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Pacific Logging Congress Sets Date

Every four years, the PLC hosts an in-woods live demonstration of the latest forestry equipment and technology. During the event, it sets one day aside to host and educate middle school and high school students — the next generation of foresters and operators.

The date for the 8th In the Woods Show has been scheduled for September 13 - 18, 2018. It will be held at the OSU Research Forest in Corvallis, Oregon.

Full Ninth Circuit Declines to Hear White Castle Appeal

The AFRC reported that on July 19, the Ninth Circuit denied the petition for rehearing of the decision to dismiss the appeal of the White Castle case. AFRC attorneys, led by Scott Horngren, filed the petition on behalf of Scott Timber Co. and Carpenters Industrial Council.

Scott Timber purchased the timber sale and Carpenters is the union at the mill. The White Castle project would harvest only 187 acres and would not result in a take of any spotted owls. Nevertheless, the U.S. District Court found an EIS was required. The only remaining step in the legal process, which is under consideration, is to file a petition for certiorari with the United States Supreme Court.

The deadline to file a petition for certiorari is October 17. The Supreme Court usually takes 60 to 90 days to decide whether to take a case.

AFRC Attorneys to Defend Singletary DNR Sale

AFRC’s Lawson Fite reported that the AFRC and Sierra Pacific Industries, represented by Miller Nash attorney’s Diane Meyers and Elaine Spencer, were granted intervention on June 30 in the lawsuit regarding the Singletary DNR timber sale near Gold Bar, Snohomish County, Washington.

Several environmental groups filed suit in May, unsatisfied with partial reconveyance that had already reduced the sale by 21 acres and 7.4 MMBF and deprived beneficiaries of $1,140,000 in trust revenue. Plaintiffs allege violations of the Public Lands Act, Forest Practices Act (FPA), and the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The Public Lands Act claim asserts the board did not act in the best interests of the state. The FPA claim alleges there is no valid Forest Practices Application. Under SEPA, plaintiffs allege the reconveyance requires new SEPA analysis and/or invalidates the prior SEPA analysis. The parties agreed to an expedited resolution schedule, with briefing completed on July 28. The hearing was scheduled for August 10 in front of Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Millie Judge.

OLC Foundation Selects Scholarship Recipients for 2017-2018

Eleven students received a total of $26,000 in scholarships for the 2017-2018 college year from the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation (OLCF). Recipients this year included Seth Eades, Trevor Sartnurak, Justin Fasana, Reese Dobmeier, Daniel Virture, Kimberly Ortiz, Nicholas Swanson, Joseph Schaeger, Anna Collins, Taylor Chytka, and Grant Christman.

If you or someone you know would like to apply to receive an OLCF scholarship, applications are accepted each year beginning in January. You can learn more at

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Rob Keefe attaching a GNSS locator on a carriage with David Henderson Logging at a cedar pole sale near Headquarters, Idaho. Photo courtesy of Ann Wempe.

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Telematics Technology
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