PLIB Members Elect New Directors for 2016 – 2017

Members of the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau met on June 28th in Whistler, BC and elected its Board of Directors for the June 2016 – June 2017 year.  Following the Member meeting, the new Board elected its officers for the ensuing year.


PLIB Directors for 2016 – 2017. Pictured from left to right: Dale Bartsch, Karl Hallstrom, Paul Beltgens, Alan Sherrington, Eric Fritch, Greg Smith, John Blodgett. Not pictured: Steve Killgore, Ken Thorlakson

PLIB 2016-2017 Board of Directors

  • Dale Bartsch, Hy Mark Wood Manufacturing, Spangle, WA
  • Paul Beltgens, Paulcan Enterprises Ltd., Chemainus, BC
  • John Blodgett, Douglas County Forest Products, Roseburg, OR
  • Eric Fritch, Fritch Mill, Snohomish, WA
  • Karl Hallstrom, Zip-O Mills, Eugene, OR
  • Steve Killgore, Roseburg Forest Products, Dillard, OR
  • Alan Sherrington, Weyerhaeuser Co, Federal Way, WA
  • Greg Smith, Gilbert Smith Forest Products, Barriere, BC
  • Ken Thorlakson, Tolko Industries, Vernon, WA

PLIB Officers 2016 – 2017

  • John Blodgett – Chairman of the Board
  • Ken Thorlakson – Vice Chairman
  • Jeff Fantozzi – President, Treasurer
  • Hannah Petersen – Secretary

PLIB 2016 Annual Meeting Recap

_DSC5997_8157Members of the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau met at the Weston Resort & Spa in beautiful Whistler, BC on June 27th and 28th for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Members.  It was the 110th annual meeting since the Bureau’s incorporation in 1906 (PLIB was founded in 1903) and a memorable one at that.


At the Annual Meeting of the Members, the members received the annual President’s report and were updated on the activities and programs that PLIB oversees, reviewed and approved the 2015 auditors report and elected new directors for the 2016-2017 term.  John Neels, Executive Director of the National Lumber Grades Authority (NLGA), was a featured speaker and provided a thorough overview of the role NLGA plays in the Canadian and U.S. lumber systems.  Following the Annual Meeting of the Members, the new Board of Directors met and considered a wide variety of items critical to the function of the organization including reviewing the core business activities, finances, regulatory issues, activities with affiliated organizations and a new lumber grading training tool that staff rolled out at the meeting.

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Besides tending to the business matters of the Bureau, members took advantage of the spectacular weather by enjoying many outdoor recreational activities including golfing, biking, hiking, zip-lining and touring Whistler Village, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. One of the highlights of the meeting was the walking dinner tour where members were treated to vintage wines and culinary specialties from a variety of excellent restaurants and specialty desert shops in Whistler Village.  During the tour, members were treated to a hands-on demonstration of wine sabering, complete with audience participation. 


By all accounts, the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Members was a great success and members and staff are looking forward to next year’s meeting in Banff, Alberta.

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Pallet Recycler Prosecuted for Fraudulent WPM Stamps

April 1 – Atlas Wood Products, Inc. and its owner/president have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California to criminal violations related to the creation of counterfeit industry-issued stamps used in the marking of wood pallets.  The stamps, bearing the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) trademark and agency identification, are typically used to mark wood packaging such as pallets, boxes, crates, etc. that are destined for international markets. 

The wood packaging IPPC stamp is an internationally recognized mark that signifies that the wood packaging complies with International Standard for Phytosanitary Measure No. 15  “Regulation of Wood Packaging Material in International Trade”, commonly referred to as ISPM 15.  The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspection and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The judgement included one felony count with five years of probation and total monetary penalties of $100,000. 

Fraudulent stamps and protection of the international and agency trademarks are taken very seriously by PLIB and other agencies.

For more information on this investigation, click on the link to the APHIS website here.

For more information on ISPM 15 and the wood packaging program, see “ISPM 15 Wood Packaging” under the Services tab on the PLIB home page or click

Time-lapse Video of Six Story Mass Timber Building Being Built From Ground Up

Hines T3 buildingThe Hines T3 mass timber project in Minneapolis is under construction and you can watch its rapid progress by clicking here. The building was permitted under Special Provisions sections of the building code and is 6-story heavy timber built on a one-story concrete podium, for a total of 7-stories.  Hines, a large international developer, is building T3 with plans that it become their model office building, to also be constructed in other U.S. cities. As of this posting, the live webcam shows the fourth floor partially framed with prefab panels and the core nearing completion. 

