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TimberWest November/December 2013

Sept/October 2014

Photo by Diane Mettler: Brintech Logging and the company’s two new machines — a Doosan and Hyundai

Keep on Thinning
Pleines Logging has focused on
thinning for two decades

Good Crew Makes the Company
RDL Northwest Inc. is picky
about its crew and equipment

Running on All Cylinders
While companies were struggling
through the recession Brintech

Woody Biomass Column
Be Ready with the Message

16 Seconds: The Divider
Winners and losers of the LWC

ScorpionKing Struts
Ponsse shows of the new
ScorpionKing in Rhinelander, Wisc.

Guest Columnist
Preparing Your Forestry Equipment for Winter


Tech review - Brushcutters & Mulchers

In the News

Association News

Machinery Row




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In The News

Firefighting, Timber Harvest Rules and Landslide Mapping Lead DRN Budget

Money to fight wildfires, regulate timber harvests, and map Washington’s geological hazards are key requests in Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark’s budget for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), published last week by the state’s Office of Financial Management.

“The firestorms and landslides we experienced in 2014 remind us how important it is to prepare for disasters, prevent them when we can, and fight them when we must,” said Goldmark. “This budget will give us the tools we need to improve public safety for the people of Washington.”

The agency is seeking $4.5 million to restore numbers of trained firefighters to pre-recession levels. This will increase the agency’s ability to respond quickly to fires on the 13 million acres it protects. DNR will request $3.2 million to boost oversight of timber harvests to ensure forestry activities meet clean water standards and do not harm salmon or increase natural landslide dangers. DNR also is asking for $6.6 million to expand LiDAR mapping of geological hazards and provide technical support to counties, cities, and the public to help them understand the data.

New Sawmill Brings Jobs to Williams, Helps Thin Forests

There’s a new sawmill in Flagstaff, Arizona — Newpac Fibre LLC. The company opened its new mill at the site of a mill that had closed its doors in 1995.

The opening reflects not only an upsurge in the economy, but also a new commitment by the forest service to reduce the fire threat by thinning forests.

Wood from the sawmill will be used for paneling, flooring, doors, and more. Nothing will go to waste. Whatever isn’t used to produce building materials will be ground into mulch to be used for landscaping or fuel.

Simpson Lumber May Sell Longview Mill

In late September, the Tacoma News Tribune reported that privately owned Simpson Lumber Co. may be offered for sale. Among Simpson’s operations is their Longview mill, which opened in 2007. The mill employed approximately 85 full-time and 10 temporary employees.

Simpson also runs mills in Tacoma and Shelton, Wash., as well as Georgetown, S.C., and Meldrim, Ga.

The company’s door-making operation in McCleary, Wash., is not for sale.

Roseburg Mill to Reopen

The enormous fire that tore through Weed, Calif., burned homes to the ground, caused hundreds to be evacuated, and did damage to the Roseburg veneer mill, one of the town’s major industries. There was talk that the mill may not reopen, but that’s not the case.

Roseburg anticipates being back on line by Thanksgiving. In the meantime, it has moved its Weed veneer inventory and logs to its plywood operations in Oregon. Sixty of Weed’s 135 employees were also offered positions in Oregon, manning extra shifts to keep up with production needs and existing order files.

Forestry Transfer Degree Offered at SWOCC

Southwestern Oregon Community College and Oregon State University have signed an agreement to link degree programs for students pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in forestry. This is great news for students enrolling at the college for fall term.

“We’re hoping that other community colleges see this as a precedent – a model,” said Dr. Claire Montgomery, with OSU’s department of forest engineering, resources, and management.

Students are already signing up, and the first graduates will hit the workforce in 2016. If you would like more information, visit

AB 2142 Signed by Governor Brown

Last year in response to the Rim Fire, the legislature passed AB 744 to evaluate the expansion of the Forest Fire Prevention Exemption (FFPE). This 3-year pilot project encourages landowners to conduct forest-thinning projects to reduce the occurrence of wildfires, mitigate the damage, and improve overall forest health in the Sierra Nevada region, specifically in high and very high fire hazard zones. The only problem with the bill was that it didn’t cover several high risk areas.

In September, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2142, authored by Wes Chesbro. The bill added Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, and Sonoma Counties to the AB 744 Forest Fire Prevention Exemption pilot project, which will create a more robust pilot project that will help policymakers evaluate methods for safeguarding forests.