ship. “Apparently, (it is) the highest value now versus maybe the initial goal of best value and best work.” Quiram’s policy is to treat any land he works as if it were his own and has earned a reputation for leaving woods and roads very clean. “Not even a bent pine needle in sight,” Swanstrom says of the job sites. Moreover, Quiram is unwilling to compromise his standards, even if it means losing the job. More than 20 years ago, officials from one mill made it clear to Quiram they wanted him to skimp on BMPs because they couldn’t pay him for the extra work. Quiram refused to budge. He let them know in no uncertain terms that if they wanted him to cut corners, they’d have to find someone else to do it. Sticking to his principles might have cost him a few jobs over the years, but it’s paid dividends in maintaining his integrity and his credibility. And in the long run, those officials came around to his way of thinking. “All mills and industrial landowners and agencies have accepted the BMP programs and adhere to them,” he reports now. The Montana Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation conducts random audits every two years. When Timber Harvesting visited in midJuly, the crew was working some steep inclines on 72 acres of USFS land near the Glacier National Park. Nine miles of winding mountainous gravel roads led to the job site, which was not so much a landing as a straight line of machines working in relay up a vertical slope by the roadside, and at 6,000 ft. above sea level.
The Routine The Quiram crew follows a safety program handout designed by the MLA, which sends out “safety rangers” to inspect companies at least once a quarter, provides training if necessary and generally helps loggers imForemost Authority For Professional Loggers
The Quiram family, left to right: newlyweds Walker and Trisha; baby Ruth with Taylor and Fran; Sandy and Floyd
certain amount of hazardous materials is spilled, and at any time when there are spills in water. The Associated Loggers Exchange (ALE) in Idaho, a consumer-owned cooperative that provides Quiram’s workers’ comp insurance, is tied into the program, and receives reports from the safety rangers. John Graham is the ALE program director. Before 2009, Quiram Logging had two more full-time employees, but the recession forced a bit of downsizing. Now everyone does multiple jobs each day. “It works okay but days are longer (and) weekends shorter,” Quiram says. “We make it work, but we would like to get to a better spot.” While Taylor handles felling duties, Walker handles processing, forwarding or skidGreasing and refueling is a team effort each afternoon before the Quirams leave the woods. ding. Quiram and Austin do the loading and whatplement a safety program. Along with ever else is needed. Two drivers, Dupersonal protective equipment, reayne Jones and Fred Bauer, rotate bequirements of the program can include tween haul trucks as needed. “Everyjob site signage and training in GPS one pitches in to get the job done.” location, CPR, first aid, blood-borne Floyd and Sandy have four children pathogen, helicopter evacuations, and four grandchildren. Taylor and his safety policy manuals, written safety wife Fran have a 17-month-old daughprograms, spill kits and numerous ter, Ruth, and another little girl on the other safety precautions. way in February. Walker and Trisha “Hazardous spills are somewhat rare, are August newlyweds. Older daughbut spill kits with diapers, booms and so ter Shannon and her husband Dave on are required on nearly every conGraf have two kids—Jameson, 4 and tract,” Quiram explains. Loggers are reVivian, 2, while daughter Kelly and quired to report to the Montana Dept. of her husband Daniel Gaugler have a Environmental Quality (MT DEQ) if a TH 20-month-old daughter, Quinn. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015
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