Contacts: Kent Nelson, Fire Prevention Specialist,Maine Forest Service
Maine Forest Ranger Wins First Place in Logging Competition
(August 16, 2011)
GREENVILLE, Maine -- Maine Forest Ranger Samuel Heffner of the Maine Forest Service, under the Maine Department of Conservation, won first place in the Regional “Game of Logging” during the annual competition held on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Forest Heritage Days event.
Heffner, of Greenville, competed against loggers from central and northern Maine and qualified to compete in the National “Game of Logging” Finals to be held Oct. 7-8 in Ohio.
The “Game of Logging” competition is a group of events that includes saw chain filing, speed cutting, bore cutting, precision stump cutting, spring pole cutting, precision bucking and precision felling. All events have a strong emphasis on safety while using chainsaws.
“The division is very proud of Ranger Heffner’s accomplishments and will benefit from his experience and skills associated with this competition,” District Forest Ranger Bruce Reed said. Heffner covers the Jackman area.
Ranger Heffner is a nationally certified instructor in the use of chainsaws on wildland firefighting and recently was the lead instructor of the Wildland Fire Chainsaw course taught at the Maine Forest Service’s Wildfire Training Academy. The academy is offered the first two weekends of June each year and targeted towards volunteer and full-time structural firefighters to help them develop various wildland firefighting skills.
Information on the 2012 Wildfire Training Academy can be found at www.maineforestservice.gov or by calling 287-4990.
For more information, go to: http://www.gameoflogging.com/