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Tech Forestry Club hosts Southern Conclave Thursday-Saturday

by Minden Press-Herald

RUSTON, LA – The Southern Forestry Clubs Conclave, an annual event that draws schools from across the Southeast to compete in forestry-related physical and technical events, is hosted by a different school each year and helps students develop team building, camaraderie, and social skills through diverse competition.

For the first time in 17 years, Louisiana Tech’s Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, also known as the Forestry Club, is scheduled to host the event, the 64th Association of Southern Forestry Clubs Conclave.

The Conclave is Thursday through Saturday, March 9-11, at Lincoln Parish Park. Tech and 12 other schools are scheduled to participate. Check-in is Thursday, along with meetings and non-points events in late afternoon. Competition begins at 8 a.m. and ends around 5:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

To enjoy the Conclave (and root for Tech!), fans will need only to pay the regular park entrance fee of $3.

Competitions will include Technical Events like these:

  • Timber Estimation
  • Pole Classification
  • DBH Estimation
  • Wildlife Identification
  • Wood Identification
  • Compass and Pacing
  • Dendrology
  • Photogrammetry

There will also be Physical Events that include the following:

  • Chain Throwing
  • Bowsawing
  • Archery
  • Axe Throwing
  • Knife Throwing
  • Birling
  • Crosscutting
  • Pole Felling
  • Pole Climbing
  • Log Chopping
  • Log Rolling

The Conclave also provides an opportunity for forestry students to build professional relationships and compete in a friendly environment.

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