To attract the next generation of workers to the timber and other natural resource industries, a new event is planned as part of 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 County Event Center and Fairgrounds.

More than 500 9th thru 12th grade students, teachers, and career counselors representing 22 high schools in Oregon, along with speakers and exhibitors have signed up to participate in what is hoped to become an annual event.

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 (and many other industries) is in desperate need for 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.

Students will be able to view state-of-the-art logging and forestry equipment and interact with industry professionals on a personal one-to-one basis.

As they arrive at the Conference starting at 8 a.m. February 23rd, 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.

Starting at 10:30 in Expo Hall on the Fairgrounds, the students will hear from industry professionals and continue to visit one-on-one with industry exhibitors, and then at 11:30 will enjoy a pizza luncheon, hosted by the OLC Foundation and Oregon Women in Timber

This new program, sponsored by the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation.