Forestry field day prepares members

Karon Parrish

   The 58th Annual Forestry Field Day gave members a chance to participate in a competition that has prepared the University of Arkansas – Monticello Forestry Club for 27 wins in the last 47 national conclaves, the most wins for any school of forestry. The only other school to come close to the most wins is Stephen F. Austin with six wins.

Cuttin' up — Kimber Tuttle (white shirt) placed second in the Bow sawing event with a time of 1 minute and 29 seconds.

    Sponsored by the Forestry Club, the field day prepares the men and women who will participate in the 48th conclave to be held March 10-12 at Stephen F. Austin University.

   “The club members participated in events such as ax throw, 'jack and jill' crosscut, archery, chain throw, wildlife identification and many other events,” Forestry Club President Jon Budde said. “In every event there are first and second place winners, and in some events they're partners for the events.”

   One of the most-anticipated events is log burling where two participants compete against one another to roll the log and cause the other to fall into Weevil Pond. If both participants fall off, the first one to land in the water loses. The ax throw was another exciting event, as sophomore Brad Sears won with a nearly perfect bull’s eye.

   The events took all day to complete, and the club sponsored a cookout for the participating members and their families that attended the event. Without the support of their families, many of these students would not be motivated to participate. Most of the events are physically grueling and take time away from their regular studies and sometimes work.

   Club sponsors provide instruction to members; without their expertise and guidance, the members would be unable to compete. Forestry professors Lynn Thompson and Eric Heitzman act as advisers and instructors for the members.

   “This is my first field day to attend and it was fun,” said Brecken Stafford, a junior from Monticello. “There were some really talented people and some of it looked dangerous.  I’m just glad they know what they are doing.”

   A complete list of event winners will be posted in the next issue of The Voice.

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