James Seward of the Columbia River Log Scaling & Grading Bureau shows loggers how fire damaged salvage logs are graded for bug damage and char defects during a loggers “Hands-On Seminar” at the 2023 Oregon Logging Conference. The information is especially helpful: Extended wildfire seasons mean more loggers are handling more salvage logs these days.
The Oregon Logging Conference scholarship auction raised thousands this year for deserving students who are vital to industry’s future. Held over two days during breakfast, the auction featured more than two dozen items including #Stihl and #Husqvarna chain saws, wood carvings, a $1,000 tire gift certificate, an AR-15 rifle and much more. The OLC has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships since 1968.
Students participate in a harvesting and forwarding simulator competition sponsored by the Oregon State University College of Forestry during the Oregon Logging Conference Future Forestry Workers Career Day. More than 300 high school students from area schools attended the event and were given chance to talk with potential future employees in all sectors of the industry including forestry and logging, firefighting, diesel technology, trucking and more. Nygaard Logging and Warrenton Fibre sponsor the career day event.
Looking back at the OLC’s past stretching more than 80 years, an antique saw collection from retired forester Don Wagner of Hull-Oakes Lumber drew lots of onlookers.
Ponsse officials gave a presentation on Ponsse’s firefighting system during an “Exhibitor Hands-On Seminar.” The session also included information on Ponsse’s satellite program and latest digital technology.
De-throning a three-time champion, Bryan Chipps of Green Diamond Resources won the 2023 OLC Log Loader Competition with a time of 4:05. That was almost 10 seconds better than second-place finisher Zane Bryant of Bryant Logging (4:15:37), who had won the competition three years in a row. Ross Cribbs of Black Rock Timber finished third with a time of 4:48:15. The two-day event is sponsored by Link-Belt and Triad Machinery.
Several chain saw carvers in the outdoor demo area drew consistent crowds.
Everyone who was anyone made an appearance at the OLC, including Ponsse!
Hilltop Aerial was one of several drone vendors at the OLC.