Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter had a team compete in the State Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) contest. The event was held at the Zane State College Natural Resource Center in Zanesville, Ohio.
In order to qualify for this contest, teams must place within the top five teams in one of the competitions that relates to the environment and its resources. Those career development events include Urban Soils, Rural Soils, Wildlife Management, Nature Interpretation, and Forestry. Fredericktown’s team had placed 3rd in the State Ag Soils competition to qualify for the State ENR Competition. This accomplishment also qualified them to compete in the National Soils Competition in May in Oklahoma City, OK.
The ENR contest involves 5 separate parts including: soils analysis, habitat, GPS location, water analysis, and a presentation on a topic. Teams consist of 4 members. Teams analyze the different characteristics of the water, soil, and Ecosystems and habitats (which includes the local wildlife and plant species) and use a GPS to locate various points. They work together as a team to answer questions about each section. The presentation topic was on the decrease in pollinators and how harm to honey bees play an important role in this. Fredericktown’s team did their presentation on the importance of pollination and how everyone could play a role by planting pollinator plants that are in high demand by the bees. Contestants also have to take an online knowledge test.
The team did a great job and placed 4th place in Ohio. Fredericktown FFA Adviser is Debra Burden.