Look for education to be a key component of this week's Sierra Cascade Logging Conference in Anderson. Hundreds of area fourth-graders will tour the fairgrounds tomorrow morning as the first souls to check out the equipment expo. In addition, universities from throughout the region will send teams for logging sports exhibitions (here's a story I did on them three years ago). Also, I've heard Shasta College and other area colleges are setting up booths.
For the past 15 years, organizers of the conference have put on a springtime education day for elementary school students at working logging sites.
"That's the biggest thing that we're about is educating the public and the world about what we do as an industry," conference chairman Mark Lathrop told a bunch of us media types during a luncheon today.
For some insight into tomorrow morning's keynote speaker, Jeff Fowle, here is his blog.
I'll be spending two full days at the fairgrounds tomorrow and Friday, covering the conference to the hilt for the Capital Press. And just for the fun of it, my wife and I may go back Saturday. It's an entertaining and enlightening event that showcases an industry that was once the north state's economic driver, and still contributes plenty of jobs to the area.