​Top: UWSP's Society of American Foresters Timbersports Team in front of
Old Main.
Right: Andrew Gollnick competes in the standing block competition at the
Midwest Challenge. (Photo courtesy of STIHL™TIMBERSPORTS™ series)

UWSP-SAF Timbersports Team wins first championship

The UWSP student chapter of the Society of American Foresters Timbersports Team won its first ever championship trophy along with eight other individual or team championships at the STIHL Collegiate Midwest Challenge held in April at Purdue University. The chapter is advised by Associate Professor Paul Doruska of the forestry faculty.

Andrew Gollnick, forestry major from Bangor, won the
individual challenge and one-person buck contest and earned a spot in the 2012 Professional Series. He took fifth place in the Collegiate Championship held at the Oregon State Fair in August.

Also competing in the Midwest Challenge, Ben Hansen, a wildlife ecology major from Milladore, took first place in the men’s speed chop. Sarah Holter, a forest management major from Ettrick, took first in women’s speed chop. Anthony Lopez, a forestry management major from Naperville, Ill., took first in the men’s belt toss.

UWSP will host the 2012 STIHL Collegiate Midwest Challenge at its Treehaven Field Station next April. A forestry major alumni reunion is also being planned around that event. More information will be available next spring.