Louisiana 4-H’ers earn 3rd place in national 4-H forestry contest

Mary Ann Van Osdell, Kilpatrick, Ricky L.  |  8/5/2009 12:50:12 AM

Ricky Kilpatrick (far left), LSU AgCenter agent in Bossier Parish, and Louisiana 4-H’ers Amanda Wolff, Laura Wolff and Morgan Smith, chaperone Lauren Smith and 4-H’er Karl Simon attended in the national 4-H forestry competition July 26-30 in Weston, W.Va. The 4-H’ers comprised the Louisiana team that captured third place. (Click on photo for downloadable image.)

News Release Distributed 08/04/09

A Louisiana 4-H team placed third among 14 state teams that participated in the National 4-H Forestry Invitational July 26-30 at West Virginia University’s Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center near Weston, W.Va.

Louisiana was represented by Karl Simon of Broussard, Morgan Smith of Sulphur and Amanda Wolff and Laura Wolff of Baton Rouge. The team was coached by Ricky Kilpatrick, LSU AgCenter agent in Bossier Parish.

4-H members competed for overall team and individual awards in several categories. Three of the four Louisiana 4-H’ers were in the top 10 for the individual award. Smith was fourth; Laura Wolff was seventh; Amanda Wolff was ninth.

Events included a written exam, tree identification, tree measurement, compass and pacing, insect and disease identification, topographic map use, the forestry bowl and forest evaluation.

The Farm Credit System and the Cooperative Extension Service sponsored the event.

More than 5.5 million young people participate in 4-H, and nearly 100,000 are part of the 4-H forestry program.

For more information on the National 4-H Forestry Invitational, go to www.aces.edu/n4hfi.

Mary Ann Van Osdell

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