March 24–26, 2015 · Coeur d’Alene Resort · Idaho


Who to expect at the event

The Small Log Conference attracts a broad spectrum of forest product industry professionals from around the world. Learn more about event attendees.

Pre-conference industry tour

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015
  • Learn more about the sites we’ll be visiting
  • Cost: $100 per person (only available for registered attendees)
  • Lunch and transportation provided (pick up from the Coeur d’Alene Resort)
  • Pre-registration is required.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

6:00am7:00am: Industry tour registration, continental breakfast and exhibitor appreciation (exhibit hall)


5:30pm7:30pm: Check-in and casual welcome, networking reception in the exhibit hall (cash bar)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

7:00am7:49am: Registration, continental breakfast and exhibitor appreciation (exhibit hall)

General Session:

7:49amGreetings and housekeeping — Arnie Didier, Chief Operating Officer, Forest Business Network

8:10am — Introduction and brief overview of lumber production and wood products in the Southeast U.S. — Jack Jordan, Executive VP, Jordan Lumber & Supply, Inc.

8:20amIntroduction — John Audley, President, Sustainable Northwest

8:30amTelling our story: Winning in today’s communications environment — Timothy Punke, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Public Policy, Plum Creek Timber

A discussion of the efforts to improve messaging and communications in the forest products sector.

8:50am — Giving voice to the forest and forest products sector — Gur Tsabar, Senior Vice President, Social Issues, Digital Strategy and Innovations, Ketchum

Recent research findings on how the sector communicates with its various publics today, and strategies to evolve the sector’s voice moving forward.

9:10am — Maximize your networking and social media presence at Small Log — Iris Montague, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service

The introduction of the internet has changed the way we obtain information, the way we communicate, and even the way we conduct business. One of the most widespread contemporary marketing tools that has emerged as a result of the rise of the digital market is social media. Social media can help promote brands, drive more traffic to websites, and provide useful information to customers. Join as we discuss social media in the forest products industry and how to maximize your networking and social media presence at the Small Log Conference.

9:30amA big picture look at the Bid Group and its companies — Mike Cesselli, Technical Capital Sales: W. Canada & W. USA, Comact

A look into the Bid Group of Companies: Comact, Comact USA, PHL, SEC, Deltech, NCL, NML

10:00am10:30am — Networking break with refreshments (exhibit hall)


Track A: New Sawmill Technologies
Track leader and panel moderator: Bill Tice, Capital Sales/Marketing Manager, HewSaw Machines Inc.

  • History and development of small log technology — Russ Vaagen, Vice President, Vaagen Brothers Lumber
  • This presentation will take you back to the way sawmillers first started breaking down logs and why it led to a crossroads where traditional sawmilling and small diameter sawmilling became their own competencies. The presentation will also show how technology has brought the two focuses together to battle it out for the best way to break down logs.

  • The philosophy of presorting logs explained — Klaus Jansson, Country Manager, Springer-Microtec
  • Disconnecting the merchandizing from the saw line and presorting logs is an approach to further increase sawing efficiency. Learn more about this concept, explained through practical examples.

  • Production planning optimization: batch-run versus Scan-n-Set sawmills — Brad Turner, Principal, HALCO Software Systems
  • Batch-run sawmills, in which sorted logs are run with fixed (or semi-fixed) patterns are widely used outside North America, and are beginning to see increased use here. However, scan-n-set technology, in which unsorted logs are processed and the sawing pattern is determined on a log-by-log basis, is still the dominant technology. Production planning and optimization requirements differ significantly between these technologies. The presentation will compare and contrast these sawmill technologies, and discuss their specific production planning and optimization requirements.

Track B: Emerging Markets for Small Diameter and Under-Utilized Timber
Moderator and Track leader: John Audley, President, Sustainable Northwest

  • Biochar: Black is the new green — Dusty Moller, Wood Utilization Manager, University of Nevada Reno
  • “Carbon farming”—adding a form of charcoal to the mix of soil amendments is currently being tested in laboratories, test plots and field demonstrations across the nation. The carbon is called “biochar.” It registers in the 80% organic carbon range and can be produced from a wide range of forest and agriculture wastes. Biochar offers a wide aray of environmental and economic benefits, including an increase in water and fertilizer use efficiency, thereby improving plant growth for greater yields. Since only half of the original tree ends up as lumber, the residue can be converted to biochar. This presentation begins with a primer on biochar—what it is, how it is made, how to use it and ends with a review of current research and projects with a focus on the urban forest environment.

