Field trip teaches students about logging industry while raising money as well

Log A Load for Kids event in Forest County, September 27, 2017 (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

FOREST COUNTY (WLUK) -- A field trip to the woods is giving some students in Forest County a look at the logging industry, while raising money to help other children in the hospital.

It's part of the program called Log A Load for Kids.

Deep in the woods of northern Forest County, a high-tech tractor toppled tall trees at a 15-acre site Wednesday morning. The live harvest was one of 15 stations in the event.

"They'll go each one of those stations, and learn about anything from wildlife to water quality to forest management to economics. We try to give them a really broad perspective about what the industry means to the state," said Henry Schienebeck, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association.

"From the road, it's up to the log trucks to get the wood out," Jaden Streu, CTL Timber Harvesting.

325 area grade-school students took part.

"I think it's interesting for them to know what happens from the time the timber is first cut down, processed along the way, and then made into the products that are used every day of their life," said Ella Engel, Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District.

"It was fun. We got to go on the big machine," said Ethan Doxtator, Goodman-Armstrong Creek Elementary School 5th Grade Student.

"It was cool, because we got to like see a lot of different stuff," said Lydia Angle, Goodman-Armstrong Elementary School 6th Grade Student.

The timber will be made into telephone poles or sold to area mills.

"By the time it's all said and done, it will probably be in the $20,000 range," said Schienebeck.

The Log A Load for Kids event is also a fundraiser. About 70 percent of that money generated will go to the Children's Miracle Network. Organizers say the event is making a difference.

"For them to learn about this early in life, and the importance of it, I think will follow them throughout their life," said Schienebeck.

This is the first time Log A Load for Kids was held in that part of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The event was partnership between The Nature Conservancy, The U.S. Forest Service and the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association.

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