Forestry is a favorite contest of many for its numerous opportunities for awards as it kicks off the year for Florida FFA, and it is a favorite of many 4-Hers too!
This year, the Florida 4-H Youth Development Program held the State 4-H Forestry Ecology Contest in April, and the team from Marion County 4-H was named as your state champion team, and represented the state on the national level at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational from July 30-August 3 in Jacksons Mill, W. Va.
Team members included Harrison Sharp, Patrick Sharp and Madison Foster from Marion County (FL) 4-H and Harrison Keating of UF IFAS Extension St Johns County 4-H, coached by Bob Renner of Marion County.
Florida has routinely found success in forestry contests on the national level, and this year is no exception! The team placed second overall and were named as your reserve national champions in the forestry judging contest, and additionally, they were the overall champions in the forestry quiz bowl contest. Harrison Sharp also placed second overall and Harrison Keating placed eighth overall as individuals. Bob Renner was also named as the recipient of the Tommy and Susan Futral Inspiration of the Invitational Award for an outstanding coach of a team at the national invitational. Congratulations!
The "forest ecology" contest as it is known as in Florida, or simply, "forestry" contest as it is known nationally tests youth skills in tree identification and measurement, forest evaluation, orienteering, map use insect and disease identification and performance in a forestry quiz bowl and written exam individually and as a team. For more information and complete results, visit 4hforestryinvitational.org.
(Photo from Marion County 4-H Foundation Inc. Facebook Page)