January February, 2004





Association News

Council on Forest Engineering Annual Meeting
The Council on Forest Engineering will be hosting their 27th annual meeting April 27 – May 1, 2004, at the Clarion Resort on the Lake in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The theme this year is "Machines and People, the Interface." For more information log on to www.cofe.us  or contact chairperson Jim Sorenson at jim.sorenson@weyerhaeuser.com .

PLC Names 2004 Officers and 95th Annual Convention Dates
The Pacific Logging Congress (PLC) announced its officers for year 2004. They are: Allen Ribelin, President; Ralph Torney, 1st Vice President; Ed Hanscom, 2nd Vice President; Jim Petersen, 3rd Vice President; Ron Simon, Treasurer; and 2003 Immediate Past President Larry Duysen. The new officers will work closely with PLC Board of Directors and staff in preparation for the 2004 Convention, which will be held at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona, November 3, 4, and 5, 2004.
Those wanting more information on the 95th PLC convention in Scottsdale can call (425) 413-2808 or go online at www.pacificloggingcongress.com .

AF&PA Announces New Wood Products Group
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced the creation of a new Forest Products Group designed to enhance AF&PA’s support of wood manufacturing, product acceptance and product promotion. Elected as Chairman of the new group was Mr. Aubra Anthony, President and CEO of Anthony Forest Products Company of El Dorado, Arkansas.
For most of a year, AF&PA and its members have explored improvement of the association’s structure to provide more value for wood products manufacturing members. Wood producers wanted a stronger voice within AF&PA and its issue management process. As a result, AF&PA’s member companies supported the creation of a Wood Products Group which would operate in a similar fashion to AF&PA’s already-existing Paper Products Groups.
"An unfairly biased and discriminatory green building code, toxic mold litigation and unfair international trade — all are of serious concern to those of us making building products from wood," noted Anthony. "Now we have in the new Group a more powerful voice as well as better focus of our resources to serve our membership, lead our industry and shelter our fellow Americans."
The new group allows participation by all AF&PA wood product manufacturer members. They have the authority to develop and manage AF&PA budgets, assessments and issues related to wood products acceptance and promotion.

Ragsdale Receives Lifetime Champion Award
George Ragsdale, was recognized with a Lifetime Champion Award for this tireless, enthusiastic advocacy for Log-A-Load for Kids and for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at the National Log-A-Load for Kids Conference. In addition to committing time, effort and personal assets to helping kids, he has also provided seed money to help new states get their Log-A-Load program started.

Teachers’ Tours for 2004
The Temperate Forest Foundation will conduct four Teachers’ Tours in the summer of 2004. The Idaho/ Intermountain tour will be held in Lewiston, Idaho, July 14-17.
The Temperate Forest Foundation is looking for sponsors and nominations of teachers who would benefit from attending.
The cost to send a teacher is $300, plus the teacher’s round trip travel cost. All tour expenses (hotel, bus, food, shuttle service) are covered once the teacher arrives on-site. Teachers attending the tour will qualify for a college graduate credit, which must be paid by the teacher or sponsor.
If you are interested in sending a teacher, call the Foundation at (503) 579-6762 or e-mail them at office@forestinfo.org .

38th International Wood Composites Symposium
The 38th International Wood Composites Symposium is scheduled for April 5-8, 2004, in Pullman, Wash. Professionals from industry and research institutes worldwide will share their views on this fast-growing engineered wood composite industry. The symposium will also showcase research from Washington State University's Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory ( www.wmel.wsu.edu ). For more information, send an e-mail to symposium.info@wsu.edu .


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