Thank from PLC Director and Executive Director

Kids at the PLC

Kids at the PLC

Greetings,

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 (Rikki@PacificLoggingcongress.com).  Your thoughts and ideas are valued.

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

Sincerely,

Duane Evans, 2014 President

Rikki Wellman, Executive Director

 

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PLC President Duane Evans shows off Live in the Woods Site

Pacific Logging Congress President Duane Evans (Photo by Mary Bullwinkel)

Pacific Logging Congress President Duane Evans (Photo by Mary Bullwinkel)

Last week, PLC President Duane Evans helped exhibitors of the upcoming PLC Live in the Woods Show (Sept. 25-27)  get a better understanding of the site.

The event will be held at the Port Blakely Tree Farms, near Mollala, Ore. And, Evans knows a thing or two about the location, as he’s Port Blakely’s Vice President of Forestry Operations. He’s responsible for all aspects of harvest operations for Port Blakely Tree Farms’ U.S. ownership, including wood flow forecasts, timber production and wood marketing. Duane also represents Port Blakely Tree Farms in the forest policy arena, contributing to forestry issues on both the national and state levels.

The event is only three months away and will offer not only live machinery demonstrations, but educational and networking opportunities as well.

Pre-register now by clicking HERE.

Meet 2014 DPLC President Duane Evans

Duane Evans

Duane Evans

For those of you who don’t know Duane Evans, this year’s president of the Pacific Logging Congress, let us give you a quick introduction.

Duane is the Vice President of U.S. Forestry Operations for Port Blakely Tree Farms. There he is responsible for all aspects of harvest operations for their U.S. ownership, including wood flow forecasts, timber production and wood marketing. He is also responsible for land use issues, neighbor as well as customer relationships.

Duane is active in forest policy, contributing on both the national and state levels. He is the Chair of the Forest Policy Committee for the Washington Forest Protection Association, policy committee member for the Oregon Forest Industry Council and an active member of the Operating Committee for the National Alliance of Forest Owners.

Duane has mentioned on several occasions how honored Port Blakely is to host the 2014 show for it coincides with Port Blakely’s 150th anniversary.

Now that you know Duane, feel free to introduce yourself at the In the Woods show held this September at the Port Blakely Tree Farms.

Volunteers needed to lead students at PLC ‘In the Woods Show’

Volunteers needed for kidsThe Pacific Logging Congress is looking for 400 volunteers for its upcoming In the Woods Show, September 25-26, at at the Port Blakely Tree Farm in Molalla, Ore.

Volunteers will help guide approximately 3,000 students, K-12, as they view the most high-tech, environmentally advanced logging methods available.

“It’s important to keep students in touch with the forest,” says Duane Evans, vice president of forestry operations, who is also serving as PLC’s 2014 president. “They should understand where wood and paper come from, how trees are harvested, and how we manage this forest for a variety of products, as well as environmental benefits.”

Anyone interested should contact Julie Woodward, OFRI’s forest education program manager, at woodward@ofri.org.

PLC Invites Equipment Dealers and Manufacturers to Site Tour

PLC Site Tour

PLC Site Tour

If you’re an forestry equipment manufaturer or dealer, and considering exhibiting at the 2014 Pacific Logging Congress, Live in the Woods Show, PLC President Duane Evans is inviting you to a site tour June 23.

“As president of PLC and Vice President of US Forestry Operations for Port Blakely Tree Farms, I will be on hand to discuss our plans for the show,” says Evans. “Kris Johnson or a representative from Pacific Expo Decorating Company will also be available to answer any questions you have regarding tents and other decoration needs. And to give us an overview on PLC’s Education Days, Julie Woodard, Program Manager for Oregon Forest Resource Institute and Bonny Glendenning, Environmental Educator for Port Blakely will be available to give an update on the student education tours.

“I would also invite you to join the PLC directors and wives for lunch on Monday, June 23.  PLC will host a barbecue lunch at the woods site at noon.  Please indicate if you plan to attend the Woods Tour and lunch so we can have an accurate count for lunch.”

For more information visit www.pacificloggingcongress.org. 

 

 

Pacific Logging Congress Show Isn’t Just for Loggers

Student Education

Student Education

The Pacific Logging Congress “Live in the Woods” show to be held September 25-27, 2014, isn’t just for loggers.

The event, which will take place at the Port Blakely Tree Farms in Molalla, Ore., is expected to host as many as 2,000 elementary school children and teachers from the Portland area and southwest Washington.

“Education is our top priority,” said PLC’s 2014 President Duane Evans, a Vice President of Timberlands for Port Blakely Tree Farms.

The students and teachers will view the safest and most environmentally advanced logging methods available. Each individual is supplied with a hard hat and each group of students is guided by a professional forester. Bus transportation will be paid by Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Forest Foundation.

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