Family and friends kicked off the 84th Annual Oregon Logging Conference with great expectations following two years of in-person restrictions and mask mandates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the theme Family, Friends & Forestry 2.0, the “loggin’ show” was back in action. “After the last two years, the best thing about this year is getting back together and gathering in person,” said OLC 2021/2022 President Scott Melcher. “It’s one of the strengths we have—competing against each other one day, and the next we’re sitting down talking and sharing ideas.”
Keynote speaker Blake Manley underscored the Family, Friends & Forestry theme while sharing his insight and success in encouraging young men and women to consider careers in the logging industries. Manley was also the speaker at the annual Desserts for Dreams luncheon where OLC First Lady Wendi Melcher awarded the Sweet Home High School Forestry Club more than $10,000 raised by the event.
Most attendees would agree the last couple of years have been challenging, but being together and seeing the faces of friends again and enjoying the camaraderie helped restore the traditions of the OLC, as echoed by the rousing chatter and laughter at the nightly Sawdust Bowl.
The spirit of the festivities was easily showcased by the generosity exhibited at the Oregon Logging Conference Auction held Thursday and Friday, which raised over $28,000 for scholarships and other educational endeavors. The Talk About Trees auction conducted during the sold-out Oregon Women in Timber (OWIT) Dinner collected proceeds of $117,000 from the 450 attendees. The proceeds will benefit OWIT’s Talk About Trees forest education program.
The Business of the Conference
Conference Manager Rikki Wellman said there was more equipment on display outdoors this year compared to previous years. And while paid registration was down slightly, there was no dip in attendance with many industry professionals and members of the public participating in the OLC.
“The Oregon Logging Conference is packed with unique opportunities for forestry and natural resource professionals to network and learn more about their trades,” Wellman said.
As in previous years, seminars and panel discussions drilled down on topics of current interest, earning Professional Logger Credits for many who attended.
OLC Favorite Competitions Back in Action
The OLC hosted the 4th Annual Future Forestry Workers Career Day for high school students from 20 Oregon schools. More than 450 students took advantage of the opportunity to interact with industry professionals as they learned about careers and trades in the timber business.
The day was capped off with a high school logging and forestry skills competition in activities including cable splicing, choker setting, crosscut and single buck sawing, compass and pacing, tool identification, log scaling, and axe throwing.
The Waldport High School Forestry Club took 1st, 3rd and 4th places, and Philomath High School took 2nd place in the competition.
You will recognize the name of this year’s winner of the popular Log Loader Competition. Zane Bryant of Bryant Logging has placed first in this event numerous times over the years, and with his time of 2:57:09, this year was no exception. Justin Jackola of Rice Logging earned second place with 3:34:16, and third place went to Bryan Chipps of Green Diamond Resource Company with a time of 3:42:17.) Tristan Lulay of Scio was the winner of the Guess the Load of Logs Net Scale contest.
85th Annual Oregon Logging Conference
The dates are set for the 85th Annual Oregon Logging Conference. Plan to attend the OLC February 23-25, 2023, at the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds in Eugene, Oregon.
For more information, contact Rikki Wellman, OLC Manager, (541) 954-2477 or Mary Bullwinkel, Media/Communications Coordinator, (707) 601-6533.
The Oregon Logging Conference is widely known for its extensive, state-of-the-art equipment displays. Here are a few new pieces of equipment that debuted in the Northwest at this year’s OLC show.
Developed by Bridgestone Mobility Solutions, IntelliTire is a robust tire pressure monitoring system supported by software and components that are easy to install and use on your smart phone. It features in-yard and real-time tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) monitoring, digital inspections, critical alerts, fleet issue reports, and task lists to proactively address tire pressure issues and avoid downtime to keep fleets running smoothly.
