Students get close-up look at lumber industry in Antigo school forestSubmitted: 10/11/2018
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
News Director

Students get close-up look at lumber industry in Antigo school forest
DEERBROOK - The timber industry involves a lot more than just cutting down trees.  Thursday, students in Antigo saw how many different jobs related to logging can all offer careers in the future.

Antigo High School students and fifth graders went into the Antigo School Forest near Deerbrook.  They learned how logging machines and a portable mill work.  They also saw how foresters choose which trees will come down and what products come from that work.

"Not all of them are going to be foresters or loggers, but we want them thinking about careers and when we expose them to different occupations and things like this, it gets their minds thinking a little bit," Antigo biology teacher Mike Werdeo said.

Teachers know the timber industry employs many people in Langlade County and beyond. They wanted to specifically reach students who are taking forestry, science, and tech ed classes.

"I love being outdoors... it's a good program, too. There's always jobs with logging," Antigo senior Zach King said.

Loggers volunteered their time in the forest. About 200 students participated in the outdoor classes.

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