Clark Will Discuss Economic Opportunity and Innovation in Forestry at the Conference

EUGENE, Ore. - Over the past two years John Deere's Nate Clark has helped craft policies aimed at creating new and sustainable economic opportunities for the forestry industry. As keynote speaker for the Oregon Logging Conference, he will discuss public policies, economic opportunities and innovative ideas for the industry during his address on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 8:30 a.m. in the Lane Events Center's Wheeler Pavilion in Eugene, Ore. The Oregon Logging Conference will be held at the Lane Events Center Thursday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, Feb. 27, and will focus on the theme, "Forest Biomass...Fuel for the Future?"

Clark, director of public affairs for John Deere's construction and forestry division and John Deere Power Systems, believes new innovation has the ability to inspire the industry to reach greater heights. "The logging industry must emphasize innovation as an essential core value, and innovation is at the very heart of the Oregon Logging Conference's theme this year," he says. "We see in forest biomass the promise of creating a resilient logging industry serving our nation's energy needs, national security, environmental interests and beyond."

"Inspiration is certainly in short supply right now as job losses continue in the logging industry," says Clark. "However, by meaningfully building the logging industry on innovation, the industry will not only grow economically but also in spirit."

Ed Hendrix, 2010 Oregon Logging Conference president, is excited to share Nate's message with conference attendees.

"Nate has worked on a number of public policies critical to the logging industry," says Hendrix. "I'm looking forward to his presentation on innovation and its inherent ability to inspire. We could all use some inspiration in this difficult economy."

About The Oregon Logging Conference

The 72nd Oregon Logging Conference will return to the Lane Events Center in Eugene, Ore., on Feb. 25 through Feb. 27. The conference, renowned for its high-quality education opportunities and networking events, is a great value to participants. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn nine professional logger credits and eight SAF-CFE credits; view logging, construction, trucking and heavy equipment; and to enjoy several networking opportunities over three days for just $85. To register for the conference or for more information, visit the Oregon Logging Conference Web site,, or call (541) 686-9191.

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