Darren Sudduth81st Annual Intermountain Logging Conference Draws a Crowd

“Working Together for a Better Tomorrow” was the theme of this year’s Intermountain Logging Conference (ILC), held at the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane Valley, Washington, April 3-5. The event was the 81st annual gathering of loggers, vendors, and spectators.

More than 300 registered attendees from the intermountain region of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, participated in the event, which featured presentations by timber industry business and resource professionals, equipment dealers, and technological innovators. Various state professional logger programs were also offered to meet continuing education credits.

After the opening ceremony welcome by ILC President Mark Boardman of F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber, Wednesday’s breakout sessions included information and news from John Deere, Komatsu, Tigercat, and others. Additionally, business topics such as “Family Forged – Succession Planning for the Real World” and “Current Tax Changes and Implications” were presented.

Technology sessions covered several emergent practices like mobile mapping technology from Avenza Maps, Garmin InReach, and “Vision for Harvesting Machines: Automatic & Real-time Tree Measurement and Mapping” from Dendroptix. Geoff Klein from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) explained new drone applications and technology under the topic “IDL Drone Applications for Forestry.”

Wednesday afternoon, representatives from Trout Unlimited, the Lands Council, and the Nature Conservancy participated in Panel #1, which covered “Shared Objectives – Shaping Management on our National Forests.” The panel was moderated by Mac Lefebvre from Idaho Forest Group and Jesse Hunt from Jesse Hunt Logging. From all reports, the panel discussion had a packed audience.

Panel #2, held on Thursday, covered “Log Truck Driver Training Programs” and was moderated by Bryan Lorengo and Tim McEntire from the Montana Logging Association. Panel #3 was held that afternoon and featured Aaron Best, Head Football Coach of Eastern Washington State University, covering the topic of “Motivating People in the Workplace.” It was moderated by Rob Keefe from the University of Idaho and Brian Hobday from Weyerhaeuser.

Thursday night, following an open-door hospitality room sponsored by Northwest Parts & Rigging from Kalispell, Montana, the silent and live auction along with dinner and award presentations capped the evening. This year over $22,000 was raised to help fund the first annual Kyle Wetmore Scholarship for University of Idaho students.

On Friday, panel discussion #4 centered around “Perspectives of Good Neighbor Authority in the Intermountain Region.” The show closed after lunch, which featured a presentation, “What’s New in Logging,” moderated by Ericka Sussi, ILC Vice President.

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