Oregon 4-H forestry skills team to attend national contest

July 15, 2005

CORVALLIS - Four Oregon 4-H members have been selected to the Oregon program’s first forestry skills team to participate in the National 4-H Forestry Invitational competition in West Virginia July 24-28.

The team members are Travis Bussey Stolk of Salem; Cameron DuBois and Alysson Riutta of Rockaway, and Katherine Ouzounian of Bay City.

“The National 4-H Forestry Invitational is the national championship of 4-H forestry,” said Virginia Bourdeau, Oregon State University Extension 4-H Youth specialist. “Annually since 1980, teams of 4-H foresters have traveled to Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Conference Center at Weston, W.V., to compete in this event.”

The five-day competition brings together 4-H youth participants from across the United States who participate in several forestry skills contests including tree identification, forest land evaluation, silviculture knowledge, insect and disease identification, compass orienteering, and topographical map reading.

“The purpose of the Invitational is to develop appreciation for the importance of conserving forestland,” Bourdeau added. “4-H foresters learn citizenship and leadership skills as well as practical forest management skills.”

Selection to the 2005 Oregon 4-H Forestry Team was based on how Oregon 4-H members performed on a 4-H forestry quiz made available to 4-Hers throughout the state via county offices of the Oregon State University Extension Service, Bourdeau explained. Participants were rated according to their scores on a 100-question short answer test.

The Oregon 4-H Forestry Skills Team will travel to the national competition accompanied by coach-chaperones Craig Dubois, Rockaway, and Carrie Averill, 4-H program assistant in the Tillamook office of the OSU Extension Service.

Afterwards the team will act as Oregon 4-H Forestry Ambassadors, assisting at the Oregon 4-H Forestry Skills Invitational contest scheduled for Oct. 1-2 at the Oregon 4-H Center in Salem, and in their own county programs.

Author: Bob Rost