Wednesday, May 4, 2016

4-H Members Learn and Excel at Wildlife and Forestry at Field Day

The 2016 4-H Wildlife and Forestry Field Day, held at Rock Springs, PA on April 23rd, was another “wild” success! 4-H youth and adults from across the state explored the wildlife and forestry sciences and over 100 individuals participated. The event featured an Exploratory Tract for younger 4-H youth and a Science Tract for teens. The event also included a competitive knowledge and skills test for teens hoping to attend national 4-H competitive events in wildlife and forestry.

The top four winners in forestry judging were 1st Place: Ella Miller (Potter County), 2nd Place: Riley Roslund (Butler Couny), 3rd Place: Hilary Fernandes (Tioga County), and 4th Place: Eva Olufson (Potter County). These top scoring individuals now have the opportunity to represent Pennsylvania at the 2016 National 4-H Forestry Invitational to be held July 31-Aug 4 at Jackson’s Mill 4-H Conference Center in Weston, West Virginia. Participants in both the state and national program must demonstrate their skills in tree measurement, tree identification, insect and disease identification, compass use, topographic map reading, and applied forestry principles.

The top five winners in wildlife science were 1st Place: Laurie Enders (Armstrong County), 2nd Place: Grace Stewart (Cumberland County), 3rd Place: April Flowers (Indiana County), and 4th Place (tied): Natashia Tomes (York County) and 4th Place (tied): Libby Ouellette (York County). These top scoring individuals now have the opportunity to represent Pennsylvania at the 2016 National Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Contest to be held July 24-27 at Canaan Valley, West Virginia. Participants in both the state and national program must demonstrate their knowledge in habitat evaluation, wildlife identification, wildlife management practices and applied wildlife science principles.

Extension Specialist Sanford Smith, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, and David Jackson, Penn State Extension Forestry Educator, organized this year’s event. Also assisting was Margaret Brittingham, Penn State professor of Wildlife Sciences, 4-H volunteer leader and professional forester, Ashlee Gulvas, and 15 undergraduate and graduate students from Penn State. The Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee and Pennsylvania Forest Products Association helped sponsor this event. 

For more information, contact Sanford Smith at sss5@psu.edu or David Jackson at drj11@psu.edu.

Happy campers at the 2016 4-H Wildlife and Forestry Field Day, held at Rock Springs, PA. The top four winners in the forestry judging were (left to right) 1st Place: Ella Miller (Potter County), 2nd Place: Riley Roslund (Butler County), 3rd Place: Hilary Fernandes (Tioga County), and 4th Place: Eva Olufson (Potter County). These top scoring individuals now have the opportunity to represent Pennsylvania at the 2016 National 4-H Forestry Invitational to be held July 31 - Aug 4 at Jackson's Mill 4-H Conference Center in Weston, West Virginia.

Success at the 2016 4-H Wildlife and Forestry Field Day, held at Rock Springs, PA. The top five winners wildlife science were (left to right) 1st Place: Laurie Enders (Armstrong County), 2nd Place: Grace Stewart (Cumberland County), 3rd Place: April Flowers (Indiana County), and 4th Place (tied): Natashia Tomes (York County) and Libby Ouellette (York County). These top scoring individuals now have the opportunity to represent Pennsylvania at the 2016 National Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Contest to be held July 24-27 at Canaan Valley, West Virginia.