AUBURN, Ala.–The Lee County 4-H Forestry senior team recently won the annual Alabama 4-H State Forestry Invitational. The team will also represent Alabama in the upcoming National 4-H Forestry Invitational in Weston, West Virginia, July 29 through Aug. 2.
Members of the team include Carey Nichols, Ethan Rankins, Nathan Gullatt and Rice Nichols. The invitational was held at Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula.
“The Lee County Forestry Club has gone the extra mile to learn forestry concepts and practices and to develop a strong team,” said Emily Nichols, an Alabama Extension specialist charged with guiding Alabama 4-H’s natural resources and environmental education programs. “Alabama 4-H is proud of their hard work and wishes them the best of luck in West Virginia.”
Alabama youth work hard to prepare for the invitational, which presents individual awards in addition to the overall team award. Events require rigorous study in tree identification, tree measurement, compass and pacing, forest evaluation and also insect and disease identification.
Senior teams from Pickens and Walker counties placed second and third, respectively. In the Junior Division, forestry teams from Pickens, Lee, Tallapoosa, Morgan and Tuscaloosa counties also placed first through fifth, respectively.
“Participants demonstrated not only a high level of technical knowledge and skills but also a lot of motivation, dedication and self-discipline,” said Nichols.
The Alabama 4-H Forestry program encourages young people to manage and conserve a variety of forest habitats. The state invitational helps youth foster an appreciation for Alabama’s natural resources.
Pictured from left are Carey Nichols, Ethan Rankins, Nathan Gullatt and Rice Nichols.