By Mary Bullwinkel
Under the theme Improvise - Adapt - Overcome, the 107th Pacific Logging Congress (PLC) held its convention in San Diego November 6 – 9, 2016.
President Doug Mays opened the convention reading a quote spoken by George Cornwall (the first secretary of PLC) in 1909.
Cornwall said, “Logging is an engineering science ... the average logger must be a man of good executive ability and possess the power of initiative. He must work with difficult problems, whose solution determines the success or failure of his camp. Therefore, loggers should have frequent contact if they expect to keep pace with the changing times and benefit from associated effort and a frank exchange of views…”
“Those words still ring true today,” Mays said.
Convention attendees included representatives from the United States, Canada, and New Zealand, who learned about important and timely topics such as Fire in California; Who Needs Loggers and Why: The Evolution of Forest Ownership and Legal Structure; Steep Slope Logging; Challenges Faced by Landowners, Loggers, and Mills; Optimizing the Forestry Supply Chain; Adapting LEAN for the Woods; and a World Market Overview of Logs and Lumber.
The gathering concluded with a dinner and auction, raising $30,000 for the Pacific Forest Foundation, which funds scholarships and other educational activities.
All were invited to attend the 108th Pacific Logging Conference, which will take place in November 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Specific dates and location of the 2017 congress will be announced soon. Attendees were also asked to mark their calendars for PLC’s 8th Live in the Woods Show, which is being planned for 2018 on the Oregon State University forest near Corvallis, Oregon.
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