Redwood Region Logging Conference Honors Two

by | Jun 5, 2024 | 2024, Industry News, May/June 2024, TimberWest Magazine

EUREKA, CALIFORNIA – Unseasonal warm and sunny weather helped draw a record number of attendees to this year’s annual Redwood Region Logging Conference recently. About 6,000 people attended the event in Eureka, California, according to organizers.

Logging equipment – modern day and historic – was on display, and activities during the three-day event included a log loader competition and the Association of Western Forestry Clubs conclave.

It was the 86th annual event of the conference. “We had an amazing year because of the support of an incredible industry and a dedicated group of directors, both current and past,” said Jeannie Fulton, executive director of the Redwood Region Logging Conference.

The theme of this year’s event was ‘Growing a Stronger Industry for the Next Generation – One Tree at a Time.’ Students from Humboldt and Mendocino Counties competed for cash prizes in an art contest focused on the conference theme.

Two Humboldt County residents were honored with achievement awards. The two, Bob Canevari and Gloria Cottrell have been long-time members of the timber industry and have made significant contributions to the local community.

Canevari, 93 and retired, began his career in the timber industry in Mendocino County in 1949. He formed a business with partners in 1955, and they moved their logging operations to Humboldt County in 1961. Eventually buying out his partners, he formed Canevari Timber prior to 1970 and added sand and gravel operations to his company in the early 1990s. Canevari served as president of the Redwood Region Logging Conference in 1997 and is a past director of the Pacific Logging Congress.

Bob Canevari and Gloria Cottrell were recognized with achievement awards. Canevari is a retired contractor, past president of the Redwood Region Logging Conference,and past director of the Pacific Logging Congress. Cottrell and family operate Three Rivers Logging and the Cottrell Ranch.

Cottrell and family operate Three Rivers Logging and the Cottrell Ranch near Bridgeville. Cottrell received her award in recognition of her family’s contributions to timber and ranching. She and her late husband, Graham, started Three Rivers Logging Company in 1958. The company has been conducting sustainable logging and ranching activities on the property since then.

In conjunction with the conference, the 2024 Association of Western Forestry Clubs conclave drew students from 10 colleges in California, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and Idaho. The students demonstrated logging-related skills, including single bucking, crosscut sawing, pole climbing, and throwing wrappers over a load of logs. Cal Poly-Humboldt hosted the conclave and captured first place in the three-day competition. The second-place team was Flathead Valley Community College in Montana, and third place went to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. It was the first time the event was held in Humboldt County in more than a decade.

One of the more popular events at the conference was the log loader competition. Contestants could choose to operate a 538 CAT or Link-Belt 3740B log loader. The top three times, one in less than three minutes and two in less than four minutes, earned cash awards for the skilled operators. First place was Ryan Anderson, of Anderson Trucking, second place was Doug Parmeter of Parmeter Logging, and third place was Bryann Chipps of Green Diamond Resource Company.

The latest in firefighting technology was on display at the event. Boosting local firefighting capabilities will be a Sikorsky S70i Fire Hawk helicopter. When compared to the current UH-1H Super Huey helicopter being used, the new helicopter has two engines, a greater lift capacity, can carry a larger crew, and has a 1,000-gallon fixed water tank. The Fire Hawk is a civilian version of the Black Hawk military helicopter.

The next annual Redwood Region Logging Conference will be held in Ukiah in Mendocino County in March 2025.

Mary Bullwinkel

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