  • Research exploring the use of round posts in guardrail systems — David E. Kretschmann, Research General Engineer, USDA Forest Products Laboratory
  • Small-diameter trees can be used in a variety of ways, including lumber, structural round wood, wood composites, wood fiber products, compost, mulch, and fuels. By removing the potential fuel and selling it as various products, the cost of SDT removal can hopefully be recovered. Therefore, more uses for small-diameter trees should be developed in order to increase the product potential. In response to this need, researchers at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF), in cooperation with the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and the USDA-Forest Service developed an adaptation of the Midwest Guardrail System (MGS) that utilized SDT materials as timber posts. Researchers have also explored using round posts as replacements in the existing U.S. standard G4 (2W) guardrail system and the guard rail system used by the Arizona Department of Transportation. This presentation recaps those efforts.

  • Emerging markets for Western juniper — John Audley, President, Sustainable Northwest

12:00pm1:00pm — Lunch and exhibitor appreciation (exhibit hall)


Track A: New Markets for Wood Pellets
Track leader and panel moderator: Jennifer Hedrick, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute

  • Animal bedding: From sawdust to shavings to pellets — Mark Faehner, Vice President, American Wood Fibers
  • Brief history on AWF and their development of various animal bedding products from sawdust to shavings to pellets. Mark will highlight which animals traditionally use the types of bedding products, the bedding products which work best, and why you might choose one over the other. The presentation will provide some recommendations for what one might do with various feedstocks; small logs, chips, dry planer shavings, and green sawdust. Mark will also take a stab at market sizes for various animal bedding products and the dollar value of each at the wholesale level.

  • Make your own pellets — Randy Brooks, Extension Forestry Specialist & Professor, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho
  • Many small landowners are faced with the challenge of managing forest residuals to meet slash compliance and fire regulations. Currently, most residuals are burned or left on site to decompose. Use of such residuals for bioenergy production via wood pellets is noteworthy. In a time where alternative energy sources are growing in demand, new approaches to utilize these residuals are being examined. This presentation focuses on the quality and quantity of wood pellets manufactured by a portable pellet mill utilizing various forms of forest residuals.

  • Advanced biofuel steam treated pellets — Rob Mager, Advisor–Business Programming, Ontario Power Generation

Track B: Impacts of North American Log and Lumber Exports
Track leader and panel moderator: David Stallcop, Global Marketing Manager, Vanport International, Inc.

  • Export opportunities for inland producers — Tom Leeds, President, Pacific Lumber & Shipping
  • General overview of the Asian export markets from 2007 to today (stressing the big growth). Will also address the logistics/costs of transportation as the greatest obstacle to competitively accessing these markets. The presentation will include pictures and videos of the products and sawmills in Asia.

  • Adding value to operations with West Coast export opportunities — Mike Mackelwich, Director of Timberland Operations, Olympic Resource Management
  • A look at silvicultural and operational considerations in a market with significant opportunity for exporting to China and other Asian countries.

  • Promotion of wood in public buildings in Japan: opportunities and threats — Daisuke Sasatani, Research Associate, CINTRAFOR (UW)
  • In the Japanese non-residential building sector of the recent past, wooden structures were not a popular construction method due to many issues including fire codes and wood availability. However, a significant proportion of forest plantation areas are now harvestable and the government would like to utilize these wood resources. Consequently, Japan’s “Promotion for the Use of Wood in Public Buildings” was implemented in 2010, which seeks to increase the use of wood for low-rise building projects of central and local governments. Simultaneously, Japan’s Forestry Agency has made a tremendous effort to create a market for CLT panels. This could be a new export opportunity for the U.S. wood industry. However, the objective of those efforts are to consume underutilized Japanese domestic species, especially sugi (Japanese cedar). There have been a number of regulatory initiatives designed to subsidize the revitalization of the domestic forestry and forest products industry in Japan. Any program designed to unfairly raise the market share of domestic wood in the Japanese market will adversely impact the competitiveness of imported wood products from the Pacific Northwest.

