By Katie Martin -UT, Extension Agent – The Smith County 4-H Forestry Judging Team competed on Tuesday, September 13th, at the Central Region 4-H Forestry Judging Contest held at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. Representing Smith County were Senior High members David Ferrell, Easton Bibbings, Gabe Harville, Kynlee Davis, and Carson Meeks. In the Junior High Division, Levi Ferrell, Emmy Bibbings, Tana Harville, Caleb Hensley, Owen Meeks, and Turner Harville competed.
These 4-H members worked diligently to learn how to identify trees, insects, and diseases common to our area. 4-H’ers also learned to measure standing timber to determine the board feet of lumber, along with pacing and compassing skills. These skills not only improve critical thinking but will be useful should any 4-H members choose to pursue a career in forestry or natural resources.
In the Jr. High Division, Caleb placed 6th, Levi placed 5th, Emmy placed 4th, Tana placed 3rd, Turner placed 2nd, and Owen placed 1st. The team of Levi, Emmy, and Tana placed 2nd overall, and the team of Turner, Owen, and Caleb placed 1st overall. In the Senior Division, David placed 10th, Kynlee placed 9th, Easton placed 6th, Gabe placed 2nd, and Carson placed 1st. The Senior team was also awarded 1st place and will have the opportunity to compete at the state contest in October.
We are so proud of our Forestry Judging group’s hard work and were pleased to have Smith County 4-H so well represented at this contest!
For further information relating to any of the many 4-H activities, events, and projects, please contact Katie Martin in the Smith County office of the University of Tennessee Extension at 615-735-2900.
The 4-H Youth Development Program delivers programs through cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, and public and private sector volunteers. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades 4-12, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.