For more information on this specific project contact Ken Bland, American Wood Council (AWC), at 202-463-2765. 

~ Courtesy of the American Wood Council ~

In Memory of Don-Lee Davidson (1930-2016)

Don-Lee Davidson, owner of Davidson Industries sawmill in Mapleton, OR and long-time PLIB Member and past-President, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the age of 85.

Don-Lee served on the Board of Directors for Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau from 1965-1991 and was President from 1979-1981. He retired from the PLIB Board in 1991 and was made an Honorary Director for life.  Don-Lee’s son, Phil Davidson, succeeded him and served on the Board until 2004. Don-Lee was a great friend and supporter of the industry as well as PLIB and we join the Davidson family in mourning his loss.

Below isDon-Lee Davidson the text from his obituary…

Don-Lee Davidson, long-time resident and business owner in the Florence/Mapleton area passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016. He was 85.

Don-Lee Meyer Davidson was born on April 5, 1930 in Gig Harbor Washington to Arthur Sherman & Freidabourg Christine Dagefoerde Davidson; the family moved to Mapleton in 1942. Don graduated as Salutatorian from Mapleton High School in 1949, and enrolled at Oregon State College, first in the School of Engineering, and then Education before settling on the School of Forestry. On December 26, 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Beck, also a Mapleton graduate. Don graduated from OSU in 1954; he was the top graduate from the School of Forestry that year.

Don served a tour in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956, stationed in Augsburg, Germany, with an honorable discharge on May 12, of 1956. Upon return to Mapleton, Don joined his dad in the management of Davidson Industries, a sawmill established in 1954. He became President and General Manager in 1960 and dedicated himself to the business, industry and people of Mapleton for decades to follow.

Don served on many boards, both in the timber industry and otherwise, including: President of the National Forest Products Association, President of the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau, Director & President of the Columbia River Log Scaling & Grading Bureau, and founding shareholder & 1st Vice-President of Siuslaw Valley Bank.

Don-Lee was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Sherm Jr., sister, Gretchen Crowell, and his wife, Gloria. He is survived by his daughter, Heidi (Dale) Sause, son, Phil (Sue) Davidson, 6 grandchildren, Cory, Taylor & Caitlin Sause, Amber (Greg) Ferrari, Matt & A.J. Davidson and 3 great-grandchildren, Samuel Director Schnitzer, Sofia Ferrari and Allie Ferrari.

Much to the astonishment of everyone who knew him, he is also survived by his beloved 1995 blue Jeep that dutifully took him everywhere he needed to go. Old Blue has 346,997 miles, and countless dents.

Don will be remembered for his fierce loyalty to his employees and the community, an ever present spirit of generosity, and as a man of his word.

A private burial is planned. A celebration of life will be held at a later date, to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s name to the Mapleton Community Foundation (PO Box 237, Mapleton, OR 97453).

PLIB Welcomes New Member Vanport International, Inc.

December 2015 – Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau welcomes Vanport International, Inc. as its newest Member.  The Bureau brings it’s 113 year experience in export lumber grades to Vanport International, a leading Pacific Northwest provider of high quality wood products to the international marketplace. PLIB will be providing grade stamping and quality auditing services along with heat treatment (HT) certification services to Vanport’s sawmill in Boring, Oregon. 

Vanport has offices in the U.S., Canada and Russia and on-the-ground sales or support in Japan, Europe, South America and Asia.  In addition to being a producer of high quality lumber in both metric and imperial sizes, Vanport also partners with softwood and hardwood producers on both coasts in order to supply the overseas market demand for a wide range of forest products.

Japanese Teahouse at Vanport International, Inc.

Japanese Teahouse at Vanport International, Inc.

The PLIB Board of Directors approved Vanport’s application at it’s December meeting. PLIB has worked with many of Vanport’s suppliers over the years and the Bureau is excited to be working directly with them at their mill in Boring, OR.

PLIB has been active in the export lumber business since its inception in 1903. PLIB publishes the Export R List Grading and Dressing Rules, used for over half a century by producers and buyers of softwood export lumber products. For more information on the Export R List or to order a copy, visit the “Resources” tab on our home page or click here.

