Forestry CDE Rules
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Green River Lake State Park, Campbellsville, KY
1. A team representing a chapter may consist of four members. The highest three scores will
constitute the team score. All four members will use their event eligibility.
2. The state event will be an open invitation without regional eliminations being required.
3. An FFA member may participate in the state event only once.
4. Any communication between participants during the event will be sufficient cause to
eliminate the team(s) involved from the event.
5. Any assistance given a team member from any source during the event will be sufficient
cause to eliminate the team from the event.
6. In case of a tie, the highest individual score on a team will be used to break the tie (for all
7. The judges reserve the right to stop a participant at any time when damage to parts or
instruments appears to be imminent or safety of the participant is questioned.
8. No team shall practice Forestry Judging within Green River Lake State Park in the 30 days
prior to the contest. Teams found to be in violation of this rule will be disqualified.
9. Students WILL be in the forest and should dress accordingly. Recommended dress
includes long pants, close toed shoes (preferably boots), and rain gear if the forecast calls
10. Each student should bring insect repellant, clip board, writing utensil, Biltmore Stick.
PARTS OF CONTEST:
Written Test (200 points)
Test will consist of general knowledge questions about forestry terms,
measurements, pests, etc., which will come from the listed publications.
Primary references include: Forest & Forestry Text and Kentucky Division of
Forestry Website. Extension publications, textbooks, and other websites may
also be used as references.
Tree Identification (200 Points)
Participants will identify 25 trees from the attached list.
Timber Cruising (250 points)
Participants will measure 10 trees. For each tree, participants will record DBH
(Diameter Breast Height) to the nearest one-inch class and the merchantable
height of each tree height rounded down to the nearest ½ log. Volume tables
will be provided for the event.
The minimum diameters and log lengths will be:
10 inches DIB
Merchantable Height stops are estimated to the upper point on a tree where it
becomes 10 inches in diameter or where a major fork in a tree stem occurs or
where a limb has a diameter equal to ½ of the diameter of the tree at that point.
DOYLE LOG SCALE WILL BE USED.
Points per tree: 10 - DBH; 10 - # logs; 5 - board feet.
Measure DBH to nearest inch.
Measure merchantable timber to the nearest ½ log
There will be a 1" leeway on DBH worth 1/2 credit (5 points).
There will be a ½” log leeway on number of logs (5 points) ½”
log = 8 ft.; 1 log = 16 ft.). Board feet must be exact according to
the official judge's measurements.
Even Year Practicums
The following practicums will be used in even numbered years
(2014, 2016, etc.)
Timber Stand Improvement (100 points)
Participants will be given a scenario and guidelines about a tract of timber.
They will then be given 10 trees and asked to identify each tree as: Crop Tree,
Deaden Tree, Leave Tree. An example scenario is attached.
Map Interpretation (100 points)
Participants will answer questions using a furnished United States Geological
Survey topographic map. The participants should know the legal description,
recognize topographic map symbols, understand the meaning of map symbols,
size and location of 40 acres or more in a parcel.
Forest Products (100 points)
Ten to twenty wood products/samples will be displayed for participants to
evaluate and identify its tree species source from the tree identification
specimen list. The wood products/samples will be presented as actual
samples, pictures/slides, and/or written descriptions. The National FFA Tree ID
Specimen list will be used for Forest Products.
Odd Year Practicums
The following practicums will be used in odd numbered years (2015,
Tool ID (100 points)
Tools to be used will be those on the national contest tool list. There will be 20
tools from this list to identify.
Compass and Pacing (100 points)
The participants will use a hand compass and pacing to the nearest full foot to
simulate the determination of the property lines on a tract of timber. The
participant will start at any point and record the compass reading and distance
to the next point. Azimuth readings shall be recorded.
Partial credit will be given with a deduction of one point for each two degrees or
two feet the participant is off the correct answer.
Tree Forest Disorders (100 points)
Symptoms of 10-20 disorders from the attached list will be displayed for the
participants to identify by common names. The symptoms may be presented in
any of the following forms: actual samples, pictures/slides, written descriptions,
and/or written case history.
National FFA Career Development Events Handbook
Forests & Forestry, 4th edition, Holland et al.
