Thank from PLC Director and Executive Director

Kids at the PLC

Kids at the PLC


We wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your support of the Pacific Logging Congress and our education mission through the Pacific Forest Foundation.  Every time we hold this show we get questions why do we bother catering to these school kids.  Ours is a resource industry and as such the urban / suburban and rural divide has never been greater.  To survive and flourish, our industry needs the long term support of the public, but in the short term it also needs equipment operators, truck drivers, support technicians and foresters.  This venue works to reach both of these goals to ensure our future and that of our sons and daughters.

Demo at PLC

Demo at PLC

We undertake a live in the woods demo every four years because it provides the PLC and PFF with a venue to present a “science-based” first impression of forestry to the public. The school teachers, chaperones and students were off loaded, met by a licensed forester and routed through science exhibits on wildlife, water quality, forest health, forest harvest considerations … Everyone was able to see active displays of forest machines performing a thinning and a final cut.  Vendors lined the road and pathways that are affiliated with these forest functions and the connection is made that; other local businesses are also supported by these forest activities.  Our tour then included grinders illustrating wood-to-energy and the span of multiple uses for our forest products.  Lastly, we had a tree planter putting in seedlings to show the full cycle of life for a forest.

Static Vendor Site

Static Vendor Site

When you look at the big picture of our impact on the public, in the first two days of the show, we had 2,567 students, 450 teachers and adult chaperones and 110 civic, business and governmental leaders take the tour.  For the majority, our positive message was the first “forestry” message they had ever received.    Thank you for setting the stage and creating the impact for 3,127 new touch points.

Our Friday evening loggers’ Barbeque hosted over 130 industry representatives for a fun evening of socializing.  The Pacific Forest Foundation Education auction grossed $19,000 with 100% of the funds used to provide forestry scholarships.  Since 2013 PFF has awarded over $25,000 in forestry scholarships.

Up to this point we’ve only talked about what the show does for the PLC and PFF.  Without your support we wouldn’t have a show.  Your needs are important to us and commercially, we hope you also found it rewarding.  We had 625 exhibitors, PLC directors and volunteers on site all of which are aligned with our industry.  In addition, we had 1,350 attendees pass through the PLC registration tent over the three day period.

We want your input so we know what we got right and where we can improve and maximize your experience.  Please take a moment and send us an email (  Your thoughts and ideas are valued.

Lastly, we wanted to again thank you for our mutual success.


Duane Evans, 2014 President

Rikki Wellman, Executive Director


Two Days Until the PLC Live in the Woods Show

TwoThe Pacific Logging Congress Live in the Woods Show is only two short days away, held September 25-27, 2014, at the Port Blakely Tree Farms in Molalla, Ore.

If you haven’t had a chance to register for the conference that only happens once every four years, you’re in luck. Anyone can register at the site.

This is a “must attend” event. You’ll get a chance to see the most technically advanced machines in operation with a staff ready to answer your questions. And if that wasn’t enough, the days are filled with educational seminars and networking opportunities.

Don’t miss out! Come on by Thursday, September 25 and be part of one of the best logging shows of 2014!

Family Succession Planning Seminar at Pacific Logging Congress

Adult Hands Key To ChildOne of the seminars at this year’s Pacific Logging Congress, Live in the Woods Show, held Sept. 25-27, is the Family Succession Planning. It’s sponsored by Peterson Cat and designed to help family business owners understand the connections and contrasts between family and business.

This seminar will not only inform, but provide attendees with two Pro Logger Credits.

The seminar will be presented by industry professionals, including:
Duane Doyle Jr. of Peterson Cat.
Sherri Noxel, PhD, Director, Austin Family Business Program
John M. Nygaard Jr., Layer, John M. Nygaard LLC

To sign up to attend this seminar, just click HERE.

Nine Days Left Until the PLC Live in the Woods Show

harvetsingThere are only nine days left until the Pacific Logging Congress‘s live In the Woods Show. The event gets underway on September 25, at the Port Blakely Tree Farms in Molalla, Ore., and will wrap up September 27.

The must-see logging show is held only once every four years. Attendees get the opportunity to see state-of-the-art machines working in the woods and staff are on hand to answer any questions.

In addition, there are seminars ranging from succession planning to machine maintenance, where loggers can earn professional logger credits. And you’ll also enjoy  great networking opportunities like the Loggers’s BBQ held at the Oregon Garden Resort.

To see the full program, just click HERE. 

We’ll see you at the show.

Seth Eades awarded PFF Scholarship

Seth Eades

Seth Eades

Ten students recently received $10,000 in scholarships from the Pacific Forest Foundation (PFF), the educational arm of the Pacific Logging Congress.

One of those students is 17-year-old Seth Eades who will attend his first year at Oregon State University in the fall of 2014 and will be studying Forest/Civil Engineering.

Seth is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather in pursing a career in the timber industry. “I grew up in the woods, surrounded by people in the timber industry. I suppose that influenced my decision to study forestry in College.”

At a young age, Eades was interested in pursing a career in Engineering, and then began to lean toward Forestry. Oregon State University offers a dual degree program, allowing Eades to pursue a degree in both fields.

For more information about the PFF scholarship program, just click HERE.

Katelyn Gregory awarded PFF Scholarship

Katie Gregory

Katie Gregory

Ten students recently received $10,000 in scholarships from the Pacific Forest Foundation (PFF), the educational arm of the Pacific Logging Congress.

One of those students is 20-year-old Katelyn Gregory is attending University of Idaho and is studying Business Administration/Operation Management/Forest Operations.

Gregory says she was honored to receive the scholarships and that it will help her pursue her educational goals. “I will be a junior at the University of Idaho in the fall of 2014 pursuing a double major in Human Resources with a Management emphasis and Operations Management with a minor in Forest operations.”

Gregory hopes to work in the administration section of a forestry business.

For more information about the PFF scholarship program, just click HERE.

Christina Lawrence Awarded PFF Scholarship

Christina Lawrence

Christina Lawrence

Ten students have received $10,000 in scholarships from the Pacific Forest Foundation (PFF), the educational arm of the Pacific Logging Congress.

One of those students is 21-year-old Christina Lawrence who attends Oregon State University and is studying Renewable Resources/Wood Sciences.

She will use the PFF scholarship for a special purpose says Lawrence. “The funds will be put towards my final year as an undergraduate student, where I will be participating in a program about international timber trading held in Nantes, France at École Supérieure du Bois.”

Lawrence hopes to become a working member of the forest industry after she completes this program.

For more information about the PFF scholarship program, just click HERE.