EUGENE, Ore. - In its second day, the Oregon Logging Conference held it's first ever "Future Forestry Workers Career Day."
At this event, high school students attended activities and exhibits designed to show them the positives of a career in forestry.
Staff with the conference said the event came about because of a desperate need for younger workers in the industry. They said there are many positives to this career, including working outdoors, the logging community, and even the compensation.
"It just depends on what your forte is. If you like jumping down and just working hard all day and getting paid for it, heck, we've got lots of that," said Rick Kriege, the OLC president.
More than 600 students from 22 different Oregon high schools signed up to attend the event. Many of them said they were feeling inspired to get involved in forestry after attending the event.
"Forestry is such a personal industry. And you can work as hard as you want and gain your way up by working hard," said Mallory Stokes, a senior at Philomath High School.
Staff at the conference said the turnout blew them away, and because so many students were excited to be a part of the event. They plan on making it an annual event.