The 27th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational will be held Sunday, July 23, through Thursday, July 27, at West Virginia Universitys Jacksons Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center near Weston.

Area media are invited to cover the following events:

Tuesday, July 25

9 a.m. to Noon and 1-5 p.m.:

Tree Measurement and Compass and Pacing are active outdoor events. Groups will compete throughout the day.

Wednesday, July 26

8:45 a.m. to Noon:

Forestry evaluation will be held in the woods at Jacksons Mill. Inquire after Sunday, July 23, for exact location.

This national championship of 4-H forestry began in 1980. Last year, teams representing 16 states competed. It is sponsored by the International Paper Company Foundation and the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The invitational is the only national 4-H competition held in this state. Both team and individual awards are given.

Participation in the invitational provides an opportunity for 4-H foresters to gain skills in citizenship, leadership and practical forest management. Later, this knowledge will help the future foresters manage forestland and handle environmental concerns.

In West Virginia, 4-H Youth Development programs and activities are coordinated by the West Virginia University Extension Service.

Consult the National 4-H Forestry Invitational Web site (http://www.aces.edu/N4HFI/) for more information.