Contest Chair:
Mark Zee

This event is held in an unheated facility. Students are advised to dress warmly.

This is a qualifying contest for the State contest. The top 50% of the participating teams will be eligible to enter the State FFA Career Development event. (The percentages qualified at area contests are based on the percentage of full three- or four-person teams indicating that they are attempting to qualify at an area contest.) Practice teams will not be accepted.

Placement of teams will be determined by tabulating the three best scores of contestants from the school.

Contest Purposes

  • To challenge individuals and teams to stimulate interest and promote competence in forestry skills.
  • To prepare individuals and teams to competitively participate in the State FFA Forestry Competition.

Contest Description


Contestants must come prepared to work in adverse weather conditions, since the contest will be conducted regardless of weather. Contestants are advised to bring jackets, rain gear, and adequate footwear.

Contestants must provide clipboards and no.2 pencils (no pens). Calculators are required. Each team is required to bring a Silva Ranger compass or one of comparable quality. All other tools and equipment will be provided.

The contest will start promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Contest Phases

The contest will consist of the following phases and includesthree indoor events (100 points) and one outdoor field exam (100 points).

  • General Knowledge Examination (50 points) consisting of 50 multiple choice questions. A period of 50 minutes will be allowed for this phase. Each question is worth one point.
  • Forestry Equipment Identification (25 points) consisting of 25 tools from the “Forestry ID list.pdf” located on the bottom of the Wisconsin Forestry CDE preparation page. 
  • Tree Identification (25 points) consisting of 25 trees from the “Forestry ID list.pdf” located on the bottom of the Wisconsin Forestry CDE preparation page.
  • Field Exam (100 points) consisting of 15 stations at which teams must work together using forestry skills and tools to complete. Examples of stations could include but are not limited to: measuring diameter and height, volume estimation, tree identification, forest disease/disorder identification, direction in azimuth, distance by pacing, equipment identification, timber stand improvement (TSI), forest products, and a forest business management problem. 

Teams should come prepared in all skills as they will only learn of the skill area to be tested on the day of the event.

Each school may enter one team.

Please review the state FFA Career Development Events.