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Annual State Wildlife Alliance for Youth Career Development Event Held

Annual State Wildlife Alliance for Youth Career Development Event Held

Story by Beverly Moseley

Qualifying FFA and 4-H teams from across the state recently gathered at the East Texas Plant Materials Center for the annual State Wildlife Alliance for Youth Career Development Event.

�This event was a chance for these students to test their wildlife knowledge against other students from all over the state of Texas,� said Jim Rogers, NRCS wildlife biologist for Zone 4. �Since it�s a state contest, kids from West, Texas have to be familiar with plants, animals and management practices from East, Texas and vice versa.�

The top scoring FFA Chapter was from Rusk, followed by Johnson City FFA, Samuel Clemens-Cibolo Creek FFA, Jacksboro FFA and Tomball FFA, respectively. The high point individual FFA member was Tommy Marchetti of Rusk.

In the 4-H division, the top scoring chapter was from Kerr County, followed by chapters in Harris, Brazoria, Hemphill and McLennan counties, respectively. The high point individual 4-H team member was Daniel Haverlah from Kerr County.

Students were tested on questions in the areas of plant identification and preferences, biological facts, habitat evaluation and habitat management, Texas Parks and Wildlife fish and game regulations, safety, techniques, along with compass and pacing.

The top scoring FFA chapter was from Rusk.

The top scoring 4-H chapter was from Kerr County.

The top scoring FFA chapter was from Rusk.

The top scoring 4-H chapter was from Kerr County.

George Martin (front- right) a retired NRCS program liaison in Zone 4, is a founding organizer of the annual statewide wildlife competition. He was one of the numerous volunteers from different agencies that helped put on the event.

George Martin (front- right) a retired NRCS program liaison in Zone 4,
is a founding organizer of the annual statewide wildlife competition.
He was one of the numerous volunteers from different agencies that
helped put on the event.

A student evaluates tooth wear on a deer�s jaw bone to determine age.


 

Students answer test questions at the plant identification and
wildlife preference station.

Students at the compass and pacing site.