Dabney S. Lancaster Community College’s Forestry Team brought home the winning trophy and a new Stihl 461 chainsaw, placing well enough in several events to win the 2015 John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsman’s Team Competition held Oct. 10 at the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina, the site of the first forestry school started by Gifford Pinchot. Seven forestry schools competed in the event, which was hosted by Haywood Community College.
“The crowd of spectators was outstanding,” noted Scott Reigel, DSLCC Forest Management Technology program lead. “Some of the team members’ families traveled long distances to support us.” Reigel said that all of the team members made outstanding efforts, and he particularly thanked Trevor Saville, a DSLCC graduate who served as a coach, as well as Lucas Barber, also a DSLCC graduate, who assisted. Joe Thacker, interim program head, serves as advisor to the team.
“This was a very tough competition – earning our victory was difficult,” noted Reigel.
Log Roll – Andrew Webster, Callie Hubbard, Nathan Burdette and Mitchell Hullett, first place
Orienteering – Mitchell Hullett, first; Ali Oliver, third
Horizontal Speed Chop (women) – Ali Oliver, second
Water Boil – Grayson Coleman and Dan Ricotta, first
Pulpwood Toss for Accuracy – Andrew Webster, Grayson Coleman, Hannah Dunaway, Trevor Quantz, Brent Maccentelli and Dan Ricotta, first place
Axe Throw (women) – Ali Oliver, fourth
Axe Throw (men) – Trevor Quantz, second
Pole Fell – Mitchell Hullett and Grayson Coleman, second
Pole Climb (women) – Sadie Floyd, third
Pole Climb (men) – Dan Ricotta, first
Chainsaw (women) – Callie Hubbard, first
Chainsaw (men) – Brent Maccentelli, fourth
Standing Block – Mitchell Hullett, fourth
Crosscut (women) – Ali Oliver and Megan Tomlin, first
Crosscut (men and women) – Grayson Coleman and Callie Hubbard, first
Single Buck – Andrew Webster, first, and Mitchell Hullett, second
Bolt Split (male) – Grayson Coleman, third
Horizontal (male) Speed Chop – Mitchell Hullett, fourth.
For more information about the DSLCC Forestry Program, contact Thacker at 540-863-2893 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.