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TimberWest January/February 2011

March April 2012

Woody Biomass Column:
Fuels for Schools

Is the program an outlet for local woody biomass?

DNA Tracking Branches Out

Tree DNA is now being used to address illegal logging issues

Water Logged

Northwest Management pulls logs from Montana’s Flathead Lake

2012 Oregon Logging
Conference Pictorial Review

Guest Column:
Pacific Northwest Economy Looking Brighter

By Michael J. Parks

A Start up in a Down Economy

Robert Howell Logging says customer base is key

Taking on Alaska

R&R King Logging finds opportunity in Alaska

Association News

Machinery Row

New Products


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FRA’s Video on Fire Prevention, Suppression

Timber Equipment Applications Management (TEAM) and the National Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety Foundation (THATS) have produced a Fire Safety Video focusing on measures logging operations can take to prevent equipment fires in the woods, as well as best practices for suppressing such fires. The 34-minute DVD, available from the Forest Resources Association, includes a concise Discussion Leader’s Guide designed to enhance learning through group discussion.

A logging contractor can use these materials as a self-tutorial or as the basis of a logging crew training program. They can also serve as a resource for a workshop within a state logger training and education program.

FRA members may order the Fire Safety Video (DVD format) with Guide at $50 apiece, or $100 apiece for non-members. A discounted price of $20 per video ($40 for non-members) is available for orders of 10 or more. Please enclose payment with order (checks payable to “FRA”). Charge orders may be faxed to (301) 838-9481. A faxable order form is available at

Make direct orders to Forest Resources Association Inc., 600 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 350, Rockville, MD 20852, and refer to stock number 12-A-2.

Lewis Retires

After 40 years of forest industry service, Richard Lewis, Forest Resources Association’s (FRA) President announced his retirement date of June 30, 2012. The FRA Board of Directors and Staff are planning a retirement dinner for Richard at its 78th Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 20, 2012.

OLC Announces 2012-2013 Officers

The following board officers and staff will serve the Oregon Logging Conference for the 2012-2013 Conference year:

  • Don Hardwick, Swanson Group Inc. (Glendale, Ore.), OLC President
  • Milt Moran, Cascade Timber Consulting (Sweet Home, Ore.), OLC First Vice President
  • David Nygaard, Warrenton Fiber/Nygaard Logging (Warrenton, Ore.), Second Vice President
  • Mike Randall, Swanson Bros. Lumber Co. (Noti, Ore.), OLC Treasurer
  • Rikki Wellman, Oregon Logging Conference (Eugene, Ore.), Conference Manager

The 2013 Oregon Logging Conference is scheduled for February 21 to February 23 at the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds in Eugene, Ore.

Kirkpatrick Named Logger of the Year by AOL

Third generation logger Larry Kirkpatrick was named Logger of the Year by AOL President Bruce Zuber at the 2012 Awards Banquet. Kirkpatrick was honored for, among other things, his two decades of service to the association in a wide variety of capacities.

Kirkpatrick Logging Inc. joined Associated Oregon Loggers in 1978 when it was run by Larry and his father Dan Kirkpatrick. Now located in Eugene, the company was originally located on the south coast. Larry bought the company from his father in 2000.

Since joining the association, he has served on the Membership Committee, the Scholarship Committee, the Insurance Committee, and the Training Committee that he currently chairs. He was the Coos Bay/South Coast District Representative 1997-1998 and served as the Coos Bay/South Coast Chapter Chair 1997-2002.

He is currently the association’s Mid-Valley District Representative on the Board of Directors.

WoodWorks Announces West Region Wood Design Award Winners

WoodWorks, a cooperative venture of major wood associations and organizations throughout North America, recently announced eight award-winning Western U.S. design projects. Awards were presented at the Long Beach Wood Solution Fair on February 29, 2012, and award winners from Oregon and Washington were recognized at Wood Solution Fairs in Portland and Seattle on March 13 and 15 respectively.

Submissions were made in the following categories: commercial wood design; engineering; green building; innovative wood design; institutional wood design; interior beauty of wood; multi-story/mid-rise wood design; and traditional use of wood.

To view the winning designs, log on to:

The west region awards recognize excellence in wood design, engineering, and construction, as well as innovative projects that showcase wood’s strength, beauty, versatility, and cost-effectiveness.

Mike Weaver AOL’s New Loss Control Consultant

AOL has hired Mike Weaver to fill the Loss Control Consultant (LCC) position vacated by Randy Ingraham. AOL says Mike stood out among many applicants. He comes to AOL with a Southern Oregon logging background that began after graduation from South Umpqua High School. After gaining logging experience, Mike left the woods for a job at a pole manufacturing facility in Winchester. There he served on their safety committee where he helped develop and implement a comprehensive safety program.

Mike will be assigned to the Southern Oregon area of AOL. That area includes Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, and part of Coos Counties. Mike can be reached at [email protected]

Frank Livas Installed as 48th President of the NTEA

Frank Livas, President of Brake & Clutch, Inc., was installed as the 48th President of the NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry. Livas accepted the gavel from immediate past President Steven Sill (President of Aspen Equipment Co. in Indianapolis, Indiana) at the President’s Breakfast and NTEA Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show® 2012.