Female foresters made a strong showing at the start of Fort Missoula's Forestry Days competition.

Collegiate athletes competed in the preliminaries Friday for spots to compete against the professional foresters on Saturday.

Organizer Scott Keuhn says female participation in forestry events has seen steady growth over the last fifteen years. Women now make up about half of all competitors.

Keuhn says the actual events are still divided between the men and women, but the says that doesn't mean some can't still hang with the boys.

"I've always felt comfortable just coming out here and competing with everyone," said Donna Sigler, a competitor from Flathead Valley Community College.

"It's definitely not just a man's sport anymore,? said Keuhn. ?Some of these women go into the pros, and some of the women will kick a lot of guy?s butts."

Forestry Days continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, click here.