It has been such non-stop fun and excitement at the Oregon Logging Conference, that I have been remiss in posting some of what’s going on. Thursday was a glorious and sunny day and ushered in the 78th Annual Oregon Logging Conference at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene.
More than 1000 people attended the Loggers’ Breakfasts both yesterday and today, and the auctions held at these events raised more than $26,000 for the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation. This included a generous donation of a Southstar 750 felling head which was purchased by Jon Greenup Logging. Proceeds from the auctions will be used for educational activities and scholarships. Since 1968, the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation has awarded more than half a million dollars in scholarships!
The seminars and panel presentations have been very well attended, with participants earning professional logger credits while leaning about the very latest in logging technology, safety, cross laminate timbers, and much more. The guest speakers yesterday, especially Architect Michael Green and the Dean of Oregon State University Forestry Department Thomas Maness addressed the exciting and as they said “game changing” world of building commercial buildings with cross laminate timbers.
A little rain today (typical Oregon weather for this time of year) did not dampen the spirits of those attending the OLC. And with partly cloudy skies forecast for tomorrow, Saturday’s Family Fun Day is the place you will want to be. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and admission is free to the Fairgrounds. You’ll be able to see the finals in the log loader competition, chainsaw carving, portable sawmills in operation, and plenty of free activities such as building your own bird feeder, wildlife exhibits, papermaking, a salmon tent and story telling, face painting, free popcorn and more.
Visiting with old friends and making new friends has been another highlight, along with networking with the many professionals connected to the logging industry. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know those involved in the logging industry, learn about who we are and what we do. Take a look at some of the most impressive, high-tech equipment now being used for logging, and learn about the future of wood products.
It’s all here at the 78th Oregon Logging Conference. Informative Show Guides are available at the Conference. Come on out and check it out tomorrow!