2022 Western Region COFE Seminar
Location: Lebanon, OR
8:00 Introduction to WR.COFE & Seminar – John Sessions, Chair, Western Regional COFE & OSU FERM Department
Company Perspectives on Forest Operations Challenges resulting from 2020 fires
8:15 Overview of Archie Creek Fire – Roseburg Forest Products
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
- Engineering/Survey – Methods and tools employed to re-establish pre-fire road construction layout and property lines obliterated by the fire.
- Timber Cutting – Differences between timber falling in the green vs. black; discussion on the importance of communication between cutting and logging crews.
- Road Construction – Emergency re-establishment and construction of road access; repairing heavily damaged road systems in the off-season.
- 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.
- Engineering: Processes and tools to permit, layout and meet state regulations on a tight timeframe with limited engineering capacity.
- Geology: High burn severity required increased focus of slope stability for both downstream public risk but also for worker protection.
- 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
1:00 Announcements: Ticket Raffle, OSU Student Scholarship Awards – Jerry Sedlak Memorial Scholarship
1:30 Modernizing Our Understanding of Salvage Logging Effects: Water Repellency, Mulch and Stream Buffers – Pete Robichaud, USDA Forest Service
1:50 Post-fire salvage logging and effective mitigations for soil erosion and sediment delivery – Cajun James, Sierra Pacific (Invited)
2:10 Erosion rates from forest roads affected by the August Complex fire in Northern California – Zach Gigone, Humboldt State University
2:30 Break (Refreshments Provided)
3:00 Managing danger trees along public highways – Joel 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 success – John Meyers, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Roseburg Forest Products
4:00 Wrap Up and adjourn
The conference will be offered with both an in-person and streaming option. Please select which option you prefer when registering.
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.
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