The public is invited to attend the Interior Logging Association trade show Friday and Saturday at the Vernon Curling Club.

The public is invited to attend the Interior Logging Association trade show Friday and Saturday at the Vernon Curling Club.

Loggers’ convention open to the public

The Interior Logging Association’s trade show runs Friday and Saturday at the Vernon Curling Clu

Forestry is still a major economic driver in B.C. but there’s little public awareness of what goes on in the woods.

That’s why the public is invited to attend the Interior Logging Association’s trade show  Friday and Saturday at the Vernon Curling Club.

“We want people to see what’s going on in the log harvest industry,” said Wayne Lintott, general manager of the Vernon-based ILA.

It’s expected that there will be about 50 exhibitors and residents can view various equipment up close and gather an array of information, including employment opportunities.

“There are lots of jobs out there,” said Lintott.

Lintott hopes local students will stop by the exhibits.

“We have had schools attend from Salmon Arm, Revelstoke and the local area,” he said.

The trade show is part of the 55th annual ILA conference at the Best Western Vernon Lodge.

The theme of the conference is focused on training and increasing the workforce.

As part of that, there will be seminars  on training heavy equipment operators and drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

The guest speaker for the Friday luncheon will be John Peterson, B.C.’s chief forester.

“He is responsible for the entire sector,” said Lintott.

Peterson was appointed chief forester in 2012 and it was added to his role as assistant deputy minister for the tenures, competitiveness and innovation division of the Ministry of Forests.

 

On Saturday, the luncheon speaker will be Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes, who will speak about supporting the forest industry through public policy.