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Recruitment Day Offers Forestry Experience

Brittany Pickett
Staff Writer

   With the only four-year surveying school in the state of Arkansas, the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello offers degrees in surveying. 

   About 100 senior and junior high school students from the area interested in majoring in forestry participated in recruitment day at UAM on Oct. 9 to learn more about what the program offers.  

   One of the highlights of the recruitment day included the opportunity to see demonstrations within the School of Forest Resources. The school gave four demonstrations, including log weighing, in which students guessed the weights of three Loblolly trees. After students made guesses, the trees were weighed by a scale attached to a tractor. 

   Another demonstration included one in wildlife, during which students identified four items. Those items included a type of bird wing, the age of a deer jaw bone, an animal skull and the inches of a deer antler.  

   Students who came to close to guessing the weight of the trees and those who correctly guessed the answers at the wildlife demonstrations earned tickets for a door prize drawing at the end of the day.  

   Eric Ferrell, a student in the School of Forestry, said that he thought the recruitment day was beneficial to help students gain experience as to what is generally offered in the forestry program.  

   During the recruitment day students saw a video presentation about the School of Forestry. The video displayed different things within the school which are available to the students once they enter the program.  

   A panel discussion led by alumni students from the school also took place that day. They spoke about how they got through the program and the types of opportunities that they had the chance to take part in while in school. 

   The last event students participated in for the day included a geo caching activity, which uses global positioning system technology. During this activity students used the information of longitude and latitude points in the GPS devices to locate different boxes located along the McCoy Natural Resource Trail in the Forestry Park.  

   Caroll Guffey, extension specialist for Forest Resources, led the students on the geo caching. He said the purpose of the activity was to give students exposure to the type of technology they will use here at UAM. 

   Kelly Chaney, a teacher from Cabot High School, said she brought some of her students to recruitment day so that she could open their eyes to something they learned inside the classroom to the real world.
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