May and June 2006



Association News

Blair Moody Recognized by SAF

On April 26, Blair Moody was elected by his forestry professional colleagues in the Society of American Foresters (SAF) to the status of Fellow — a designation given to a very small group of professional foresters within SAF.

Fellows can only be nominated for election for rendering outstanding service to forestry and to SAF. Blair received this honor in the fall of 2005 for his strong continuing commitment through direct SAF volunteer activities, and his exemplary action, sustained leadership and advancement of the forestry profession at local, regional and national levels.

Blair currently works for the Bureau of Land Management in Medford, Ore. as a forester, working with small-diameter trees and the development of biomass


Biscuit Fire Tests Effectiveness of Thinnings and Prescribed Burns

A recently published study in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research indicates that fuel reduction treatments should simultaneously take place in overstory, understory, and on the ground to adequately reduce fire severity. Thinning trees without treating surface fuels does not reduce mortality adequately, because mortality can occur from hot fires on the ground, as well as fires that burn through the tree crowns.

The study, “Fuel Treatments Alter the Effects of Wildfire in a Mixed-Evergreen Forest, Oregon, USA,” is co-authored by Crystal Raymond, University of Washington and David L. Peterson, Pacific Northwest Research Station/USDA Forest Service.

To read the entire journal article, visit http://pubs.nrccnrc.


Duane Vaagen Elected Chairman of WWPA

Duane Vaagen of Vaagen Bros. Lumber Co. in Colville, Wash., was elected chairman of the Western Wood Products Association during the association's annual meeting last month. Other elected officers include Eric Schooler of Collins Pine as first vice chairman, and Allan Trinkwald of Simpson Timber Co. who was named second vice chairman. Steve Zika of Hampton Affiliates was named to the board.

Some names and titles stayed the same. Mike O'Halloran was re-elected as president and CEO. Art Harwood of Harwood Products, Thomas Lovlien of Boise, Larry Potts, Jr. of Warm Springs Forest Products Industries, and James Rarick of Pope & Talbot were all re-elected to the board.


FRA's Safety Manual in Spanish

The Forest Resources Association has posted a Spanish language version of its popular logging safety manual, Timber Harvesting Safety, at its website.

There has been an increasing number of Hispanic people entering the forest industry, and Steve Jarvis, FRA's Director of Forestry Programs, says, “Since the key to promoting safe work practices is clear communication, this resource clearly has a role to play.”

The manual (on the website) is displayed in 13 section headings, so that a viewer can conveniently print out a single topic for a training session.


NAWLA Recognizes Emmerson

Red Emmerson of Sierra Pacific Industries received the 2006 Mulrooney Award during the North American Wholesale Lumber Association's Executive Conference in New Mexico this spring.

Other highlights of the conference included education on succession planning and branding as well as a successful silent auction to benefit the Temperate Forest Foundation.



The next CONEXPO-CON/AGG and co-located IFPE expositions will be held March 11-15, 2008, at the Las Vegas Convention Center is Las Vegas, Nev. The shows are held every three years and the 2008 show will be the largest gathering place in 2008 for the construction industries. Approximately 125,000 industry professionals from around the world are expected to attend. For more information visit


AFA Recognizes Northland Wood Products

The Alaska Forest Association recognized long-time member Northland Wood Products. The company recently celebrated its 40th year in business in the Fairbanks area. The company has seen its ups and downs. It opened in 1965 but the sawmill burned the following year and was rebuilt. The company began with five employees and currently employs over 30 year-round and as many as 60 during the summer.



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