The North Carolina Forest Service hosted the annual FFA Forestry competition on Oct. 13.
The event was held on the property of Edwin Danford, which is located on Union School Road in Sampson County. Area high schools from Sampson County and Duplin County competed in this event which consisted of four events.
These events included pulpwood volume estimation, and saw timber volume estimation; trees were measured with the use of a Biltmore Stick, which is a tool that was invented during George Vanderbilt’s time on his forest in Ashville. Another event was tree identification.
Twenty trees were picked for the students to identify by their leaves, branches, bark or by any fruit they may produce. The last event was forestry tool identification.
The students had to identify twenty tools that are used in the forestry field. This year Hobbton won the event with Midway coming in second. These schools qualify for the regional competition in the spring. Hobbton High School’s instructor was Johnny Jessup and Midway High School’s instructor was Scott Jolly.