delicaet, General Manager, Hew Saw US Inc.
Hands On Seminars Presented on Thursday and Friday

"Log Roll Out - Log Defects and the Result in Products"
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 11am to 12pm
Outside Exhibit Area

Presented by Jayme Dumford, Timber Manager for Swanson Bros., Lumber Company, Noti, Oregon and T.J. Hammerschmidt, Timber Manager for Swanson Group., Glendale, Oregon. This presentation will review and show examples of logs with manufacturing defect and naturally occurring defects that effect log quality and end product quality. End product examples that relate to the log defects will also be shown.
Jayme Dumford is Timber Manager for Swanson Brothers Lumber Co., in Noti, Oregon. Jayme has worked for Swanson Brothers for the past 10 years and in the timber industry for 20+ years. He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Forest Management and has worked as a Silvicultural Forester, Forest Engineer, Timber Sale Appraiser, Contract Administrator and Log Buyer. He is currently responsible for managing timberlands and log supply for Swanson Brothers' large log mill at Noti.
T.J. Hammerschmith is Timber Manager for Swanson Group Mfg., in Springfield, Oregon. T.J. has worked for Swanson Group for the past 4 years and in the timber industry for 15+ years. He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Forest Management and has worked as a Silvicultural Forester, Timber Cruiser, Contract Administrator, Logging Manager and Log Buyer. He is currently responsible for purchasing logs and managing timber sales for Swanson Group at Springfield.
"Evergreen and Growing"
Friday, February 23, 2018, 1pm to 2pm
Auditorium, Freightliner North West Exhibit Area

Moderated by Travis Myer, GM Land and Forest Management, Butte Falls, Oregon and presented by Michael Houghton, Western Region Vocational Sales Manager for Freightliner Trucks. This seminar will provide an overview on Freightliner Vocational Trucks and how emission requirements have changed the product.
Michael Houghton is the Vocational Sales Manager for Freightliner Trucks. He has been with Freightliner and Daimler Trucks North America for over 25 years. His experience includes Sales, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Service. He takes a customer-focused approach to everything he does at Freightliner and believes that exceeding customer expectations is essential to success. His strong work ethic and integrity were developed growing up on a family farm operating trucks and heavy equipment. Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. He is a member of the ATA Technology & Maintenance Council and is a NAFI Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator.
"Logging and Cutting with Winch Assist and Tether Systems -
Safety and Site Selection"
Friday, February 23, 2018, 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Outside Exhibit Area, Technical Forest Solutions

Co-moderators Frank Chandler Jr., and Vince Wilbur, Technical Forest Solutions, Kelso, Washington. This seminar will cover Washington State safety regulator concerns, findings and best management practices, as well as a look at steep slope logging over the past few years. Other topics will include what to look for in selecting a winch assist site, and what works and what doesn't work.

  • "New Safety BMP's (Best Management Practices) for Washington State", presented by Travis Nailon, Washington Dept. of Safety and Health, Olympia, Washington
  • "What to Look for on Inspections and Safety Standards Arounds Wire Rope and Rigging", presented by Brett Doyle and Pete Weekley, Woods Logging Supply, Longview, Washington
  • "How the Steep Slope Systems Have Been Implemented on Tree Farms", presented by Rex Pittullo, Harvester Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company.
Travis Naillon is a safety and health specialist with the SHARP program.
He has a BS in forestry from the University of Idaho. He comes from a small town in Western Washington and is a third-generation logger on his father’s side and a fourth on his mothers. Travis worked as a logger prior to attending college. After which he has worked as a forester, safety consultant, consultation supervisor, program manager, and contract logger.
His passion is increasing safety and reducing injuries in the timber industry.
Rex Pittullo is the Harvest Manager for Weyerhaeuser Longview, WA area.
He is a third generation logger, and he has over 29 years of industry experience in the Pacific Northwest and 18 years with Weyerhaeuser. Rex's career started as a choker setter working the summers while in high school. He has worked as a rigging slinger, hooktender, processor operator, and contract cutter. He has had many roles working on safety and functional teams for Weyerhaeuser.
Brett Doyle is a 1993 graduate of Skagit Valley College with a general Associates Degree, and a 1995 graduate of Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in criminology and a minor in business administration. He spent high school and college summers commercial fishing in Alaska. After graduating from college he spent an entire year in Alaska commercial fishing. In 1996 he joined the Wood’s Logging Team where he currently works on the outside sales team in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and North Dakota. 
Pete Weekley is a 1979 graduate of Mark Morris High School in Longview, Washington. Pete started working as a rigger for Wood’s Logging Supply, Inc. in 1980. 
In 1984 Pete became the rigging supervisor for Wood’s Logging Supply where he still holds that position. 
Pete travels all over the United States for any specialty rigging jobs. 
Pete’s passions in life are pretty simple, family, friends, hunting and a love for the logging industry.
OWIT Talk About Trees Auction
The Talk About Trees Annual auction is just around the corner. Plans are underway for another awesome event! Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Eugene Hilton Hotel and Conference center. Doors open at 4 p.m. with a grand selection of silent auction items to bid on while visiting with old friends and sipping on hosted beer and wine (sponsored by Wilcox and Flegel) during the OLC Pre-Registration and Meet & Greet.

