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Decatur County 4-H Forestry Judging Team competes in competition

The Decatur County 4-H Forestry Judging Team recently participated in the Southwest District 4-H Forestry Field Day. The contest was held September 7, 2021 at the ArborGen SuperTree Nursery in Randolph County. Junior team members Bryan Doss, Tom Chastain, Autumn Wiggins and Scott Ross Hayes were the 1st place Junior team. Autumn Wiggins placed 2nd High Junior Individual and Scott Ross Hayes was 3rd place High Junior Individual. Senior team members were Kinsey Ward, Owen Fleming and Logan Rich. The Senior team received 2nd place honors.

Forestry Judging is a rigorous contest with youth learning to identify up to 70 tree species found in Georgia and learning about some of the most common insects and diseases that impact our forests. Pacing and compass skills are honed. These skills, along with using specialized forestry tools, allow youth to estimate timber volume. Forestry judging gets 4-H’ers outside learning fundamental skills that foresters use each day to manage our forests to provide wood products, wildlife habitats, clean air and scenic views. The team members studied and practiced diligently as they reinforced the 4-H Motto, “Making the Best Better.”

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 www.ugaextension.com/decatur.