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Woodland students learn from logger in video lesson

The Columbian
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WOODLAND: Jim Morris demonstrates how the grappling system on his truck lifts heavy logs and places them on the truck's loading bed.
WOODLAND: Jim Morris demonstrates how the grappling system on his truck lifts heavy logs and places them on the truck's loading bed. Photo Gallery

WOODLAND — Students at North Fork Elementary School learned about the logging industry from Jim Morris, owner of Morris Trucking NW and the father of Kimberly Miller, a first-grade teacher at the school.

Each year, Morris — a log truck driver for more than 42 years — visits the classroom to teach students about logging and how lumber impacts many industries, but this year he shared his wisdom via video due to the pandemic.

“I wanted to make sure the tradition could continue, so I recorded a video of my dad giving his lessons, plus each student will receive their own sapling to take home,” Miller said.

Morris gave a tour of his logging truck and showed students how it operates.

“We have been studying trees and their importance to the ecosystem in science and reading stories about trees, as well,” Miller said.

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