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Seminars, Panels and Events
Thursday, February 20th Badges are
required to attend sessions and seminars. One Professional Logger Credit will be
awarded for attendance at the morning session. Three afternoon seminars will be
held in the North Meeting Rooms of the Convention Center and one in the Wheeler
Pavilion. One Professional Logger Credit per seminar will be issued. Moderator,
Flip Houston, Scott Logging Company, LaPine, Ore. will introduce the first
seminar, “Managing Insurance Cost”. Leading off the presentation will be Alex
Hanson, Licensed Insurance Agent/Senior Loss Control Consultant, Associated
He will cover a wide range of
topics including shopping around for the best rates, over insurance, importance
of safety meetings, wellness plans and how associations can aid in getting the
price breaks you need via the large insurance pool. Geoff Stathos, senior Vice
President, Mission Insurance Agencies, Inc., Medford, follows with an agent’s
perspective to buying insurance for your company; can I buy too little or too
much, does your agent meet your needs, what do I need to know when shopping
around, should my agent understand my industry or not and why I need to compare
apples to apples.
John Booton, State Department of
Consumer and Business Service, Portland, Ore., will wrap up this session in
discussing Workmans’ compensation, incident ratings, cost per thousand and
provide an insight to what is driving the rates for logging companies (i.e.
size, number of injuries and hazard ratings). Addressing these “cost drivers” he
will emphasize those areas where employers’ actions can have a positive effect.
“The Success of Thinning in Reducing Fire Risk” starts seminar number two. Ken
Wienke, Boise Cascade Corporation, Medford, will serve as Moderator and Jim
Wolf, Fire Prevention Planner, ODF, Medford, will lead the presentation. Wolf
will give the fire manager’s perspective of the thinning effects on the Squires
Peak fire. He will also provide additional examples of data collected by ODF
with regard to fire behavior in managed timber stands.
Medford’s, BLM Ashland Field
Office Forest Manager, Steve Armitage follows with a description of thinning
work that was accomplished in the immediate area of the fire and extensive
landscape thinning projects that have been accomplished since 1995 in the
Applegate area of Jackson County by the BLM. Thursday’s third seminar, “Fire and
Radio Regulation Changes” will be moderated by Ray Arnold, Weyerhaeuser Company,
Longview, Wash. Mike Lulay, Technical Specialist, OSHA, Salem, and Rod Huffman,
AOL, Salem, will discuss revisions of the Wildland Fire Fighting and Radio rules
up for revision by committee beginning March 2003.
They will identify issues of
concern and address Fire and Radio Regulations that will be revised. Their
primary topic will address Forest Activities Regulations that were raised during
the public hearing held in December 2002. Seminar four, “Salvage,
Rehabilitation, Restoration” seats Steve Henson in the Moderator’s chair. Henson
currently holds the position of California Acquisition Manager for Roseburg
Forest Products, Weed, Calif. Joining him, Linda Goodman, Acting Regional
Forester, Region 6, Salem, will address salvage, rehabilitation and forest
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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