1966 Wood Prices and Hard Rubber Tires

1966 Wood prices

1966 Wood prices

The Pacific Logging Congress Live Demo Show is coming up Septmber 25-27. There will be state-of-the-art machinery throughout the Port Blakely Tree Farms giving attendees a firsthand look at what they can do.

Sometimes though, it’s fun to take a look back and see how far we’ve come. Here is a couple shots taken from the www.vannattabros.com website.

Early 1900s truck

Early 1900s truck


Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference, Feb 6-8

Sierra Cascade ConferencePacific Logging Congress will have a great live-in-the-woods show, September, 25-27, 2014. In the meantime, check out the 65th annual Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference, Feb. 6-8, held in Anderson, Calif.

In the Anderson Island Post,  Michael Quinn, publicity chairman for the Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference said, “This year we will be featuring forest industry experts working in global commerce who will share insights and strategies for reaching new markets for timber products.”

He added, “Mixed in among the industry experts will be the students who are “developing their own business model for timber products marketed for foreign and domestic sales.”

Last year 8,000 people attended show and organizers are looking for an even better turn out this year.

For more information about this show, exhibitors and panels, just click HERE.

Old-time loggers to reunite

Event to honor Ed Wirkkala, Martin Nygaard

Event to honor Ed Wirkkala, Martin Nygaard

Loggers, truck drivers and operators will gather from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Appelo Archives Center to celebrate the Center’s fourth annual Old-Time Loggers Reunion. Coffee and refreshments will be provided, and the Archive Café will be open for lunch.

Held annually, the reunion is intended to bring together timber industry workers of all ages and their families as well as other community members who want to honor the industry’s significance in the region.

As is its tradition, the Appelo Archives Center will honor two locals, Ed Wirkkala and Martin Nygaard. Each has a long history of working in the woods, so it is with great pride that they are honored this year.
To read the full article in Coastal Weekend Arts & Entertainment, just click HERE.

Interesting Fact About Port Blakely Tree Farms – Site of PLC Live Demo

Port Blakely Lumber Mill, ca.  1891

Port Blakely Lumber Mill, ca. 1891

You may know that the Pacific Logging Congress (PLC) will be holding it’s 7th In The Woods live demo show September 25-27, 2014, at the Port Blakely Tree Farms in Molalla, Ore.

BUT, did you know that . . .  Port Blakely Companies began in 1864 when Nova Scotia sea captain William Renton opened a sawmill at Port Blakely Harbor on Bainbridge Island, Wash. The sheltered harbor and deep water made it an ideal location to mill and ship lumber.

Over the next four decades, the Port Blakely Mill Company flourished, becoming the world’s largest sawmill under one roof. At its peak, the mill shipped lumber to California, Australia, England, Germany, France, South America, and the eastern United States.

Show Off Your Equipment at the PLC Live Demo

woods show logoThe Pacific Logging Congress Live Demo show only takes place every four years, and 2014 is the year. The 7th annual wood show will be held September 25-27, 2014 and the Port Blakely Tree Farms in Molalla, Ore.

If you are looking for an event to show off your forestry equipment in front hundreds of attendees, the PLC show is a must. For more information, visit the PLC website, pacificloggingcongress.org

2014 Live Demo Year for Pacific Logging Congress

Port Blakely Tree FarmsIf you were thinking it’s about time there was a live in-the-woods demo, you’re in luck. The Pacific Logging Congress has a live demo every four years and 2014 is the year!

This year the Port Blakely Tree Farm in Molalla, Ore., has been selected as the location. Port Blakely Tree Farms owns and manages forestland in both Washington and Oregon. The company harvests timber, primarily second-growth Douglas-fir, and sells it in the United States and throughout the Pacific Rim.

“This site offers the best balance of site dimension, terrain, wood size, and contractor/student access,” said Duane Evans, vice president of U.S. Forestry Operations for Port Blakely Tree Farms based in Olympia, Wash.

Port BlakelyAn interesting fact about Port Blakely: “Of the lands we own, we harvest less than two percent in any given year. When forests grow older, species diversity increases and habitat becomes more varied. Because of our commitment to the environment, the prime soil and advantageous weather patterns in our forests, and our longer-than-average harvest cycles, our products are among the best in the world.”

For more information about the upcoming demo, visit www.pacificloggingcongress.org


PLC’s It Takes a Tree Program

child & TreeIn 1997, the Pacific Logging Congress kicked off the largest educational program in its 89-year history — the It Takes a Tree program.

The PLC produced a comprehensive 32-page, full color brochure on forestry and logging in the West. Along with the brochure it produced a 17-minute video that encapsulated the same story and built an exhibit to take to teacher conferences in the U.S. and B.C.

On October 1, 1997, the exhibit had its debut at the California Science Teachers Conference in Palm Springs. Out of the 300 to 400 exhibits at the show, PLC stood out as one of the best. Sixteen years later the program is still educating students.

If you would like to receive a free Video or DVD copy of our video “It Takes A Tree”, please complete our contact form, and specify whether you would like the US or Canadian copy.