4-H Forestry Contest
Do you like being outside in the woods? Are you interested in learning how to identify
and measure trees? If so, the 4-H Forestry Contest might be just the thing for you!
Who? Each year, 4-H'ers participate in the State 4-H Forestry Contest. Junior and Senior
4-H members can compete.
Why? The objectives of the Arkansas 4‑H Forestry Contest are to provide the opportunity
for 4‑H'ers from all counties to:
- Develop leadership.
- Appreciate the need and importance of conserving natural resources.
- Learn and understand practical forestry skills.
The Senior Winning Team will represent Arkansas at the National 4‑H Forestry Invitational
at Jackson's Mill State 4‑H Camp in Weston, West Virginia.
What? The contest is a competitive event designed to help 4‑H'ers develop their knowledge
of and skills in forestry and natural resources management. Teams of three or four
4-H'ers from each county compete in five forestry events:
Forestry Contest Components
You must identify 25 trees. Contestants will be judged on the accuracy of identification
and the spelling of common names. Scientific names will not be required. Incomplete
names, such as maple instead of red maple, or shortleaf instead of shortleaf pine,
will be considered incorrect.
Each team member will identify 15 trees and estimate their diameters, merchantable
heights, and volumes. All values will be recorded. Please note - Tree diameters will be estimated to the nearest even-numbered, 2-inch diameter
class. Tree heights will be estimated to the nearest full half‑log.
Contestants will estimate ground distances by the pacing method and to determine direction
of travel using a compass. Each contestant musts measure a course of five lines.
The lines may be level, or slope up or down hill, and successive lines may or may
not be continuous
Contestants will be required to identify 20 insect, disease or damage specimens selected
from the official lists. Contestants will be judged on the accuracy of identification
and the spelling of the common names. Scientific names will not be required. Incomplete
names will be counted as wrong, for example, caterpillar instead of eastern tent caterpillar.
The quiz will consist of 25 questions. Questions may be true‑false, multiple-choice,
matching or fill-in-the-blank. Contestants should circle each correct answer or fill
in the blank.
4-H National Forestry
Everything you need to know about the National Contest AND
resources to help you train can be found on this site.