2:30pm–3:00pm — Networking break with refreshments (exhibit hall)


Track A: Forest Residue to Biofuels Research
Track leader and panel moderator: Han-Sup Han — Principal Investigator, Waste to Wisdom (W2W)

  • Building a NARA supply chain to demonstrate sustainable biojetMichael Wolcott, Co-Chair, Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance
  • The Northwest Advanced Renewable Alliance (NARA) has been developing strategies for producing alternative jet fuel (AJF) and co-products using softwood forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest. NARA has developed supply chain strategies for both the Western Montana Corridor and the Mid-Cascade to Pacific regions. In addition, NARA has refined its technologies to effectively convert forest residuals into AJF. In this presentation, Mike will discuss NARA’s progress on establishing a demonstration supply chain to produce 1,000-gallons of AJF for a demonstration flight.

  • Utilizing forest residues for the production of bioenergy and bioproducts — Han-Sup Han, Principal Investigator, Waste to Wisdom (W2W)
  • Han will discuss an overview and the latest findings in the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Waste to Wisdom project led by Humboldt State University and 15 regional partners. The $5.88 million project will build on existing research on the conversion of forest residues into renewable fuel and other valuable bio-based products.

  • The Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR): Converting beetle-killed trees into biofuel — Nate Anderson, USFS, Bioenergy Alliance of the Northern Rockies (BANR)
  • BANR is the newest AFRI-CAP project funded by NIFA, and is focused on the use of beetle-killed trees and other forest biomass as a feedstock for a sustainable, regional renewable bioenergy industry.

Track B: Forest Products Sector Check-Off Programs
Track leader: David Parcell, VP of Communications, Forest Business Network

  • Softwood Lumber Checkoff Program update  Steve Lovett, Chief Executive Officer, Softwood Lumber Board
  • Presentation will explore the latest information on the Softwood Lumber Checkoff.

  • Paper Checkoff Program update  Mary Anne Hansan, Executive Director, Paper Check-Off Program
  • Discuss the paper and paper-board packaging industries progress implementing its newly created checkoff program designed to slow the decline in paper use and expand demand for paper-based packaging.

  • Hardwood Checkoff: status and outlook Grace Terpstra, Terpstra Associates
  • The Hardwood Checkoff was proposed by a committee of 15 hardwood industry leaders in 2010 and expected to face a referendum vote this year. Like the Softwood Lumber and Paper/Packaging checkoffs, the program is supported by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities with oversight from the USDA. The program will include grade hardwood, hardwood plywood, and unfinished flooring.

4:30pm–5:00pm — General session to wrap up the day; important announcements — Arnie Didier, Chief Operating Officer, Forest Business Network

5:30pm — Reception (cash bar)

6:30pm — Dinner with special keynote presentation

From ice axes to chain saws: Getting the general public to rethink wood — Bruce Ward, President, Choose Outdoors

The growing “social license” that has come to recognize the value of active management of our forests is an opportunity too good to let pass. It is time to capitalize on the increased recognition of the importance of forest products as a means of helping create and maintain quality outdoor recreation experiences as well as dealing with climate change and sustainability. It is also time for the wood products community to take the “high ground” and tap into the growing constituency for wood products and thoughtful utilization of our forests. From Arbor Snowboards to Ketel One Vodka to Planet Earth Clothing to Red Wing Shoes, there are great advocates for our wood products community spreading the word. It is time for the general public to “ReThink Wood.” Bruce Ward, a longtime outdoor recreation and conservation advocate, and President of Choose Outdoors, will provide insights on how to gain new supporters and how to tap into existing efforts.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

7:00am7:49am: Registration, continental breakfast, and exhibitor appreciation (exhibit hall)

General Session:

7:49am — Greetings and housekeeping — David Parcell, VP of Communications, Forest Business Network

8:10am — Japanese wood markets in time: past, present, and prospected trends — Takanobu Aikawa, Senior Consulting Analyst, Department of Environment and Energy Policy, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd.

The demand of wood products in Japan has begun to decrease with population decline. Although the Japanese government recently launched new initiatives such as promoting wood for public buildings, CLT and biomass, a more integrated strategy is needed to adopt future fundamental social changes. This presentation will show the historical trends of the wood market in Japan, and examine the prospected trends and some recommendations for policy and strategy to realize sustainable market development.

8:30am — The global dynamics shaping the wood pellet opportunity for the North American West — Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine

Wood pellets are without question the fastest growing market segment in the broader biomass-to-energy industry. Most industry analysts suggest that the industry is set to double by 2020, creating a nearly 50 million ton per year market. This presentation will examine where the demand is generated today and where it will likely come from moving forward. Special attention will be spent examining markets that western producers are well positioned to capture.

