Texas A&M Forestry Club Wins Second Place In Florida

The Texas A&M student chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) traveled to Panama City Beach, Florida on January 25th to attend the southeastern SAF annual meeting and banquet. Seven students attended, Matthew Entrekin, Amanda Brookes, Audrie LaFleur, Lee Sandhop, Mustafa Elguidy, Chase T. Brooke, and Marco Minor, with the students accompanied by assistant professor Jason Vogel. The group listened to speakers on the topic of sustainably enhancing southern pine productivity, and also participated in a collegiate forestry quiz bowl. Texas A&M finished the quiz bowl in 2nd place over four other universities, only to losing to the University of Florida, the eventual champions.  But the Ags did defeat the reigning conference champions, the Georgia Bulldogs, by a “whooping” 15 points. The conference was cut short for Texas A&M due to the freezing weather, which they beat home by a few hours. However, the trip and conference were not in vain. The students enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with students from other forestry universities, learn from world-renowned speakers, and overall, just enjoy the hospitality of the southeastern SAF Chapter and the University of Florida. With the success and camaraderie that this conference brought the Aggie SAF chapter, the desire to attend and compete in next fall's national meeting has grown; we look forward to continuing to increase the competitive reputation of the Texas A&M SAF Chapter.

Texas A&M Forestry Club Wins Second Place In Florida

 L-R  Marco Minor, Lee Sandhop, Matthew Entrekin and Chase Brooke

Written by:  Matthew Entrekin '15

Forestry & Spatial Science Majors