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Harrison andPanola County District Woodland Contest - Caddo Lake NWR
Southwest Region, April 13, 2010
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On Tuesday, April 13, 2010, the Harrison and Panola Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsored the District Woodland Contest held at the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Natural Resource Conservation Service employees, with help from John Stephens, Refuge Forester, set up the contest for the competition. Thirty nine students from four schools, including Waskom ISD, Elysian Fields ISD from Harrison County, Carthage ISD, and Gary ISD from Panola County competed in the contest.  Students were tested on their forestry skills in subjects including: compass and pacing, pine ID, pine rate of growth, pine regeneration, thinning, site management concerns, site index, hardwood ID, timber forage wildlife relationships, cull tree removal, pine tree volumes, wood products, and wood ID.  The top three teams from each county were recognized, as well as the high point individuals from each county, and the overall high point individual for the contest.  The top two teams from each county will proceed to the State Contest to be held on April 21st. Personnel from other agencies, including five from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, six from the Texas Forest Service, one from Texas Agrilife Extension, one from the State Soil and Water Conservation Board, and five from the Harrison and Panola Soil and Water Conservation Districts were on hand to assist with conducting the contest.  The Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge proved to be a great location for conducting the contest with excellent access and facilities for all participants.

Contact Info: Jason Roesner, 903-679-9144, jason_roesner@fws.gov



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