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Arlington Ag Research Station to host Log-A-Load for Kids event on May 17

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Arlington Agricultural Research Station will host a Log-A-Load for Kids Charitable Harvest event on Tuesday, May 17. The event is part of a nationwide charitable campaign, whereby loggers and other forest industry professionals donate proceeds from a forest harvest to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help support children’s health.

At the same time, Log-A-Load for Kids is an educational opportunity for area school children. Next week’s event will bring around 400 students from local elementary and middle schools to the station, where they will break up into groups and rotate through over a dozen interactive learning stations. The stations, staffed by loggers, foresters, biologists and teachers, will introduce students to forestry science, invasive species, wildlife biology, modern-day timber harvesting practices, forestry careers and more.

Reporters are invited to attend the event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. All activities will take place at Arlington’s Plant Pathology – Entomology Unit, which is located on the west side of U.S. Highway 51 about 9.5 miles north of Interstate 94 (or 0.4 miles north of the intersection of County Highway K and Highway 51). Watch for the Log-A-Load signs along Highway 51. The students will take a one-hour lunch break starting around 11:30 a.m.

UW is donating the timber for the event. Oshkosh’s Koerner Forest Products, Ltd. will provide the harvesting, skidding and trucking services. The event was organized with the help of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association. More information about the Log-A-Load for Kids program is available at http://logaload.org/.

Wisconsin’s forest products industry contributes significantly to the state’s economy. According to a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fact sheet published in 2015, more than 62,000 people are employed in this sector, with forest products jobs making up about 14 percent of all manufacturing jobs in the state. In 2014, there were around 1,195 business establishments in the forest products industry with another 267 in the logging and forestry support sector. Output by Wisconsin’s forest industry represents $24.7 billion annually.

For more information about the May 17 event, contact Scott Bowe at (715) 892-0391 or sbowe@wisc.edu. For facility details and directions, contact Jeff Breuer, assistant superintendent of Arlington ARS, at (608) 576-2728.

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