Highlights & Heli-Logging PLC Review
By Diane Mettler
There were a number of great
moments at 2005’s Pacific
Logging Conference held this
October in Victoria, BC.
"Our theme this year was
Education Has No Bounds," says Rikki
Wellman, Executive Director. "And
that was really brought home by the
One of the well-received presentations
involved the media and educating
the public. Journalists from the
Western Journalism Center, Vancouver
Sun, Oregonian and the Wall Street
Journal sat around a table and
answered questions posed by Tom
Tevlin of Greenspirit Strategies. The
big question on most forest industry
professionals’ minds was ‘How do we
get better coverage in the media?’
The answer may have surprised
some. "Keep after us," they said.
Don’t just rely on press releases — get
journalists behind one of the
machines, get them in a truck and out
to a site. Don’t take no for an answer,
keep following up and don’t stop until
you get on their calendar.
A second presentation focused on
educating a younger audience.
Hosted by Bruce Vincent of Provider
Pals, still in the "talk show" style of sitting
around a table, the attendees got
to hear from kids. They heard how
kids’ lives changed and their minds
were opened when east coast met
Montana. They also talked about what
adults need to do to get the message
heard by them.
PLC attendees had a full agenda from listening to presentations to seeing
heli-logging up close.
In addition, teachers from Canada,
New York, and D.C. discussed educating
youth, their concerns and what
might help teach in their part of the
"For three hours, no one left the
room," says Wellman. "I think Ralph
Torney from Canadian Air-Crane
summed it up best — we can have
major disputes over softwood, but not
education. We’re in this together facing
the same issues. It has no borders."
There were other highlights. Over
$44,000 was raised at the auction, 100
percent of which will go to the Pacific
Forest Foundation. The nonprofit
foundation helps fund educational
programs such as Provider Pals, It
Takes a Tree and PLC grant programs.
On the last day people were educated
in the ways of heli-logging. They
not only got to view the helicopter up
close and talk to the folks at Air-Crane
about what they do, they also got to
witness the tree monkeys prepping the
trees, the helicopters at work and the
The PLC’s mission is education.
And judging by this year’s conference,
they succeeded in more ways than
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