Are You a 4-H’er With a Forestry Interest? Essay Contest May Be for You!

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Forest Products Week Essay Contest

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Did you know wood is the only natural resource on Earth that is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable? To celebrate Forest Products Week, the North Carolina Forestry Association, along with its sponsors N.C. Forest Service and the NC Sustainable Forestry Initiative, are hosting a statewide essay contest to promote the 1,000 companies directly contributing to North Carolina forest economy. Top essays will be selected from the elementary, middle and high school categories. All three winners will each receive a $200 visa gift card. The teacher of the winning essay will also receive a $100 visa gift card for classroom materials, and a scholarship to attend the 2019 Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience. The contest is open to all students in North Carolina, including charter, private, and homeschool students.

Grade Level Essay Length Writing Prompt
Elementary (3rd-5th) 350 words or less What tree and forest products do you use every day, and why are they important?
Middle (6th-8th) 400 words or less How does the forest clean and protect our water?
High (9th-12th) 500 words or less What role does forestry play in the carbon cycle?

Teacher Requirements: 

If teachers are encouraging a whole class to participate, then teachers are required to select the top five essays submitted. If teachers lead multiple sections of a course, teachers can send the top five essays per class section. Send essays in one envelope to NCFA.

Due Date: 

Essays will be due on the last day of National Forest Products Week (October 26, 2018). Essays must be received or postmarked by Friday, October 26, 2018. Students and teachers of winning essays will be notified by December 1. Please look to our website and social media pages for selected individuals.

Visit our website for more information on the contest, including submission requirements and judging criteria.

Please direct all questions about this particular opportunity to:
Amy Juliana
NC Forestry Association, Education Manager
1600 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27608
Office: 919-834-3943 ext 2
Fax: 919-832-6188