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Annual State Woodland Clinic Held

Story by Beverly Moseley

The annual State Woodland Clinic was held recently at the East Texas Plant Materials Center in Nacogdoches. Forty-eight FFA teams and 11 4-H teams competed in the event.

"The state woodland competition is an excellent opportunity for young people to develop their field forestry skills and understanding of the importance of proper forest management," said Mary Webb-Marek, forester for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Zone 4. "It also gave them a chance to meet resource professionals from the various agencies that sponsor the event, while also becoming familiar with these agencies' efforts to conserve our natural resources."

The first place FFA team was Central Heights #1. Rounding out the top three finishers was Warren FFA and Dayton FFA teams, respectively. The first place 4-H team was Jasper Helping Hands. Cass County #1 and San Jacinto County #1 4-H teams were the second and third place finishers.

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.

The Texas Forestry Association and the Texas Forest Landowners Council sponsored a scholarship for the State Woodland Clinic.

Student determines hardwood identification. Students were tested on their knowledge of determining the quality of a forest site.

Student determines hardwood identification.

Students were tested on their knowledge of determining the quality of a forest site.

A student determines distance and direction at the compass and pacing site.  

A student determines distance and direction at the compass and pacing site.

 
The Central Heights #1 FFA team (left) placed first and the Jasper Helping Hands 4-H team (right) placed first in the annual State Woodland Clinic. The Central Heights #1 FFA team (left) placed first and the Jasper Helping Hands 4-H team (right) placed first in the annual State Woodland Clinic.  

The Central Heights #1 FFA team (left) placed first and the Jasper Helping Hands 4-H team (right) placed first in the annual State Woodland Clinic.