School of Natural Resources faculty coordinate 4-H forestry competition

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Smith County won the top spot against five other teams in the 2023 State 4-H Forestry competition at the UT Arboretum on Saturday, Oct. 7. The team will compete at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational in West Virginia next summer.

The events included tree, insect, disease, and wood identification along with tree measurements, compass and pacing, and a forest stand evaluation.

“It is seriously impressive to see these high school students display their knowledge and skills,” School of Natural Resources Extension Specialist Chris Graves said. “Thank you to all the Extension staff, coaches, volunteers, and family members who support and encourage our 4-H’ers.”

Graves, School of Natural Resources Assistant Professor Stephen Peairs, Extension Program Leader Melissa Henry, and School of Natural Resources Extension Specialist David Mercker coordinated the event. UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center Director Kevin Hoyt hosted the event at the UT Arboretum.

If you’re interested in the competition, contact your local UT Extension office for details.