The sixth and final practice forestry field day for the South Region is now history. If you have a forestry team, you should know where your strengths and weaknesses are and know what you need to work on these next two weeks. Good luck to everyone as you prepare for the Area Forestry CDE.

We had ten Sr. teams and ten Jr. teams with a total of 281 contestants. Good turnout on a beautiful spring day!

Thanks to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for hosting the event: Refuge Manager Curt McCasland; Assistant Refuge Manager Mindy Gautreaux; Refuge Biologist Sara Aicher; Forest Technician Howard McCullough. Ms. Aicher planned the event for you and did an outstanding job. Mr. McCullough was by my side during the whole set-up process and made my stay very enjoyable. As you peruse the keys, you will see that we incorporated the management objectives of the refuge into our field day. From reforestation to forest management, your students got a real world taste of what happens on one of our country's greatest treasures - the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge.

Thanks to Audrey Pickren, Ag teacher at Charlton County High School, for coordinating the food and the awards - no small task. Thanks for your very gracious hospitality, Mrs. Pickren.

And lastly, but by no means least - thanks to the Georgia Forestry Commission personnel who were on site and ready to go to work. Words cannot express my sincere gratitude for all the help, advice, and guidance I have received from these gentlemen this season. I appreciate it very much!

The top three teams in each division are:

Senior Division:

1st - 812 - the Echols County FFA Chapter, Advisor Hank Majeski
2nd - 804 - the Bleckley County FFA Chapter, Advisor Doyle Floyd 
3rd - 726 - the Ware County FFA Chapter, Advisor Renee Smith

Junior Division:

1st - 785 - the Echols Middle FFA Chapter, Advisor Shelby Corbett
2nd - 659 - the Appling Middle FFA Chapter, Advisor Ricky Barnes
3rd - 636 - the Bleckley County FFA Chapter, Advisor Walt Parks

Good luck as you prepare for your Area Forestry CDE!

Danny Bartlett
Forestry Area Teacher
South Region Agricultural Education
ABAC 34 - 2802 Moore Highway
Tifton, GA  31793
229/386-3198 (ofc)