Shayla Olson (left) and Tabitha Holloway placed second in the women’s crosscut saw competition

Forestry students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello placed third in the 56th annual Association of Southern Forestry Clubs Conclave competition held recently at Auburn University.

Stephen F. Austin State University won the competition of technical and physical forestry skills with 270 points. The University of Georgia finished second with 240 points, followed by UAM in third with 217 points.  Other participating schools were Alabama A&M, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana State, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

In the technical events competition, UAM senior Adam Foehringer of Hot Springs placed sixth in photogrammetry; Drew Green, a senior from Marion and Blaine Culwell, a senior from Beebe, placed fifth in wildlife identification; and Hot Springs senior Brian Clark placed second in wood identification.

In the physical events, senior Cody Cormier of North Little Rock teamed with Drew Green to win the chain throw competition. Spencer Lybrand, a junior from White Hall, placed fifth in archery; Drew Green was fifth in the axe throw; Tabitha Holloway, a senior from Conway, placed sxth in women’s bow saw and teamed with Shayla Olson, a junior from Bentonville, for second place in women’s crosscut saw; Monticello Junior Jack Pace placed second in the log chop; Hunter Barnham, a freshman from Sherwood, and James Payne, a sophomore from Yanash, Okla., were fifth in the log roll; and Adam Foehringer placed third in the pole climb.

Conclave was first held in 1958. Since then, UAM has won the competition 31 times. Next year’s event will be hosted by Virginia Tech.