A hearty western buffet begins at 6:30 with the live auction at 8:00 PM. Auction items include something for everyone including vacation getaways, jewelry, tickets to sporting events and unique treasures with rural themes of old time logging, hunting and enjoying the great outdoors.

Here’s a few of the great items:
  • Bi-Mart has donated TWO separate one of a kind country music festival packages that include hospitality and air-conditioned suite (not available to the public!). Country Crossings Music Festival, July 26 to 29, 2018 at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point includes Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley and Eric Church & the Willamette Country Music Festival, August 16 to 19, 2018 in Brownsville includes Eric Church, Alabama, Lady Antebellum & Kid Rock! Both festivals include 4 – 4 day GA Admission wristbands that include exclusive Bi-Mart Hospitality & Air-conditioned suite with a GA Parking pass. Both are one of a kind concert packages.
  • A Broadway Theater Package for two at the Keller Auditorium in Portland to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies, The Phantom Returns” the sequel to the Phantom of the Opera. Saturday, May 19th at 7:30 PM. Tickets include a gift card for lodging and dinner.
  • One one of a kind “Free Hand Metal Artwork piece by R & P Metal Art donated by Emerald Valley Thinning
  • Children’s Rocking Chair handcrafted and donated by Dick Powell, retired Starker Forester.
The auction has provided OWIT an opportunity to work with some amazing students. The Miss Lane County Scholarship Program provides help from pageant contestants during the auction and they also manage the OWIT booth during the OLC Saturday Family Day event helping local youngsters build bird feeders. Another amazing organization OWIT counts on for the auction is the OSU Equestrian Drill Team. The ladies are always ready to help out. Both groups have been a pleasure to work with!
For more information click on the organization OSU Equestrian Drill Team and Miss Lane County Scholarship Program.
Children’s Rocking Chair handcrafted by Dick Powell, retired Starker Forester
“Free Hand Metal Artwork piece by
R & P Metal Art donated by Emerald Valley Thinning
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Remembering Our Fallen Industry Leaders
Kenneth Charles Wienke
May 26, 1952 – December 12, 2018
It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this information regarding the loss of another industry leader. 2012 Oregon Logging Conference president Ken Wienke passed away on December 12th of a heart attack. 
Ken Wienke started his career with Boise Cascade 38 years ago, working in Oregon and Idaho. While with Boise Ken served as Western Oregon Wood Procurement Manager. 
Ken previously worked as a land surveyor for an Engineering firm in the Portland area.
Ken graduated from Crook County High School in Prineville Oregon, and served in the US Army for 2 years during the Vietnam War period after which he attended and received a BS degree in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University. Ken was also a Licensed Oregon Professional Forest Engineer.
Ken was an active individual, enjoyed spending time outdoors playing golf, biking, competing in the Bend Pole, Peddle, Paddle event as well as other outdoor events.
Ken married his high school sweetheart Kim, they enjoyed 45 plus years together.
Ken served as 2012 President of the Oregon Logging Conference and was on the board since 2002. 
He served two years as president of Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association. Ken was actively involved with and served on the board of OFIC, a member of the Society of American Foresters and various other organization.  
He served as an Advisory board member for the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative (SOFRC). He worked with the Applegate Partnership on several projects. Partnership founder Jack Shipley said “he enjoyed working with Ken, probably more than anybody, he was always trying to find solutions.” He was always mild mannered and a voice of reason.
Ken worked jointly with several people on the group, Public Advocates for Sustainable Solutions, a grass root effort dealing with primarily smoke management involving community leasers outside the timber industry. Any group that had any involvement with vegetative or smoke management, Ken was involved. He was passionate about this.
In 2015 Ken helped organize an OFRI sponsored Teachers tour of Southern Oregon Forests.
At this time details for the memorial service information aren’t available. Visit  to send your thoughts to the family and to sign the guest book.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Kimberlee Wienke and their family.
Ken loved the industry and the people, he will be missed by all who knew him.

