UAM Forestry Students Finish Third At 61st Southern Forestry Conclave

MONTICELLO, AR — Forestry students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello finished third in competition with teams from 14 colleges and universities at the 61st annual Southern Forestry Conclave hosted recently by Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton, Ga.

            The annual test of technical and physical forestry schools brought competitors from UAM, Georgia, North Carolina State, Auburn, Florida, Clemson, LSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Alabama A&M, Louisiana Tech, Stephen F. Austin, and Abraham Baldwin. Students competed in 14 physical events, including axe throwing, cross cut sawing and pole climbing, and eight technical events, such as compass and pacing, tree estimation, pole classification and photogrammetry.

            Stephen F. Austin won the overall competition for the 14th time with Virginia Tech second and UAM third.  UAM students have dominated the competition since it began in 1958, winning 31 times, 17 more than SFA.

            In the technical competition, Tyler Raines of Warren won both the dendrology (tree and shrub identification) and wood identification events. In the physical events, UAM students placed in the top three in multiple categories. Justin Ballard of Camden was second in the axe throw and represented UAM in the Stihl Timbersports competition.

            Greg Craig of Mena finished first in birling and, along with his teammate John Marcus McDowell of Crosby, Miss., placed first in the chain throw.  McDowell also took third place in pole felling.  Mikaela Farmer of Randolph Center, Vt., and teammate Taylor Gydesen, from Elwood, Neb., finished second in the women’s crosscut competition.  Farmer also finished third in women’s bowsaw, an individual event, and, along with her teammate Caleb Wilson of Elwood, Neb., placed third in Jack-and-Jill crosscut.

            For more information, contact the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at (870) 460-1052.

 

PHOTO CAPTION

Members of the UAM Forestry Club display their awards from the recent Conclave competition. Pictured from left are (first row) Tyler Raines, a junior forestry major from Warren, Kaitlyn Barnes, a sophomore education major from Warren, Mikaela Farmer, a junior agriculture business major from Randolph Center, Vt., Melissa Butler, a junior agriculture major from Horatio, (second row, from left) Taylor Gydesen, a junior nursing major from Elwood, Neb., Caleb Wilson, a junior forestry major from Elwood, Neb., Zach Abbott, a sophomore forestry major from El Dorado, Greg Craig, a junior forestry major from Mena, Justin Ballard, a senior land surveying major from Camden, and Brody Nosal, a junior forestry major from Sherwood.

 

PAST WINNERS / Association of Southern Forestry Clubs Conclave

 

1958    University of Georgia (1)

1959    University of Georgia (2)

1960    UAM (1)

1961    University of Georgia (3)

1962    University of Georgia (4)

1963    University of Georgia (5)

1964    North Carolina State (1)

1965    North Carolina State (2)

1966    Oklahoma State (1)

1967    UAM (2)

1968    UAM (3)

1969    UAM (4)

1970    North Carolina State (3)

1971    UAM (5)

1972    North Carolina State (4)

1973    UAM (6)

1974    UAM (7)

1975    UAM (8)

1976    UAM (9)

1977    Stephen F. Austin (1)

1978    UAM (10)

1979    UAM (11)

1980    Virginia Tech (1)

1981    Texas A&M (1)

1982    Virginia Tech (2)

1983    Virginia Tech (3)

1984    UAM (12)

1985    UAM (13)

1986    Stephen F. Austin (2)

1987    UAM (14)

1988    UAM (15)

1989    UAM (16)

1990    UAM (17)

1991    UAM (18)

1992    UAM (19)

1993    UAM (20)

1994    Stephen F. Austin (3)

1995    Stephen F. Austin (4)

1996    UAM (21)

1997    UAM (22)

1998    UAM (23)

1999    UAM (24)

2000    UAM (25)

2001    Stephen F. Austin (5)

2002    Stephen F. Austin (6)

2003    UAM (26)

2004    UAM (27)

2005    UAM (28)

2006    Stephen F. Austin (7)

2007    Stephen F. Austin (8)

2008    Stephen F.  Austin (9)

2009    UAM (29)

2010    UAM (30)

2011    UAM (31)

2012    Georgia (6)

2013    Stephen F. Austin (10)

2014    Stephen F. Austin (11)

2015    Stephen F. Austin (12)

2016    Clemson (1)

2017    Stephen F. Austin (13)

2018    Stephen F. Austin (14)

 

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