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Students from Michael Floretta’s class at O’Hara Catholic School paused to pose at the end of their ‘tour’ of the Outdoor Equipment Show at the 72nd Oregon Logging Conference held in February.

Students from Michael Floretta’s class at O’Hara Catholic School paused to pose at the end of their ‘tour’ of the Outdoor Equipment Show at the 72nd Oregon Logging Conference held in February.

Students learn about the machinery used in today's harvest operations during the equipment show.

Students learn about the machinery used in today's harvest operations during the equipment show..

Board members Bill Wynkoop and Danny Bivens at the FT&F exhibitor booth during the recent Oregon Logging Conference.

Board members Bill Wynkoop and Danny Bivens at the FT&F exhibitor booth during the recent Oregon Logging Conference.

Talk About Trees facilitator Val Kime teaches about trees and the many products they provide.

Talk About Trees facilitator Val Kime teaches about trees and the many products they provide.

For many years Oregon Women in Timber, Forests Today & Forever and the Oregon Forest Resource Institute have partnered annually to provide hundreds of local fourth and fifth grade students with an educational tour of the Oregon Logging Conference (OLC), held each year at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene.

Each year, close to 650 students travel to the OLC, where the tiny tourists learned a little about our state's timbered past, its present and its future.

In 2014, we will again invite Lane County fourth and fifth graders to take "the tour" on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, please contact coordinator@foreststodayandforever.org.

For many years Oregon Women in Timber, Forests Today & Forever and the Oregon Forest Resource Institute have partnered annually to provide hundreds of local fourth and fifth grade students with an educational tour of the Oregon Logging Conference (OLC), held annually at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene.

Close to 650 students from up to 15 area schools travel to the OLC, where the tiny tourists learn a little about our state's timbered past, present and future.

In 2014, we will again invite Lane County fourth and fifth graders to take "the tour" on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, please contact coordinator@foreststodayandforever.org.

The day begins with a video on forests and forestry, followed by a Talk About Trees presentation in which students are introduced to the many ways our timberlands enhance our lives through a variety of products. 

Adding to the lessons, professional foresters give the students a glimpse into their role in utilizing and protecting our woodlands, while providing an up-close and personal look at the tools of the trade. The foresters talk about their daily duties and share their cruiser's vest with its compass, clinometer, D-tape, increment borer, maps, aerial photos — and of course — the essential rain gear and heavy caulked boots.

The field trip concludes with a tour of the outdoor equipment show, where students learn about some of the scientific and technological innovations that are used in the practice of forestry today. The "tourists" get to examine the massive logging equipment, see chainsaw artists at work and watch a logger scale a tall tree. One year, when the wide-eyed youngsters were asked what they thought one particularly huge piece of equipment might cost, the guesses ranged from "a quarter" to $900,000!.
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