Story by Dan Wilson, NRCS District Conservationist, Zone 4
The Orange County Judging Contest was held recently at the Golden Triangle Tree Farm.
Three judging categories were available for teams to compete in: the woodland clinic, land judging and forage evaluation. Several Hardin County schools participated. In the woodland clinic, teams were tasked with hardwood and pine identification, site evaluation, tree measurement and volume, along with a compass and pacing course.
Hardin-Jefferson finished first among Hardin county schools with the team of Dalton Horn, Andrea Jones, Sean Ryan and Kaley Sanford. Their score was 186. West Hardin was the second place finisher with a score of 165. Team members were Samantha Thayer, Jacob Cotler, David Spurgeon and Clayton Werner. Hardin-Jefferson also put a team in the top three from the county. Blake Tucker, Brandon Smith, Lance Wright and Chadd Tubbs combined their efforts scoring 162 points. Silsbee High entered a team in the forage evaluation, but unfortunately left the contest before I had a chance to learn the names of the team members. Congratulations and thanks to all the team members from our county schools for coming out and showing what Hardin county can do.
Students from Hardin-Jefferson FFA that placed in the Orange County Forestry contest. From left to right (front row) are Andrea Jones, Chad Tubbs, Kaley Sanford. From left to right (back row) are Dalton Horn, Lance Wright, Blake Tucker, Sean Ryan, Brandon Smith.