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TimberWest November/December 2013

November/December 2015

Photo of Bighorn Logging’s yarder taken by Lindsay Mohlere.

Emerald Valley Keeps on Keeping on
Resolve and flexibility are the hallmark of Emerald Valley Thinning

The Challenges of Change
Harve Dethlefs retired from electronics and began a career in logging

Don’t Overlook the Value of Alder
Defiance Forest Products discusses the marketability of Alder

A Lifetime in the Woods
Gardner Logging & Road Construction

Biomass Column
Colorado Woody Biomass Plant Plays Waiting Game

Pacific Logging Congress Review


In the News

Tech Review - Portable Grinders

Association News

Machinery Row

New Products

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In the News

U.S. Government and Companies Reiterate Commitment to Forest and Climate Programs

On December 1, at COP21 in Paris, France, leading companies announced that they intend to prioritize their sourcing of commodities in regions implementing large-scale forest and climate programs. The U.S. welcomed this innovative new approach from Marks & Spencer and Unilever, and the expectation that other companies will join in this approach. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell attended the announcement in Paris and noted the importance of this public-private approach.

This move to source from jurisdictions combatting deforestation will bring together the power of global agricultural supply chains with strong government commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the announcement, areas with existing initiatives that meet certain criteria will be the first priority for supply chain sourcing, so long as quality and volume mandates can be fulfilled. The criteria include: a strategy to reduce emissions from forests and other lands; a system to measure and monitor net reductions in emissions; performance below an ambitious and decreasing emissions baseline; monitoring of social and environmental safeguards; stakeholder engagement; high-level political support; and a national U.N. Climate Change Convention contribution (INDC) that includes forests and land use.

Globally, the United States promotes climate action in forests and other landscapes as one of three pillars of the Global Climate Change Initiative. Since 2010, the United States has dedicated more than $1.5 billion to Sustainable Landscapes programming.

For more information about these announcements, please visit

Salvage logging at Colville

The Seattle Times reported that there is a massage salvage logging taking place in Coleville after the wildfires. Six days a week, more than 20 logging contractors are cutting burned woods, hauling what could amount to more than 20,000 semi truckloads of timber to market before it’s over, enough to build 4,200 homes.

Wood Waste Looking for a Home

Tons of urban wood waste collected in Portland, Oregon, may head for landfills following the suspension of production at a major paper mill in Newberg, Oregon.

The Portland Business Journal reported that the mill received more than a hundred thousand tons of Portland’s salvage timber in 2014.

SP Fiber Technologies, which is updating the production line in Newberg, is owned by WestRock Company, formed this summer from the merger of Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco.

Kilmer Hosts Timber Talk

The Peninsula Daily news reported that U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer recently hosted “the first of five public meetings featuring the Olympic Peninsula Forest Collaborative, a new panel of industry leaders and conservation groups working to increase timber harvests while helping the environment in Olympic National Forest.”

Kilmer said the conflict “. . . has been a pretty good method for employing attorneys, but it hasn’t really done much for the health of our local economies, and it hasn’t done much for the health of our forests, for that matter.”

Four more public meetings with the collaborative will be held next year in Mason, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, and Clallam counties.

Klamath County Commissioners Oppose Wilderness Proposal

It was unanimous—Klamath County commissioners said the fire danger was too high to allow 500,000 acres around Crater Lake National Park to become designated wilderness.

The Commissioners voted to sign a resolution opposing Oregon Wild’s bid to classify a corridor from Brown Mountain to Crescent Lake as the Crater Lake Wilderness.

Could Paper Power Your Phone?

Could paper one day be powering your phone? The answer is yes. reported that “a humble sheet of paper has been transformed into a battery so efficient, it can store as much electrical energy as the best supercapacitors on the market.”

Dubbed ‘power paper’, the material is made of nanocellulose—cellulose fibers similar to those used in paper—that have been broken down by high-pressure water to produce fibers just 20 nanometers thick. These nanofibers were coated with an electrically charged polystyrene plastic in a water solution. For more information, visit