Eric Munts wins top forestry award at state competition

Eric Munts was named to the top award offered at the state forestry competition at Cetnral Oregon State College in Bend over the weekend.

Sweet Home’s Forestry Club had three first-place winners, one of them Munts, in the competition that included more than 150 students from high schools around the state.

The club has 18 active members, adviser Dustin Nichol said, twice the number Sweet Home took to state last year.

Munts took first in Log Scaling, second in Map Reading and Job Skill Demonstration, and third in Timber Cruising. His individual points earned him the Technical Forester designation, the highest indivdual award a competitor can achieve.

Chas Palmer was first in power bucking and the team of Palmer, David Horner, Cody Loewin, Dallas Loewin and Aaron Looney took first in Hose Lay Team.

Leif Erickson was third in Arbor Climb, Lee Parkerson was fourth in Power Bucking and Brandon Larson and Cody Loewin finished second in Crosscut. Dallas Loewin and Cheryl Wilson were sixth in Cross-Cut. Wilson was voted onto the Association of Oregon Forestry Clubs State Leadership Board for the 2009-10 school year.

Earlier in April Sweet Home club members took part in Fire School which included map reading, fire science, fire line construction andteam building instruction.

Nichol said the team hopes to host a competition next year in February or March.

“We have a good mixture of guys that are competing in the physical and technical events,” he said. “We need to get more ladies involved.”

“We have continued to receive a lot of support from the community which is a compliment to the community considering the hard times families and businesses are going through.