The events have a distinctly Oregon sound: Ax throw, pole climb, log roll and choker set.
And then there’s Justin Rowley’s favorite: the cross cut.
You can see it all on Oct. 20, when the Future Natural Resource Leaders at Tillamook High School host their second annual logging games. The games are part the Natural Resources Program, in which students gain hands-on skills in forests and streams. The “games” offer another twist that helps keep students interested and engaged.
“The event generates a sense of belonging that’s really important to kids,” says Rowley, a Tillamook High School senior and president of the school’s Future Natural Resource Leaders chapter.
Rowley and other students – a mix of males and females — practice alongside PUD linemen, arborists and loggers on a field built last spring with the help of local industry, volunteers and donated equipment.
“We’ve had a ton of support,” says Dave Kunert, Division Forester at Hampton Lumber.
This is the second year Tillamook will host the event, welcoming seven other high schools to their own field. In November 2017, the students competed against their peers from four Oregon schools. THS took home 20 ribbons and won a special award for community involvement.
“Everyone was so impressed by how the community came together to make this happen,” Lori Loeffler, a Natural Resource Career Technical Education teacher and Future Natural Resource Leaders advisor, told Oregon Forests Forever.
Why not help THS win the community involvement award for the second year in a row?
The games begin at 9 a.m. and run through 2 p.m. Everyone is invited.