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TimberWest November/December 2013

July/August 2014

Turning Challenge into Opportunity
Ted Hufford, owner of Timberline
Logging always knew going in it
wasn’t going to be easy.

Keep it Simple
Barnes and Sons Logging in Lewis County, Wash., has that “Go for It” spirit

Any Job is Possible
Pulley Logging of Sedro Woolley
takes on anything from thinning
to helicopter logging.

Safety at Tght Landings

Time for Congress to Improve
the Health of Forests
Guest Column, Nick Smith, Executive Director of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities.

Pacific Logging Congress Showguide


Tech review - portable grinders

Woody Biomass Column

In the News

Association News

Machinery Row




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In The News

Springfield Mill Burns

Although more than 100 firefighters battled the fire at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill in Springfield, Ore., they were unable to save it.

The 33-acre mill is one of four wood products mills in Oregon owned by Swanson Group Mfg LLC, a family-owned business based in Glendale.

The fire put 250 employees out of work. Some will find work within the Swanson Group Mfg. company. A week after the fire, Chuck Wert, the chief operating officer of Swanson Group, stated, “As I understand it, we spoke with around 60 employees today, and about 40 of them say they are interested in looking at the other job opportunities we have for them in Roseburg and Glendale.”

Current reports estimate it will be approximately a year before the mill is back in operation.

Trees Save 850 Lives Per Year

The Daily Digest News reported that trees are saving lives.

When researchers estimated the direct impact tress have on air pollution and human health in the U.S., the results were startling. Trees improved air quality in the states by one percent. According to the study, that one percent improvement prevents 850 premature deaths and 670,000 incidents of acute respiratory symptoms while saving $7 billion in health care spending.

For more details on the study, visit

New Idaho Forest Practices Rule

The new shade rule, approved by the Idaho House and Senate Natural Resource Committees in January 2014, was signed by the governor and went into effect on July 1, 2014. The new rule is based on actual Idaho riparian data and allows landowners and managers the flexibility to choose from two defined options.

One option allows some harvesting throughout the 75-foot (each side) Stream Protection Zone (SPZ), while the other option allows greater harvests in the outer 25 feet of the SPZ if more trees are left next to the stream. The Idaho Reporter

USFS Awards Nearly $2.3 in Grants to Help Community Forests

The U.S. Forest Service announced nearly $2.3 million in grants to help communities in eight states secure community forests.

The Community Forest Program (CFP) provides many benefits such as places to recreate and enjoy nature and environmental benefits such asprotectinghabitats and water quality. The CFP can also provide economic benefits through timber resources.

The grants will be matched with an additional $4.9 million in funding from other partners on the projects.

The projects funded in the West included: $400,000 to Humboldt Community Forest in California. Humboldt County will acquire a 400-acre redwood community forest in Northern California.

$400,000 to Alvord Lake Community Forest in Montana. The Vital Ground Foundation will create a community forest that will protect 142 acres of forested land located approximately two miles from the City of Troy in Lincoln County, Mont. This project will build upon existing educational and recreational opportunities and will guarantee public access while providing demonstration projects for forest management.

Scientific Report Reveals Causes of OSO Mudslide

The in-depth, scientific report on the causes of the OSO mudslide, which took place in March 2014, is now available.

The report comes from a team of university and private-sector researchers as part of GEER (Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance), a National Science Foundation-funded initiative to quickly dispatch scientists to evaluate natural disasters.

The report doesn’t provide a reason why the landslide happened that particular day, but it does describe the chain reaction that took place to create it.

To learn more about the report, visit Click Here