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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 12th.

Date: Monday - April 18th, 2022
Location: Zoom - we will do the team interview portion via Zoom.  

Date: Wednesday - April 20, 2022
Location: Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (Clifton Forge, VA)

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

Compete and go format. 
A pizza lunch will be served. 

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

Forestry Issues Interview Topics - 2022 
Judges will select one of the following speech topics for the 2022 Senior Event.
(Speeches will be delivered over Zoom) 

Topic 1 - Insect damage
A recent study found that wood boring insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Long-horned Beetle and the Spotted Lantern Fly 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 Impact of COVID -19 on the forestry industry
The COVID-19 pandemic affected forest- dependent people globally in multiple ways.  COVID-19 initially caused short-term disruptions in the supply chains of the forest products industry and accelerated recent trends in consumer behavior. How has this issue effected the farm sector?

 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
2021 Results


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