Oregon Logging Conference -
Friday Morning Session
Selected Topics from This
Seminars, Panels and Events
Please remember that badges are
required for attendance in these meetings. Award of one Professional Logger
credit will be made upon completion of the discussion. Kicking off Friday’s
educational opportunities is the panel presentation based on this year’s theme,
“American’s Forests – Habitat for Humanity”. Blair Moody, BLM, Medford, will
guide the panel as they address the following topics: “Industry View – Habitat
for Humanity”, John Beuter, President, Umpqua-Tualatin, Inc, Corvallis, Ore. Dr.
Beuter summarizes his topic of discussion, “regulation of private forests and a
transition on public lands from a focus on sustained yield to a focus on
sustainable ecosystems have introduced considerable uncertainty about future
Uncertainty stifles confidence and
commitment needed to maintain a competitive forest industry. Without a viable
forest industry, economic opportunities will be lost and forestland will be
devalued, increasing incentives to use forestland for higher-valued nonforest
purposes. The challenge is to balance the protection of forest ecosystems with
need to maintain the highest possible economic (market) value for forestland.
Without predictable, sustainable timber supplies to sustain a viable forest
industry, both forest ecosystems and forest–dependent communities will suffer.”
Following Dr. Beuter’s
dissertation, John Lowe, Consultant, U.S. Forest Service Ret., Parkdale, Ore.
presents the “Federal View – Habitat for Humanity”. Lowe will speak of the
changes in Federal land management over the past four decades. He will include
in his talk, “timber heydays” of the 1970’s to the current crisis in forest
condition as we move into the 21st century. Addressing the aspects that have
influenced the transition and drawing on personal perspectives, he will share
his philosophical views of how federal land management has gotten to its present
position. He will also offer personal thoughts directed at dissatisfaction of
current Forest Service trends and provide suggestions for possible change.
Oregon State University, Dean of
Forestry, Hal Salwasser, Corvallis, Ore. rounds out the presentations with
“Balance for Habitat for Humanity”. He will lecture his audience on the general
topic of roles of diverse forest ownership in Oregon’s forest cluster and
implications for the State’s economic and community vitality.
The 65th Annual Oregon Logging Conference and
Equipment Show was held February 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2003 in Eugene, Oregon.
Over 500 exhibitors offered attendees a look at
their newest equipment.
Industry professionals also had the opportunity
to attend educational seminars with credits awarded toward Professional Logger
Certification. Credits were awarded by: Oregon Professional Logger Washington
Contract Loggers Accredited Logging Professional Montana Accredited Logging
Professionals California Professional Logger Idaho Professional Logger
If you would like a copy of the TimberWest
Oregon Logging Conference Official Show Guide, please contact
mail $4.00 (USD) to OLC Guide TimberWest Magazine P.O. Box 610 Edmonds, WA 98020
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