Teachers, there have been a few questions concerning the Georgia Invitational Tree Identification Contest information that I pass on yesterday from the Oconee County FFA Alumni and Sidney Bell.

This contest is a change of date from what is in some of the Regional Calendars.  There will be no other Tree ID contest at Braselton, only the one on Saturday, Sept. 17.   Jimmy Mock is not doing the competition like he has done in the past.   The Oconee FFA Alumni is sponsoring the contest this year.  

Also, the form that was sent out did not have a place for you to indicate how many you are bringing  Below is the corrected form.

Please contact Sidney Bell  
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Send checks made payable to Oconee County FFA Alumni and send to:
Jessica Smith
1051 Norris Dr.
Bogart, GA 30622


Please indicate the number of people who will be attending.

Georgia Invitational Tree Identification Contest

Saturday, September 17th 2005

Sponsored by Oconee County FFA Alumni, Sidney Bell & Bill Lott;
Warnell School of Forest Resources
Thompson Mills Forest, Braselton, GA
Sidney Bell (706) 769-6655 ext. 267
Bill Lott (706) 654-2666


Lunch – 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Contest – 11:30 to 2:00 p.m. (contestants can take test before lunch)
Awards – 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.


1.        The Tree ID contest is open to any FFA or 4-H member in Georgia.

2.        Each chapter or club may enter up to twenty (20) individuals. A team will consist of five (5) individuals, and must have a full team competing before team awards are presented.  If an FFA Chapter or 4-H Club does not have a complete team or has less than two (2) teams in a division, contestants may participate as individuals.

3.         Team members must be designated before competition begins.

4.         Junior teams will be composed of 9th grade and below.  Senior teams will be composed of 10th – 12th grade students.

5.        Contestants should bring a pencil and a clipboard.  Contestants will be furnished with a word bank of trees common to both organizations.

6.        Each Junior contestant will identify species of trees that are common to both the FFA Natural Resource CDE and the 4-H Club Junior Forestry event (approximately 35 to 40 species).

7.        Each Senior contestant will identify species from the FFA Forestry CDE or 4-H Senior Forestry contest (approximately 60 species).  

8.        Samples of species may be the entire tree, small limbs, or leaf sprays.  Ties will be broken by additional samples or with cones, nuts, seeds, and berries.

9.        The will be an Adult contest for teachers, agents, former FFA and 4-H members, college students, parents, and other adults.  Trees will be selected form the senior list.


Scoring for the Junior, Senior, and Adult contest will be the same.  One (1) point will be awarded for each correct answer.

Plaques and cash will be awarded to the following, if the winning teams have the five (5) required individuals:

Teams                Highest Placing        1st Place Senior Team
2nd Place Senior Team
1st Place Junior Team
2nd Place Junior Team

Individuals        Highest Placing        Senior FFA Individual
Senior 4-H Individual
Junior FFA Individual
Junior 4-H Individual
Adult Individual

Individual awards will be presented as follow:

1 thru 10 individuals competing- One (1) award presented
11 thru 25 individuals competing- Two (2) awards presented
26 and more individuals competing- Three (3) awards presented

Please make your reservation for the contest by postmarking your registration form by Saturday, September 10, 2005.

For directions or list of area hotels available in the Athens, Oakwood, and Braselton area please call: Sidney Bell at (706) 769-6655 ext. 267 or Jessica Smith at (706) 255-2897

Registration Form

Must be postmarked by Saturday, September 10, 2005

County or School:  ___________________________________________

FFA______    or        4-H_______

Agent or Teacher:  ___________________________________________

Phone number:  _____________________________________________

Number of Senior Team(s) _______

Number of Junior Team(s) _______

Number of Individuals __________

Others ________

Total that will be attending _____________  X $5.00 = ______________ amount enclosed.

Please make checks payable to the Oconee FFA Alumni.

*Please include $5.00 per individual to assist with meal. (Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Chips, and Drinks)

*Checks made payable to:  Oconee County FFA Alumni

*Please print and mail registration form and check to:

     Jessica Smith

     1051 Norris Dr.

     Bogart, GA 30622

     Phone: (706) 255-2897        

Must be postmarked by Saturday, September 10, 2005