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TimberWest November/December 2013

March/April 2015

ON THE COVER
The GP grapple processor head by Pierce Pacific allows a single carrier to accomplish tasks that normally tie up two machines.

Making the Cut
Mike Pihl Logging continues to find success with its ‘never give up’ motto

Making a Niche
Pacific Logging and Processing finds a niche providing services for small-scale private landowners, which the company calls “‘permits to planting”

Wood Biomass Column
Oregon Sen. backs woody biomass
for government buildings

Pursuing Innovation
Tolko Industries teams with Oregon Manufacturer to try out GP head are
small volume applications.

Teaching Teachers
Sustainable Forestry Tour
Opens Teachers’ Eyes

Stewards of the Future
Chilkat Logging is Oregon’s only certified logging operation located on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation

Oregon Logging Conference Review
Highlights of the OLC,
including pictorial review

RLC Review
Highlights of the 2015 Redwood
Logging Conference

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Stewardsof the Future

Versatility helps keep Chilkat Logging, Inc. vital

By Lindsay R. Mohlere

Waylon Beymer steps down from the cab of his 2014 Western Star 4900EX hauling a Link-Belt 210 shovel on a three-axle lowboy. Behind him, etched by a crystal blue sky, Mt. Hood shimmers in the crisp morning light. “You got to look down the road,” he says. “You must change with the times. You owe it to your family, to your employees and to the land.”

Waylon, along with his wife Tiffany, own Chilkat Logging, Inc. Together they started the business in 2006 and two years ago purchased Chilkat Enterprise, from Waylon’s mother Pinky after the death of his father, Kelly Lee Beymer.

Tribal Logging

Today, the Beymer’s operate both companies on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in north central Oregon. The reservation, created by treaty in 1855, is a sovereign nation occupied and governed by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. It covers over 1,000 square miles, of which 350,000 acres are forested.

Tiffany and Waylon Beymer, owners of Chilkat Logging, Inc. on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

Chilkat Logging is the only Oregon Professional Logger (OPL) certified logging operation located on the reservation and its principal client is Warm Springs Forest Products. Logging on Tribal land is governed by the forest management philosophy of the Confederated Tribes set forth in the Integrated Resources Management Plan for the reservations forested areas. The IRMP provides strategies to plan and execute a balanced direction for the protection, use and enhancement of tribal natural resources. The Tribes IRMP exceed the Forest Practices Act and the Forest Stewardship Council.

Beymer, who grew up in Warm Springs and is a Tribal member, recognizes the importance of his work to help sustain the Tribes natural resources. “It’s a privilege and an honor to work for the Tribe,” Waylon says.

Chilkat LoggingFlexibility and Versatility Keeps the Work Out Front

The ability to change and to adapt to a variety of jobs mandated by the Tribe’s IRMP keeps Chilkat on top of its game.

Currently, Chilkat Logging operates two shovel/skidder sides, a hazardous fuel reduction side, a brush piling side and a road building side.

Chilkat Enterprise, which celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary in 2014, is a trucking and construction company. It runs a fleet of three late-model Western Star 4900 EX long loggers, one of which converts to a fifth wheel, and a Western Star 4900 short logger. A Western Star dump, that also pulls a two-axle tilt-bed, and a Western Star heavy hauler for a lowboy trailer complete the mix. A 1998 Freightliner is used as a water tanker and fifth wheel. A 1987 Kenworth long nose is a dedicated water truck. “I like the Western Star trucks because they’re built heavier. They’re tougher and we don’t have to work on them much,” Waylon says.

Chilkat also contracts with Jeese Reese Trucking, Inc. of Warm Springs, full time for all of its log hauling needs. “Jesse works with us fighting fires too,” Waylon says. All Chilkat employees are trained to fight fires and the entire crew has red cards.

Chilkat LoggingChilkat Logging is the only Oregon Professional Logger certified logging operation located on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Its principal client is Warm Springs Forest Products.

In addition to its logging and trucking operations, Chilkat does sub-soil remediation of legacy skid trails and snow removal.

