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Oregon Logging Conference - Thursday Sessions

OLC Oregon Logging Conference

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Thursday Sessions

Thursday, February 20th Badges are required to attend sessions and seminars. One Professional Logger Credit will be awarded for attendance at the morning session. Three afternoon seminars will be held in the North Meeting Rooms of the Convention Center and one in the Wheeler Pavilion. One Professional Logger Credit per seminar will be issued. Moderator, Flip Houston, Scott Logging Company, LaPine, Ore. will introduce the first seminar, “Managing Insurance Cost”. Leading off the presentation will be Alex Hanson, Licensed Insurance Agent/Senior Loss Control Consultant, Associated Oregon Loggers.

He will cover a wide range of topics including shopping around for the best rates, over insurance, importance of safety meetings, wellness plans and how associations can aid in getting the price breaks you need via the large insurance pool. Geoff Stathos, senior Vice President, Mission Insurance Agencies, Inc., Medford, follows with an agent’s perspective to buying insurance for your company; can I buy too little or too much, does your agent meet your needs, what do I need to know when shopping around, should my agent understand my industry or not and why I need to compare apples to apples.

John Booton, State Department of Consumer and Business Service, Portland, Ore., will wrap up this session in discussing Workmans’ compensation, incident ratings, cost per thousand and provide an insight to what is driving the rates for logging companies (i.e. size, number of injuries and hazard ratings). Addressing these “cost drivers” he will emphasize those areas where employers’ actions can have a positive effect. “The Success of Thinning in Reducing Fire Risk” starts seminar number two. Ken Wienke, Boise Cascade Corporation, Medford, will serve as Moderator and Jim Wolf, Fire Prevention Planner, ODF, Medford, will lead the presentation. Wolf will give the fire manager’s perspective of the thinning effects on the Squires Peak fire. He will also provide additional examples of data collected by ODF with regard to fire behavior in managed timber stands.

Medford’s, BLM Ashland Field Office Forest Manager, Steve Armitage follows with a description of thinning work that was accomplished in the immediate area of the fire and extensive landscape thinning projects that have been accomplished since 1995 in the Applegate area of Jackson County by the BLM. Thursday’s third seminar, “Fire and Radio Regulation Changes” will be moderated by Ray Arnold, Weyerhaeuser Company, Longview, Wash. Mike Lulay, Technical Specialist, OSHA, Salem, and Rod Huffman, AOL, Salem, will discuss revisions of the Wildland Fire Fighting and Radio rules up for revision by committee beginning March 2003.

They will identify issues of concern and address Fire and Radio Regulations that will be revised. Their primary topic will address Forest Activities Regulations that were raised during the public hearing held in December 2002. Seminar four, “Salvage, Rehabilitation, Restoration” seats Steve Henson in the Moderator’s chair. Henson currently holds the position of California Acquisition Manager for Roseburg Forest Products, Weed, Calif. Joining him, Linda Goodman, Acting Regional Forester, Region 6, Salem, will address salvage, rehabilitation and forest restoration.

The 65th Annual Oregon Logging Conference and Equipment Show was held February 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2003 in Eugene, Oregon.

Over 500 exhibitors offered attendees a look at their newest equipment.

Industry professionals also had the opportunity to attend educational seminars with credits awarded toward Professional Logger Certification. Credits were awarded by: Oregon Professional Logger Washington Contract Loggers Accredited Logging Professional Montana Accredited Logging Professionals California Professional Logger Idaho Professional Logger

If you would like a copy of the TimberWest Oregon Logging Conference Official Show Guide, please contact [email protected]  or mail $4.00 (USD) to OLC Guide TimberWest Magazine P.O. Box 610 Edmonds, WA 98020

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