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4-H Forest and Logging Legacy Project

Program Contact: Mike Jensen, County Director
(509) 447-6452 •


We are losing our connection to the historical contribution of forestry and logging in the establishment of communities, their economic development,  and prosperity. The Forest and Logging legacy project helps us to connect and learn from the past, experience high tech forestry and logging systems today, and plan for how forestry and logging will shape our future. We will take learning to the field and provide active participation to experience some historic and modern forestry and logging skills. You will have fun learning these new skills and be able to take this model home to share with others. See how 4-H “Rocks” and Logrolls!

Explore the legacy of forestry and logging in our Pacific Northwest. We will experience, conceptually and physically, what it took to be successful in the forest and on river drives. We will launch from the “roots” of early forestry and logging practices into today’s modern, high-tech forestry and resource utilization systems. We will look to the future, and dream what forestry and logging will bring to our local communities and economies.

Activities include: Logrolling, 2 man Buck Saw, Peavey Log Rolling, Match Split, Panning for Gold, a tour of our local Dam, Forestry games, Low Ropes Challenge Course, Hiking and more!

Dear Participants and Parents,

Pend Oreille River from the Master Gardeners Garden Tour 2013 (Photo by Carla L. Pogson)Welcome to the 4-H Forest and Logging Legacy Project. You will experience Forestry and Logging through the exploration of the past, a focusing on the present and training an eye toward the future. You will be actively engaged in activities and experience forest and logging activities from both the past and present. You may have heard about experiential activities before, but in case you haven’t, let me explain what we’re all about. Simply put, an experiential activity is an activity that physically and mentally challenges you. In all these activities, safety is the primary concern. Each of our facilitators has gone through extensive training on how to safely facilitate these activities.

Challenge By Choice
In all activities, we practice a policy of Challenge by Choice. Throughout the day it is up to the participant to choose to what degree they are going to challenge themselves. Although we encourage participants to expand their level of comfort, we always support them in choosing their own level of involvement.

Our philosophy at 4-H Forest and Legacy Project is more than just a recreational thrill ride, we believe that it is an educational tool that can help a group develop a wide variety of skills, including trust, team-building, goal-setting, appropriate risk-taking, and communication skills, to name just a few. Each experience in the project is as different as the groups that use it.

In order to participate, you must:

  1. Complete the “Release & Consent/Medical History Form” and return it to your group leader
  2. Wear all personal protective equipment requested by facilitators
  3. You must also pass a swim test for water based activities.
  4. You must be at least 8 years old
  5. Wear a swim suit for water activities  that is appropriate for the water conditions (rash guards are suggested for logrolling activities)
  6. Follow all instructions provided by lifeguards and facilitators

We are regularly evaluating the effectiveness of our program. As a participant in 4-H Forest and Logging Legacy you may be asked to complete a short written survey. All survey responses will be anonymous, and you will not be identified in any way. If you have any objections to participating in such evaluations, please contact our office prior to arrival on the course. Youths are not required to participate and choosing not to will not affect your participation in this or future Extension programs. Please give your group leader or teacher a call if you have any questions.

Logrolling Safety

  1. Logrolling is a very safe sport. Just like all other outdoor adventure sports, you must follow certain precautions to ensure your safety and skill building in the sport.
  2. Please note: Falling into the water is a frequent and fun occurrence when learning to log roll.

Key Log Safety

  1. Minimum depth of water is 2 feet
  2. The area should be clear of all underwater obstructions, debris and rocks.
  3. The key log should be perpendicular to all structures, dock, or pool edge
  4. 10 feet should remain free of obstructions in each direction

Participants Safety Requirements

  1. Do not jump on log
  2. Do not dive off the Key Log
  3. Do not jump from Key Log to Key Log
  4. Do not link Key Logs together
  5. Stand only in the traction areas of the Key Log
  6. Do not stand on the stripes, smooth areas of the log or training wheels.
  7. Do not try to reach for the dock or deck when falling off the key log
  8. Beginner logrollers should roll with people of similar weight and strength
  9. Not spectator or participants should stand along the sides of the Key Log

All facilitators will be trained to the KeyLog training standards as provided in the Key Log instruction manual. All facilitators will be trained to a minimum First Aid/CPR/AED certification. An emergency plan will be developed for each use of the 4-H Forestry and Logging Legacy Experiential Project Activities.

As with all 4-H Water activities a certified lifeguard will be present and actively guarding all logrolling activities and participants.

For more information please contact:

Mike Jensen, Associate Professor
WSU Extension Pend Oreille County
Office: 509-447-6452

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