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Hamilton 5th Graders Gain Forestry Knowledge

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Daly Elementary 5th graders got a hands-on opportunity to learn about forestry just outside of Hamilton on Tuesday, during an event called "Walk in the Woods."

The event is in connection with Montana Forest Products Week, honoring the forest products industry and its importance throughout the state.

The Walk in the Woods gave students the chance to meet foresters currently working in the industry, learn about the tools they use, and what it takes to manage a forest.

Sarah Lyngholm, of the Montana DNRC, said kids rotated through six, 20-minute stations in the woods -- each led by volunteers from the DNRC, MSU Forestry Extension and private logging companies.

Lyngholm said, "We really want to connect kids to what's happening out the in the woods and kind of to appreciate where wood products come from."

Lyngholm said students learned about plant and insect identification, wildfires, surveying and they even watched a logging demonstration.

"We'd like to have the kids see for themselves and spend a little time first hand seeing what forest management is about," Lyngholm said.

Fifth grader William Mollenkoph said, "It's pretty cool, I'm learning a lot of stuff."

Mollenkoph said he enjoyed the logging demonstration, where a forester explained how mountain pine beetles attack and kill trees.

"They like the ponderosa pine because it's sweet," he explained.

Organizers said many of the students are tied to the forest products industry by their families, and today's field trip showed those kids what their parents do for a living.

"It can help you think what you're going to do when you grow up, if you want to do what these guys do," Mollenkoph said.

Organizers said last year's Walk in the Woods took place in Potomac, and they plan to visit another rural community for next year's Montana Forest Products Week.

Montana Forest Products Week continues with events around the state. To see a complete schedule of events, click here.

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