The contest was on Sept. 11 in Bucyrus at Camp Michael. The contest was hosted by the Crawford Soil and Water Conservation District.
The contest challenged students’ knowledge in the areas of chainsaw safety maintenance, tree identification, timber cruising, and general forestry management practices.
There were 10 schools with 148 students participating in this competition.
Before the testing began, students were guided through a tutorial review of the basic facts within each of areas mentioned above. They then answered multiple choice questions, identified trees, identified parts and answered questions pertaining to a chainsaw, along with measuring parameters of standing timber using a biltmore stick.
To go along with the theme of great weather for the day, the results of our students matched the perfect conditions.
As a team, the Foresters tied Wynford for top honors. A tie breaker however gave Wynford the win for the contest.
Individually Western Reserve had 10 students place in the top 30 places as follows:
• 2nd Lane Wetzel
• 4th Harley Johnson
• 7th Luke Rowlinson
• 20th Joselyn Charville
Those 4 individuals scores were used to determine the team standings. Also placing for WR FFA were:
• 22nd Aiden Beck and David Fincham
• 25th Andrew Robinson
• 28th Colton White
• 30th Jacob Jarrett and Holden Nuhn
Additional participates were:
Matt Jarrett, Aiden Perez, Logan Rogers, Isabella Thornburg, Keegan Tusing, and Kaden Wetzel.
FFA Advisor, Mr. Mark Starkey accompanied the students to the contest and provided the tutorial review of chainsaw maintenance and safety at the event.