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Oregon Loggers Elect Dober

Tom Dober of Banks Rock Products in Gales Creek was elected president of Associated Oregon Loggers at the organization’s recent annual convention. He served on the AOL executive committee the prior eight years.

California Loggers
Elect Hawkins, Holland

The Associated California Loggers board of directors elected Russ Hawkins president and Jeff Holland vice president at the organization’s annual meeting recently. They will serve two-year terms, 2023-24.

Hawkins owns Del Logging with his wife, Helen, in northeast California. It is a multi-generational family business with deep roots in the Sierra-Cascade region.

Holland is president and operations manager of CTL Forest Management in Placerville, CA.

Associated California Loggers Seeks Donations to Special FundAssociated California Loggers Seeks Donations to Special Fund

Associated California Loggers is asking members to consider making a donation to the organization’s Resource Availability Fund.

The ACL’s board of directors created the fund in 2016. The fund is overseen by a board of governors that reports to the ACL’s board of directors. The governors oversee spending from the fund and the direction of contract employees and projects.

The Resource Availability Fund is overseen by a “Resource Availability Fund Board of Governors” who, in turn, report to the ACL Board of Directors. This RAF Board of Governors consists of a Chair, one member of each of the active ACL chapters, and the ACL President. This board oversees the expenditure of RAF funds and the direction of RAF contract personnel and projects.

With voluntary donations to the fund, the ACL has been able to hire a federal timber specialist, a state and county issues specialist, and a communications specialist. Funds also have been used to pay for ACL’s participation in lawsuits and other actions to represent and benefit members.

“The Resource Availability Fund was designed to fund work ‘above and beyond’ ACL’s basic mission, staff, and operational budget,” association president Robert D’Agostini said in an email to members. ‘We believe that the personnel and projects funded by the RAF have already significantly raised the profile of Associated California Loggers in state and federal arenas, and have led to direct achievements on behalf of ACL members.”

Members are asked to contact the ACL office to obtain ‘pledge formulas’ or to otherwise make a donation.

Private Landowners, Family-Owned Forests Can Get ATFS Certification

SCS Global Services (SCS), the premier third-party certifier of forestry management claims in the U.S. since 1991, is now accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to offer certification to the American Tree Farm System Standard (ATFS).

ATFS certification enables family-owned forests and private landowners in the U.S. to demonstrate that their forest management practices conform to rigorous environmental standards.

ATFS is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), which enables supply chains and companies sourcing products from ATFS certified woodlands to receive recognition in international markets. ATFS certified woodlands are a principal source of fiber for chain-of-custody programs under PEFC internationally and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) in the U.S. and Canada.

“We are excited to expand our existing portfolio of responsible forestry certifications to include the American Tree Farm System,” said Maggie Schwartz, SCS’ managing director of natural resources. “ATFS certification allows landowners of smaller stands to showcase their commitment to sustainable forest management and participate in the chain of custody programs of PEFC and SFI.”

ATFS provides three options to achieve certification: an individual third-party certificate, an independently managed group program, or a State Tree Farm Program.

ATFS certified projects range in size from 10 to 10,000 acres of woodlands.

To learn more about ATFS certification through SCS, visit, and use the pull-down menu for Services, then Sustainable Forestry.


TimberWest November/December 2013
March/April 2023

Paul Jones started WyEast Forestry Management with only a rented bulldozer. A little over 10 years later, the business has evolved and grown to include three distinct companies

WyEast Timber Services on the Grow
Firewood business unit enables company to be vertically integrated, spurs growth.

Winch-Assist Approach Makes Its Way East
West Virginia logger looking to improve safety gets a boost in production with technology used in the West: a TimberMax Traction-Winch.

Good Crew Leads to Success for Wayne Stone Logging
Wayne Stone attributes his nearly 40 years of success in the logging industry to his productive crew and reliable equipment.

Payload, Cycle Time Are Keys to Productive Grapple Yarding
Recent research suggests grapple yarding can be very productive, yarding more than 100 tons per Productive Machine Hour (PMH). Payload and cycle time are the keys.

Oregon Logging Conference Gets a Boost
The 85th Annual Oregon Logging Conference got a boost in attendance and visitors compared to a year ago. Pre-registered attendance and exhibitor participation both increased.

Tech Column
Daily service check will help ensure proper maintenance of heavy equipment. Matthew Flood, Product Marketing Manager for John Deere, has some suggestions on how to go about it.


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