80 Years – Evergreen and Growing is the theme for the 80th Annual Oregon Logging Conference. 2018 OLC President Rick Kriege invites everyone to attend the three-day, largest inside and outside equipment show west of the Mississippi, taking place February 22 – 24, at the Lane County Convention Center and Fairgrounds in Eugene, Oregon.

“The Oregon Logging Conference is packed with unique opportunities for forestry professionals to network and learn more about their trade,” OLC President Kriege said. “The 2018 conference will certainly live up to its reputation as being the best logging, construction, trucking, and heavy equipment show west of the Mississippi,” he added.

The Logging, Construction, Trucking and Heavy Equipment Expo will feature equipment and products on display highlighting the cutting-edge technology and innovation in forestry and biomass equipment.

Seminars, hands-on workshops, and panel discussions will cover a variety of topics including steep slope logging, new salmon, steelhead, and bull trout rules, best management practices, technology in product design of forestry equipment, and rebranding an industry.

OLC Presidential Address

President Rick of Rick Kriege Logging LLC in Prineville,OR will address the 80th Annual gathering during the breakfast on Thursday, February 22, which takes place in the Wheeler Pavilion from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

President Rick will talk about the theme of this year’s conference, from the very first Oregon Logging Conference, held in August 1939 in Eugene, OR, to modern day. He will focus on attracting a new generation of workers to the industry.

“It is up to us to reach out to the younger generation of workers and get them engaged,” Kriege said. “We need to let them know that we have jobs available now, that we will provide the training. With or without college,” Kreige added, “they can still have a career in our industry.”

Also part of the OLC breakfasts on both February 22 and 23 will be a special slide show highlighting the 80 years of the Oregon Logging Conference. The history slide show will showcase the early years of the OLC (when it was known as the Willamette Valley Logging Conference), founding leaders, and 80 years of OLC Presidents. There are also plans to develop an 80th OLC Anniversary book from the photos in the presentation, as well as those to be taken at the 2018 Conference.

Kriege will also remind those who attend, of the opportunities to visit with equipment dealers and manufacturers to learn about the latest technology in equipment and attend panels and seminar sessions where you earn Professional Logger Credits. Conference

Seminars and Panel Discussions

  • Seminars on the Oregon and Washington Forest Practices Acts including policy changes, and logging in the black – post burn.
  • Hands on training seminars on topics include log defects, Freightliner Vocational trucks and emission requirements, and logging and cutting with winch assist and tether systems.
  • Panel discussions and Business discussions on Better Ideas and New Logging Technology, Mass Timber, Rebranding an Industry, Commercial Thinning, and Finding Your Next Foreman.

These educational opportunities are valuable to forestry professionals, who earn professional logger credits while networking and exchanging ideas. (See schedule for specific dates and times, and Pro Logger credit details)

Keynote Speaker

Thursday, February 22, 2018

  • Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Inc.

Abusow became President and CEO of SFI Inc. in 2007, the same year that the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® became a fully independent, non-profit organization. Since she joined SFI, forests certified to SFI® Forest Management Standard have grown from 140 million acres/56 million hectares to more than a quarter billion acres/100 million hectares across public and private lands from Canada’s Boreal to the U.S. South.

SFI is the new home to Project Learning Tree, an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool age through grade 12. Project Learning Tree’s integration into SFI provides an opportunity for the program to expand its reach and impact, and Project Learning Tree’s expertise in education will bolster SFI’s role as a sustainability leader will be bolstered.

Guest Speakers

Thursday morning, February 22nd, guest speakers are:

  • Jeff Wimer, President Pacific Logging Congress. Wimer will talk about details of the upcoming PLC Live in the Woods Show, taking place in September on the Oregon State University Forest.
  • Oregon State University Forestry Program Update.

Education 

  • Future Forestry Workers Career Day, more than 500 students from 20 high schools in Oregon will participate Friday February 23rd.
  • Elementary school education tours of the Oregon Logging Conference will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 22nd
  • High School Forestry Skills Exhibition will take place on Saturday, February 24th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Auction – proceeds for educational activities. Items will be auctioned Thursday and Friday mornings, February 22nd and 23rd. Auctioneer is Jamie Yraguen, Basco Logging

For a complete list of auction items, go to www.oregonloggingconference.com.

Other Activities

  • Log Loader Competition – Friday, February 23rd from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, sponsored by Triad Machinery and Linkbelt
  • Chainsaw Wood Carvers Ryan Anderson and Jay Peppard – Thursday and Friday, February 22nd and 23rd 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Located in the Outside Demonstration Area.
  • 80th Annual OLC Dinner and Dance – Friday, February 23rd, doors open at 7:00 p.m., dinner and dancing.
  • Ladies Desserts for Dreams – Charity event for St. Charles Hospice. Friday, February 23rd from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Held at the Eugene Hilton.
  • Oregon Women in Timber Dinner and Auction – Proceeds to benefit Talk About Trees educational program. Wednesday, February 21st, doors open at 4 p.m. Held in Playwrights Hall at the Eugene Hilton

The full schedule of events at the 80th Annual Oregon Logging Conference is available online at www.oregonlogginconference.com. For more information, contact:

Mary Bullwinkel, OLC Media Coordinator (707) 601-6533, [email protected]

Rikki Wellman, OLC Executive Director (541) 954-2477, [email protected]