Photos: Climbing Competence

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  • Nathan Patrick, a junior at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer, reaches for a scabbard and handsaw in the “working climb” portion of the Massachusetts FFA arbor skills career development event Thursday at Look Park in Florence. Above him, judge Cam Woodward, a safety coordinator at the Bartlett Tree Experts’ Northampton office, makes sure the climbs are done safely. Five schools from across the commonwealth participated in the annual test of skills hosted by the horticulture/forestry program at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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    Jakob Ladue, a sophomore at Pathfinder Regional School in Palmer, sounds the horn 30 feet up a tree at Look Park in Florence during the "speed climb" portion of the Massachusetts FFA Arbor Skills Career Development Event on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Ladue made the climb in 2 minutes 45 seconds. Five schools from across the commonwealth participated in the annual test of skills hosted by the Horticulture/Forestry program at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Jakob Ladue, a sophomore at Pathfinder Regional School in Palmer, scales a tree at Look Park in Florence during the “speed climb” portion of the Massachusetts FFA Arbor Skills Career Development Event on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Ladue made the 30-foot climb in 2 minutes 45 seconds. Five schools from across the commonwealth participated in the annual test of skills hosted by the Horticulture/Forestry program at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Brayden Carlin, a sophomore at Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative in West Springfield, undertakes the “working climb” portion of the Massachusetts FFA Arbor Skills Career Development Event held at Look Park in Florence on Thursday, April 14, 2022. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Jeff Lacoy, right, an arborist representative at the Bartlett Tree Experts Northampton office, prepares to lift Nathan Patrick, a junior at Pathfinder Regional School in Palmer, into a tree at Look Park to take part in the Massachusetts FFA Arbor Skills Career Development Event on Thursday, April 14, 2022. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Nathan Patrick, a junior at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer, secures a second safety rope before reaching for a scabbard and handsaw in the “working climb” portion of the Massachusetts FFA Arbor Skills Career Development Event held at Look Park in Florence on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Above him is judge Cam Woodward. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 4/15/2022 11:06:51 AM
Modified: 4/15/2022 11:06:01 AM

FLORENCE – High school students from forestry programs across the commonwealth gathered in Look Park on Thursday for the Massachusetts FFA Arbor Skills Career Development Event hosted annually by the Horticulture/Forestry program at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. In addition to a written test, students tested their skills in a rotation of six stations including tree identification, knot tying, speed climb and working climb.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.
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