BEND, Ore. (AP) — As competitive high school forestry declines statewide, instructor Rex Cowther brought students from eight schools together Saturday to immerse themselves in the industry.

The Bulletin reports the Scio High School forestry teacher said the Central Oregon Community College competition includes components like mock job interviews and calculating the volume in a stand of trees to prepare students for an industry that has become increasingly sophisticated.

Cowther said the physical component is also important. Students wore spiked boots to scale trees, threw axes, crosscut logs, and raced to set choker cables, among a variety of other competitions.

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