Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 16, 2004 · Page 26
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 26

Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Page 26
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Redwood Region Logging Conference March 2004 Timber Education Day -- An Extraordinary Experience By B. J. Bassett The opening day of the Redwood Region Logging Conference begins Thursday, March 18, at Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah. On that day classes of school children are launched on a treasure hunt during Education Day. Logging conference directors and other volunteers guide the kids through the grounds and buildings as they look for clues from questionnaires provided. They will visit historic logging displays, ride a steam train, sit on equipment, listen to a representative from CDF talk about safety, and watch a lumberjack demonstration. The children learn forest history and forest practices today while having fun. Russ Forsburg, a registered professional forester, has headed this event for four years. Before Education Day arrives, the schools are given teaching aids about our forests for the children. The conference supplies a 10 unit binder created by teachers who attended a week long Forestry Institute for Teachers, given each summer at Humboldt State University in Arcata. The material covers many subjects. Students read books and watch videos on topics like howa forest environment plays a crucial role in the earth's delicate balance. Going into the forest, a nature center, playing games'and making art projects are part of the curriculum. Classrooms from the Bay Area to Crescent City to the Trinity Alps are studying these units. The children also submit murals they have made which are displayed at the logging conference. The murals based on the theme, Visits by industry leaders to classes in local schools are encouraged. Those who are more than willing to share their knowledge and experience are log truck drivers, foresters, and wildlife managers. Redwood Region Logging Conference members are available for these classroom visits by appointment. Education Day is not only for children but it is for high school students as well. The High School Forestry Contest is based on the California Provided by Jan's Photography This young boy enjoyed Timber Education day at last year's conference. California Grown, are judged and cash prizes are awarded for use in their classroom. T . icacners Association's guidelines and high schools throughout the region compete for cash and scholarships on an individual and team basis. Subjects include tool, wood and plant identification, map reading, terminology, log scaling, table interpretation, use of the hand compass and measuring trees. Many of the students who enter the contest eventually go into the industry. Forestry is not taught in most big city high schools; therefore, the competition give these students an opportunity to try agriculture -giving them a chance to experience something they may want to pursue in the future. The Redwood Region Logging Conference also provides five scholarships each year to college age students who intend to pursue a career in forestry. Three of the scholarships are the Emanuel Fritz Memorial Scholarship; and two are the Kent L. Holmgren Memorial Scholarship (for College of the Redwoods forestry students). New this year are Proposed Education Grants for classroom teachers to receive funding for special projects or events with relevant topics to the timber industry. The grants are for kindergarten through 8th grade students and promote learning and awareness in natural resource issues. Proposals could include field trips, specific curriculum materials and educational opportunities for teachers. The Redwood Region Logging conference events including Education Day are made possible because of volunteer efforts. The timber industry nurtures a growth cycle critical to our economic way of life, the aesthetic character, and the health of our environment. The conference provides materials to give ah 1 of us a better understanding of where we live. For more information on Redwood Region Logging Conference and Proposed Education Grants and application visit their website at or call 443-4091. Provided by Kevin Plessinger School children in front of a logging truck. Special Thanks to For their generous support of this year's Redwood Regional Logging Conference

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