Harry Hanscom March 1925 to December 3, 2017
Lifelong Eagle Point resident and well-known logger. Honorary Life Member OLC
He talked fondly of attending the OLC in the early years and looked forward every year to the annual gathering. He was proud to be a part of the timber industry and spoke of many friends and co-workers he had along the way.
Harry enjoyed attending the OLC with sons Ed and Larry, both who followed in his timber industry footsteps.
OLC NEWS representatives were fortunate to be able to sit down and interview Harry Hanscom in September 2016. Click here for the article on Harry Hanscom that was published in the September 2016 OLC NEWS newsletter.
Sherill “Buzz” Eades. January 2, 1940 to November 25, 2017
Buzz was a Past President of the Pacific Logging Congress and a Past President of the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference. He was serving as Executive Director of the Loggers Association of Northern California, and also working with the Associated California Loggers.
Buzz was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer and kidney failure in March of this year. He wrote this in July and it speaks to his love of family and the timber industry:
“I write this from Mercy Hospital room 286, long before the sun peeks over the mountains. I can barely see Mt. Shasta, coming to life. I just talked to both my sons on the phone, who are bouncing over rough roads heading for hot, dusty landings somewhere in those dark mountains I’m looking at. Kevin works in the area where I grew up, where my ancestors started making sawdust right after the Civil War. They built two of earliest sawmills in Modoc County. My great-great grandfather, Moses Carmichael, built the very first sawmill in Big Valley. He put a dam in Widow Valley Creek, built a huge water wheel and connected it a pitman arm, connected to a long whip saw that went up and down. The logs were pushed through the saw by hand, slowly of course. I am reminded of generations of timber ancestors, going back to the early 1800’s, in New York and Massachusetts. I have I have always been fiercely proud of 6 generations of sawdust in my blood. I am reminded of hundreds of mornings I bounced over those same roads. I miss those days and wish I was in the pickup with one of them this morning. 

Jane Newton, June 10, 1929 to November 26, 2017
Jane was one of Oregon Women In Timber’s founding members and an advocate for educating Oregon about managed forests. She spoke often to reporters about the benefits of multiple use management of forest lands that require sunshine, moisture, nutrients and weed control!
She was a mentor to many, she spoke about the importance of telling others our story. Jane encouraged everyone to get involved and volunteer. Her enthusiasm was infectious and she made an impression on many.
She cheered on encouraging the OWIT membership to adopt a forest education program from California Women in Timber that would evolve into the current statewide program. With her encouragement the program has gone from 4000 to 5000 students a year to well over 150,000 and have sustained the program for many years. Jane left quite a legacy as we look back on her impact today.
A memorial service is planned for January 20, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Corvallis on 8 th and Monroe Street. You can share your thoughts and memories for the family at

Barte Starker, March 12, 1950 to December 12, 2017
Barte Starker spent his professional career growing timber for his family business, but the people who knew him best said he quietly devoted much of his personal time to helping his industry and his community thrive. He passed away of complication from Parkinson's disease.
He served on the boards of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Oregon Natural Resources Education Fund, Keep Oregon Green, World Forestry Center and Western Forestry and Conservation Association (serving as president in 2005).
In 1990, he was named Forester of the Year by the Society of American Foresters.
Barte Starker also served on a number of community organizations, including the boards of the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation and the Benton County Fair Foundation.
Mike Cloughesy, director of forestry for the Oregon Natural Resources Institute, called the Starker family “thought leaders” in the industry. He remembered Barte Starker as a “people person” who enjoyed leading tours of his family’s timberlands to show the public how a working forest operated.
“He loved to get people out in the woods,” Cloughesy said. “He felt that if people saw what foresters do, they would have a better opinion of our industry.”
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