Twenty High School FFA forestry teams from all across the state of Louisiana competed in a State FFA forestry career development event. In order to qualify a team had to place in the top five from each respected area contest previously held in all four corners of the state.
State representative Terry Brown was present at the opening ceremonies and gave a welcome, including some of the history of the area. Southland Timber owned by Kenny Goins and JKM logging owned by Kelley Martin sponsored the event. The National Forest Service had 10 employees supervising the different practicums.
FFA opening ceremonies were performed by state and area officers from the Louisiana Association of FFA including State Vice President from Area 1 Bryce Franklin, State Vice President from Area 2 Bayli Quick, Area 2 president Sam Tarpley, State Treasurer Ashlee Sebren, Area 1 treasurer Isabel Oakley, state sentinel Zac Little, Area 1 parliamentarian Emma White and State FFA executive secretary Kathy Conerly.
The contest includes practicums in tree identification, compass reading, map reading, timber cruising, timber stand improvement and machinery identification. Well over 100 students competed in the state FFA forestry contest at Stuart Lake in Grant Parish.