Through interactive events held on Monday, October 23, and Tuesday, October 24, high school students from Anaconda, Phillipsburg, Deer Lodge, and Drummond learned about the importance of the timber harvesting and forest products industries to Montana’s economy, the health of our forests and communities, and preserving our state’s heritage.
Sun Mountain Lumber, KLM Contracting, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNRC), with the support of the Montana Timber Legacy Foundation and Montana Logging Association, organized the interactive events that offered students the opportunity to tour the Munis Timber Sale and Sun Mountain Lumber mill in Deer Lodge. Students were also able to engage with industry and state forestry experts.
The events’ itinerary included a safety presentation, tours of the timber harvesting site and lumber mill, and a forest management and logging discussion where participants could ask questions directly to industry experts. Students learned where the material to make Montana’s wood products comes from, what it is like to be a modern timber harvester, and why managing the State’s forests is essential for the health and safety of Montana.
The event garnered great media coverage, including a story on MTN News - Butte that can be seen here: https://www.kxlf.com/news/local-news/from-forest-to-table-high-school-students-get-a-lesson-in-montanas-timber-industry.
Thank you to Sun Mountain Lumber, KLM Contracting, Beaverhead – Deer Lodge National Forest and the Montana Department of Natural Resources for hosting this important and impactful event!