Missoula Forestry Days Starts This Week, Witness Professional and Amateur Logging Competitions
For the 21st time, Forestry Days is coming to Missoula. Fort Missoula is hosting the two day event beginning this Friday. Society of American Foresters Spokesman Scott Keen says Forestry Days is a combination between one of a kind pro-am logger sports.
“We have about eight colleges coming from all over the Northwest and Canada and then the pros you see on ESPN, they’re coming,” said Keen. “We combine the events, they compete separate, but they compete basically in the same events. We sort of use that as a teaching tool for a lot of the college students that want to go on and turn professional.”
According to Keen, this is the first show of the season for the professionals and the last show of the season for the colleges. The University of Montana has been competing for the top spot all season long with another school from Montana.
“Flathead Community College, they’re always the rivals,” Keen said. “We are always sort of first or second. With us both in the state of Montana, you know FCC and UM always go back and forth for bragging rights. Sort of like MSU and UM, same type of thing. Yeah, they have been in the top two or three almost all their competitions all spring.”
Forestry Days is not just about the competition. There will also be antique saw mill and horse logging demonstrations for everyone to enjoy.