Sept Oct, 2002





Conference Highlights

93rd Pacific Logging Congress Convention Covers Major Issues

A spirited group of industry personnel representing all western states and British Columbia met in San Diego, California, from September 15-19, for the Pacific Logging Congress (PLC) annual conference. Attendance was down slightly from previous years, according to Rikki Wellman, Executive Director, but considering the state of our industry and economy in general, the conference went extremely well.

The 2002 theme of the conference, "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow", was particularly fitting as speakers and panel sessions traced how past regulations and cutting restrictions have shaped our highly regulated industry today. Amongst a host of speakers was well-known industry consultant, John Manz, who encouraged participants to "Compete to Win" in a panel session that offered a number of strategies for success.

And Bruce Vincent, ex-logger and president of the League of Rural Voters, explained the importance of getting involved in the political process if loggers and mill operators hope to remain employed in the forest industry. The 93rd Annual PLC conference ended on a particularly upbeat note ó a look at the shift in the publicís opinion toward a more managed forestland after this yearís large number of devastating fires. Years of successfully fighting forest fires have left the woods with a large and growing fuel load.

Now when fires do occur, they can be devastating both to public forestland and private property. There was an emphasis at the PLC that managing and thinning public forestland will require experienced loggers. The 94th Annual PLC convention will take place on the Big Island of Hawaii from November 3-5, 2003. For more information, call 425-413- 2808 or check the website



American Logger Council (ALC)

"United We Stand - Partnerships for Progress" was the theme for the 8th annual meeting of The American Logger's Council, held Sept. 25-28th in Duluth, Minn. Over 220 people registered for the event and folks traveled from 22 states and as far away as New Zealand, Finland and Canada to attend. Outgoing president Jerry Birchem of Britt, Minn., handed over the reins to new President, Bob Luoto of Carlton, Ore., a member of Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc.

The first Associate Member Trade Show displayed some of the latest products and technology available in the logging industry. During the busy program, the membership resolved to support President Bush's Healthy Forest Initiative and also raised $8,100 at the Log a Load for Kids golf tournament, benefiting children's hospitals across the U.S. Featured speakers included: Bruce Vincent, president of the League of Rural Voters, president of Provider Pals and president of the Alliance for America Foundation; Bob Stallmasn, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation; Jim Swearingen, general manager of the Minnesota Ore Operations for United States Steel Corporation.


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