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TimberWest November/December 2013

July/August 2015

Kathy Coatney captures Franklin Logging working at W.M. Beaty and Associates’ salvage site after the Day Fire.

Stone’s Extraordinary High Wire Side
Wayne Stone Logging takes on the challenges of steep slope logging

The First Steps to a State ParkWyEast Timber Services carves out a unique reputation for its ability to handle the difficult projects

California Fires—the Good,
the Bad, and the Ugly

Loggers discuss salvaging from
the 2014 fires

Log Hauling is in the Family Blood
Williams-Ford family restores
the family business

Woody Biomass Column
California’s Biomass Conundrum

Regulate or Be Regulated
Choices regarding operator restraint systems

2015-2016 Buyer’s Guide
A directory of industry products, manufacturers, distributors and services


In the News

Association News

Machinery Row

Guest Column
Russian Timber Companies Plan to Increase Exports of Unprocessed
Timber to the U.S.






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In the News

Federal Grant Supports UI Logger Safety Research

The University of Idaho received $825,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop techniques to save the lives of those working in the woods.

Researchers from the College of Natural Resources working in UI’s Experimental Forest will use the funds to install GPS technology on the heavy equipment used in logging. The technology will allow other equipment operators to track the locations of their fellow workers without leaving the equipment cab.

“Federal support of research to improve the safety of employees engaged in this dangerous, yet highly necessary, industry is timely and relevant to the industry,” said Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. “I can’t think of anywhere more suited for conducting this research than on the UI Experimental Forest.”

“Logging safety is always a concern, and being able to conduct research to save lives of our Idahoans is the most important research we can do,” said Rob Keefe, assistant professor at the College of Natural Resources.

SPI Mostly Unscathed

Capital Press reported that Sierra Pacific Industries has to date lost less than 1,000 acres to wildfires burning throughout California. This year is a bit of a reprieve for the company that lost many acres to fires in 2012 and 2013.

SPI crews have been helping Cal Fire battle nearby blazes by providing maps, opening gates, laying out the best locations for firelines, and giving water locations, said company spokesman Mark Pawlicki in an email.

“Also we are building a network of fuel breaks across our ownership and trying to tie them into similar breaks on other lands,” he added.

Tracking Wildfires

As of mid August, 50 large wildfires were raging in primarily the western states. If you are interested in following the large incidents, just log on to There you can find the latest updates on fires throughout the country. Information includes acres burnt, location, cause, incident team type, containment status, and more.

Beetle-Killed Forests Aren’t More Prone to Fire

A new study from Oregon State University shows that forests damaged by insects are not prone to more fires.

“As an insect outbreak progresses, the forest is actually experiencing tree mortality, and that results in dead trees that have reduced foliage in the canopy,” said Garrett Meigs, a coauthor of the study. “So you have less fuel available for a fire.”

The study looked at more than three decades of fire and insect dynamics in the Northwest. When it comes to wildfires, it turns out that drought and snowpack have more impact.

Wooden Skyscrapers Could Fuel Timber Demand in Washington and Oregon

The International Business Times reported that a growing number of architects and designers predict that Americans will soon see a new breed of wooden high-rise buildings take shape that could shore up the struggling forestry industry in states such as Washington.

Major architectural firms and government agencies are promoting the wood structures for their ability to generate jobs in rural areas and improve the sustainability of cities and towns.

In fact, the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition has just wrapped up. The sponsors announced that the winners will soon be announced. The competition sponsors have provided notice through the Federal Register that the prize purse for the competition is now $3 million due to the contribution of an additional $1 million from the Softwood Lumber Board. For more information, visit