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TimberWest November/December 2013

May/June 2015

Photo of the Schlafer team at Covelo, Calif., with Paul Shandel on the left, loader operator, Ramon Echeverria, in the center and Antone Schlafer on the right.

Nothing Stands in Schlafer’s Way
Schlafer and his small logging crew don’t know the meaning of impossible, and that is one of the keys to his success.

IFG’s Wood-Eating Machine
Idaho Forest Group (IFG) recently unveiled its new HewSaw SL250 3.4 installation at the 2015 Small Log Conference.

Cold Winter Bumps Up Demand for Pellets
Purcell Premium Pellets, based
in Hauser, Idaho, talks pellets.

New Cable Yarder Takes to the Woods
T-Mar sees the need for a new steep slope cable yarder specifically designed to address the increasing volumes of second-growth timber.

Keeping the Wheels Turning
Ever since Joel Olson built his first logging road and bought his first three log trucks, innovation and attention to detail have been key to his business.

Top Five Causes of Forest Equipment Fires
Although most machines are equipped with fire suppression systems, operators can take steps to help prevent fires.

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Firewood Processing Equipment


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In the News

OSU Recognized as World-class Center

Oregon State University (OSU) was recognized as a world-class center in agriculture and forestry, ranking ninth in an international survey.

The listing appeared in the QS World University Rankings of approximately 200 top institutions for agriculture and forestry worldwide in 2015.

“Our world ranking is a testament to the continued great work of our faculty and researchers,” said Dan Arp, dean of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

“We’re excited about another top global ranking that recognizes the breadth and depth of our research and teaching, and our great partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences,” said Thomas Maness, dean of OSU’s College of Forestry. “It’s very satisfying to see the excellence of our faculty and students recognized internationally.”

Published annually since 2011, the rankings take into account the number of citations for journal articles. They are also based on surveys sent to employers and academics, who are asked to list institutions they consider excellent for recruitment of graduates and research, respectively. Only eight other institutions in the world ranked above OSU, two of which tied for fifth.

Commercially Thinned Areas Fare Better in Fires

If there is any bright spot when it comes to forest fires, there is evidence that commercially thinned areas recover faster after forest fires.

The fire, which broke out Sept. 13, 2014, at the old 36 Pit quarry, spread quickly through steep terrain on both sides of the Clackamas River, about eight miles southeast of Estacada. It eventually covered 5,525 acres.

In late May, the Oregon State University Extension Service, Northwest Fire Science Consortium, and Oregon Forest Resources Institute led a tour of the burned area.

It became apparent that the stands that had been thinned by selective logging fared far better than areas that hadn’t been managed.

“Forest management definitely made a difference,” said Mike Haasken, forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Molalla Unit. “Areas where there was commercial thinning, the fire slowed down.”

Americans Are Using More Renewables

A new study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that Americans are using as much renewable energy as they were in the 1930s, due to the burning of wood.

Renewable energy accounted for 9.8 percent of the total domestic energy consumption in 2014. That is the highest percentage since the 1930s — back when Duke Ellington was at the top of the charts.

Solar, hydro-power, and wind have been growing in use (approximately 5 percent a year) since 2001. Wood came in second among the renewables, which was assumed to come from the high demand for wood pellets.

$20 million to Oregon Timber Counties

Checks totaling $20 million were mailed to 18 timber counties in western Oregon under the terms of a federal subsidy renewed by Congress.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced the money is being distributed to the so-called O&C counties under the terms of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

batteries from wood pulpBatteries from Wood Pulp

Researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Stanford University, U.S., may have developed a high-capacity battery created from wood pulp.

Using nanocellulose broken down from tree fibers, the team created an elastic, foam-like battery material that can withstand shock and stress.

“It is possible to make incredible materials from trees and cellulose,” said researcher Max Hamedi from KTH.

The material can be used for 3D structures, allowing storage of significantly more power in less space than is possible with conventional batteries, he said.

“Three-dimensional, porous materials have been regarded as an obstacle to building electrodes. But we have proven that this is not a problem. In fact, this type of structure and material architecture allows flexibility and freedom in the design of batteries,” Hamedi said.