Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Fortuna resident Stanwood “Woody” Murphy had the honor of presiding over the 103rd gathering of the Pacific Logging Congress (PLC) earlier this month in Arizona. The PLC is made up of representatives from the forest products industry in the western United States and British Columbia.

President Murphy said the highlight of the 2012 PLC was the group's visit to the Caterpillar Tinaja Hills Demonstration Center. “It provided a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of us,” he said, referring not only to the technical information panel discussions, but the opportunity to operate and ride in large Caterpillar equipment. “We thank Caterpillar Forest products, Caterpillar Finance, and Tinaja Hills Demonstration Center and Staff for hosting the first day of the (PLC) convention,” he said.

Members of the PLC were able to get hands-on experience operating equipment such as the D73 electric track type bulldozer tractor and rides in the 240-ton mine truck were the most popular.

The 2012 gathering of the PLC included the 12th annual Pacific Forest Foundation auction and raised more than $38,000, with all proceeds to be used for educational purposes. The Forest Foundation this year established a scholarship program with the first awards to be handed out next school year. Individual scholarships of between $1,000 and $5,000 will be awarded by the scholarship committee.


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Special thanks were given to this year's sponsors especially Caterpillar, and including Humboldt County donors Schmidbauer Lumber and Humboldt Redwood Company

Planning is already underway for the next two PLC conferences. The 104th Annual conference will take place in Las Vegas from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, 2013. Graham Lasure of Winter Harbour, British Columbia, will lead the group. A theme will be selected shortly, and details of the gathering will be posted soon on the PLC website (www.pacificloggingcongress.com)

The 2014 PLC will return to the woods providing attendees and school children a hands-on experience with the forest products industry and its representatives. The seventh annual PLC Live in the Woods Show will take place from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, 2014, at the Port Blakely tree Farm in Molalla, Ore.

Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

Members of the Pacific Logging Congress, lead by Fortuna resident and PLC president Woody Murphy, gather about a 240-ton mine truck at Caterpillar's Tinaja Hills Demonstration Center in Green Valley, Ariz. Murphy is pictured top row on the truck, fifth from left.