Annual Educational Logging Fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network through the Log-A-Load For Kids Program Oct. 4- 5, 2012

The Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association (GLTPA) Northwestern Wisconsin Regional Chapter will be hosting its annual Log-A-Load For Kids harvest, raising funds for the Children's Miracle Network (CMN).

The educational demonstrations will be held on Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The timber sale is located on the Shell Lake School forest, north of Shell Lake on Hihgway 63. Wood from the sale will be sold to several area mills that support Log-A-Load For Kids and the CMN. Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization committed to helping sick and injured children of all ages regardless of their affliction or ability to pay. CMN sponsors 161 hospitals nationwide.

In addition to serving children with medical needs, the Regional GLTPA Chapter gives much more by spending extra time and effort in providing local school children a forest industry education. Teaching stations will be designed to educate children and other attendees about timber harvesting methods, logging equipment, wildlife, fire control, tree identification, tree growth, and more. Approximately 300 school children are expected to participate. Students receive lessons about both the forest products industry and the passion this group of dedicated forest professionals has for educating our future generation of youths.

Max Ericson, Ericson Logging, Minong, Chair of the event and 1st Past-President of the GLTPA believes that helping the children in need by raising funds for the hospital and educating children as to the importance of the logging industry are both important.

"As a 4th generation logger I want kids to see this as a good thing and want it to continue for years to come. The kids must learn we should cut trees for the health of our forests, for wildlife habitat, and forest fire prevention. We must also take care of the forest to secure the future of loggers and the forest products industry." Max also points out the important economic impact of the logging industry in Wisconsin's economy, as well as the potential for personal employment it holds for the children as they grow up.

Terry Peters, of Peters Logging, Mellen, Wisconsin, another volunteer, explains the groups will begin the tour at different stations. "Along with their teachers, each group will be accompanied by a logging professional and a forester to teach them the importance of the forest industry, forest resources and stewardship," notes Peters. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host stations involving fire control, wildlife, and tree identification.

Thanks to donations from area merchants, volunteers will cook up a lunch of perennial favorites for the children of hot dogs, chips, soda and cookies.

Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association is a non-profit organization representing members in Michigan and Wisconsin, for over 60 years. GLTPA is the Progressive Voice of the Forest Products Industry and is committed to leading the Forest Products Industry in sustainable forest management through advocacy, professionalism, service to members, education and training. Headquartered in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Phone (715) 282-5828, PO Box 1278, Rhinelander, WI 54501