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AFRC Is Growing!

Do you love being outdoors and in the woods? Are you looking for a challenging, but rewarding, job that is different every day and exposes you to new learning opportunities? Are you passionate about the local forest products industry and its contributions to economic and environmental sustainability in Western Oregon? Do you want to work for a team-oriented organization obsessed with making a difference in public land management? If so, the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) might be the right fit for you. Check out our website ( for details. 

Pacific Logging Congress Announces New Board Members

The Pacific Logging Congress (PLC) recently welcomed four new board members.

Lindsay Baska, office manager at Mike Pihl Logging, has grown up with the logging company and in the forest industry. Lindsay started working in the Mike Pihl Logging office when she was in high school. She enjoys learning about the history of the industry from her dad, Mike Pihl.

Larry Heesacker owns and operates A-1 Logging Inc. out of Yamhill, Oregon. Larry started out in 1985 with a chainsaw and a pickup truck. Today, Larry and his wife Donna have built a solid reputation as one of Yamhill County’s most trusted loggers.

Peter Jackson, a licensed land surveyor and a professional forester, has been employed by Green Diamond Resource Company for almost two decades. Pete also serves on the Blue Lake Fire Protection District Board of Directors and the Mountain Western Log Scaling and Grading Bureau Board of Directors.

Anthony Robinson is the associate publisher of Logging and Sawmilling Journal and TimberWest Magazine. Anthony’s 10-year career in forestry and natural resource management includes project management, consulting, operational planning, harvesting, mining, and geographic information systems.

“Each of these individuals embodies the spirit and goals of the PLC,” says PLC President Jeff Wimer. “They bring with them talent, expertise, and energy and will be a great asset to the PLC. We’re excited to have them on board.”

New Video Celebrates AFRC Support of Habitat for Humanity Build in Springfield 

After some less-than-ideal living situations, Springfield resident Nayeli Navarrete Bravo and her daughter, Alitza, recently became homeowners thanks to a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC). A new video produced by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) tells their story. 

“Build a House – Frame a Future” highlights the forest sector’s contributions to the Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity project sponsored by AFRC, whose members donated locally produced wood products, volunteer hours, or cash donations to help build a new home in east Springfield for Nayeli and Alitza. The year-long project was completed this past summer. 

“This project embodies what the forest products industry is all about,” said AFRC President Travis Joseph, who was born and raised in Springfield. “We work in the woods, help care for our public lands, and make products every Oregonian depends on every day — including the lumber in our homes. Our members care deeply about the communities in which they live, work, and play, and this home is another reminder of that commitment. You can watch “Build a House – Frame a Future on YouTube:

TimberWest November/December 2013
November/December 2017

On the Cover
Photo taken by Andrea Watts of the Buck’s Logging operation.

Preparing for the Future and Adapting to the Times
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Going Strong for Three Decades
Kurk Erickson came into the profession with his barn boots on.

New T-Winch Rocking the Steep Slopes
Recently delivered from Austria, EcoForst’s T-Winch is putting on a show across the steep slopes of Western Oregon’s Coast Range.

Taking Care of Your Rubber Track
Tips to help your company maintain and protect rubber track.

Firebreak Column — Mopping Up
Across the nation, more than 28,000 people were fighting wildfires at the peak. Now the nation deals with the aftermath.

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