The student video contest, Thru the Trees, successfully debuted in 2020, with prizes totaling $3,000. We are reaching out to you as a potential sponsor to help introduce young people to the industry through this unique competition.


About the Contest 

This year’s theme, Today’s Forest Careers, encourages students to learn about the amazing array of jobs in the forest sector, and hopefully inspire them to consider a future for themselves in this vibrant industry. 


Students between the ages of 14-18 from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington are invited to participate. The contest is a collaboration of industry organizations from these states, including Associated Logging Contractors, Forest Resources Association, Forests Today & Forever, Idaho Forest Group, Idaho Forest Products Commission, Montana Logging Association, Oregon Logging Conference, Oregon Logging Conference Foundation, Oregon Women in Timber, Pacific Education Institute, Pacific Logging Congress, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative/Project Learning Tree.

As part of the contest, students must reach out to industry professionals to gain content for their videos. The students are not required to record the interviews. They are simply being asked to have a conversation with an industry professional to gain insight.


A panel judges each submission on purpose, accuracy of content, message impact, creativity, and research.


The contest awards a number of prizes as follows:


  • twelve finalists receive $100 each.

  • the 12 finalists are eligible to win the top prizes: $1,000 Grand Prize, $500 Second Prize, $250 Third Prize.

Sponsorships and Volunteers

We invite you to become part of this exciting program by being a sponsor. Any financial donation to fund prizes would be greatly appreciated and help students become aware of the great opportunities in the industry.


In addition, we are compiling a list of people willing to make themselves available for the students to interview as part of the contest. Please contact Vickie Swanton at 906-282-6752 or if you are interested in donating or need an invoice, if you would like to be added to the list of industry contacts or have questions. Please
share this request with your colleagues as well.


Please make checks out to Forest Resources Association and mail to:

Vickie Swanton, Forest Resources Association
2839 W. Kennewick Ave #174
Kennewick, WA 99336


We are all very passionate about the endeavor and what it can bring to the industry. We hope you will join us!

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