Michael Ainsworth, vice president of marketing and business development,
Ainsworth Lumber Company, was recently appointed chair of the APA
Marketing Advisory Committee. He
succeeds John LeFors, Willamette Industries, Inc., who recently became
vice chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Tommi Ruha has been named president of Ponsse USA, Inc.
He replaces President Juhapekka Mutanen.
Ruha was serving as Ponsee Oyj’s director of Information Systems
and was a member of the management team.
And Eliisa Mutanen has been appointed vice president after having
served as a bank director. "These actions will enable us to strengthen Ponsse’s
operations in the USA as well as offer our customers increasingly
comprehensive wood harvesting solutions based on the cutto length
harvesting methods in USA’s growing and consolidating markets,"
says CEO Tommi Lindbom.
The Polk, Marion and Yamhill Counties of Oregon have their own forestry
extension agent — Brian Withrow Robinson.
He’s taken over from Mike Reichenbach, who left the position a
year ago. A new emphasis on
conservation, watershed health and forest management spurred the state
legislature last year to beef up the extension service’s forestry
program, providing funds for Withrow Robinson.
Logging Firm Recognized
After two years of attacks from environmentalists, a California timber
company has received a much coveted "sustainability"
certification for its forestry management practices.
The approval means that all forest products coming off Mendocino
Redwood Co.’s 232,000 acres of Mendocino woodlands can bear a special
logo, a significant marketing tool given the growing demand for wood from
environmentally sustainable operations.
It is the largest redwood forest ever to receive certification from
the Forest Stewardship Council, an independent forestry practices
evaluation organization founded in 1993.
Bob Fisher, an owner of the timber company, says the certification
proves "you can run a sustainably managed forest and a viable
business. This is a huge
environmental achievement and one that we think can be duplicated.”
Vice President of Business Development
Rod Dempster, formerly vice president of Weyerhaeuser’s Western Oriented
Strand Board (OSB) business, has accepted the position of vice president
of business development for the company’s Wood Products businesses.
Dempster will focus on new business development opportunities in
Wood Products, including Trus Joist engineered lumber and OSB supply chain
optimization. "We have a
significant opportunity to integrate the knowledge between these
businesses," says Tom Denig, Trus Joist president, "and Rod has
the background and experience to help us identify business opportunities
and make faster progress in developing them.”
Appoints New Director
Paul Boardman, who has represented Washington state and the nation’s
forest products industry in Japan since the early 1990s, has been named
director of the Center for International Trade in Forest Products at the
University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources.
Boardman manages a staff and graduate students who conduct
international market research of use to government, industry associations
and businesses ranging from small, to large integrated forest products
companies. He also supervises
the center’s publications and events. For the past four years, Boardman worked in Japan for the
American Forest & Paper Association.
He established and was director of the association’s Japan
office, coordinated trade policy with the U.S. embassy, promoted the use
of U.S. wood products, and
provided information about the Japanese market to the U.S. producers.
O’Neill Pine Co. in Salem, Ore., has been certified as a SmartWood operation
through the Forest Stewardship Council.
Wood coming from O’Neill Pine land can now bear the FSC band.
The program promotes conservation through certified forestry.
And certification is awarded only after an assessment of the
company’s forestry management practices.
Jamie, Juan and Nicolas Yraguen of Basco Logging, Inc., recently completed
all the necessary requirements to be recognized as Oregon Professional
Loggers. They were recognized
as logging contractors who made a special effort to continue their
professional education in the logging business.
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