SOS Meeting Notes – September 16, 2014

Great meeting Tuesday Night!

Here are the NOTES for September 16, 2014:

SOS Sponsor Report Jennifer Essick

  • Weekly success report
  • If YOU have a business or know of a business who would like to join our unified effort in making our home safe, please contact Jennifer @ etopps_08@hotmail.com



Per the Invitation of SOS Timber Committee Captain Jim Frick, Link Phillippi, co-owner of Perpetua Forest Products (his wife is Jennifer Phillipi) spoke about their mill and the importance of Federal timber for survival of timber economy in State of Oregon.

The following is a summary of Link’s presentation, in substance:

  • We have been focused over the past year on re-opening our mill. It involved updating our sawmill. We realize that jobs are important. When you create jobs in a community, you create taxpayers.

  • Our Forests grow at approximately 1 Billion Board foot per year.  70% of Josephine County is composed of Federal (public) owned lands. We are currently harvesting only 10% of growth. Now we have smoke and fires. Wild fires are threatening people’s homes…
  • With respect to timber harvests, nothing is going to change until the federal policy changes. The current Federal forest policy is creating unnatural conditions in the woods and is responsible for fuel buildup.
  • Private timber component: “We harvest our growth.”
  • The federal government does not harvest its growth
  • Josephine County used to have a strong connection to our woods
  • Josephine County used to benefit 50% of revenue – all federal timber harvests
  • We managed our forests—re-forested our land
  • Harvest is sustainable at 300 Million Board Foot per year
  • If 70% of growth were harvested it would mean $30,000,000 per year for Josephine and Jackson counties
  • To better understand that loss, a property tax rate of over two dollars would be required to replace those earning potentials
  • There is capacity out there
  • Our mills are dying for wood…not because of demand, because of log supply
  • We are desperately trying to increase log capacity
  • We currently run one shift at our mill
  • This is a great community!
  • At one time, there were no property taxes in Josephine County because of our robust timber industry
  • Our forest provided jobs! Jobs help raise families!
  •  We provide about 70 good respectable wage jobs
  • There is a multiplier effect with respect to mill jobs, which create other jobs
  • Every 1M feet of logs consumed creates/sustains over 600 jobs
  • Rough and Ready brings money back into the community
  • Forest products industry gets criticized that we’re living in the past – don’t modernize – but that’s simply not true
  • Modern forest practices have been evolving for years
  • We really “can have it all”
  • We can pristine preserved forests we can all enjoy with our families
  • We can have forests we sustain and harvest and survive off of
  • “If we forget about the resources we have, we will have lots of smoke.”
  • The company shut the mill down last year as it wasn’t economical to keep it open
  • We had been in business for over 90 years—it was a tough decision
  • There wasn’t enough logs of the correct size to keep it going
  • Our county needs jobs
  • Last year we upgraded the small log mill which allows the mill to cut a wider range of diameter of logs (can get them from the private and public lands)
  • For every tree we harvest, we plant four new trees
  • Our mill was one of the first “Small-log capacity” computerized mills in the country
  • We thought small logs was our future
  • In the late 80s with environmental regulation we quit upgrading our mills and began investing in private timber lands,  because of the uncertain future
  • We began trying to market operations to others
  • We looked at “text cutting” and decided to go ahead and make investments to small log mills, which allow us to cut a wider range of logs
  • We now have the capacity to cut logs between 6 to 30 inches in diameter; an ability which reduces our potential log resources from a circle of 250 miles to 100 miles
  • We have confidence in the ability of our local area to provide for such resources
  • If public supply (which includes Federal lands) increases, we can add another 40 “traded sector jobs”
  • We have been in business for 30 years at our current location; if you go there, the area is still beautiful, so we must be doing something right
  • When we purchase timber, the front money comes from the pockets of the investors… We have good strong banking relationships
  • History: In 1956 there were 28 mills in the Illinois Valley. Now there is just ours—one
  • We are the only sawmill in Josephine County
  • We provide high wage jobs with full benefits
  • Our modern operations use the entire log
  • Question: How would you get from one shift operation (present situation) to two shifts
  • Answer: Need 30M board feet …could be provided by salvage logs in Illinois Valley  
  • Question: What’s the future of fighting environmental groups?
  • Answer: They have the right to challenge us. Every challenge and litigation accounts for 6 month delay in harvest, causing further deterioration of the wood (if after a burn).
  • Don commented: In the Biscuit Fire, challenges were filed without merit. Those delays caused the complete loss of logs up to 30 inches.
  • Kay asked: What is the charred (burnt) wood used for?
  • Answer: Logs. Only the outside is charred, logs can be sawed into lumber. If wood is allowed to stand 2 years, it’s substantially degraded.
  • Connie asked: Do you find problems on your private timber land of criminal trespass?
  • Answer: Yes. Most problems are things like ATV use that causes erosion.
  • Link vowed to walk beside us in our pursuit of a “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”

