Utah was one of eleven states that competed in the 42nd annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational from Sunday July 24 through Wednesday July 27, 2022.
The invitational was held at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center near Weston, West Virginia. The event is sponsored by Farm Credit, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc., West Virginia University Extension Service, American Forest Foundation, Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals, Southern Regional Extension Forestry, and Black Diamond Resource Conservation and Development Council.
While at the Invitational 4-H members competed for overall team and individual awards in several categories. Events included tree identification, tree measurement, compass and pacing, insect and disease identification, topographic map use, forest evaluation, the forestry bowl and a written forestry exam.
The Utah team members were Liesl Adams, Isaac Cabral, Gracie Johnson, Hannah Lesher, and Keller Stinson. The team coach was Brad Shuler.
The Joe Yeager “Spirit of the Invitational” award was presented to Keller Stinson from Utah. This award recognizes an outstanding 4-H contestant at the Invitational. It is presented to the individual who takes initiative, is enthusiastic, and is eager to lead academic and social situations.
Teams from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida placed first, second, and third, respectively.
4-H is a youth education program operated by the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the state land grant universities. More than six million youth, 540,000 volunteers, and 3,500 professionals participate in 4-H nationwide, and nearly 100,000 are part of the 4-H Forestry Program.
Congratulations to our Salem Hills High team coached by Brad Shuler. We are proud of you!!!
For more information on the National 4-H Forestry Invitational, go to: http://4hforestryinvitational.org/.
Contact: William C. Worrell, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Lebanon, VA 24266
(276) 889-8056. bworrell [at] vt [dot] edu
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