Letter From the 2018 ILC President

Welcome to the 80th Intermountain Logging Conference & Equipment Show

Scott Kuehn ILC President

Scott Kuehn
ILC President

On behalf of my wife Joan and I, along with Board of Directors, we’d like to extend a warm invitation to you, your crew, and family to attend the 80th annual Intermountain Logging Conference (ILC) April 5–7, 2018 in Spokane, Washington.

Eighty (80) years of tradition and still going strong. The ILC was started in 1938; here’s a quick look back at history in that era. In 1938, the Caterpillar Tractor Company was only 13 years old after C.L. Best Company merges with Holt Tractor. The first Cat diesel was introduced, and the change from gray to Hi-way yellow was only 7 years earlier. Caterpillar introduced the D2 in 1938.

Only 11 years after Andreas Stihl of Stuttgart, Germany develops a portable gasoline powered chain saw. (Name sound familiar?)

Fair Labor Standards Act June 25, 1938, established a minimum wage, the 40-hour work week, and forbade child labor for all business engaged in interstate commerce. (Somehow this 40 hours work week still hasn’t caught up to our profession.)

ILC Vice President, Mark Boardman, has put together a program with something for everyone titled “Leading for Success.” With presentations from equipment dealers, resource professionals, and innovators from throughout the logging industry, I’m sure that you will find this program both informative and entertaining. Continuing education credits for the various state pro-logger programs will once again be available.

The ILC is a time to renew old friendships and build new ones. With that in mind, we’ve left plenty of time for socializing and networking.

Come join us Thursday–Sunday, April 5-7, 2018 in Spokane Valley. I look forward to seeing you there!

Scott Kuehn
2018 ILC President