Several Eel River Valley schools recently visited the Redwood Region Logging Conference, giving students a first-hand opportunity to learn more about the logging industry on occasion of Education Day at the Redwoods Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka earlier this month.
A total of more than 1,500 third- through sixth-grade students, teachers and chaperones were on site to see state-of-the-art logging equipment, watch a lumberjack skills show, learn about wildlife, ride a historic railroad locomotive and more.
RRLC President Jake Morris of McKinleyville-based Morris Logging said those who attended the conference and not just the students on Education Day, learned about the latest technology and how much the industry has evolved.
“Our goal remains the same: To educate our youth as well as the public, and really show the stewardship of our industry and the management of our most renewable resources for generations to come,” Morris said.
The conference also sponsored a Career Day, where local high school students were able to meet industry professionals and rotate through several educational stations.
The theme for the 2019 RRLC was “Here Yesterday, Here Today, Here for Tomorrow.”
As part of the conference, RRLC also sponsors a mural contest for schools in Humboldt and Mendocino counties. Classes can submit their unique artistic celebration of the conference theme and compete for cash prizes.
Two Eel River Valley schools were a few that received special recognition.
Erika WiIliams’ South Fortuna Elementary School kindergarten class received a second-place award and Heather Nyberg-Austrus’ Loleta Elementary School fifth-/sixth-grade class received an honorable mention award.