State Forest Products Companies Support Penn State Woodsmen Team

Posted: June 13, 2013

Harrisburg, PA – The Penn State Woodsmen Team has received $1,000 from the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association to help pay for the team’s equipment and travel to future competitions.

The team is comprised of men and women students who compete in collegiate lumberjack competitions throughout the U.S. and Canada.  The women’s team recently placed first at a competition in Syracuse, NY.

Making the presentation were PFPA Board members Carl Shaffer of National Industrial Lumber Company and Jay Clark of AFS Energy Systems, and PFPA Executive Director Paul Lyskava.  Accepting the check were members of the Penn State Woodsmen Team, coach and Penn State Ecosystem Science and Management Department instructor Mike Powell, and Penn State Ecosystem Science and Management Department head Mike Messina.

The check presentation took place on June 8 at the Timber 2013 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, which is a bi-annual equipment and machinery show held at the Penn State Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs and co-hosted by PFPA and the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.  During the show, members of the Penn State team conducted demonstrations of various competitive lumberjack events and allowed the public to try their hand at competitive ax-throwing. 

The Pennsylvania Forest Products Association is a nonprofit trade association concerned with promoting the common interests of the forest products industry within Pennsylvania.  Its membership accounts for approximately three-quarters of the hardwood lumber production in the state, as well as the leading paper, cabinet, millwork companies and many industrial forest landowners.