CASEE students place first at annual forestry competition

 

BATTLE GROUND — In mid-December, high school students from Battle Ground Public Schools’ Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education (CASEE) program placed first at a Future Farmers of America (FFA) forestry career development event (CDE) competition.

 

Hosted by the Grays Harbor College (GHC) Forestry and Natural Resources program, students from all across Washington competed in the eighth annual event at the GHC forest located at the Satsop Business Park.

Students from all across Washington competed in the eighth annual event at the Grays Harbor College forest located at the Satsop Business Park
CASEE students in forestry competition 1: Battle Ground Public Schools’ CASEE program students are shown here in the Grays Harbor College forest at the forestry career development event competition. Photo courtesy of Battle Ground Public Schools

The competition took place across two separate venues. During the indoor competition, students interpreted forestry maps and then identified trees, tree disorders, equipment and chainsaws. This indoor portion of the competition tested the students individually.

 

The competition shifted outdoors for the latter half of the day. Upon entering the GHC forest, the participating schools competed as teams in compass and cruising practicums. Students used compasses to learn navigation techniques and measured trees by height and diameter at breast height, which is the standard practice of cruising timber. Student volunteers from the forest technology program at GHC monitored each station and helped answer the high school students’ questions.

 

Once the college volunteers tallied up the competition results, participants gathered in the main hall for the awards presentation. Overall, 14 teams comprising 62 competitors from 12 high schools competed in the event.

Students from all across Washington competed in the eighth annual event at the Grays Harbor College forest located at the Satsop Business Park
CASEE students in forestry competition 2: Students from the Battle Ground Public Schools’ CASEE program show off their first-place finish certificates at a Future Farmers of America (FFA) forestry career development event. Photo courtesy of Battle Ground Public Schools

The top five teams placed as follows:

  1. CASEE (Battle Ground School District team)
  2. Cedarcrest High School
  3. Puyallup High School
  4. Toutle Lake High School
  5. Longview High School

This information is from the Battle Ground School District.

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Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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