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Winners Announced for Thru the Trees Second Annual Video Contest

Thru the Trees has announced the winners of its popular video production competition for students ages 14 to 18. The event challenged students from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to create a video highlighting the value of careers in the forest products industry.

Participating industry organizations from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington joined together to develop the contest to promote and encourage students to consider careers in the forest products industry.

First Place - $1100 award – Bugs Eye View – Team of Brecon Bates, Aaron Johnson, Jonah Johnson, Max Johnson, Tess Johnson, Sam Johnson, and Josie Koeplin from Victory Middle School, Meridian, Idaho

Second Place - $600 award – Importance of Forestry – Luca McMurrin and Emma Parker from Early College High School, Salem, Oregon

Third Place Tie - $350 award

Learning About Forestry – Anne Nevis from Banks High School, Banks, Oregon

Forestry Jobs – Patrick Wilcox from Sweet Home High School, Sweet Home, Oregon

This year, teacher incentives of $500 were awarded to Blake Manley of Sweet Home High School (Oregon) and Angela White of Pleasant Hill High School (Oregon).

For more information and to view the winning videos, visit

NASF 2022 Smokey Bear Awards

The partners behind the wildfire prevention legend Smokey Bear and his public service advertisement campaign—the longest running in United States history—are pleased to announce the 2022 Silver Smokey Bear Award honoree: Mark Wiles, a wildfire mitigation specialist for the Georgia Forestry Commission. “The 2022 Smokey Bear Award winner is being honored for the dedication, innovation, and energy he brings to wildfire prevention,” said USDA Forest Service Chief Randy Moore. 

In the world of wildfire prevention, there is no greater honor than to receive a Smokey Bear Award. From the 1950s to today, the Smokey Bear Awards program has been managed by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the Ad Council, and the USDA Forest Service.

Smokey Bear Awards are reserved for individuals, teams, and organizations that provide outstanding service with significant and sustained program impact in the wildfire prevention arena.

TimberWest November/December 2013
May/June 2022

Tioga Logging field testing the Tigercat 180

 A Simple Plan in a Complicated World
According to Ray Driscoll, owner and operator of Wood River Timber in Klamath Falls, setting out on a logging career path “just happened.”

Tioga Logging – Spearheads Tigercat 180 Field Testing
Extracting timber from steep hillsides has become more challenging and more expensive. To that end, Tigercat Industries developed its first model for cable logging operations: the Tigercat 180 swing yarder.

Firebreak Column – Putting Infrastructure Cash to Work
The federal government is finally implementing Confronting the Wildfire Crisis: A Strategy for Protecting Communities Resilience in America’s Forests.

Third-Generation Loggers
Founded in 1953, Hiett Logging is a third-generation logging company that operates out of Skagit County, Washington.

Restoring Forests to a Natural and Healthy State
According to Connor Craig, the owner of Wildfire Home Protection and Wildfire Safe, the best wildland firefighting is done before a potentially catastrophic wildfire threatens forests and other wildlands.

All Around Logging Mean All Around Customer Service
All Around Logging LLC was selected the 2021 Northwest Oregon Operator of the Year. Principal owner Aaron Silbernagel feels he was simply doing what he is supposed to do.

Tech Review - Drones
A look at a variety of drones on the market and services companies provide.

Guest Column – Why Anti-forestry’s Fight over Old Growth Won’t Work this Time
As if the old Timber Wars never ended, anti-forestry groups are waging a new well-funded and organized campaign to ban logging of “old-growth” forests.


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