Jeff Unger’s crew does the ALC bucket challenge

Jeff Unger’s crew does the ALC bucket challenge. Click HERE.

Now it’s your  turn.

Jeff Unger's crew

Jeff Unger’s crew


Students Compete at the Pacific Logging Congress

Student Competition

Student Competition

On Thursday morning, September 25, students from area High Schools will show their skills in a head to head competition at the Pacific Logging Congress. Watch the next generation battle it out.

Students from the area will be competing in a variety of forestry events, including: cable splicing,  crosscut, single buck and log rolling. There will also be a tree-climbing event. In this exciting competition, both male and female competitors will race up a tree to a designated finish line.

Events like these are not only fun, but help students learn forestry skills as well as stay connected to school.

Come cheer them “in the woods”, at the Port Blakely Tree Farms, in Molalla, Ore.

Preston Green earns Pacific Forest Foundation Scholarship

Preston Green

Preston Green

Ten students have received $10,000 in scholarships from the Pacific Forest Foundation (PFF), the educational arm of the Pacific Logging Congress. Eight of the students are attending Oregon State University and two are attending University of Idaho. This is the second year scholarships were given.

One of this year’s scholarship recipients is 20-year-old Preston Green. He’s attending Oregon State University and studying Forest Engineering. Preston says the scholarship will allow him to focus more on efforts to get his degree. “To receive the Pacific Forest Foundation scholarship shows to me that the forestry field is alive and growing.”

After graduation, Preston plans to work for a private timber company somewhere in the Pacific Northwest and at some point possible start his own consulting firm.

To learn more about the Pacific Forest Foundation, just click HERE.

No Room for Dumb Logger Mentality

Cool Bay Logger, Tony Meline

Cool Bay Logger, Tony Meline

Scott Starkey of Coos Bay recently wrote a great letter to the editor. He was responding to an earlier letter that read:

Oregon’s South Coast economy has been based on ‘extraction’ of natural resources; there has been no need for more than a high school education (if that) in order to make a reasonable living. Those days are over, but developing an intelligence based alternative has never materialized. The result is a broadly ignorant, apathetic, cynical, atomized public.”

Starkey went on to describe the many highly-educated timber professionals, from  contractors to GIS specialists. And explained that the industry requires a serious head for business, and a pocketbook to match. “A single logging unit may have a $4 million investment with a $5,500 a day operating cost to manage,” he wrote.  (To read the entire article, just click HERE.)

I’m sure many of you have come across individuals who still have the “dumb logger” mentality. What has been your response? We would love to hear.


Check Out Working Forests Action Network

statewide.200Scott Swanson, manager and vice president of West Fork Timber Co., says, “If you care about the jobs created by healthy working forests, about sustainable forestry and the renewable products they provide, and want the public to know the value of maintaining healthy working forests, then you should be a FAN of Working Forests.”

The website has great information on ways you can help support working forests and the individuals who work in them.

Swanson says, “In the case where action is needed, WFAN is a digital connection to local elected leaders, to send them a message.”

Check it out by clicking HERE.  I think you’ll be glad you did.


New Forestry Machines in the Making

Scandinavian forestry machine

Scandinavian forestry machine

At the 2014 Pacific Logging Congress, live in the woods show, September 25-27, you’ll have the chance to see the newest and the best forestry machines in their element. Also, manufacturers will be on hand to answer any questions.

It’s hard to imagine that these enormous machines started out as just an idea. Here are a couple futuristic ideas that you won’t see today, but who knows about tomorrow.

Walk Harvester

Walk Harvester

• The Scandinavian ATL’s Framtidens Skogsmaskin
 John Deere’s Walking Harvester

See you in September.