PLIB Participates in Annual Technical JAS and BEC Meetings in Tokyo

The Japan Agricultural Standard (JAS) Technical Committee and Building Experts Committee (BEC) technical meetings held in Tokyo September 14-16, 2015 drew 40 wood products delegates from Japan, Canada and the U.S.  PLIB’s Technical and Special Programs Manager, Ben Haynes, represented PLIB members. Also in attendance at the meetings were 11 other representatives from the U.S. forest products industry, 15 representatives from Canada and 13 representatives from Japan. 

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Presentations were given by the U.S., Canadian and Japanese delegations on topics such as:  Japanese building codes and fire safety provisions, Japanese Agricultural Standards, cross-laminated timber (CLT) and the status of Registered Japanese and Overseas Certifying Bodies (ROCB’s) registrations.

The annual JAS and BEC meetings were established over 20 years ago for the purpose of reviewing Japan technical standards and building regulations that directly impact the acceptance and use of lumber, panel and engineered wood products in Japan. The location of the meetings rotates between each country, with next year’s being held in Canada.

Question on interpretation of maximum wane in Structural J&P

In the “Standard No. 17 Grading Rules for West Coast Lumber 2004” book [published by West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau] on p. 83 for example, “Structural Joists and Planks All West Coast Species” for “Select Structural” the wane definition/allowance states: “Wane – 1/4 the thickness and 1/4 the width full length, or equivalent on each face, provided that wane not exceed 1/2 the thickness or 1/3 the width for up to 1/4 the length. See paragraph 750.” My question is: for the maximum wane it uses “or” when describing the limits of 1/2 the thickness and 1/3 the width. Does that mean it has to be one or the other, or can you have both?


PLIB’s District Supervisor Glen Walton Responds:

The basic wane allowed in Select Structural J&P is 1/4 width and 1/4 thickness full length – you can have both. When it comes to the maximum wane allowed; however, you can only have maximum wane either on the narrow face or the wide face, but not both, in the same cross section.  So for example, if you had wane that was 1/2 the thickness in an area, it could not also be 1/3 the width.

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Monday, October 12, is Thanksgiving in Canada.  Did you know…

Canada’s Thanksgiving holiday is always held on the second Monday of October but Canadians celebrate on the Saturday, Sunday, or Monday of the Thanksgiving long weekend.  It’s a statutory holiday in most provinces.

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada can be traced back to the 1578 voyage of Martin Frobisher from England (his third), in search of the Northwest Passage. Fifteen ships were in the fleet and one was lost and several were scattered.  Upon being rejoined safely in Nunavut, he held a celebration of thanks.  However, there is some dispute about the origins. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, “Thanksgiving draws upon 3 traditions: harvest celebrations in European peasant societies for which the symbol was the cornucopia (horn of plenty); formal observances, such as that celebrated by Martin Frobisher…and the Pilgrims’ celebration of their first harvest in Massachusetts (1621) involving the uniquely American turkey, squash and pumpkin.” 

A few other interesting facts about Canadian Thanksgiving…

The Canadian Football League always holds a nationally-televised doubleheader on the Monday afternoon called the Thanksgiving Day Classic.

Canada doesn’t do Black Friday.  After their Thanksgiving feast, Canadians call it a night. They don’t head to the shops to wait in Black Friday lines (now there’s an idea). Canada’s big discount shopping event is Boxing Day, the day after Christmas.

PLIB wishes its Canadian members, colleagues and friends a very happy Thanksgiving!

Source: Wikipedia, The Business Insider, The Canadian Encyclopedia

Question on Grade Stamp placement

How far from the end of the piece must the grade stamp be?


PLIB Response:

Dear DL:

Thanks for your question.  There is no specific requirement concerning grade stamp placement.  Grade stamps can be located anywhere on the piece.  Placing them away from the end allows pieces to be trimmed in the field and still retain the stamp, but there is no rule that governs specifically where it has to be located along the length of the piece.  Grade stamps must contain certain elements (click here to learn more about that) and need to be legible.  Another thing to keep in mind is that any other additional information that is not part of the grade stamp must be at least 6” away from the grade stamp.  For example, if you are printing a proprietary grade name like “Premium” on the piece, that would need to be at least 6” away from the grade stamp.  The same holds true for grader IDs and production date stamps.