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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 40th Forestry Contest will be held the May, 11, 2023 at Farragut State Park.

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40th Annual

More information will be forthcoming including pre-registration. With the increase in prize money and scholarships we want to give all competitors plenty of time to prepare fully for the contest. If your team would like assistance with contest prep, please reach out to Ken Homik to coordinate at

May 11, 2023

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 Forestry Contest is now 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.

Schools and Coaches

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

Registration information coming soon!

The annual contest introduces students in grades 5 through 12 to basic forestry and resource management.


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

2022 Forestry Contest

2018 Forestry Contest

Forestry Contest Overview

Rookie Contest

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