Name of Contest:

Contest Chairs:
Mark Zee

Contest purpose/objectives:
The Forestry Career Development Event is designed to stimulate student interest and to promote the forestry industry as a career choice. It also provides recognition for those who have demonstrated skills and competencies resulting from forestry instruction in the agricultural education classroom.

  • 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.

Location Notes:
Contestants must come prepared to work in adverse weather conditions, since the contest will be conducted regardless of weather. This event is held in an unheated facility. Students are advised to dress warmly.

Placement of teams will be determined by tabulating the three best scores of contestants from the school. Individual placement will include team activity scores.

If a tie occurs within the top 5 teams or individuals, the following events will be used to determine award recipients:\


  • Highest written exam score
  • Highest tree ID score

Overall Team

  • Total (top 3 team members) individual rank, the team with the lowest score will win the tiebreak.

Materials Needed:
A clipboard and paper free from notes or other markings
Several sharpened no. 2 pencils (no pens)
Basic calculator
Silva Ranger Compass
Appropriate outdoor gear; jackets, rain gear, and adequate footwear

Event Format:
The contest will consist of the following phases and includes three 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.

Schedule of Events:
The forestry schedule will follow a different schedule of events than the other contests. Please listen for the contest to be called and follow the volunteers who will guide contestants.
8:30 a.m. – Identification
9:30 a.m. – Written Exam*
10:30 a.m. – Practicum
* Following the written exam, students are released to the rest area until called for the practicum.