Future Forestry Workers Career Day

Eric Cremers

To celebrate the 5th Annual Future Forestry Workers Career Day this year, the plan is to have as many as 900 high school students participate in an in-person, interactive and hands-on career day. This will take place Friday, February 25 at the Livestock Arena on the Lane County Fairgrounds.

This popular event will give students an opportunity to talk to resource professionals and take part in hands-on activities as they learn about current career opportunities in logging, forestry, and other natural resource industries.

New this year for the career day event will be a harvest simulator competition, where high school students will compete with industry teams. The Oregon State University College of Forestry is hosting this event to promote an initiative to supply Oregon high school CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs with harvest simulators and training.

Specific topics will include forestry, reforestation, mill and forest production, logging, trucking, diesel mechanics and welding, operating heavy equipment, and wildland firefighting. Students will also take a self-guided tour of the equipment on display at the Oregon Logging Conference

“Students will have the opportunity to see today’s state-of-the-art and technologically advanced logging and forestry equipment,” said 2018 OLC President and Career Day Co-Chair Rick Kriege. “The students can find equipment and other displays both inside and outside, and booths with information about various aspects of the logging and forestry industries,” Kriege added.

This event takes place during the Oregon Logging Conference and is sponsored by the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educational outreach.

Eric CremersHigh School Forestry Skills Competition

Students attending the Future Forestry Workers Career Day will also get to observe a logging and forestry skills competition by high school students from Natural Resource clubs. These young men and women will demonstrate skills including cable splicing, choker setting, crosscut and single buck sawing, compass and pacing, tool identification, log scaling, and axe throwing.

High School Forestry Skills Competition Chair Jeff Plikat said, “This event was incorporated into the Future Forestry Workers Career Day so that all students could watch peers practicing their hands-on skills. Since we’ve focused our efforts on building this program,” he added, “it has only continued to grow and expose more kids to the industry.”

As efforts continue to attract the next generation workforce to the logging industry, over the past several years, this Career Day event has reached nearly 1,200 high school students.

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