Jan Feb, 2003

 

 

 

 

Oregon Logging Conference - Keynote Speaker

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Keynote Speaker

Hello, Mr. President. . .

Jim Peterson, Founder & Editor of Evergreen Magazine

 

By Sherrie Bond 

"If the President Calls, Do you Hang Up?" That's the question that this year's Keynote Speaker, Jim Petersen, poses to the membership. Most likely there are a few in attendance who would say 'yes'. Others would stammer a "well, no" (but would not want to be the recipient of that call) and those few, like Petersen, who would, without hesitation, pick up the phone and say, "Yes Sir, how can I help you"! 

Petersen is the founder and editor of Evergreen Magazine, a periodical publication of the non-profit organization Evergreen Foundation where he serves as executive director. According to Petersen, "The Foundation's sole mission is to help advance public understanding and support for science-based forestry and forest policy, principally through the pages of Evergreen, one of the most widely read and respected forestry magazines in North America." 

Financial support for the publication comes from Foundation members and grants made by public and private non-profit organizations sharing the Foundation's commitment. Renowned for his dedication to the industry and his efforts with grassroots groups throughout America, Jim Petersen is a respected representative of all that is "right" in timber communities. His activism and public service have earned him countless awards; among them the 1991 American Forest & Paper Assn. Best Forestry Public Relations Program in the Nation achievement, Whistle Punk of the Year (1994), Southern Oregon Timber Industries Assn. and Outstanding Forestry Activist, Forest Resources Assoc., western division, 2000. 

His background in journalism and public relations have aided in serving the needs of many clients in natural resource based industries. His selfless willingness to takethe- point in addressing local, state and federal government officials has given a leg-up for thousands of timber workers across the nation bringing attention to their plight. He has been tenacious in his efforts. Jim and his wife, Kathleen, live in Bigfork, Mont. where she manages the Evergreen Foundation office and Jim concentrates on research, writing and fund raising efforts. 

When addressing his keynote topic, Petersen is quick to point out that President George W. Bush is only the second President in history to make the connection between healthy forests and healthy communities. The first was Theodore Roosevelt, architect of America's national forest system. "President Roosevelt did it in a March 1903 speech at a Society of American Foresters meeting in Washington, D.C. President Bush did it last August during a tour of southern Oregon wildfires." states Petersen. "While touring the fire lines he also unveiled his Healthy Forests Initiative, a sweeping proposal for modernizing environmental laws that no longer serve their original good intent. 

"Many believe this Initiative offers the West's economically devastated timber communities their last, best hope for ending political and legal gridlock in federal forests. "While I agree with this assessment, it is equally clear that the regulatory reforms the President is proposing will also lead to significant environmental gains on public and private forestlands all across the nation." Many of the President's proposals have seen the light of day since his survey of Oregon's devastated, fire ravaged acreage last summer. Naturally they have been met with opposition from environmental organizations that have made it their sole objective the past decade or so to throw roadblocks and obstacles into the path of well-maintained sustainable yielding timberlands. 

"The President's Initiative will no doubt, be hotly debated by members of Congress, the press and environmental groups" says Peterson. Its passage depends totally on our ability to marshal the persuasive powers of hundreds of grass roots coalitions that link rural and urban groups - and share a deeply felt concern for the future of forestry and forest conservation in America." This is a momentous undertaking. The question is, will rural communities, local and state governments, forest landowners, sportsmen and women rally around the President's Initiative - or will they allow urban elitists and the conflict industry to continue to act in ways that endanger forests and communities?" Stated in the simplest of terms, "If the President calls, do you hang up?" 

Jim Petersen's keynote address promises to be provocative and stimulating. He, like a few other grassroots champions, is not one to "talk-the talk" and take no action. Jim Petersen is a man who has proven himself to be a leader among men, the kind of guy who will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with timber workers across the land in a fight for the health and sustainability of our forests and our timber communities alike. Don't miss this exciting address, Thursday, February 20, 2003 in the Wheeler Pavilion following the President's Message by Bill Will. 

TW

The 65th Annual Oregon Logging Conference and Equipment Show was held February 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2003 in Eugene, Oregon.

Over 500 exhibitors offered attendees a look at their newest equipment.

Industry professionals also had the opportunity to attend educational seminars with credits awarded toward Professional Logger Certification. Credits were awarded by: Oregon Professional Logger Washington Contract Loggers Accredited Logging Professional Montana Accredited Logging Professionals California Professional Logger Idaho Professional Logger

If you would like a copy of the TimberWest Oregon Logging Conference Official Show Guide, please contact timberwest@forestnet.com  or mail $4.00 (USD) to OLC Guide TimberWest Magazine P.O. Box 610 Edmonds, WA 98020

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