S.C. team makes its mark in national 4-H forestry event

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Taking accurate tree measurements is among the skills required of the South Carolina 4-H forestry team at the 2017 National 4-H Forestry Invitational. Team members Ethan Altman, Ashton Hallman and Myles Hutton placed ninth in the nation while Hutton took sixth-place individual honors.Image Credit: Clemson University
WESTON, West Virginia — Myles Hutton of Easley was sixth highest-scoring individual in the 2017 National 4-H Forestry Invitational held July 30 through Aug. 3 at West Virginia University’s Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center.
Ethan Altman of Saluda and Ashton Hallman of Ward joined Hutton on the South Carolina team, which took ninth place nationally.
4-H members from across the country vie both for team and individual awards at the annual gathering. Events include tree identification, tree measurement, compass and pacing, insect and disease identification, topographic map reading, forest evaluation, a forestry quiz bowl and a written forestry exam.
Less academic — but no less competitive — events included traditional woodsman skills such as the pulpwood toss, log-rolling and two-man crosscut sawing.
The team was coached by Clemson Extension forestry and natural resources agents Tom Brant and Jaime Pohlman of McCormick County, Jeff Fellers of Union County and Stephen Pohlman of Edgefield County.
“It’s always gratifying to have students compete in the national 4-H forestry competition because of the knowledge they gain about forestry and how to maintain our forests sustainably,” said Jaime Pohlman, Clemson University Extension agent from McCormick County and coach of the South Carolina team. “Our team spent a lot of time and effort to prepare for the event and they came away with a ninth-place finish. We’re very happy for them.”
Representing South Carolina at the 2017 National 4-H Forestry Invitational in West Virginia are (from left) coach Jeff Fellers (Union County), Coach Jaime Pohlman (McCormick County), Ashton Hallman (Saluda County), Ethan Altman (Saluda County) and Myles Hutton (Pickens County). …

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