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Seminars, Panels and Events
It is with great pleasure that I
welcome members and visitors alike to the 65th Annual Oregon Logging Conference
and Equipment Display. For more than six decades we have watched the timber
industry wax and wane, crescendo and crash, regain a foothold in the world
market and survive some of the most outrageous environmental attacks imaginable.
We have truly experienced the sublime and the ridiculous!
This year we present our theme
America's Forests - Habitat for Humanity. Those outside the industry are
recognizing that unmanaged forests are a threat and an endangerment to more than
just wildlife. Over the past year, they have witnessed raging forest fires
throughout the West that have ravaged timberlands, destroyed wildlife, decimated
animal habitat and consumed entire residential communities. Helplessly and
locked in fear they stood by watching their dreams go up in smoke. Outraged,
they demanded that governmental entities controlling these vastly wooded acres
… "do something!"
Gradually they are recognizing the
"something" for which they prayed is management, maintenance and
harvest, but in a thoughtful, well-planned, professional method. Speakers from
across the Northwest are joining us this President's Letter weekend in a
well-rounded submission of issues and answers. In addition to OLC's regular
array of panels and seminars, we will be offering our second Professional
Loggers' Training Seminar, Wednesday February 19th at the Eugene Hilton Hotel.
By attending this series, members will be exposed to multi-faceted presentations
by experts in the field, afforded the opportunity to mix and match sessions of
interest while earning valuable credits toward their Professional Logger
The Training Seminar is set up in
a format that will allow the highest attendance at the greatest number of
sessions in order to receive the maximum credit award possible. Keynoting this
year's exposition is a man whose name is recognized nationwide. He has been in
the trenches of the industry for a very long time, fighting for stability and
common sense timber management. Jim Petersen, founder and editor of Evergreen
Magazine and Executive Director of the Evergreen Foundation of Bigfork, Montana
will be on deck Thursday morning with his presentation, "If The President
Calls, Do You Hang Up?" I believe that you will find his lecture
enlightening and his expertise supreme. Coupling these educational opportunities
with our regular menu of up-to-the-minute sessions and state-of-the-art
equipment displays, we are confident that your time will be well spent in
attendance at the OLC.
I welcome you to join us at the
65th Annual Oregon Logging Conference, February 19-22, 2003, Lane County
Fairgrounds and Convention Center, Eugene, Oregon.
The 65th Annual Oregon Logging Conference and
Equipment Show was held February 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2003 in Eugene, Oregon.
Over 500 exhibitors offered attendees a look at
their newest equipment.
Industry professionals also had the opportunity
to attend educational seminars with credits awarded toward Professional Logger
Certification. Credits were awarded by: Oregon Professional Logger Washington
Contract Loggers Accredited Logging Professional Montana Accredited Logging
Professionals California Professional Logger Idaho Professional Logger
If you would like a copy of the TimberWest
Oregon Logging Conference Official Show Guide, please contact
mail $4.00 (USD) to OLC Guide TimberWest Magazine P.O. Box 610 Edmonds, WA 98020
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