AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.–The Pickens County 4-H senior forestry team won the annual Alabama 4-H State Forestry Invitational. Members of the team include Logan Snipes, Kade Lucas, Abel Abernathy and Luke Koon.
Youth from across the state work hard to prepare for the invitational each year. At the event, teams use their knowledge to compete in areas such as tree identification, tree measurement, compass and pacing, forest evaluation and insect and disease identification.
“The Pickens County Forestry Club developed a strong working knowledge of forest habitats and we couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments,” said Emily Nichols, an Alabama Extension specialist charged with guiding Alabama 4-H’s natural resources and environmental education programs.
The Pickens County team will represent Alabama in the upcoming National 4-H Forestry Invitational in Weston, West Virginia, July 28 through Aug. 1.
In the junior division, forestry teams from Pickens, Tallapoosa, Lee, Walker and Bullock counties also placed first through fifth, respectively.
“The state competition requires a lot of year-round preparation and engages youth through technical skill development,” Nichols said. “Participants demonstrated not only a high level of technical knowledge and skills but also a lot of motivation, dedication and self-discipline.”
The Alabama 4-H Forestry program encourages young people to manage and conserve a variety of forest habitats. The state invitational helps Alabama youth foster an appreciation for Alabama’s natural resources. Alabama 4-H provides youth education and is a part of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. More than 178,000 young people participate or enroll in Alabama 4-H activities each year.
Pictured from left are Logan Snipes, Kade Lucas, Abel Abernathy and Luke Koon.