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Charles B. Gale of Doug Fir Consulting provides consulting services for the wood products and forestry research industry.  Most recently, he was the Manufacturing Business Analyst and Sales and Operations Planner with Stimson Lumber Company in Portland, OR. Prior to that, Charles was with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) in Montana- having published several GTR’s and various Forestry and Wood Products Industry Journal publications. He has extensive experience conducting economic wood product industry analysis, forestry and logging utilization studies, and research for improving efficiencies in manufacturing operations. He began his career at Missoula Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDC) in Montana conducting foundational and background analysis for Montana’s Wood Product revolving loan fund now called WPRLF. Charles has a B.A. in Resource Conservation and a minor in Climate Change studies from the University of Montana School of Forestry and Conservation. Beginning in 2017 Charles was selected to serve on the board of the Forest Product Society as the Northwest Regional Representative and is working to help bring industry professionals and students to the society.  

Professional Service

Forest Products Society - Oct 2018 - Hosting FPS Conference at Portland Expo Center
Forest Products Society - July 2017 to present - Acting PNW Regional Board Member
Forest Products Society - 2013 to present - Active Member
Society of American Foresters - 2011- present - Active Member
Free to Grow Coalition - 2017 to present - Organizing Member
Mass Timber Conference Volunteer - 2016, 2017, 2018
Testimony on Primary Industry - 2015, On behalf of Small Primary Producers
OSU Student Engagement Opportunities - 2014, 2018
Society of American Foresters - 2014 - Poster Presentation

Publications 2017-Current

State of the Industry, North American Mass Timber, A Comprehensive Supply Chain study of North American Mass Timber. The first of its kind report is packed with fresh, accurate information valuable to all members of this growing industry including: www.masstimberreport.com

Technical Forum (Poster) Presentation. “Influencer Perceptions, Use, and Understanding of Cross-laminated Timber in the U.S. South”. 4th Annual Mass Timber Conference, Portland, Oregon. Authors: Richard P. Vlosky (Presenter), Mason T. LeBlanc, Patricia Layton, Rajan Parajuli, Omar Espinoza, Charles B. Gale.

McIver, Chelsea P.; Gale, Charles B.; Morgan, Todd A. 2012. Timber Use, Processing Capacity and Capability by Diameter Size Class in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest Timber Processing Areas. Missoula, MT: University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Awaiting Publication.


McIver, Chelsea P.; Gale, Charles B.; Morgan, Todd A. 2012. Timber Use, Processing Capacity and Capability by Diameter Size Class in the Black Hills National Forest Timber Processing Areas. Missoula, MT: University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Awaiting Publication.

Publications 2010-2014

Berg, Erik C.; Gale, Charles B.; Morgan, Todd A.; Brackley, Allen M.; Keegan, Charles E.; Alexander, Susan J.; Christensen, Glenn A.; McIver, Chelsea P.; Scudder, Micah G. 2014. Alaska’s timber harvest and forest products industry, 2011. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-903. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 39 p.

Gale, Charles B.; Keegan, Charles E., III; Berg, Erik C.; Daniels, Jean; Christensen, Glenn A.; Sorenson, Colin B.; Morgan, Todd A.; Polzin, Paul. 2012. Oregon’s forest products industry and timber harvest, 2008: industry trends and impacts of the Great Recession through 2010. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-868. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 55 p.

McIver, Chelsea P.; Sorenson, Colin B.; Keegan, Charles E.; Gale, Charles B.; Morgan, Todd A. 2012. Capacity and Capability of Mills in the Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests Timber Processing Area. Missoula, MT: University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 9 p.
McIver, Chelsea P.; Sorenson, Colin B.; Keegan, Charles E.; Gale, Charles B.; Morgan, Todd A. 2012. Capacity and Capability of Mills in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Impact Zone. Missoula, MT: University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 10 p.

Sorenson, Colin B.; McIver, Chelsea P.; Keegan, Charles E.; Gale, Charles B.; Morgan, Todd A. 2012. Capacity and Capability of Mills in the Kootenai National Forest Impact Zone. Missoula, MT: University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 9 p.

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