2022 Scaling for Non-Scalers

Start Date: November 17, 2022
Location: Grand Mound, WA

Thursday, November 17, 2022

9:00 What does a log scaler do?

  • How scalers fit into the log transaction process (only measure volume, not value)
  • What is their relationship to log buyers and sellers?
  • The different points in log transport where scaling can occur
  • What is log volume and how is it calculated?
  • What are the specific measurements and data collected on a typical log?
  • Log documentation
  • Understanding gross and net volume
  • Why did my load scale out at a lesser volume? Reasons for volume deductions

9:30 am Scaling Bureaus: How they operate and their role in log markets

  • How bureaus fit into the log buying and selling process
  • Represent both the log buyers and sellers
  • Apply log scaling rules
  • Provide qualified scalers
  • Serve as independent third parties

10:30 Break

11:00 Northwest Log Scaling Rules: Applying uniformity and standardization within the Doug-fir processing area

  • Function and role of the rules

Special Requests: Using procedures in addition to the NW log scaling rules

11:30 Scaling logs on trucks

Noon Lunch (included with registration)

1:00 pm Understanding log grades and sorts

  • What is the difference between grades and sorts?
  • Why do sorts vary from company to company?
  • What is the difference between a good #2 sawlog and a rough #2 sawlog?
  • What is the pulp sort?
  • What is a cull?

2:00 Break

2:15  Log accountability: Tracking the log load from landing to mill

  • How is data collected? Load receipts, weight reports, sample scales, sample expansion, log tags, scale tickets and certificates
  • Understanding the paperwork: Examples will be provided of load receipts, scale tickets and certificates and each form will be reviewed in detail.
  • What are the standard procedures for documentation and changes?
  • How is the data stored, disseminated and accessed by clients?

3:45 Catch-all short topics

  • Miscellaneous Topics
    • Understanding cubic measurements
    • Volume conversion factors
    • Using taper factors and actual taper
  • Scaler value and cost
  • Defects
  • Difference between westside and eastside scaling

4:15 pm Workshop Adjourns

About this Event
2022 Scaling for Non-Scalers will take place on Nov 17, 2022 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA.

Registration Information
Registration Pricing:

The registration fee for in-person is $395 if received by November 7, 2022 or $495 after November 7. The in-person registration fee includes a book of speaker materials, lunch and refreshments.


Cancellations on or before November 7, 2022 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations received after that time will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.

Lodging Information:

Lodging is available at the Great Wolf Lodge by calling 866-941-9653 or at greatwolf.com. Use block code: 2211west.

Society of American Foresters CFE credits:

By attending the workshop, participants will be eligible for 5.5 CFE hours in Category 1 through the Society of American Foresters.

About the Speaker

Mike Belfry

Mike has been a scaler and cruiser for over 35 years in the PNW. Most recently he was operations manager for the Pacific Log Scaling Bureau where he provided trained scalers for customer job sites. Before that position, Mike was National Forest Regional Measurement Specialist with the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. He has also owned his own professional services firm maintaining log inventories, and monitoring log utilization. Prior to owning his firm, Mike served as the Alaska Manager for the Pacific Rim Log Scaling Bureau where he maintained and trained a workforce of up to 50 employees and scalers throughout Alaska. He has a 2 year forestry engineering degree.

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