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TimberWest November/December 2013

March/April 2014

Swanson Bark and Wood, out of Longview, Wash., turns waste wood into mulch, firewood, soils and biomass.

The Next Generation
Blair Standin, owner of Precision Forestry, may be young, but knows how to run a productive, 21st century operation.

Woody Biomass Column
When woody biomass brings music
to your ears

Small-Scale Sawmill Tackles Large-Scale Problems
Scott Shaeffer and Kris Williams operate a customized small-scale sawmill, Wilfer Mobile Sawmill, in Colorado’s devastated forests.

From Cows to Timber
The Renner family began as farmers, but transitioned into trees, creating a diversified California business.

Swanson Bark and Wood
Owner John Leber sees his company
as a big recycler with a focus on wood.

OLC Review
A pictorial review of the
2014 Oregon Logging Conference

ILC Review
Highlights of the 2014 Intermountain Logging Conference


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Association News

OSHA 300 Log

The WCLA would like to remind companies that an OSHA 300 Log, that tracks worked-related injuries and illnesses is required if they have 11 or more employees. The log covers, loss of consciousness, restricted work activity, days away from work, medical treatment behind first aid, and more.

For more information go to

Logger Safety

Jerry Bonagofsky, WCLA CEO, reported in the Springboard that “Eighty companies signed up for the Logger Safety Initiative (LSI) by the end of December and become eligible for a 10 percent rate discount for risk classification 5001, effective January 1. To give you an idea of what that discount could mean overall, the 80 companies that signed up reported about 506,000 hours in risk classification 5001 in 2012.”

It’s important to sign up as soon as you can, as discounts cannot be applied mid-quarter. For example, if an application were received during quarter two (April-June); the employer would receive the discount beginning in quarter three, which begins July 1. For more information, visit

Bonagofsky will be conducting two-hour workshops on the LSI program. If you are interested, call 1 (800) 422-0074 ext. 113.

ALC Annual Meeting

The Associated Logging Contractors will be holding their annual meeting April 25 and 26 at the Best Western Lodge in Orofino, Idaho. President Steve Sherich says, “Our staff is planning a great program that should provide ALC members with the latest insights on the challenges we are facing in our logging and wood hauling industry and tools we can use to benefit our bottom line.”

Also scheduled are the famous trap shoot and a golf tournament. For more information, call (208) 667-6473 or 1 (800) 632-8743.

Taxable Donations Can Help Forest Operations & Students

Looking for a great place to make your charitable donation? Consider the University of Idaho Forest Operations Program and Logging Crew.

The Idaho Logger reported, “Currently the Student Logging Crew has saws, two woods-modified farm tractors, a small Koller yarder, and an OLD Cat 318 line skidder. While this is enough to get students moving wood, it’s not typical of most modern logging operations in the state.”

Here are a few items from the crew’s wish list:

  • Medium to large excavator, Cat 320C or larger
  • Self-loading log truck
  • Feller buncher with self-leveling cab
  • Stroke or danglehead processor (any)
  • Grapple skidder – rubber tired with swing grapple
  • Swing yarder or Yoder – any

For more information, contact Rob Keefe at (208) 310-0269 or [email protected].

New Guide From APA and ICC

APA, the Engineered Wood Association, has teamed up with the International Code Council (ICC) to publish “IECC Compliance Options for Wood-Frame Wall Assemblies,” a free guide with tips and recommendations for building energy code-compliant wood walls using continuous wood structural panel wall sheathing.

The 20-page publication details several wall assemblies that comply with the R-20 and R-13+5 prescriptive requirements for many of the climate zones included in the 2009, 2012, and 2015 editions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).