2011, National 4-H Forestry Invitational

Congratulations to our New York State 4-H Forestry Team. They competed well at the National Invitational in West Virginia.

Left to Right: Assistant Coach-Wendell Vaisey, Coach-Ingrid Hill, Team Members: Blake Vaisey, James Amels, Dylan Hill, Daniel Thompson and Assistant Coach-Gary Thompson.

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 New York Competes at National 4-H Forestry Invitational

 New York was one of 13 state teams that compete in the 32nd annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational from Sunday, July 24, through Thursday, July 28.  Teams from Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee placed first, second, and third respectively.

 The invitational was held at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center near Weston, West Virginia.  The event was sponsored by Farm Credit System, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, The Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc., Alpha Natural Resources, West Virginia University Extension Service, and the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.

 While at the Invitational 4-H members competed for overall team and individual awards in several categories.  Events included tree identification, tree measurement, compass and pacing, insect and disease identification, topographic map use, forest evaluation, the forestry bowl and a forestry written exam.

 New York was represented by James Amels of Bloomingburg, Blake Vaisey of Warrensburg, and Dylan Hill and Daniel Thompson both of Middletown. The team was coached by Ingrid Hill of Middletown.

 Brittany Evans of Georgia received the high-point individual award. Second place high individual award was given to Emory Nichols of Alabama and third place high individual award was given to Baylor Nichols of Alabama.

 The Joe Yeager Spirit of the Invitational award was given to Rachel Rice of Georgia.  This award recognizes an outstanding 4-H contestant at the Invitational.  It is presented to the individual who takes initiative, is enthusiastic, and is eager to lead academic and social situations.

 4-H is a youth education program operated by the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the state land grant universities. More than five-and-a-half million young people participate in

4-H, and nearly 100,000 are part of the 4-H Forestry Program.

 The event would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors including; Farm Credit System, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, The Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc., Alpha Natural Resources, West Virginia University Extension Service, and the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.

 Farm Credit System (FCS) is a government-sponsored enterprise created by Congress in 1916 to provide American agriculture with a dependable source of credit.  The FCS is a nationwide network of cooperatively organized banks and associations that are owned and controlled by their borrowers.  It serves all 50 States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

 Chesapeake Energy Corporation is one the largest producers of natural gas in the nation and the most active driller of new wells in the U.S.  Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company’s operations are focused on discovering and developing unconventional natural gas and oil fields onshore in the U.S.

 The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®), Inc. is a fully independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.  The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® label is a sign you are buying wood and paper products from a certified source, backed by a rigorous, third-party certification audit.

Alpha Natural Resources is one of America’s top metallurgical coal suppliers, helping to produce steel for growing nations around the globe.  Their high-quality coal helps utilities generate electricity more efficiently, while their diverse network of mines and coal preparation plants in the eastern and western U.S. gives them the ability to develop custom blends that suit the specific needs of their customers.

West Virginia University Extension Service educators and volunteers build and help sustain partnerships with people and organizations in West Virginia, to improve their lives and communities.  WVU’s programs and services strengthen individuals of all ages.

 The mission of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) is to bring Extension professionals together to discuss mutual natural resource issues, needs, and opportunities and to advance natural resource Extension through continuing education for Extension professionals.

 For more information on the National 4-H Forestry Invitational, go to: http://4hforestryinvitational.org/.

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