U.K. Extension Publications: FOR 2, FOR 3, FOR 4, & FOR 9
Kentucky Division of Forestry http://www.forestry.ky.gov
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources http://fw.ky.gov/
Kentucky Tree ID List
1. Sugar Maple
2. Red Maple
3. Silver Maple
7. American Holly
8. River Birch
9. American Hornbeam
10. Eastern Hophornbeam
12. Royal Paulownia
13. Flowering Dogwood
14. Eastern Redcedar
17. American Beech
18. American Chestnut
19. White Oak
20. Bur Oak
21. Post Oak
22. Chestnut Oak
23. Chinkapin Oak
24. Northern Red Oak
25. Black Oak
26. Southern Red Oak
27. Cherrybark Oak
28. Pin Oak
29. Willow Oak
30. Shingle Oak
34. Black Walnut
35. White Walnut (butternut)
36. Shagbark Hickory
37. Shellbark Hickory
38. Mockernut Hickory
39. Pignut Hickory
41. Bitternut Hickory
43. Eastern Redbud
44. Kentucky Coffeetrree
45. Honey Locust
46. Black Locust
49. Red Mulberry
50. White Mulberry
51. Osage Orange
52. Black Gum
54. Eastern White Pine
55. Loblolly Pine
56. Virginia Pine
57. Eastern Hemlock
58. American Sycamore
59. Black Cherry
62. Black Willow
63. Eastern Cottonwood
66. American Basswood
67. American Elm
68. Slippery Elm
69. Winged Elm
References: Partial tree list: “Kentucky Forest Trees How to Know Them”
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service
Back-pack Fire Pump
Fiberglass Measuring Tape
Fire Weather Kit
Hand Lens/Field Microscope
Pulaski Forester Axe
Soil Test Kit
Tree Marking Gun
Tree Planting Hoe or Bar
Water Test Kit
Tree Disorders List
1. Air pollution
4. Butt or Heart Rot
6. Chemical damage
8. Climatic injury: snow, wind, frost, drought,
9. Damping off
10. Douglas fir tussock moth
11. Emerald ash borer
12. Fire damage
13. Gypsy moth
14. Hemlock woolly adelgid
15. Landscape equipment damage
16. Lightning damage
17. Mechanical damage
23. Spruce budworm
25. Tent caterpillar
26. Wetwood or slime flux
27. Wildlife/Livestock damage
28. Wood borer
Wood Products Specimen List
1. Alder, Red
6. Beech, American
7. Birch, Black
8. Birch, White
9. Cherry, Black
10. Cottonwood, Eastern
12. Fir, Balsam
13. Fir, Douglas
14. Hemlock, Eastern
15. Hemlock, Western
17. Maple, Red
18. Maple, Sugar
19. Oak, Black
20. Oak, Chestnut
21. Oak, Northern Red
22. Oak, Scarlet
23. Oak, Southern Red
24. Oak, White
26. Pine, Eastern White
27. Pine, Loblolly
28. Pine, Lodgepole
29. Pine, Longleaf
30. Pine, Pitch
31. Pine, Ponderosa
32. Pine, Red
33. Pine, Shortleaf
34. Poplar, Yellow
35. Red Cedar, Western
36. Redcedar, Eastern
37. Spruce, Red
38. Spruce, Sitka
39. Spruce, White
2013 TIMBER STAND IMPROVEMENT (TSI) WORKSHEET
Stand Description: The area is typical of an old field (30 plus years ago) that is
reverting to hardwoods. The major tree species noted in this area are; yellow-poplar and
eastern redcedar. The stand also contains other species including sugar maple, red
maple, persimmon, and black cherry. This area is in need of proper forest management
techniques to improve the woodlot for the future.
Goal: Your primary goal is the long term development of high quality timber. Your
secondary goal is to improve wildlife habitat by killing low quality canopy trees to
increase browse on the forest floor. This will be accomplished by deciding which trees
should be left as crop trees (crop trees), which trees should be eliminated to improve
the growth of the crop trees or to meet your wildlife goals (deaden) and which trees are
not impacting your goals and should be left alone (leave).
Hints: A crop tree is a straight tree with few lower limbs and good diameter growth. A
leave tree is a tree that is not interfering with a crop tree and would have limited effect
on the stand if removed. Black cherry and black walnut tend to hold a higher value than
Circle the action you would take for the selected tree to improve the stand:
crop tree, deaden or leave