Cal Poly Logging Team Wins Timbersports Competition

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2017

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Loggers, an intercollegiate team of male and female students involved in traditional forestry field skills, won first place at the 78th annual Association of Western Forestry Clubs Logging Sports Conclave.

In addition, bioresource and agricultural engineering sophomore Will Kraemer emerged the top male competitor, winning the title “Bull of the Woods.”

The Cal Poly team competed April 19-23 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, against 10 other universities and community colleges from throughout the west in events including double bucking, single bucking, axe throw, pulp toss, choker race, caber toss, horizontal chopping, dendrology, and traverse.

The win marks the third time in the last four years that the Cal Poly Logging Team has taken first place. The club is open to all university students. The team competes in teams of eight. Sixteen members attended the Arizona event and competed in two teams, based on a combination of ability, improvement and commitment to the competition.

“As a member of the logging team, students learn technical forestry and logging skills; more importantly, they learn team building and networking skills,” said Professor Samantha Gill, the team’s advisor.

Cal Poly will host the 79th annual Association of Western Forestry Clubs Logging Sports Conclave in 2018.

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.

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