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A new student video contest, Thru the Trees, is launching this fall! We seek industry professionals who are willing to be contacted by students during their research. Sponsorships are also welcomed. Prizes will total about $3000, so any amount toward that total will be helpful.

The contest is in conjunction with National Forest Products Week, which is the third full week in October. This year’s theme, “Today’s Forest Careers,” encourages students to learn about the amazing array of jobs in the forest sector, and hopefully be inspired to consider a future for themselves in this vibrant industry. More details and a dedicated website will be available in September.

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 will judge each submission using the following criteria: purpose, accuracy of content, message impact, creativity, and research. We have established the prize structure as follows: twelve finalists will receive $100 each. These finalists will then be eligible to win the top prizes. Top prizes will include: $1000 Grand Prize, $500 Second Prize, $250 Third Prize.

We are reaching out to you as a potential sponsor of Thru the Trees Video Contest. We are seeking donations to help fund the prizes. 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 think it will bring much to the industry. We hope you will join us!