Decatur County 4-H Forestry Judging Team competes at district level

Published 2:48 pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Decatur County 4-H Forestry Judging Team recently participated in the District competition.

The Forestry Field Day Area contest was held Sept. 20, 2017 at the SuperTree Nursery in Randolph County. Junior team members (4th – 8th grade) were Rachel Hayes, Abram Austinson and Kinsey Ward. The Junior team received 2nd place honors with Abram Austinson earning 2nd place Junior High Individual.

Kinsey Ward was 4th high individual and Rachel Hayes placed 1st in Insect/Disease Identification. Senior team members (9th-10th grade) were Journey Austinson, Miller Hayes and Gage Vulgamore. The team received 2nd place honors. Journey Austinson was the Senior High Individual and Miller Hayes won the 3rd place position.

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Forestry Field Day is a competitive judging contest where 4-H’ers study one of Georgia’s most valuable resources.  Participants learn to identify trees, insects and diseases.  They also participate in compass and pacing activities and learn how to complete saw timber volume estimations.

The Forestry Judging team provides an opportunity for youth to gain a better appreciation for our local forest resources and how they contribute to our economy and quality of life. Special thanks to George Nutting Company for sponsoring t-shirts and fees for the Forestry competition.

For more information on Decatur County 4-H activities or events, contact the Decatur County Cooperative Extension Office at 248-3033 or check our website at