The Montgomery Community College Forest Management Technology students made a good showing at the John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsman’s Meet which took place at the Cradle of Forestry in the Pisgah National Forest earlier this month.
Participating against five other forestry schools, Haywood Community College, Penn State Mont Alto, Virginia Tech, NC State University and Warren-Wilson College, the MCC team placed 4th overall.
Students competed in timber contests ranging from climbing a 30-foot pole to throwing a double-bit axe into a wooden target from 20 feet. Besides the physical challenges there were academic competitions in dendrology, (tree identification) orienteering, (map reading using a compass) and overall forestry knowledge.
The MCC students who participated were Nick Caudle, Sarah Carrick, Jonathan McColl, Mark Allen, Cody Brooks, Waylon Cooley, Jonathan Lemmond, Brandon VanBuren, Jake Barbee, John Penry, Craig Gaitley, Levi Williamson, Joel Harvey, Kaitlyn Baker, Kirk Clark, Robert Turner and Geoffrey Sink.
Sarah Carrick and Brandon VanBuren scored Top Woodswoman and Top Woodsman each placing in three events.
Students also made a stop at the Pisgah Wildlife Education Center and the Forest Discovery Center at the Cradle of Forestry, where they toured unique exhibits featuring the state’s wildlife habitats and the first official school of forestry in America.