Forestry has long been a pillar of the North Okanagan’s economy, and that strength will be on display for all to see.
The Interior Logging Association’s 59th annual conference and trade show begins Thursday and runs until Saturday in Vernon.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to learn more about the industry and its role in the community,” said Wayne Lintott, general manager.
One of the highlights of the event is the trade show, which runs at Kal Tire Place Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.
About 30 companies will have heavy equipment and displays covering 60 spots outside, while there will also be exhibits inside the arena.
“All displays are open to the general public,” said Reid Hedlund, ILA chairperson.
The public can also learn about the growing diversity of the sector.
“Our theme this year is women working in the forestry harvesting industry,” said Lintott.
It’s anticipated that the conference will attract about 400 delegates and a number of seminars are planned at the Vernon Lodge Hotel.
Among the speakers will be Melinda Morben, operational logistics manager with Island Timberlands; Kathlene Werstiuk, manager of wildfire risk with the B.C. Wildfire Service; and Cherie Whelan, director of Safe Companies of B.C. Forest Safety.
Lintott is looking forward to a successful conference and he says the event bolsters the local economy.
“The hotels are full and a lot of revenue comes into the community,” he said.