Hilltop Aerial manufactures two product models: the Hexacopter Drone and the Quadcopter Drone. These heavy lift drones can carry or pull a payload, spray, and seed. With a hover time of 30 minutes, the Hexacopter can pull a 5000-foot layout, and the Quadcopter drone can pull a 3000-foot layout. Water-resistant and weather-resistant, the drones feature a return-to-home program, autonomous flying, low-battery warning levels, wide GPS range, and a payload release system. www.HILLTOP-AERIAL.com
The MOBICAT MC 110i EVO2 is a compact, versatile jaw crusher with a wide range of applications as a compact primary crusher and is extremely flexible in transport and use. Featuring a compact design and transport height of 11’2’’, the machine is easy to move and set up. The powerful drive concept easily masters changing application conditions from stone to recycling. The plant can be operated with a variety of control and overload systems and is extremely powerful and efficient.
Pewag Forestry Tracks
pewag takes traction to an entirely new level of performance. The all new pewag bluetrack is specifically made for extreme applications. Increasing the resilience of lighter forestry machines with effortless operation on wet or rock ground, bluetracks feature an innovative mounting of the forged starwave profile studs, ensuring optimum grip.
The Quadco M-32 Prototype tips the scales at 1700lbs. with a 32” cut and is designed for small 9 to 15-ton excavator applications. The new model is capable of mulching vegetation into fine material and features a built-in grapple with a 40-degree range of motion, left and right.
Manufactured by Axis Forestry, the Rebel X25 is designed with powerful built-ins based on requests from hundreds of logging contractors. This large wood processor features 360-degree rotation, 36” identical saws, dual tilt and delimb cylinders, smart hose routing, and an independent measuring arm.
The Raptor 300 is called the chameleon of the mulching carriers because of its customization possibilities. The modular design, coupled with various options, allows multiple configurations. The undercarriage-delta tracks offer improved robustness and better off-road ability while protecting the vehicle from barriers like stumps and rocks. Available with a PTO drive or a powerbelt drive, the Raptor 300 is all about hard work.
Ragnar Tech PowerGrab Series
A crane mounted, self-powered and remote-controlled log grappler with a bar saw that can cut up to 24-36 inches in diameter and be maneuvered onto a tree, make a cut, and then lift and safely lower the removed section to the ground. Available with options like high-voltage insulating linkage, man basket, and rotation control.
The TIREBOSSS Tire Pressure Control system allows the operator to safely deflate the tires when working off-road at slower speeds or with an empty load. This provides a huge tire life and truck ride benefit with significant savings to the truck owner. TIREBOSS is sold and supported throughout the U.S. and Canada.
G&R Forestry Track Systems
G&R Forestry Track Systems are well suited for Northwest conditions on soft slopes, steep ground, low coastal areas, and swampy logging conditions. The tracks’ articulated rollerframes create an easier ride over obstacles compared to track machines with a single rollerframe on each side. Track systems are custom ordered for machine and job application.
The Timbermax T20 traction-winch package consists of the winch unit, hydraulic components, and the iWinch Control System. The T20 is compact with a built-in spooling device, making it compatible with a wide range of carriers. The winch features a 19-22 ton pull, 7/8-inch rope, and 1180 feet of capacity.
ON THE COVER
Morning view from the Zender & McNielly landing.
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Zender & McNielly Logging - The Zender name is well-established in the northwest corner of Washington State since 1890 when German immigrant Peter Zender homesteaded in the Bellingham area.
A Coming Revolution in The Forest Products Industry
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Red Tail Forestry Clears the Way
Overgrown brush and dense invasive trees crowded their woods, making once well-worn paths unwalkable, increasing the chance of forest fires, and cutting off younger generations from land their parents and grandparents grew up on.
Hometown Logger Rewarded for Innovative Management
When a roadless stand of timber must be harvested and transported across a fish bearing stream, one’s first thought might be to build a bridge. That was Tony Hauth’s first thought too, but the solution he came up with, earned him the title of 2021 Eastern Oregon Operator of the Year.
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Face to Face at the Loggin’ Show
Family and friends kicked off the 84th Annual Oregon Logging Conference with great expectation following two years of in-person restrictions and mask mandates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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