FFA and 4-H members from across Texas gathered recently to compete in the annual State Woodland Clinic held at the East Texas Plant Materials Center in Nacogdoches. This yearï¿½s event had 42 FFA teams and 12 4-H teams participating.
Warren FFA took top honors in the FFA team competition. Dayton FFA placed second and Central Heights FFA placed third. In the 4-H division, Hope 4-H placed first, followed by Helping Hands 4-H and San Jacinto 4-H, respectively. Caleb Whatley was one of the four members that made up the Hope 4-H team. This was his fourth year to compete in the event.
ï¿½It was real exciting,ï¿½ Whatley said. ï¿½Iï¿½ve worked hard all year and itï¿½s really paid off.ï¿½
Students were tested at five woodland stations in the areas of thinning, regeneration, timber wildlife forage, site management concerns, pine identification, site index, compass and pacing, rate of growth, wood identification, volume, wood products, hardwood identification and cull tree removal.
ï¿½It is our hope that this event, while competitive in nature, is remembered as a fun contest. NRCS looks forward to working with our partners, the Texas Forest Landowners Association and SFASU for this annual contest. Ag science teachers and parents have worked hard all year long teaching their students the basic elements of forestry that are used for this competition,ï¿½ said Jeanna Childers, Texas state forester for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The top placing teams at the event qualified to compete at the Southern Regional Woodland Clinic held in Arkansas. Warren FFA placed third and Hope 4-H placed first in its division at the regional competition.
The Texas Forest Landowners Council and the Texas Forestry Association sponsored a scholarship for the State Woodland Clinic.
Students competing in the annual State Woodland Clinic make their way to designated testing sites. Forty-two FFA teams and 12 4-H teams competed in the clinic.
Students at the compass and pacing site are determining distance and direction.
Woodland sticks are used to determine tree height.
Students work to identify plants, along with the wildlife species which prefer those identified plants at the timber, wildlife and forage relationship site.
Students identify a pine species.
Knowledge on determining a treeï¿½s rate of growth also was tested.