Students at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will test their lumberjack skills Saturday, Feb. 11, at field day, an annual competition sponsored by the UAM Forestry Club.
The winners will represent UAM at the Association of Southern Forestry Clubs Conclave March 15-18 at Stephen F. Austin State University at Nacogdoches, Texas.
Saturday’s UAM field day will feature 14 events. Thirteen will be held at Forestry Park with the final event, log birling, scheduled for Weevil Pond. The competition begins at 8 a.m. with knife throwing, followed by axe throwing at 8:30 a.m., pole felling at 9:30 a.m., pole climbing at 10 a.m., archery at 10:15 a.m. and chain throwing at 11:15 a.m.
The competition resumes at 12:30 p.m. with the men’s bow saw competition, followed by women’s bow saw at 1:15 p.m., log rolling at 2 p.m., men’s cross-cut sawing at 2:45 p.m., women’s cross-cut at 3 p.m., Jack-and-Jill cross-cut at 3:45 p.m. and log chopping at 4:30 p.m. The competition concludes at 5 p.m. at Weevil Pond with log birling, featuring two competitors trying to walk each other off a floating log.
Field day marks the culmination of a week-long test of both technical and physical forestry skills, with the top competitors selected to compete at conclave, which brings together forestry and natural resources students from 15 southern forestry schools.
This year’s conclave in March will feature competitors from UAM, Alabama A&M, the University of Georgia, Clemson, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Auburn, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Stephen F. Austin, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Florida, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Conclave began in 1958 with UAM winning 31 of the 59 competitions. Stephen F. Austin is second with 12 wins. Clemson won last year’s competition.
Details: UAM School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 870-460-1052.