Brian R. Chandler, Merrill, Thomas A. | 8/24/2007 2:35:57 AM
A Louisiana youngster was among the winners of various awards at the 28th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational earlier this summer.
Joshua Hippler of Many received the Joe Yeager leadership award, which is presented to the individual who demonstrated excellent communication, management, decision-making and interpersonal skills during the competition.
Louisiana was among the 17 states that participated in the event July 22-26 at West Virginia University’s Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center near Weston, W.Va.
During the event, 4-H members compete for overall team and individual awards in several categories. The competition includes a forestry written exam, tree identification, tree measurement, compass and pacing, insect and disease identification, topographic map use, the Forestry Bowl and forest evaluation.
4-H is a youth education program operated by Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state land-grant universities, including the LSU AgCenter. More than 5.5 million young people participate in 4-H nationwide, and nearly 100,000 are part of the 4-H Forestry Program.
In this competition, the team from Illinois won the event. Tennessee and Georgia placed second and third, respectively.
Team members representing Louisiana were Hippler, Ashton Ebarb of Zwolle, Alex LeBlanc of Abbeville and Cody Turner of Lafayette. The team was coached by LSU AgCenter forester Brian Chandler, who was assisted by AgCenter associate April Chiasson.
The International Paper Co. Foundation, Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals and the Cooperative Extension Service sponsored the invitational.