The International Jr. Foresters’ Competition is an annual event hosted by Russian Federal Forestry Agency (RFFA). It promotes and rewards young scientists for their interest and efforts in the environmental field, and encourages international dialogue about forestry issues. The USA participated in this event for the first time in 2012, and our student representatives won 3rd place in the overall competition! Click here to learn more about their experience: http://blogs.usda.
The 2013 competition will take place in in mid-September (exact dates TBD), and will include time for sightseeing in Moscow as well as field trips to Russian forests. The Russian Federal Forestry Agency is inviting youth ages 16-20 to submit projects on topics such as forest science and silviculture, wildlife ecology, plant ecology, etc. Projects will be presented to an international panel of judges (each team will give a 10 minute presentation) to compete for public recognition and valuable prizes.
US Forest Service International Programs will provide 1-2 scholarships to cover international travel for qualified applicants. To compete for these scholarships, the deadline for submission of projects to the US Forest Service International Programs office is July 15th, 2013. In country costs such as lodging, meals, and ground transportation will be covered by the Russian Federal Forestry Agency.
Please see the attached documents for detailed information about the competition, project requirements, and the application form. More details about the exact dates and location will be announced in early summer; interested applicants are encouraged to contact Jennifer Smith before applying to learn the latest information and confirm the application process. Feel free to contact Jennifer at any point with questions or concerns. Email: ([email protected]). Phone: 202-677-2085.