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Forestry Contest

May contain: Idaho State Forestry Contest logo

The annual contest introduces students in grades 5 through 12 to basic forestry and resource management. The contest is typically held the second Thursday in May and is sponsored by the Idaho Department of Lands, Bonner Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). More than 250 volunteers donate their time to run the contest and a record 700 students participated in 2019.

2023 Winner Photos


2023 Awards


SENIOR DIVISION - ContestantGroupScore
Jonathan McComasWhistle Stop 4H1st
Alanna HinkleWhistle Stop 4H1st
Samantha GuadagniniWhistle Stop 4H2nd
Jared CramerWhistle Stop 4H3rd
JUNIOR DIVISION - ContestantGroupScore
Colter CatesHidden Valley Academy404
Caitlyn CramerWhistle Stop 4H387
Danielle WenstromWhistle Stop 4H353
ROOKIE DIVISION - ContestantGroup Score 
Braden BurrowsSelle Valley Carden School162
Beau CatesHidden Valley Academy162
Cruz CoscarelliSelle Valley Carden School135

Team Winners

Whistle stop 4H 1725
Lake Pend Oreille HS1335
Moscow FFA1262
Whistle Stop 4H1251
Selle Valley Carden School1145
Selle Valley Carden School986
Selle Valley Carden School553
Selle Valley Carden School473
Hayden Canyon Charter426

Bigger Prizes & Scholarships!

The annual contest introduces students in grades 5 through 12 to basic forestry and resource management.


In addition to the satisfaction of introducing kids from 5th to 12th grades to Idaho forests and resource management, all volunteers receive complimentary hot drinks, donuts, lunch, special promo gifts, and the opportunity to work with friends and colleagues from all over the state. Many types of skills are needed, not just forestry, so ALL volunteers are welcomed with gratitude! Please register in advance by contacting Hailey Frank at

Farragut State Park

A large debt of gratitude goes to the Delay family for their support and commitment to the youth of Idaho and the future of the forestry profession. The Forestry Contest is now at Farragut State Park in the Scott Group Area. In addition, the decision was made to refocus on the mission of the contest to introduce Idaho’s youth to basic skills used by forestry professionals and create an opportunity for these professionals and students to interact in a hands-on environment. This year's lunch break features a job fair for competitors to meet with prospective Natural Resource employers.

Cash Prizes & Scholarships


Senior DivisionJunior Division
1st - $5001st - $250
2nd - $2502nd - $100
3rd - $1003rd - $50

U of I CNR Scholarship

Individual                   Team - Each Member
1st - $10001st - $500
2nd - $5002nd - $250
3rd - $5003rd - $250
Donation Levels
$2,500+Champion Big Tree
$1,000+Western White Pine
$500+Western Red Cedar
$300+Douglas Fir
 $150 +Western Larch
Up to $150Aspen