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Date: 3rd July 2018

Level 3 foresters were given an insight into forestry techniques USA style, whilst soaking up the sunshine and culture across the Atlantic.

Coastal Pines Technical College and Newton Rigg College, part of Askham Bryan College, have formed links over the last 2 years following a number of skype lectures, as well as a visit to Newton Rigg from CPTC’s President and Forest Technology Instructors late in 2017.

Level 3 forestry students travelled to Georgia USA to visit Coastal Pines Technical College to see the differences between the two countries. It was hands on straight away as students observed the use of the highly technical Tiger Cat 720G wheeled feller buncher, a John Deere 648l skidder and a Cat 559d loader with a ground saw and processor. As time went on, the students themselves got to use these on a daily basis.

As part of the trip the students took part in the Timber Harvesting Operations Certificate program. This provides students safety, procedure and operations training using industry standard harvesting equipment. Sponsors provide new equipment for the students to operate, allowing them to experience the most advanced forestry technology equipment on the market. This was generously sponsored by Coca-Cola, Flint Equipment Company, Georgia BioMass, Georgia Forestry Commission, Packaging Corporation of America, Pierce Timber Company, Tidewater Equipment Company, and Yancey Bros. Company.

As well as great compliments on their hard work, whilst preparing new sites for CPTC, Georgia Forestry Commission provided the College with a 10 acre site for the learners to use. The commission was so impressed with their efficient and hard work they offered an additional 8 acre site – a fantastic achievement.

Whilst in Georgia, students visited Okefenokee Swamp and park with a guided tour of the habitats, ecology and modern day uses of the swamp. A real highlight was being able to hold baby alligators. As well as exploring the local parks and lakes, sightseeing towns and villages and enjoying all American barbeques, the students were guests of honour at a southern style cook out hosted by the college's president and his wife. 

Martyn Davies, Forestry lecturer at Newton Rigg College said, “Our students were absolutely fantastic and I’m so proud that all of them have been offered jobs with private logging companies. The whole trip was an amazing experience and something truly unforgettable. Indeed for some of the students it could well be life changing”.

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