The 2020 Idaho State Forestry Contest is cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19.

The annual contest introduces students in grades five through 12 to basic forestry and resource management skills. More than 250 volunteers donated their time to help run the contest in past years and a record 700 students from around the state participated in 2019.

The contest has always been held the second Thursday in May north of Coeur d’Alene. It is sponsored by the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), Bonner Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Forest Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The decision to cancel was made to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in preparing for and/or attending the contest. Although it is disappointing not to have the contest this year, plans are already underway for the 2021 Idaho State Forestry Contest.

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