|(Athol, Idaho) Who can measure logs with the most accuracy, be the best tree doctor, or consistently determine the board foot volume of a standing tree? Find out Thursday, May 11, 2023, as students gather at the 40th Annual Idaho State Forestry Contest at Farragut State Park in North Idaho. About 350 students, 95 coaches/chaperones and 150+ volunteers are planning to participate.
Video, interviews and photos for media editors
Find pictures, video, and interviews in broadcast quality for use for television, print and social from the 2022 Idaho State Forestry Contest to preview this year’s event in coverage before Thursday.
The contest is for students in grades 5 through 12 to compete for scholarships and cash prizes in 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 and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and hosted by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
For the Big 40: There will be special recognition of contest chairs covering the last four decades, as well as an expanded job fair. Many of Idaho’s leaders in forestry have competed in this event over the years, as the contest can be a steppingstone to a career that generates revenue for the state.
“The Idaho State Forestry Contest helps Idaho students learn the skills to grow and harvest timber like we do at the Idaho Department of Lands, where we manage forests to generate funding for Idaho public schools,” said Idaho Department of Lands Director Dustin Miller. “Roughly 30 percent of the timber harvested in Idaho comes from these lands each year. This will continue as we grow more and more trees, but we can’t do that without these future foresters.”
The media is invited to gather video and images of students at various stations throughout the competition, conduct interviews, and cover the awards presentation.
Where: Farragut State Park at the Scott Group area. See map
When: Thursday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Note: A cash-only entrance fee of $7 (in state) or $14 (out of state) is required
Downloadable broadcast-quality pictures, videos, and interviews from this year’s event will be made available on Thursday for news coverage.
Schedule of events (in Pacific Standard Time)
8:15 a.m. Announcements
8:30 a.m. Group pictures
9:10 a.m. Contest begins
11:35 a.m. Rookie Contest ends
12:25 p.m. Junior/Senior Contest ends
12:35 p.m. VIP Presentations and awards ceremony