first the bad news: after 50 years and ninemonths, this is the final edition of LoggersWorld, and after 40 years, the final edition of Logtrucker. (there is always the remote chance ofmoving to strictly electronic distribution (thoughvery remote), and if that comes to pass it wouldbe as either of these established names.)
the reason is simple: economics. from the fi-nancial collapse we all suffered through in 2008,we all knew it would be a rough ride, whichwould require reserves to withstand the storm,which weve used. from the end of 2008 wedheard several economists predict this recessionwould be like nothing any of us (under 70 or 80years of age) had ever seen before with a sharpnose dive of revenues and a Very gradual andprolonged recovery, in distinct contrast to whatwed seen in the past seven decades (steep de-clines followed by a similarly steep improvement).this would drag on.
over that span, a lot of logging and truckingcompanies have closed their doors, many have re-sized their companies, a number of companiessupporting and supplying loggers has shrunk dra-matically. the supply chain is rebuilding but stillnot at 100% as yet (though getting closer eachday), and there has been considerable consolida-tion amongst many businesses and manufactur-ers as well, all something weve all seen as well.
and while business has suffered, the worstthrashing has occurred throughout rural americawhere the economy was established on naturalresources, and where in the Western unitedstates, the change in public policy and lack ofclarity in the laws governing public lands, essen-tially reversing decades of multiple-use manage-ment. every time we hear a pundit or politicianprattle on about creating jobs and creating op-portunity they demonstrate how irrelevant thattalk is given the policies they sponsor, and the on-going destruction of opportunity, which has
opened the braindrain spigot from ru-ral america to thecities.
Weve passedthrough that, burnedthrough a lot of cashand reserves to get tothis point, and al-though Washingtond.c. tells us the reces-sion ended a few yearsago, its crystal clear
(and not terribly surprising) that their multiplepress releases bear little resemblance to the con-ditions in non-urban america.
in passing through this calamity the phraselong gradual, has certainly held very true.
beginning in 2013 the logging world has had aconsiderable uptick in demand and business, inno small part due to their being fewer loggers andfewer logging contractors. that should bode wellfor business, and virtually everyone we talk withconfirm things have improved. Last year was thebest for most since 2007, and this year is comingin even better. but that did not significantlytrickle down to us.
Loggers World Publications has seen this grad-ual improvement as well, but it remains short ofincreased costs accelerating at a more rapid pace,and a lot of uncertainty for at least another threeyears if not longer. Press costs, mailing, fuel, ben-efits all rising. However the key problems are thesame many businesses face... uncertainty, alengthy economic downturn, lengthy drain on re-serves, time is moving along and there will be atleast another three years of uncertainty in frontof us, primarily from both federal and state gov-ernments. for the continued risks there is a verylimited reward in sight.
My late wife susan and i have owned LoggersWorld just over half of its life. its been a wonder-ful ride, meeting and getting to know our indus-try, being allowed to see and meet the contrac-tors, crews, witness the innovation, tenacity,heart and grit of the logging world. Weve trav-eled all over the country and parts of the worldincluding canada, finland, germany and france,finding the mindset and attitude being the samefor loggers anywhere in the world.
Weve witnessed first-hand the cultural cleans-ing of the timber wars starting in the late 80s, thedecline of our federal forests and the surroundingcommunities.
on the positive side of the ledger, and contraryto what the media tells the world, loggings re-silience, creativity and determination has con-stantly flexed, changed, and adapted to the rapid-ly changing public policy. its ironic that in thesame time frame, the medias inability to adaptand brought many newspapers, magazines andelectronic media to their knees, a mere ghost oftheir former selves. When the paradigms shifted,and the internet arrived, print in general wasfirmly imbedded in 1950.
i love this industry and the vast wealth of thepersonalities within it, virtually all of whom iconsider friends. ive always been at home wher-ever ive landed in logging, being welcomed withopen arms, and sharing your crew, company,thinking and incredible innovation and approach-es to real-world logging issues being solved withgreat creativity and genuine insight. its not justthe business, however, it is the attitude and drivethat separates our numbers from the populationas a whole.
Weve been blessed with terrific crews in ourtenure: the additional 20 years of rigging shackcolumns from finley; kevin core, whos been partof Loggers World a year longer than me, a solidcolleague, and good friend who most have talkedwith for advertising the past 26 years... there isnone better; Jim Holding, long time ad managerfor Log trucker; many writers including billPalmroth, Myron Metcalf, otto oja, darin burt,Jerry capps to name a few. and weve had sever-al office managers as well, longest term was JeanHays (finleys wife), the heart of Loggers Worldfrom the start in 64 until early in 1990, when mybeloved wife and partner susan took over thereigns until her passing in 2006, then Julie clark,and finally Holly Larson. as occurs in logging, thecompany is the people, and weve been blessedwith a fine crew.
Logging will, as finley held from his first is-sue, survive even these hard times. Were an in-dustry of survivors and innovators, and thoseforests are only turned into cash when the treesare horizontal, and we do that better than anyloggers in the world.
its been an honor serving all of you the past 50years, and my past 25 years. Log safe, and maygod bless and protect you, your crew, and fami-lies. you will always be in my mind for the rest of
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an improving market place in2011 was the catalyst enablingchris secrist to put the timbertec,inc. cut-to-length thinning opera-tions back to work after an 18-month layoff that began with van-ishing markets in 2009. thus in thesummer of 2011 secrist asked, gor-don iverson, who had done businesswith the oeser company and se-crist from back in the late 70s, towork with him and manage thosesides. that crew didnt need to betold how to log, iverson explainedof the veteran staff, they just need-ed adequate work ahead, and if theyneeded questions answered, i couldanswer for them.
iverson explained by that pointin 2011, ...the log markets began toimprove to the point wherelandowners wanted to look at thin-ning again. i took a woods tour withthem and told them what we coulddo, which led to their being given,...a place to start, tried it out, re-viewed it, and decided theyd con-tinued finding other places.
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GORDON IVERsON (right) talking with Pope Resources forester mikeGlass on the TimberTec thinning operations on the Olympic Peninsu-la Pope Resources Tree Farm. Iverson manages TimberTechs cut tolength thinning operations, and Glass is Popes area forester, over-seeing that 22,000 acre block of timber land.