You won’t want to miss hearing Keynote Speaker Blake Manley at the 84th Annual Oregon Logging Conference. He will speak on Thursday, February 24th at 9:30 a.m. in the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds.

Fourth generation logger and forestry and natural resources teacher at Sweet Home High School Blake Manley will be the keynote speaker at the 84th Annual Oregon Logging Conference. Manley will address the OLC on Thursday, February 24, 2022.

Manley is also the Chair of the Oregon Natural Resources Educators Association and creator of “Manley Jobs,” the career videos getting the younger generation interested in logging and other natural resources careers.

The career video series has earned Manley a lot of media attention recently, including a story in September 2021 on the FOX News program FOX and Friends and an interview with Lars Larson, as well as Oregon newspapers, and radio stations across the country.

Manley is extremely proud of his background as a logger and working in the family business, Manley Brothers Logging, based in Cove, OR. His father Kevin Manley has been a logger for 50 years, learning the business from his grandfather, logging in northern California.

Manley’s logging career, interest in teaching and connection with students have gone hand in hand since he graduated from Cove High School. After working elsewhere in forest products related jobs for a few years, Manley returned to his hometown and was a logger in the family business, while coaching high school sports and then as Athletic Director at Cove High School.

Manley epitomizes the 84th Annual OLC theme of Family, Friends and Forestry 2.0. It is that combination that has led to Manley’s success when encouraging students to pursue careers in logging, forestry, and other natural resource fields. He uses communication channels, such as YouTube, which the younger generation can relate to. Based on his family history in logging, his special connection with his students and his bridging the gap between industry and schools throughout Oregon, Manley fits to a T, the OLC theme.

He is successfully encouraging students to pursue logging careers and has a creative ability to reach out to all youth who will be the next generation of natural resources workers.