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Of Logs And Learning

Six schools compete in forestry event

by: Photo By Gary Lindberg - Casey Richardson, pictured, and his partner Alex Johnson work up a sweat in the log sawing contest.

What seemed like fun was actually a serious warmup for forestry students for six schools Saturday at Madras High. The students were part of the Eastern Oregon Forestry Field Day. It was the last event before the state competition May 4-5 at Central Oregon Community College in Bend.
   "All of the events we had here will be at state, plus a few more," Madras forestry adviser Ian McMorrow said.
   The events at the forestry course were visible as the two tall posts used for tree climbing. Various log sawing competitions plus axe throwing easily attracted spectators. Even in the rain.
   Wet weather greeted everyone as the competitions started at 9 a.m.
   "We're doing this if it rains or not," said McMorrow, later noting during the event's 25 years that snow has been a visitor.
   Away from the rain and cold, brainpower was at work instead of muscles. Forestry students were tested in such areas as job interview skills, giving a prepared speech, writing skills, map reading and first aid.
   Philomath, described by McMorrow as the powerhouse in Oregon forestry, was the overall winner of the Madras event. The school in the southern part of the state accumulated 208 points. The appropriately-named Scio Loggers were second at 171 points followed by Clackamas at 160, Madras 132, La Pine 128 and Henley 32.