AFRC hired Scott Stawiarski to replace Bill Wickman, as of January 1. Scott, who brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to AFRC, took over monitoring duties for the Lassen, Plumas, Tahoe, and Modoc National Forests.
Before joining AFRC, Scott worked for (and recently retired from) the Forest Service. Scott has over 30 years of experience planning and implementing forest management and ecological restoration programs and projects.
Logging Safety Standards for Cable-assisted Systems under consideration
At their December meeting, the ALC Board of Directors voted to support a draft of minimum logging safety standards for cable-assisted logging Systems (aka tethering systems).
For those interested in reading the draft of the proposed rules, contact Steve Barham at the ALC Office, (208) 667-6473, and a copy of the draft will be mailed or emailed to you. Input is welcome and encouraged, and information on the rule-making process will be printed in the Idaho Logger newsletter as it becomes known.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced 2017 advocacy priorities that include smarter regulations to unleash economic growth, comprehensive tax reform, efficient transportation, and trade policies that advance U.S. competitiveness. The association will pursue these priorities over the coming year to support the paper and wood product manufacturing industry’s ability to create jobs and grow the economy.
“With 900,000 employees in family-wage jobs in large and small communities across 45 states, the forest products industry is the face of U.S. manufacturing. Our future grows even brighter when forward-thinking public policy unleashes our ability to invest, innovate, and compete on a greater scale at home and around the globe,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “We look forward to working with the new administration and Congress to achieve shared goals of growing the economy and creating opportunity for all Americans. Along that road, we will support policies that ensure regulations do more good than harm. And we will back key steps, including comprehensive tax reform, efficient transportation measures, and trade measures that recognize our strong global market position, to set a foundation for economic expansion now and in decades to come.”
The AFRC reported that, on December 19, the Environmental and Natural Resources Section of the Oregon State Bar presented Scott Horngren, former AFRC Staff Attorney, with its annual award.
The award was given in recognition of Scott’s professionalism, his work developing law regarding timber and resources, and his role in mentoring and training lawyers while in private practice at AFRC and the Western Resources Legal Center. AFRC Staff Attorney Lawson Fite presented Scott with the award.
In an effort to respond to requests from Idaho loggers for different speakers and topics during LEAP Updates, the University of Idaho Extension is offering these classes in just three locations this year. This will allow them to bring in speakers from out of the area to talk about the latest topics in forest management and best management practices. Worth eight credits in the Idaho Pro-Logger Program, the classes will last one day and will be held at Lewiston, Sandpoint, and Coeur d’Alene. More specifics are available at www.idahologgers.com.
On the Cover
Photo taken at the 2016 Oregon Logging Conference
2017 OLC Show Guide
A comprehensive listing of all the events, panels and exhibitors of the 2017 OLC.
Hidden Historical Gem
Oregon mill with a long history offers incredible versatility
Hitting the Ground at a Gallop
Iron Horse Logging demonstrates you can successfully break out on your own
A Look Ahead at Steep Slope Logging in 2017
Industry experts discuss the future of steep slope logging