We thanked Link and Jennifer Phillipi for the courage they have displayed by investing in Josephine County!


Casino Night Felita Short

    • This is another SOS fundraising AWARENESS Event
  • OUR DATE: October 28, 2014
    • We will have 20 Blackjack Tables!
    • We will have a Flyer next week
  •  Want to help Felita?
  • Kay Smith volunteered to help!
  • Join Kay and Felita at felitashort@gmail.com


RUN/Walk for THE LAW Bill West

    • The first meeting for our AWARENESS run was on September 15, 2014 at the AFSCME office on Williams Highway at 5:00 PM
    • Trying to lower the cost for the runners
    • We want to lower price of shirts
    • Will have vendor booths
    • Club NW is donating $1K for raffle
    • Reorganizing the flow to reduce amount of confusion in Kids Run
    • $25 Entry Fee
    • Will get flyer out and get registration form up on web site in the next couple weeks
    • Reworking the route for the 5K so there isn’t running “up hill both ways”
    • 2nd Annual Run for the Law – needs a new theme—we got rid of the Leprechaun! What do you think it should be?
    • It has been suggested that we have High School Relay teams (We want to get sponsors who will donate prize money for the school’s Track and Field and then award the team’s accordingly)
    • We are working on a policy on pets—too many people want their pets to be allowed to participate… What Say YOU?
    • We are again looking for sponsors!
    • A deposit of $100 has already been made to the timing chip company Eclectic Edge securing our run/walk date: March 7, 2015
  • Next meeting will be Oct. 6th at 5:15pm at AFSCME


  • 300
  • OUTREACH Event Calendar (Saturday Market/Gilbert Creek Park Event-Rycke Brown)
  • Rycke will be coordinating the SOS Booth at the Gilbert Creek Park Event on Saturday September 27TH
  • We shall be handing out water bottles from our SOS booth and we still need 3 volunteers to help!
  • CJ Skate Park Donation/Fundraiser
  • If you would like to join this committee, email archielidey@gmail.com

Community Research

Pat Fahey/Ken Smith/Linda Scott

  • How did last Thursday’s Meeting go?
  • It appears that we shall begin working on another run at a levy measure in May 2015
  • Will know by the end of October what the likelihood of winning would be
  • What we’re doing? Research to assess: what voting public wants and will pay for.
  •  Using focus groups
  •  Now preparing to go into the field with a scientific survey
  •  SRI survey will be in field October 8th
  •  SRI completed Report by October 31ST
  • Join this committee by e-mailing Ken: ken@greatprograms.org

SOS Fundraising

Art Auction Committee  JoAnne Alvarez

  • We are asking local artists to e-mail Committee Chairperson JoAnne at britus@charter.net to express their intent to donate and reserve a spot at this year’s auction
  • February 5, 2015
  • For more info, contact JoAnne at britus@charter.net


Items put on hold for next week:

Chris Blydenburgh Story

“What are the Josephine County Board of Commissioners doing to address the safety issue in Josephine County?” Cherryl Walker

Trust and Transparency Grant Medley Join this committee @ grantmedley@charter.net

SOS Grant Writer Report Kristine Crewse

Hard Rock Mining Committee – Michael Cope/Jay Meredith Join this committee, e-mail Michael at amrcope@gmail.com

MAT-C Committee

Nancy Yonally/Marilane Jorgenson/Dr. Felica Cohen

Introduction of Medical Director Dr. Steven Rotter

Join this committee, contact Nancy at nancy.yonally.coleman@gmail.com



MISSION: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”