Something new and exciting is planned this year at the 80th Annual Oregon Logging Conference. It’s called Future Forestry Workers Career Day and it’s happening on Friday February 23rd at the Lane Event Center and Fairgrounds.

More than 500 9th thru 12th grade students, teachers, and career counselors have signed up to participate, representing 20 high schools in Oregon.

This is a half-day, hands-on, career planning opportunity for high school students and will include activities and exhibits that highlight current job opportunities for ambitious and interested young men and women.

The logging industry is in desperate need (as are many industries) of a younger workforce to step in and help guide business into the future. The goal of this on-site career day is to attract the next generation of workers, by reaching out to high school students contemplating a career working outdoors. .

Students will be able to sit in the cabs of today’s state-of-the-art logging and forestry equipment and interact with industry professionals on a personal one-to-one basis.

A self-guided map of activities will be provided to the groups of students and school representatives, identifying areas to visit including equipment displays (both inside and outside) and booths with information about the logging industry.

A hosted pizza lunch will be provided in at a designated gathering point where students and school representatives will have a opportunity to visit with industry professionals and learn more details about jobs available now.

This is a new program, sponsored by the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation. Special thanks to Oregon Forest Resources Institute for providing funding for school transportation to this event, and Oregon Women in Timber for co-sponsoring the lunch

For more information, call the Oregon Logging Conference at (541) 686-9191.

See you at the 80th Annual Oregon Logging Conference, Feb 22 – 24, 2018 at the Lane Event Center and Fairgrounds in Eugene, OR!.