Knox County 4-H Forestry Judging Team Places Second in Virtual National Forestry Invitational

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Sharon Davis, Knox County Extension

Picture Caption (L to R): Team members Alyssa Ross, Rachel Creech, John Creech, Josh Griffith and Coach Shelley Griffith visited the Cradle of Forestry in the Pisgah National Forestry on a recent field trip.

Tennessee placed second among nine states that competed in the National 4-H Forestry Invitational, which was virtual this year, from July 26 through July 28, 2021. Teams from Georgia and Louisiana placed first and third, respectively.  Florida, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia also competed in this year’s Invitational. Due to COVID, the event was held virtually rather than its normal location at Jackson Mill in West Virginia. 
4-H members competed for overall team and individual awards in several categories. Events included tree identification, tree measurement, insect and disease identification, topographic map use, and a forestry knowledge exam.
The Tennessee 4-H Forestry team members were John Creech, Rachel Creech, Josh Griffith, and Alyssa Ross. The team coach was Shelley Griffith. Individual award winners from Tennessee were Josh Griffith with the third highest score, Rachel Creech with the fifth highest score, and Alyssa Ross with the eighth highest overall score. 
The 2021 National 4-H Forestry Invitational was sponsored by Farm Credit.  Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Farm Credit has been helping areas grow and thrive for a century by providing farmers with capital and by financing infrastructure and communication services.
For more information on the National 4-H Forestry Invitational, go to:
Contact: William C. Worrell, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Lebanon, VA  24266
(276) 889-8056.