The Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet, featuring several contests involving students from five college forestry technology programs, will be held on the main campus of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College on Saturday, April 5, beginning at 8 a.m. ESPN –U will be covering the event, which is sponsored by Stihl Timbersports and serves as a qualifier for the national competition. The Forestry Technology students at DSLCC will be among the groups competing. The last time DSLCC hosted this event was in 2007.
Morning events include archery and dendrology (tree identification), team pulp toss for accuracy and distance, team log roll, cross cut sawing, water boil and horizontal speed chop. Afternoon events, starting at 1:30 pm, include the axe throw, pole climb, bolt split, horizontal sheep chop, chain saw, and pole fell.
The highlight of the day will be the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Qualifier events, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
In addition to DSLCC, the college programs represented will be Penn State at Mont Alto; Montgomery Community College in Troy, NC; Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC; and Allegany College of Maryland in Cumberland. Also, forestry programs from Penn State and West Virginia University will be sending their best competitors for the Stihl qualifier events.
DSLCC Forestry Club members have played a key role in the preparation of materials for the competition and will be involved in the set-up and clean-up operations related to the activity, donating their time and labor. The work involved in securing and setting up the materials for the events in the competition is being done under the direction of DSLCC Assistant Professor Joe Thacker.
The meet could not be held without support and financial contributions from employer and community partners. A large donation by Stihl Timbersports and ESPN-U has been most helpful, but more assistance is needed. Sponsors may help with covering the cost of a meal for the students or providing funds to cover some of the other needs that must be met in order for the event to be successful.
Several student organizations at DSLCC will sell refreshments to the public: DSLCC Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa, The DSLCC Veterans Club and the DSLCC classified staff.
Students in the DSLCC Emergency Medical Services program, as well as local Boy Scouts, will be assisting with set-up, meals and clean-up. The EMS program will have EMT’s on hand with a first-aid station. The DSLCC CERT team (Community Emergency Response Team), which has been trained to assist with large events, will also be campus that day.
For more information, contact Brian Keiling, DSLCC Forestry Technology Program Head, at (540) 863-2894 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.