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The annual contest introduces students in grades 5 through 12 to basic forestry and resource management. The contest is typically held the second Thursday in May and is sponsored by the Idaho Department of Lands, Bonner Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Forest Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). More than 250 volunteers donate their time to run the contest and a record 700 students participated in 2019. 

The Idaho Department of Lands is excited to share the good news about the 2022 Idaho State Forestry Contest. The 39th Forestry Contest will be held the 12th of May in its traditional, large group format.

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Celebrating 39 Years

This year’s contest will be open to Rookie and Junior/Senior competitors. There will not be a Novice course.
The Tool Identification and Noxious Weed stations have been removed from this year’s program.

May 12, 2022

New Location - Farragut State Park

A large debt of gratitude goes to the Delay family for their support and commitment to the youth of Idaho and the future of the forestry profession. The success of the Forestry Contest has outgrown Delay Farms and the decision was made to host the 2022 Forestry Contest at Farragut State Park in the Scott Group Area. In addition, the decision was made to refocus on the mission of the contest to introduce Idaho’s youth to basic skills used by forestry professionals and create an opportunity for these professionals and students to interact in a hands on environment. This year's lunch break features a job fair for competitors to meet with prospective Natural Resource employers.


Contact Sarah Garcia, Coaches and Participants Coordinator, at (208) 263-5310 x100 or at

Competitors - Registration Deadline April 15

The annual contest introduces students in grades 5 through 12 to basic forestry and resource management.
Miss this year? Next year is for you!


In addition to the satisfaction of introducing kids from 5th to 12th grades to Idaho forests and resource management, all volunteers receive complimentary hot drinks, donuts, lunch, special promo gifts, and the opportunity to work with friends and colleagues from all over the state. Many types of skills are needed, not just forestry, so ALL volunteers are welcomed with gratitude! Please register in advance by contacting Hailey Frank at

Forestry Contest Contacts

Hailey Frank
Volunteer Coordinator
(208) 245-4551 until 3/21/2020
(208) 769-1525

Sarah Garcia
Coaches and Participants Coordinator
(208) 263-5310 x100

Michelle Sarratt
General Contest Questions
(208) 666-8607

Robbie Johnson
Media Contact
Public Information Officer
(208) 908-1786

Additional Contacts

U.S. Forest Service
(208) 263-5111

Bonner Soil & Water Conservation District
(208) 263-5310 ext.100

Natural Resources Conservation Service
(208) 378-5700

To find and contact your closest Idaho Department of Lands office see our Supervisory Area map.

Forestry Contest Video Library

2018 Forestry Contest

Forestry Contest Overview

Rookie Contest

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