Recently, members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter competed in the District 7 Forestry Contest. For this competition, contestants must take a written test, show their knowledge in various practicums, and perform a timber cruising on 10 different trees. The test consists of questions relating to forest management, forestry statistics, and harvesting techniques.
This year’s practicums required participants to identify the leaves of various tree species, recognize different pieces of equipment, identify and troubleshoot chainsaw parts, and identify diseases and disorders of the forestry industry. For the timber cruising section, members had to measure the diameter at breast height (DBH) and number of 16’ logs in each tree, as well as determine the specie and amount of board feet in all ten of the trees. Additionally, they had to determine the value of each individual tree and the total value and board feet.
All of the contestants scored very well. The team placed 6th and will advance to the State Competition. Fredericktown FFA Adviser is Debra Burden.