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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.

New for 2023:
National FFA will be removing the Forestry Issues portion of the contest in 2023. We will not be holding team interviews for Forestry Issues.   

Contest Date: Wednesday - April 19, 2023

Mountain Gateway Community College

Senior Fee: $30/team
Junior Fee: $30/team

Senior Teams - Arrive by 9:30 AM - meet in the parking lot above the outdoor forestry pavilion. 
4H Teams - Arrive by 11:30 AM
Junior Teams - Arrive at 12:00 PM
Lunch (Pizza) - 12:00 PM
Awards - approximately 4:00 PM

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

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
2023 -2024 State Senior Rules 10/10/2023 908 KB
2023 -2024 State Junior Rules 10/10/2023 1413 KB
2023 4H Rules 10/10/2023 314 KB
Forestry Guide 4/7/2021 10046 KB
How to Work With a Chainsaw - Husqvarna 5/25/2020 4665 KB

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

2023 FFA Entry Form
2023 4-H Entry Form

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