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The 63rd Annual Sierra Cascade Logging Conference

Students enjoying Education Day
Dan Kruger, President of Soper-Wheeler Company with Zachary Bouchard and Brandon Long - students from Anderson New Techology High School. Soper-Wheeler Company sponsored them in the Forestry Challenge.

Dan Kruger, President of Soper-Wheeler Company with Zachary Bouchard and Brandon Long - students from Anderson New Techology High School. Soper-Wheeler Company sponsored them in the Forestry Challenge.

March 2012, by Bonnie Ketchersid, Administrative Assistant –

The Sierra Cascade Logging Conference returned to the Shasta District Fairgrounds in Anderson, CA, running from February 7th through the 11th, with many diverse, educational and fun events.

The 2012 Conference President was Mark Lathrop from Sierra Pacific Industries. Mark and the directors put together a fun and educational conference.

This year’s conference was very well attended, starting with the “Kickoff Breakfast” which was sold out, starting a trend that was to be followed in all of the remaining events.

Paul Violett (Soper-Wheeler Company’s Vice President) organized this year’s golf tournament. Word has spread of the tournament and the weather was great – resulting in a total of 91 golfers.

The tournament’s winning foursomes was from W.M. Beaty & Associates — Phil Battaglia, Stu Farber, Jeff Matthews and John Mills. Stu Farber won the long drive, and closest to the pin winners were Joe Miller and Carl Wassenar. Congratulations golfers and what a great turnout.

Students enjoying Education Day

Students enjoying Education Day

Education day was attended by almost 800 elementary school students from Shasta, Tehama and Trinity Counties. Facilitators from ‘Talk About Trees’ prepared the students for what they would learn at the logging conference. Over 70 resource professionals volunteered their time as tour guides or as exhibitors at educational stops.

Students witnessed demonstrations of: modern logging equipment, tree planting, log loading, two-man crosscut saws, Stihl chainsaws, portable sawmills and a steam donkey.

Also learning about creating a defensible space around their home from the Shasta County Fire Safe, witnessed a soil experiment and met some really cool animals at the ‘Wild Things Wildlife Show’.

Each student was given a backpack filled with educational materials and a seedling with planting instructions. This is one of the most important functions of the conference, is to educate the public about what is really happening in our forests. The public both young and old needs to feel confident that we are always looking out for the health and best interest of our forests.

2012 Ladies Day Luncheon entertainer Summer Schappell

2012 Ladies Day Luncheon entertainer Summer Schappell

The Ladies Luncheon, located at the Anderson City Hall, catered by the Anderson Rotary was an example of another great event at the Conference.

Jerry Bryant was all smiles as usual, as he and his crew treated all the ladies to an afternoon of great food and fun. This year’s entertainment was a rising young country music talent – Summer Schappell – her song “Chocolate is a Vitamin” was especially appreciated by all the ladies.

Reconnecting with old friends and making new friends is always fun! This year we watched with pride as some were honored with awards for their contributions to our industry. Danielle Lindler was the recipient of this year’s Roy Derek Berridge award.

This award was established after Roy passed away in 2001 and is presented each year to someone who has given outstanding assistance to the conference, supports youth education about the Forest Products Industry or has made efforts toward a positive change in forest management. Being very passionate about forestry and we are all lucky Danielle is out there supporting our industry.

Danielle Lindler recipient of the Roy C. Berridge award

Danielle Lindler recipient of the Roy Dereck Berridge award

Danielle has a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University in Forestry-attending classes with Ryan McKillop (a Soper-Wheeler forester), is married to Dustin Lindler and they have two boys.

Danielle and Dustin run their own forestry consulting business Jefferson Resources in Weed, CA. In addition to helping run their business, being a wife and mother she is Executive Director for KARE, has helped further develop the CACTOS forest growth model and is proficient in using GIS.

Danielle has also been active in CA Licensed Foresters Assoc., CA Vegetation Management Conference, CA Forest Pest Council, Society of American Foresters and CA Women in Timber. We are all proud of the effort and work she does to support the forestry industry, Congratulations Danielle!

The Lumberjack Banquet and Education Auction were packed again this year, the support everyone shows for this event is fantastic. Soper-Wheeler Company donated a ‘Pig hunt package at the Hedgpeth Ranch’ with Jefferson Resources being the successful bidder.

Kenworth truck featured at the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference

Kenworth truck featured at the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference

This year in addition to the backhoe rodeo and truck driving skills competition the director’s added a log loading competition, these events are always fun to watch and get everyone involved.

For all of you who bought tickets for the ‘four gun raffle’ thank you for your support and apparently it really does only take one ticket to win. Wheelabrator’s Chris Trot won after purchasing only one ticket.

Looking forward to seeing you at next year’s Sierra Cascade Logging Conference!

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