2022 Western Region COFE Seminar

Start Date: January 13, 2022
Location: Lebanon, OR

8:00 Introduction to WR.COFE & SeminarJohn Sessions, Chair, Western Regional COFE & OSU FERM Department and Seminar Moderator

Company Perspectives on Forest Operations Challenges resulting from 2020 fires

8:15 Overview of Archie Creek Fire – Roseburg Forest Products will provide an overview of property ownership of the Archie Creek fire in relation to nearby communities. The challenges of the checker board ownership for fire salvage and the cooperation that resulted will be summarized.

8:35 Panel Overview: Lone Rock is a timber management and logging company that manages approximately 150,000 acres of timberland in SW Oregon. During Oregon’s 2020 Labor Day fire storms Lone Rock lost 6,000 acres in the Archie Creek Fire (Douglas County) and 2000 acres in the South Obenchain Fire (Jackson County). Long before both fires were completely contained, Lone Rock began planning and implanting salvage harvest of the mature burned timber located within the fire scars.

Panel Discussion: The Lone Rock Timber/Logging Co. Salvage Harvesting Effort After the Archie Creek Fire

  1. Engineering/Survey – Methods and tools employed to re-establish pre-fire road construction layout and property lines obliterated by the fire.
  2. Timber Cutting – Differences between timber falling in the green vs. black; discussion on the importance of communication between cutting and logging crews.
  3. Road Construction – Emergency re-establishment and construction of road access; repairing heavily damaged road systems in the off-season.
  4. Logging – Post burn logging methods and safety difficulties encountered on exceptionally steep and difficult terrain.

9:45 Sponsor Update

9:55 Break (Refreshments Provided)

10:25 Sponsor Update

Overview of 2020 Fires on Weyerhaeuser Land

10:35 Panel Overview: In fall of 2020, Weyerhaeuser lost approximately 125,000 acres to 4 fires across Oregon. Weyerhaeuser’s targeted merch acres impacted by the fires was 45% of the overall burn acres. This was an extraordinary challenge for Weyerhaeuser to size up and reallocate resources to achieve their goals and was the largest salvage recovery effort since the Mount St. Helens eruption.

Panel discussion: Three topics of engineering, slope stability and harvesting will be covered by Weyerhaeuser supervisors and methods used to overcome these challenges during the Oregon salvage effort.

  1. Engineering: Processes and tools to permit, layout and meet state regulations on a tight timeframe with limited engineering capacity.
  2. Geology: High burn severity required increased focus of slope stability for both downstream public risk but also for worker protection.
  3. Logging: Post burn cutting and logging required increased capacity and expanded mechanization, including unique helicopter grapple logging opportunity to accomplish goal

11:50 Sponsor Update

12:00 LUNCH

1:00 Announcements: Ticket Raffle, OSU Student Scholarship Awards – Jerry Sedlak Memorial Scholarship

Post-fire Hydrology

1:30  Modernizing Our Understanding of Salvage Logging Effects: Water Repellency, Mulch and Stream BuffersPete Robichaud, USDA Forest Service

1:50 Post-fire salvage logging and effective mitigations for soil erosion and sediment deliveryCajun James, Sierra Pacific

2:10 Erosion rates from forest roads affected by the August Complex fire in Northern CaliforniaZach Gigone, Humboldt State University

2:30 Break (Refreshments Provided)

3:00 Managing danger trees along public highwaysJoel Zeni, Suulutaaq Inc., Oregon Branch

3:20 New OR-OSHA rules – Updates on smoke and heat rules and simple solutions. OSHA inspections and investigations – Pre-planning and how to manage for successJohn Meyers, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Roseburg Forest Products

4:00 Wrap Up and adjourn

About this Event
WR.COFE is a regional chapter (western United States and British Columbia) of the COUNCIL ON FOREST ENGINEERING (COFE). COFE is an international professional organization formed to foster the development of forest engineering in industry, government, and education in order to promote the best methods of managing and operating forests, both private and public. COFE serves the forestry profession by disseminating technical information about forest engineering. For more information, see the COFE website at www.cofe.org.

The conference will be offered with both an in-person and streaming option. Please select which option you prefer when registering.

Registration Information
Registration Pricing:

The in-person registration fee is $150 and the streaming only fee is $75. Both fees include a one year membership in The Council on Forest Engineering. If you have difficulty with the registration webpage or have any questions regarding registration, please use the contact form below or call the WFCA office at 503-226-4562.

Lodging Information:

The seminar will be held at the Best Western Premier Boulder Falls Inn at 505 Mullins Dr, Lebanon, OR 97355. A block of reduced rate rooms (single) is available at $119 plus tax. Reservations can be made by calling 541-451-1000 and referencing Council on Forest Engineering. After 12/31/21, rooms will be subject to availability. Please make your lodging reservations early.

Continuing Education Credits
Attendees will be eligible for the estimated credits listed below:

  • 8 OPL-Reg Credits Oregon Professional Logger Program
  • 9 Washington Master Loggers Program Credits
  • 6.0 Cat 1 Contact Hours SAF Continuing Forestry Ed Credits

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