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Virtual Logging Training

Simulator gives students a leg up on their futures


December 1, 2021

Benny Westcott

Student Jacob Kennedy "operates" logging machinery during a session in the Natural Resources classroom at Sweet Home High School.

On a Wednesday afternoon, Sweet Home High School senior Bailey Womack, a teaching assistant in Blake Manley's wildlife course, uses two joysticks and a computer in the instructor's forestry and natural resources room. She cuts down one of many pixelated trees on a screen, delimbs it, slices the wood into smaller chunks and places it into a pile.

This isn't Womack's first go-round in tech-ey logging. Earlier in the semester she was one of 20 people who competed to cut the most hardwoods and dead spruce in a half-hour timeframe, all while causing the least amount of damage to a virtual forest...

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