The 2015 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, also known as Timber 2015, have planned activities designed to entertain and educate the loggers, sawmill operators, value-added processors, forest landowners and members of the public who attend.
Hosted by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, the biennial event will take place June 5 to 6 at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days site, on state Route 45 nine miles southwest of State College.
A new attraction at this year’s expo will be the Game of Logging national finals, a competition based on a world-recognized chain saw skills curriculum. The contest, with landowner and professional logger divisions, combines Scandinavian logging techniques with the latest systems for working safely around trees. Qualifiers from state-level competitions will compete on June 6 in categories such as Bore Station, Spring Pole, Big Stump, Precision Stump, Speed Cut and Tree Felling.
According to the Game of Logging website, “The ‘game’ refers not only to the friendly competitive aspect of the training, but also to the necessity of having a winning plan or strategy for felling trees and working safely. The program breaks apart saw work into steps that are practiced throughout the course. A fun scoring system helps focus participants’ attention on the most important details and allows them to measure their progress.”
Timber 2015 also will feature demonstrations by the Penn State Woodsmen’s Team, which travels to compete in various regional and national collegiate events. Team members will demonstrate skills such as axe-throwing, underhand chopping and crosscutting on both days of the expo.
“These activities, which showcase the competitive talents of the participants, are fun to watch and emphasize the professional skills and safety expertise needed to be successful in the industry,” said Timber 2015 manager Bob Oberheim, of Penn State.
In addition, the forest-product industry’s charitable efforts will be highlighted by the “Log a Load for Kids” Truck Parade. The procession of vehicles around the show grounds will culminate with a check presentation to the Children’s Miracle Network.
“Individuals and businesses in the Pennsylvania logging and forestry industries each year donate the value of a load of logs to support local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals,” he said. “This truck parade is a visual representation of our industry’s commitment to the children of Pennsylvania and to the communities where we live and work.”