The Pacific Logging Congress mission is to fulfill the need to provide sound technical education about the forest industry. Founded in 1909, the Pacific Logging Congress has sought to educate politicians, educators, their students and the general public about the need for sound responsible forestry to supply global needs for wood fiber.
The History of the Pacific Logging Congress
During a hot day in August of 1908 Mr. George Cornwall, who started a logging trade journal back in 1900, was visiting with a logger from Mt. Vernon, Washington, Mr. Ed English. Mr. Cornwall announced he was about to take a bath and retire for the evening. Then he asked Mr. English if he provided a bathhouse in his logging camp. The discussion continued and the idea for a meeting of loggers to discuss bunkhouse sanitation and other matters were planned.
The first meeting of the Pacific Logging Congress was held in Seattle, Washington, in July of 1909. The three-day meeting covered sanitation, food supply, health care, use of electricity in logging, elimination of fire hazards, fire prevention, how to log on grades too steep for locomotives and a 50-cents per
thousand board feet increase in tax facing loggers in Mendocino County, California.
Mr. Edmund Blake became the first president and Mr. Cornwall became the secretary of the organization and he held that post until 1924. At the first PLC meeting in 1909 Mr. Cornwall stated:
"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…” Mr. Cornwall’s words still ring true today.
Pacific Logging Congress / Pacific Forest Foundation Education is Our Main Focus and Commitment
The Pacific Logging Congress is an association of representatives from the forest management side of the forest industry in the Western United States and British Columbia. Membership consists of managers, owners of logging companies, lumber mills or forest products companies, manufacturers and forestry equipment dealers.
Historically, PLC was a combined equipment show and convention where the newest logging equipment and supplies were exhibited. Meetings were held with educational and informational presentations about the logging industry from safety to logging techniques and political activities were heard.
Today, Pacific Logging Congress and Pacific Forest Foundation have a strong priority on educating students, teachers and the public about timber harvesting and forestry. In 1997 PLC produced a video, brochure, lesson plan and an exhibit that has been displayed at teacher science fairs and industry conferences throughout the West US and Canada. The “It Takes A Tree”
program continues to be used throughout the United States and Canada today.
In 2008 the PLC and PFF responded to a concern that is facing our industry; the shortage of forestry labor. The DVD is a 7 minute job recruitment targeting career-oriented young people. The DVD project takes viewers on location to various logging sites where “our people tell our story. Our target audience will be high school students through young adults searching for careers in our industry. The DVD “This Is My Office” was unveiled at the 100th Anniversary of PLC in November of 2009.
PLC and PFF continue to support other education programs such as Provider Pals. This program provides inter-city schools with a better understanding of the natural resources industry in other areas. Public education is very important for the future of our industry and through programs like these we can continue to get our message out there.
Every 4 years the PLC host the “Live In The Woods” show, where equipment manufacturers demonstrate their products in an actual logging operation format. At past woods shows, PLC has hosted over 3,000 students, teachers and parents over a two-day period. They view the safest and most environmentally advanced logging methods available.