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Kerr County SWCD’s 30th Year at Youth Range Workshop

Kerr County SWCD�s 30th Year at Youth Range Workshop

Story by Deanna Pfeffer, Kerr County SWCD

The Kerr County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) once again hosted lunch for the students of the Youth Range Workshop at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area on June 23 in Junction. The Texas Section Society for Range Management held their annual youth camp for about 40 campers this year. This camp exposes campers to land management practices on several field trips to area ranches, including the Kerr WMA. The field trips teach rangeland management practices conducted for livestock, wildlife, recreation and rangeland restoration.

For the past 30 years, the Kerr County SWCD has provided lunch on the day the campers� journey to the Kerr WMA. Jack Clarke, SWCD board member, took the lead on cooking hamburgers, fries, and all the fixings for the campers, instructors and guests that were present.

New this year at the Youth Range Workshop was an award initiated by the Kerr County SWCD. The George Holekamp Award honors Holekamp�s ongoing lifetime commitment to soil, water, and rangeland conservation. He has served on the Kerr County SWCD for 56 years, and has farmed and ranched in Kerr and Gillespie Counties his entire life. This award is given to one camper at the workshop, who best relates his learning experiences from camp to those attending the lunch at the Kerr WMA through a public speaking format. The 2011 George Holekamp Award winner was Aaron Weishuhn who received a certificate and belt buckle.

The 2011 George Holekamp Award winner was Aaron Weishuhn who received a certificate and belt buckle. The George Holekamp Award was given to one camper at the Youth Range Management Workshop, who best relates his/hers learning experiences from camp to those attending the lunch at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area through a public speaking format.

The 2011 George Holekamp Award winner was Aaron Weishuhn who received a certificate and belt buckle.

The George Holekamp Award was given to one camper at the Youth Range Management Workshop, who best relates his/hers learning experiences from camp to those attending the lunch at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area through a public speaking format.

The Texas Section Society for Range Management held their annual youth camp for nearly 40 campers during June.  The Texas Section Society for Range Management held their annual youth camp for nearly 40 campers during June. The Texas Section Society for Range Management held their annual youth camp for nearly 40 campers during June.

The Texas Section Society for Range Management held their annual youth camp for nearly 40 campers during June.