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The Forestry CDE requires students to demonstrate their skills in diagnosing forest disorders, managing forests and forest inventory and applying approved silviculture practices.

Event Location & Time
The State Forestry Event is held in may each year at a rotating location. Each FFA area is permitted one senior team and two junior teams in the state event. Areas will host their own forestry events to determine state qualifiers. State qualifiers should register for the state event by April 15th.

Date: April 18, 2022
Location: Zoom - we will do the interviews and maybe another section or two over zoom so that the in person parts of the event run in a more timely manner.   

Date: April 20, 2021
Location: Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (Clifton Forge, VA)

Senior Fee: $20/team
Junior Fee: $20/team

TBA per Governor mandate
Compete and go format. 
Lunch will not be provided this year.  

Checks Made Payable:
Virginia FFA Association
115 Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Forestry Issues Interview Topics - 2021 
Judges will select one of the following speech topics for the 2021 Senior Event event.

Topic 1 - Insect damage
A recent study found that wood boring insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorned Beetle and the Spotted Lanternfly are having a significant economic impact resulting in approximately $1.7 billion in local government expenditures plus an additional $1.5 billion per year in losses to property owners as a result of removal costs and reduced residential property values. 

Topic 2 – The Farm Bill
When most think of the Farm Bill, they think of row crop farming and nutrition programs. But there’s another piece of this bill that is vitally important to the clean water, wildlife habitat and wood supply that Americans count on - the Farm Bill's conservation and forestry programs that support family forest owners. Families and individuals, who own and care for the largest portion of U.S. forests, want to do right by the land, but often lack technical expertise and funds to get the work done. The Farm Bill helps these landowners overcome barriers, by providing planning and technical assistance, financial support, as well as policies to help grow markets, research, education programs. 

Topic 3 – Silvopasture
Silvopasture is the deliberate integration of trees and grazing livestock operations on the same land. These systems are intensively managed for both forest products and forage, providing both short- and long-term income sources. Well-managed silvopastures employ agronomic principals, typically including introduced or native pasture grasses, fertilization and nitrogen-fixing legumes, and rotational grazing systems that employ short grazing periods that maximize vegetative plant growth and harvest. The annual grazing income helps cash flow the tree operation while the tree crop matures and creates easy access if and when the trees or tree products are harvested. While these systems can require a number of management activities, the benefits can make it worthwhile. 

Local Lodging Options
Holiday Inn Express
880 N Lee HWY
Lexington, VA 24450

Wingate by Wyndham
1100 N Lee Hwy.
Lexington, VA 24450

Virginia FFA will have a senior and junior division or the Forestry CDE. Active FFA members who have won their respective division at the area level may participate in the state event. If advisors in grades 7-9 wish to have their students compete at the senior level, they must register their students as a senior competitor with the understanding that those students (even if eligible by grade level for junior awards) will only be eligible for senior team and/or individual recognition and awards. Only students in grades 6-9 are eligible to compete in the junior division.

Resources and Rules      
NameDate AddedSize
4H Forestry Rules 4/7/2021 214 KB
Forestry Guide 4/7/2021 10046 KB
How to Work With a Chainsaw - Husqvarna 5/25/2020 4665 KB
Virginia Forestry Rules (Senior) 5/25/2020 1644 KB
Virginia Junior Forestrya 4/15/2021 598 KB

Event Information
Event Format:
Team of Four 
Must Win Area Event to Compete at State Event

2019 Forestry Results

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