“Our biggest challenge is the weather. We don’t work year round,” Waylon says, explaining that the company is usually down from March to May. “Break up happens in March through April. Our guys take vacation during that time. We rest, re-group and tend to our equipment. It’s like spring-cleaning. Then we hit it hard come May.”

“Another challenge to logging on the Reservation,” he says, “is that there’s 12 different species of trees, which have about 15-40 growth rings per inch.”

In conjunction with the logging and trucking operations, Chilkat is involved in excavation and construction, including housing starts and driveways. “We have a C.C.B. license, so we can do work outside the reservation in Jefferson and Wasco counties. We’ll do waterlines, foundations …everything but build the house,” he added.

“I’ve always tried to be versatile. We can do a driveway, do a roadway, do logging and fight fires. I try to keep work in front of the guys, and they eat it up.”

Chilkat LoggingSide rod Dwayne Cowen and Waylon Beymer share a laugh while moving a Link-Belt 210 from a hazardous fuel reduction side. Above is Waylon Beymer and his mother Pinky.

Enough Iron for the Job

Running a variety of sides means keeping a lot of machines on the job.

On the logging side, Chilkat fields three shovels, a 2002 and 2006 Lin-Belt 210 along with a 2005 Link-Belt 240. “We prefer the Link-Belt shovels because they’re easy to operate and good on fuel. I feel they hold together better and we can work on them ourselves,” Waylon says.

In addition, two skidders, a 2006 Prentice 490 and a 2004 John Deere 648, join the team along side a 2006 Log Max Processor and 2011 Caterpillar 324 delimber. A 2008 Tigercat 822 hot saw, operated by side rod Dwayne Cowen, handles the cutting. On occasion, hand crews are also contracted.

A 2014 Slashbuster on a 2006 Link-Belt 210 excavator and a 1997 CAT 320 see duty on hazardous fuel removal and brush piling contracts.

The road building side features a 1986 CAT D7H, a 1990 John Deere crawler, a 1989 John Deere 770 grader and a 1994 Hamm roller.

A 1991 CAT 446 backhoe, a 1991 853 Bobcat and a 2009 Case mini-excavator round out the construction side.

Chilkat does their own maintenance except for engine rebuilds and hydraulic work. “We work with Wolfe Truck & Equipment out of Madras, Ore. If there’s a problem we can’t solve, they’re right on it,” Waylon says.

Chilkat LoggingThe Crew: Building Relationships

Chilkat Logging has a fulltime crew of sixteen, including seven Tribal members. During the peak production months, the company adds a few more hands to a max of 20. Most of the crew has been with Chilkat for several years. “We do a lot to protect our crew,” Tiffany Beymer says. “Without them, we’re not here.”

“Finding the right people is sometimes a little bit tough. We try to build relationships so we can keep guys around for longer. It’s one of the major rewards of doing this job,” Waylon says, agreeing with his wife. “We look for people with good values. You can teach someone to operate the equipment, but you can’t teach someone to be a good person. It matters to them to take care of their family, tell the truth, take care of their house, be at work on time, and to keep their word. I want to know the guy I’m working with. I want them around for a long time.”

Waylon notes that cross training his crew to operate a variety of machines helps keep his production at peak levels, a well as keeping the crew focused. Side rod Cowen echoes his satisfaction, “It keeps the job interesting and challenging. I like to do multiple things.”

Chilkat LoggingWaylon says that cross training his crew to operate a variety of machines helps keep his production at peak and his crew focussed.

Like many logging companies, Chilkat finds filling temporary/seasonal positions a bit difficult. It’s not unusual to have several applications from people living in other states. “We seem to fill those positions, but I still try to keep the good ones around,” Waylon says.

In addition to paying a good family wage and benefits, Chilkat Logging puts extra emphasis on safety training. In fact, Chilkat’s safety commitment extends to rewarding employees by kicking back the annual SAIF premium rebate. “Our employees are the reason we get a high safety rating,” Tiffany says. “That’s why we get the rebate.”

“The main key to our success are our employees,” Waylon adds. “Without your employees, you’re nothing. But, like my dad said, do what you’re good at and have a stable marriage, don’t lie to your banker and pay your taxes. Good advice.”