BTB 49: Pacific Logging Congress 2018
Published on: Thursday 29th November 2018
The eighth annual PLC Forestry Show
The eighth annual PLC live in-woods show took place at Oregon State University’s McDonald-Dunn Research Forest outside Corvallis, Oregon from September 13-15.
The McDonald-Dunn Research Forest was acquired by Oregon State University in 1947. Prior to that it was used for training by Camp Adair during World War II. The research forest consists of approximately 4 500 ha (11,250 acres) of predominantly forested land, just north of Corvallis, Oregon.
Reaching out to the Next Generation of Loggers
Hundreds of high school students toured the sites, learning about the industry, the equipment and future career opportunities. The three-day event allowed visitors to gain a better understanding of new technologies and how they are applied throughout the forest products sector. “It is important that we show the next generation the opportunities that exist in our industry and that our industry provides great prospects to earn a decent living,” states Jeff Wimer, PLC President.
Tigercat at Pacific Logging Congress
Tigercat showcased two LS855E shovel loggers and an LX870D feller buncher on live demo, all of which were run by operators in their twenties. Special guest operators Hannah Dehoog, Jesse Taylor and Ricky Loushin chatted with school students, giving them insight into what it is like being a young equipment operator and helping encourage the next generation to get involved in the industry.
On static display, Tigercat debuted the 890 logger, the highest capacity machine in Tigercat’s purpose-built logger product line. Loggers from all over the west coast came out to see the new machine. High horsepower and solid Tigercat construction were common talking points regarding the new machine model. “It is a productive, yet efficient machine for shovel logging, loading and processing – a machine far superior to excavator conversions,” says Kevin Selby, Tigercat US sales manager.
THIS EVENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS IN MAKING REAL STRIDES IN CONNECTING WITH THE NEXT GENERATION.
– Kushiah McCullough, Tigercat