9:00am — The market opportunity of forest carbon: An overview of California’s cap and trade program and forest offsets — Andrea Tuttle, Forest and Climate Policy Consulting

California’s program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is on track to meet its 2020 goal using a combination of regulations, incentives and a market-driven Cap and Trade system. Forest carbon has now become a marketable commodity just like any other forest product that landowners can consider as part of their product mix. This presentation offers an overview of how cap and trade works, and what constitutes a marketable ton of compliance-quality forest carbon.

9:30amSmall log forestry’s winning proposition — markets, timber supply and conserving the environment — Tom Tuchmann, President, US Forest Capital

Forest management, environmental protection, and markets to pull these disparate components together have been lacking in recent decades. New advances in small log use provide an opportunity to bring people together. The opportunities and challenges are many, but it’s time to have people think differently about forests and forest products.

10:00am10:30am — Networking break with refreshments (exhibit hall)


Track A: Cross-Laminated Timber
Track leader and panel moderator: Craig Rawlings, President & CEO, Forest Business Network

  • Manufacturing CLT in the US: Challenges and opportunities — Casey Malmquist, General Manager, Smartlam
  • As the first and only manufacturer of CLT in the U.S., SmartLam’s president and general manager will discuss its equipment line, the manufacturing process, and the SmartLam CLT product. SmartLam will also share some of the challenges they have faced and opportunities they have created. Finally, SmartLam will discuss the future growth plans for their new facility and progressive CLT manufacturing equipment line.

  • CLT and the Pacific Northwest — Lech Muszynski, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Wood Science & Engineering, Oregon State University
  • Cross-laminated timber, or CLT, is a massive structural composite panel product usually consisting of 3 to 9 layers of dimensional timber (lamellas) arranged perpendicular to each other, much like layers of veneer in plywood, and can be used as prefabricated wall, floor and roofing elements in residential, public and commercial structures. This is not merely a new engineered composite panel product but an entirely new building technology revolutionizing the use of timber in construction. The CLT manufacturing process and the technology of erecting prefabricated houses based on this product has been developed in Europe over the last 16 years despite lack of the product standard. The output capacity of the industry worldwide has grown exponentially. The organic development of the industry resulted in a surprising diversity in the manufacturing processes, products and market strategies. The author will present a brief overview of the profiles of 19 CLT manufacturing plants toured between 2012-14 and discuss unique opportunities this technology presents for Oregon and the greater Pacific Northwest region.

  • Does cross-laminated timber (CLT) make sense? — Rusty Dramm, Program Manager, Forest Products Marketing Unit, Forest Products Laboratory
  • Presentation explores the potential of using suitable timber resources and small-diameter trees from the USDA Forest Service and other timberlands as feedstock for the manufacture of cross-laminated timber (CLT) products. The project helps provide preliminary due diligence for siting a CLT plant in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. Rusty will touch on specifics like: raw material characterization of CLT feedstock; potential sources of suitable wood supply; CLT market issues, barriers and opportunities; and what needs to be done to advance CLT in the U.S. marketplace. He will also provide a planned programming approach to look at preliminary CLT plant feasibility analysis.

Track B: North American Wood Pellet Exports
Track leader and panel moderator: David Stallcop, Global Marketing Manager, Vanport International, Inc.

  • Westervelt Renewable Energy: The impact of a pellet mill on the local wood basket — Alicia Cramer, Vice President, the Westervelt Company
  • Alicia will share an overview of Westervelt pellets and the impact of a pellet mill on the local wood basket.

  • Wood pellets in Japan — Takanobu Aikawa, Senior Consulting Analyst, Department of Environment and Energy Policy, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd.
  • Presentation focuses on an overview of the Japanese pellet market and its production capacities.

  • Wood pellets on the U.S. West Coast — Roy Anderson, Vice President, The Beck Group
  • Presentation will involve a review of the drivers of domestic and export pellet markets, fiber supply and demand in the U.S. West, and pellet logistics and transportation issues.

12:00pm1:00pm — Lunch and exhibitor appreciation (exhibit hall)


Track A: New and Innovative Wood Building Products
Track leader and panel moderator: Rusty Dramm, Program Manager, Forest Products Marketing Unit, Forest Products Laboratory

  • About Woodworks — Bill Parsons, National Director, Architectural and Engineering Solutions, WoodWorks
  • WoodWorks is a non-profit organization established and led by the Wood Products Council to provide free project assistance, education and resources related to the code-compliant design, engineering and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. This presentation will update attendees on the program and recent successes converting steel and concrete buildings to wood structural frames. It will also provide an overview of tall wood buildings, mass timber systems, and other trends in wood construction.

