On Monday May 16th over 500 students from 6 different Scioto County Schools visited Shawnee State Forest to participate in a Forestry Field Day sponsored by the Southern Ohio Loggers Chapter and coordinated by Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District. The event is the first time in over ten years that a Forestry Field Day has been offered and was very well received by area schools and staff. The goal of the event was to educate the youth about different aspects of the forestry industry and the science behind forests. There were eight stations set up for students to visit for lessons. Each station was hosted by a knowledgeable representative from our local conservation or forestry industries. Dale Egbert from ODNR Division of Forestry spoke with students about forest management techniques while Shawn Gragg of Glatfelter took time to share information with students about forest products. Students were also able to watch a portable sawmill at work that was brought by ODNR Division of Forestry. Students learned about forest fire fighting techniques from Washington Nile Volunteer Fire Department. In addition Scott Lewis, Scioto SWCD’s Wildlife Specialist took time to teach the students about Forest Wildlife while Kate Sowards, Scioto SWCD’s Education Coordinator shared tree cookies provided by R.L. Lute Logging with the students and spoke about tree rings and growth. The students also spent some time with Fern Truitt from Arc of Appalachia learning about tree identification. The Southern Ohio Loggers Chapter members Mike Sissel of Sissel Logging demonstrated chainsaw safety and harvesting techniques using their equipment while R.L. Lute Logging’s Jared Lute spent time teaching the students about invasive threats to our forests like the Emerald Ash Borer. Overall the students learned a great deal about forestry and spent a spectacular day in the woods. The local FFA Vocational Agriculture programs from Northwest, Minford, and Green were able to attend as well as 5th Grade students from Clay, Portsmouth, and Portsmouth West. Portsmouth West also brought their 6th grade students as well. Many of the teachers and staff spoke fondly of their own experiences at Forestry Field Day when they were students and were very glad to see the event resurrected.


On Monday May 16th over 500 students from 6 different Scioto County Schools visited Shawnee State Forest to participate in a Forestry Field Day sponsored by the Southern Ohio Loggers Chapter and coordinated by Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District. The event is the first time in over ten years that a Forestry Field Day has been offered and was very well received by area schools and staff. The goal of the event was to educate the youth about different aspects of the forestry industry and the science behind forests. There were eight stations set up for students to visit for lessons. Each station was hosted by a knowledgeable representative from our local conservation or forestry industries. Dale Egbert from ODNR Division of Forestry spoke with students about forest management techniques while Shawn Gragg of Glatfelter took time to share information with students about forest products. Students were also able to watch a portable sawmill at work that was brought by ODNR Division of Forestry. Students learned about forest fire fighting techniques from Washington Nile Volunteer Fire Department. In addition Scott Lewis, Scioto SWCD’s Wildlife Specialist took time to teach the students about Forest Wildlife while Kate Sowards, Scioto SWCD’s Education Coordinator shared tree cookies provided by R.L. Lute Logging with the students and spoke about tree rings and growth. The students also spent some time with Fern Truitt from Arc of Appalachia learning about tree identification. The Southern Ohio Loggers Chapter members Mike Sissel of Sissel Logging demonstrated chainsaw safety and harvesting techniques using their equipment while R.L. Lute Logging’s Jared Lute spent time teaching the students about invasive threats to our forests like the Emerald Ash Borer. Overall the students learned a great deal about forestry and spent a spectacular day in the woods. The local FFA Vocational Agriculture programs from Northwest, Minford, and Green were able to attend as well as 5th Grade students from Clay, Portsmouth, and Portsmouth West. Portsmouth West also brought their 6th grade students as well. Many of the teachers and staff spoke fondly of their own experiences at Forestry Field Day when they were students and were very glad to see the event resurrected.

On Monday May 16th over 500 students from 6 different Scioto County Schools visited Shawnee State Forest to participate in a Forestry Field Day sponsored by the Southern Ohio Loggers Chapter and coordinated by Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District. The event is the first time in over ten years that a Forestry Field Day has been offered and was very well received by area schools and staff. The goal of the event was to educate the youth about different aspects of the forestry industry and the science behind forests. There were eight stations set up for students to visit for lessons. Each station was hosted by a knowledgeable representative from our local conservation or forestry industries. Dale Egbert from ODNR Division of Forestry spoke with students about forest management techniques while Shawn Gragg of Glatfelter took time to share information with students about forest products. Students were also able to watch a portable sawmill at work that was brought by ODNR Division of Forestry. Students learned about forest fire fighting techniques from Washington Nile Volunteer Fire Department. In addition Scott Lewis, Scioto SWCD’s Wildlife Specialist took time to teach the students about Forest Wildlife while Kate Sowards, Scioto SWCD’s Education Coordinator shared tree cookies provided by R.L. Lute Logging with the students and spoke about tree rings and growth. The students also spent some time with Fern Truitt from Arc of Appalachia learning about tree identification. The Southern Ohio Loggers Chapter members Mike Sissel of Sissel Logging demonstrated chainsaw safety and harvesting techniques using their equipment while R.L. Lute Logging’s Jared Lute spent time teaching the students about invasive threats to our forests like the Emerald Ash Borer. Overall the students learned a great deal about forestry and spent a spectacular day in the woods. The local FFA Vocational Agriculture programs from Northwest, Minford, and Green were able to attend as well as 5th Grade students from Clay, Portsmouth, and Portsmouth West. Portsmouth West also brought their 6th grade students as well. Many of the teachers and staff spoke fondly of their own experiences at Forestry Field Day when they were students and were very glad to see the event resurrected.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_013.jpgOn Monday May 16th over 500 students from 6 different Scioto County Schools visited Shawnee State Forest to participate in a Forestry Field Day sponsored by the Southern Ohio Loggers Chapter and coordinated by Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District. The event is the first time in over ten years that a Forestry Field Day has been offered and was very well received by area schools and staff. The goal of the event was to educate the youth about different aspects of the forestry industry and the science behind forests. There were eight stations set up for students to visit for lessons. Each station was hosted by a knowledgeable representative from our local conservation or forestry industries. Dale Egbert from ODNR Division of Forestry spoke with students about forest management techniques while Shawn Gragg of Glatfelter took time to share information with students about forest products. Students were also able to watch a portable sawmill at work that was brought by ODNR Division of Forestry. Students learned about forest fire fighting techniques from Washington Nile Volunteer Fire Department. In addition Scott Lewis, Scioto SWCD’s Wildlife Specialist took time to teach the students about Forest Wildlife while Kate Sowards, Scioto SWCD’s Education Coordinator shared tree cookies provided by R.L. Lute Logging with the students and spoke about tree rings and growth. The students also spent some time with Fern Truitt from Arc of Appalachia learning about tree identification. The Southern Ohio Loggers Chapter members Mike Sissel of Sissel Logging demonstrated chainsaw safety and harvesting techniques using their equipment while R.L. Lute Logging’s Jared Lute spent time teaching the students about invasive threats to our forests like the Emerald Ash Borer. Overall the students learned a great deal about forestry and spent a spectacular day in the woods. The local FFA Vocational Agriculture programs from Northwest, Minford, and Green were able to attend as well as 5th Grade students from Clay, Portsmouth, and Portsmouth West. Portsmouth West also brought their 6th grade students as well. Many of the teachers and staff spoke fondly of their own experiences at Forestry Field Day when they were students and were very glad to see the event resurrected.
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