Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Challenge

CUMBERLAND, Md. — The Allegany College of Maryland will host and participate in the mid-Atlantic forestry conclave, which will feature the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series. The competition will include six schools from the mid- Atlantic region including Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC; Montgomery Community College in Troy, NC; Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa. and Penn State, Mont Alto in Mont Alto, Pa.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Challenge will take place on the Allegany campus at 12:30 p.m. ET on April 18. Nestled in the ridge-and-valley Appalachians, the Allegany College of Maryland is slated to be one of the first two-year schools to have its forestry program accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). In the past SAF only recognized educational programs leading to a two-year Associate's degree in forest technology or the equivalent, but did not offer accreditation. However, beginning Aug. 1, 2009, SAF will conduct a program of accreditation for educational programs in forest technology and accredit two-year programs. SAF accreditation enables Allegany to have a higher level of scrutiny for its traditional forest management program. Additionally, Allegany offers a specialization in urban forestation.

"Bringing the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series to our campus is a great honor," said Steve Resh, Professor and Coordinator of Forestry Programs at Allegany. "I've been a part of the forestry school here for the last 23 years, and this is a tremendous opportunity for us to elevate our program."

ESPNU cameras will capture all the action on the Allegany campus. Student lumberjacks will go head-to-head in four different disciplines, the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop in the STIHL sponsored event. The amateur lumberjacks will be judged based on the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series professional rules.

"We're looking forward to bringing the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series to Allegany College to determine the region's best amateur lumberjack and to support the school's growing forestry program," said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc. "The Mid-Atlantic Challenge is one of the more intimate competitions in terms of the number of participating schools, but it's quite big in terms of athleticism, prowess and sheer determination."

Before the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Challenge, a training session will be conducted by professional lumberjack Mike Slingerland. Slingerland has been competing in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series for more than a decade. He will provide pointers to the collegiate lumberjacks, demonstrate many techniques involved in the lumberjack disciplines, and assist the athletes in improving their skills.

The winner of each of the four regional Collegiate Challenge events will earn a spot in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship to be held in Columbus, Ga. June 19-21, as well as a scholarship award from STIHL for their school. In Columbus, the five regional winners and one wildcard pick will go head-to-head to become the 2009 Collegiate Champion, who then earns a place within the professional ranks of the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series presented by Carhartt.

The entire 2009 season of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series will air on ESPNU.

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STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series Mid-Atlantic Conclave

April 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Allegany College of Maryland
12401 Willowbrook Rd, SE
Cumberland, MD 21502

Participating Schools:
Allegany College of Maryland, Cumberland, Md.
Haywood Community College, Clyde, N.C.
Montgomery Community College, Troy, N.C.
Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pa.
Penn State, Mont Alto, Mont Alto, Pa.