  • Interlocking cross-laminated timbers: The whole is greater than the part — Steve Shrader, Business Development / Operations, Euclid Timber Frames, LC
  • A unique derivative to the CLT market and other solid wood panel systems, Interlocking Cross-Laminated Timbers (ICLT) is a “part” of the “whole” that is differentiated by using no fasteners and no adhesives. Traditional cross-laminated timber (CLT) for North American is not a “whole” complete market. Due to developments in CNC technology and sourcing waste and beetle-kill standing dead pine from the intermountain region ICLT is a viable option for creating solid wood technology.

  • PowerBuild – The high strength and low labor solution for residential home construction — David Stallcop, Global Marketing Manager, Vanport International
  • PowerBuild combines the precision and elegance of traditional Japanese post and beam construction with the strength of engineered timber and proprietary joinery, offering a prefabricated system that is robust and easy to install. A 3,000 square foot home should only take three days to frame up the sill plate, posts and beams. This may very well be the best solution for the lack of skilled carpenters available to builders in the U.S. housing market.

Track B: Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program  Lessons Learned after 5 Years
Track leader and panel moderator: John Audely, President, Sustainable Northwest

  • The 5-year report on CLFR — John Crockett, Assistant Director, USDA Forest Service
  • The purpose of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes. The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program expands collaborative landscape partnerships to: encourage ecological, economic, and social sustainability; leverage local resources with national and private resources; facilitate the reduction of wildfire management costs through re-establishing natural fire regimes and reducing the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire; demonstrate the degree to which various ecological restoration techniques achieve ecological and watershed health objectives; and, encourage utilization of forest restoration by-products to offset treatment costs, to benefit local rural economies, and to improve forest health. One of the requirements of the legislation is to provide a 5-year report to Congress, giving an assessment of whether, and to what extent, the program is fulfilling the purposes. John will outline the progress made to date and discuss the successes and challenges of the first five years of implementation.

  • CFLRA evolution — Gordy Sanders, Resource Manager, Pyramid Mountain Lumber
  • Gordy’s presentation will cover the evolution of collaborative efforts and various events that led to Senator Bingaman’s introduction of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act. The crafting of CFLRA proposals, selection, and accomplishments to date. Finally, a look forward covering challenges, solutions and enhancements to the CFLRA approach.

  • CFLRP: What’s in it for you? — Tera King, Professional Forester, Northwest Management
  • While timber output is often used as a benchmark for the success of CFLRP projects, there are many other outcomes including socioeconomic benefits in resource-based communities, better monitoring and adaptive management, and improved working relationships between land managers and stakeholders. “CFLRP:  What’s in it for you?” will provide a brief overview of restoration forestry, the collaborative model, a comparison of CFLRP projects, and a future outlook for these types of programs.

2:30pm–3:00pm — Networking break with refreshments (exhibit hall)

General Session

3:00pmIntroduction to the final keynote speakers — Craig Rawlings, President & CEO, Forest Business Network

How do we affect change on national forest projects?

3:10pmAn insider’s view of 4FRI: overview, status update, and recent successes — Paul Summerfelt, 4FRI Steering Committee, 4FRI Stakeholder’s Group

As an active member of both the Four Forests Restoration Initiative (4FRl) Steering Committee and the Stake-Holder Group since its inception, Paul will provide an overview of the effort, focus on current status, and highlight successes.

3:40pmA light in the woods: a behind-the-scenes investigative account of what really happened with 4FRI — Claudine LoMonaco, Journalist, High Country News

The talk will highlight the findings of a High Country News article about the U.S. Forest Service and the country’s largest forest restoration project. The article raises serious questions about the contractors selected and the project’s management. The talk will share the story behind the story, including the successful effort to keep an earlier version of the story from the public.

4:10pmMoving forward with an imperfect system: Discovering solutions for change in national forest projects —  Duane Vaagen, President, Vaagen Brothers Lumber

4:40pmSummary of the conference — Jack Jordan, Executive VP, Jordan Lumber & Supply, Inc. and John Audley, President, Sustainable Northwest4:55pm — Conference wrapup, farewell

Conference ends and attendees/exhibitors depart.


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