July, 2001

 

 

 

 

Machinery Row

New Director for AFA 
The Alaska Forest Association (AFA) has selected Owen Graham as its new executive director. He replaces Jack Philips, who took a position with Alaska Senator Frank Murkowski at his Washington D.C. office. Graham says his mission is "to try to stop the downward spiral of the industry and build for the future, or at least save what we've got left." 

Top Forest Operators 
The Oregon State Forestry Board awarded Mike and Gary Brownson, of Brownson Logging Co. in Myrtle Creek, the southwest Oregon Forest Operator of the Year Award. The award goes to companies in each of the state's regions that have consistently exceeded the Oregon Forest Practices Act and rules for road building, logging and fish and wildlife enhancement. Brownson Logging was chosen because of its innovative work on steep terrain near streams. Also taking home the award was A-1 Logging of Yamhill, Oregon. Larry Heesacker and his son Jeremy, were able to quell neighbors concerns by protecting views, soil and wildlife. "Nobody wants to live next to a clearcut," says Larry. 

New Deputy Supervisor for Idaho Forests 
Ranotta McNair, previously a deputy supervisor of national forests in North Carolina, was named regional forester of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. McNair replaces David Wright. McNair has worked throughout the Pacific Northwest and will manage 2.5 million acres of national forestland, including 847,000 roadless acres. 

New President for Starfire Lumber 
Starfire Lumber company's general mgr., Foster "Robbie" Robinson, has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of the Cottage Grove, Oregon, company. Robinson takes over for Frances D. Engle who stepped down in April. 

Collins Pine Honored 
The California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection presented its highest honor, the Francis H. Raymond Award, to the Collins Pine Company of Chester, California. Collins Pine is widely known for its continuing influence on the public's perception of sustainable forest management in California. "It is notable that in 2000, Collins Pine harvested and milled their two billionth board foot of lumber, yet their volume of standing timber remains at the same level as when it first began logging in 1941," said Stan Dixon, Acting Board Chairman. "This long term view of sustainable forest management, and Collins' obtaining the first green certification by a private timberland owner in the United States, forms the basis for this Award." 

Changes at Pope & Talbot 
Pope & Talbot announced organizational changes within its pulp operations. C. Douglas Eamer is now the Vice President of Canadian Pulp Operations responsible for Pope & Talbot's Harmac and Mackenzie operations. Paul G. Sadler has assumed the position of general manager of the Harmac Pulp Operations.

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