PLC Announces 2005
Officers and Convention Date
The Pacific Logging Congress (PLC) announced the officers for year 2005. The
elected group consists of Ralph Torney, President; Ed Hanscom, 1st Vice
President; Jim Petersen, 2nd Vice President; Toby Murray, 4th Vice President;
Ron Simon, Treasurer; and 2004 Immediate Past President Allen Ribelin. The new
officers will work closely with the PLC Board of Directors and staff in
preparation for the 2005 convention to be held at the Fairmont Empress in
Victoria, B.C., Canada, October 3-6, 2005. For more information on the
conference, call (425) 413-2808 or go online at
PLC also kicked off the largest educational program in its 89-year history,
producing a 32-page, full-color brochure on forestry and logging in the West.
Included is a 17-minute video explaining the same story. Currently over 20,000
videos and brochures have been given to teachers throughout the United States
and British Columbia, and will reach over 2 million-plus students each semester.
ACL Continues Work on
The Associated California Loggers (ACL) continues its work to have fire
investigations regarding fires originating on logging operations, but where
there was no negligence on the part of the logger, closed quickly so that any
insurance reserve can be removed. ACL reports that very few fires are started on
logging operations and the few that occur seem to frighten risk-conscious
insurance underwriters. It’s the underwriters' unease that threatens the
availability of liability coverage for loggers.
Highways and Water in Idaho
The Idaho Logger reported that Gov. Dirk Kempthorne outlined several key issues
for legislators to debate this spring. Topmost was the launching of a massive
building of highways throughout the state funded by bonds. This would enable
construction projects to move forward more quickly and possibly cost less.
Another topic was the ratification of the Nez Perce agreement. This issue deals
with the claim of the Nez Perce on the water in the Snake River, and its impact
on the Snake River Basin. The Federal government has agreed to fund the
settlement, and now the settlement must be ratified by the Idaho legislature by
The American Forest Resource Council reported in its February newsletter that a
bill to create a new statutory definition of "Ancestral Trees" on DNR managed
land trusts hit the capital. These are defined as ". . . trees that are one
hundred fifty years old or older and that exist in the forest community that is
characterized with large standing trees, large nags, large logs on the land,
and, if applicable, larger logs in streams." The bill also prohibits DNR from
harvesting or selling those trees. The bill, the AFRC says, is many undefined
terms and is inconsistent with DNR’s Habitat Conservation Plan.
AOL Honors and Awards
At the Associated Oregon Loggers (AOL) 35th annual convention awards banquet in
January, a number of individuals were recognized for their outstanding
contributions. Ted Lacock of CFP Inc. was awarded for his work in the creation
and growth of AOL’s health insurance program. The program has grown to over $10
million in premiums under his leadership. Cathy Phillips of C.F. Laughlin
Logging Co. received the AOLWoman of the Year award. Cathy is AOL’s District One
Rep and was recently elected Chairman of the Willamina/Tillamook Chapter. Bob
Ragon of Ragon & Sons Logging and Peach Morgan of Morgan and Engle, Inc. were
named Co-Chapter Chairs of the Year. Bob was also instrumental in forming the
Communities for Healthy Forests, a grassroots organization pursuing changes in
how post-catastrophic fires are salvaged and restored on federal lands. The
Logger of the Year award went to third-generation logger Rod Surcamp of Surco
Log, Inc. Besides being a hands-on logger and good businessman, he is AOL’s
District Four Rep, regularly attending Executive Committee meetings, and has
made trips to lobby Congress on behalf of AOL.
OWIT raise $96,000
The Oregon Women in Timber was able to raise a record $96,000 for its Talk About
Trees educational program at the Oregon Logging Conference this past February.
PPRC’s 14th Fly-In
The Pulp and Paperworkers’ Resource Council’s (PPRC) 14th annual legislative
fly-in took place in February in Washington, D.C. The theme was "Workers unite
to fight for jobs." "The main purpose is to educate elected officials on the
issues affecting our jobs in the forest products industry and to let them know
that there is a balance to be found: we can have both a good environment and our
jobs," says PPRC coordinator Michelle Labadie. Topics discussed were the high
cost of energy and its effect on the pulp, paper and wood products industry; the
Endangered Species Act and needed reforms; and fiber supply. "We know the
fly-ins are working," Labadie says, "because we’re getting into offices we’ve
never been able to get into before and because the legislators are listening.
They’ve worked with us on issues such as the Healthy Forests Initiative, for
example, the over-valuation of the dollar, truck weight limits, and the EPA’s
air and water Cluster Rule."
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