Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc.
2015 Madrona Avenue, Salem, OR

Welcome to the Associated Oregon Loggers

Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc. (AOL) is the statewide trade association representing some 1,000 member companies engaged in the harvest and sustainable forest management of Oregon’s 30 million acres of forestland. “Logger and Proud of It!”

Introduction to AOL

Recent News

By: Jim Geisinger, Executive VP

"I Am With The DEQ And I Am Here To Help You!"

You may have received a call in the past few weeks from a vendor working for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) inquiring about your inventory of diesel engines. Please don’t be alarmed and consider participating in their survey.

In 2017 the Oregon Legislature entertained a bill that would have made diesel engines manufactured prior to 2010 obsolete and adopted the California Air Resources Board (CARB) diesel emission standards as the law of the land in Oregon. AOL worked very hard along with other industrial-based associations to kill this bill, which we did! What emerged from the fracas, however, was a compromise instructing the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to collect an inventory of diesel engines utilized to power equipment in the State of Oregon. The idea was to quantify the magnitude of the problem, if one exists, so that future legislative actions would be based on facts and not fiction.

So, DEQ has retained the services of the Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG) to collect this data. This will be a sampling exercise and you may, or may not, be contacted by ERG and be asked about your equipment fleet and the engines that power them. While the decision to participate in the data collection is entirely yours, we encourage you to cooperate as the data could be very helpful in protecting the interests of AOL members moving forward. If the Legislature has a data base that quantifies the magnitude of the alleged problem they are trying to address, it might influence the damage they contemplate inflicting on our industry.

The legislation requiring this inventory effort was originally intended to adopt the California Air Resources Board diesel emission standards. It would have effectively made any diesel engine manufactured prior to 2007 obsolete. At the end of lengthy negotiations, a compromise was reached with the agreement to collect data necessary to quantify the extent of the problem, if one exists.

AOL believes it would be helpful to know how many engines are being utilized in our industry; the frequency of their use; where they are located (rural vs urban); how old are the engines; and the number of employees who rely on such equipment for their livelihoods.

So, if you should get a call from ERG, this is what it is all about. Information will be held confidential. Ultimately, the decision is yours relative to participation, but I wanted you all to know that this exercise has the support of your association. In the absence of solid data, the Legislature will surely make a bad decision. If the legislators know how big an issue this is for AOL and other industries, perhaps they will make an informed decision.

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