SWCD sponsors FFA’s forestry contest

Mountain Bayou Boy Scout Camp was a beautiful setting for the Area III FFA Forestry Judging Contest which was held Thursday, October 9. Acting hosts for the competition included Evangeline SWCD and FFA Area III Officers.

Students were required to evaluate six forestry stations. Some of the stations required students to assess which trees would be best suited for thinning, while other stations presented students the opportunity to test their tree identification skills. In all, the students competed in timber stand improvement, tree identification, pulpwood, compass and pacing, saw logs and map reading. The youth were under the direction of the Evangeline SWCD, NRCS and Louisiana Technical College, Oakdale campus staff as they traversed the campground.

The Evangeline SWCD is well-known for its efforts in promoting conservation to the youth. In fact, the forestry competition gave the Evangeline SWCD a wonderful opportunity to educate students in stewardship. As many know, forestry is one of Louisiana’s leading economic industries. It is vital to teach students the importance of good land management and the impact they have on future lands. If we do not educate the youth of today, the very same vibrant forests that we see today, could be gone tomorrow due to poor forest management. The very issues of conservation education and awareness are the messages the Evangeline SWCD are trying to convey. The Evangeline SWCD is passionate about educating youth and instilling its core values of conservation. The forestry competition was a great success and Evangeline SWCD looks forward to hosting many more years.

There were several FFA Chapters throughout the area that participated in the 2008 Area III FFA Forestry Judging Contest. See the chart with the results from the contest which include school placings, high individual and overall.

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