Members of the Hardin Northern FFA Forestry teamare (seated) Jessica Luhn and Tianna Ward (standing) Katie Gault, Victoria Sturgill, Mariah Burton, Jessie Miller, David Allen, and Rhiannon Ferkins.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Members of the Hardin Northern FFA Forestry teamare (seated) Jessica Luhn and Tianna Ward (standing) Katie Gault, Victoria Sturgill, Mariah Burton, Jessie Miller, David Allen, and Rhiannon Ferkins.

DOLA - On Saturday, Oct. 5, eight Hardin Northern FFA members competed with other students from across the state in the Forestry CDE. The contest was held at Hocking College, in Nelsonville, and members had the opportunity to travel down the night before to camp at Lake Snowden. This made the trip to the contest site much shorter Saturday morning. In addition, members had the opportunity to get to know each other a little better and to enjoy the beautiful evening in a tent.
The Forestry CDE consists of a wide variety of tests related to the forest and lumber industry. The team took a written test on basic tree knowledge, had to identify forestry equipment, and had to determine tree species. Along with that, the team also had to identify forestry disorders and read a topographical map.

Finally, members had to timber cruise 10 trees. Timber cruising is taking the diameter of a tree at breast height, measuring the number of logs in that tree, identifying the tree species, and figuring out the number of board feet that the tree can produce. From there, a chart is used to calculate the total value of the given trees and the total value of the plot.

There were a total of 39 teams and 283 individuals at the contest and out of those teams Hardin Northern placed 11th in the state.

The students who participated were Jessica Luhn, David Allen, Jessie Miller, Victoria Sturgill, Rhiannon Ferkins, Katie Gault, Tianna Ward, and Mariah Burton.