Forestry Student of the Month: Lily Hull

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hull descends from a long family line of loggers. In fact, those who are familiar with the industry should recognize her last name.

“My great grandfather once owned Hull Lumber Co., down in Monroe, which is now Hull-Oakes Lumber Co.,” she said. “My grandpa has David Hull Tree Farms and that’s where my grandparents and my father work.”

Hull, a senior, is September’s Philomath High School Forestry Student of the Month sponsored by Starker Forests. She is the daughter of Cody and Lise Hull.

Hull’s great grandfather, Homer, bought Hull Lumber Co., in 1946 from his brother, Ralph, who had originally started it. After four years, he sold it back to his brother. Hull-Oakes Lumber Co., is considered a gem of history that continued to regularly use steam power until just eight years ago.

Although proud of her lineage, Lily Hull’s out to forge her own path.

“I transferred from Monroe to Philomath my freshman year and part of the big jump to come to Philomath was because of the forestry program,” Hull said. “I was really interested because of my family’s forestry background … I just didn’t have my own kind of career exploration, I guess, so I wanted to join.”

That exploration appears to be headed toward a career in forestry. Hull knows what she wants to do with her secondary education.

“I’m planning to apply to Oregon State University and major in forest operations with a minor in business and a focus on forestry law,” she said.

One of the fun aspects of participating in the PHS forestry program for Hull has been the competitions. She started competing right away after transferring in.

“I placed in four events my freshman year, so I’ve learned a lot of the physical attributes that you have to have out in the woods, and then alongside all of the mathematical and technical events that you have,” she said.

Hull’s picked up events such as cable splicing, cross-cut and others, but she pulls in the most points in technical events — such as compass and pacing, tool identification, tree identification and map reading.

“Compass and pacing, that’s just based on navigational skills with a compass and given coordinates that you have to convert back and forth in different metrics,” she said.

Hull is involved with Future Natural Resource Leaders, a student organization dedicated to offering support in the pursuit of educational and career opportunities in natural resources or forestry. She’s currently serving as the FNRL acting president as well as the president of Philomath High’s chapter.

Editor’s note: The PHS Forestry Student of the Month series highlights top forestry students. This series is made possible through a sponsorship of Starker Forests.

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