|Teens urged to look at camp for forest, wildlife conservation|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 01 June 2013 08:01|
COLUMBUS - Teens interested in exploring the outdoors are invited to attend the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp. The camp will be held June 9-14 at FFA Camp Muskingum, on Leesville Lake in Carroll County.
The Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp is a week-long resident camp that combines fun and learning, with the goal of reaching the next generation of caretakers of Ohio's valuable natural resources. Programs at this year's camp include: tree identification, wildlife management, ecology, forest management, songbirds, archaeology, forest industries and stream monitoring, along with many others.
"Forestry is more than harvesting trees; it is about managing the resource. That resource includes the lumber in those trees, the clean air we breathe, the clean water we drink, the wildlife that use the woods and the beautiful views we enjoy," said ODNR Service Forester and Camp Co-Director Jeremy Scherf. "This camp does a great job of providing education about our natural resources to these kids while making it fun and helping them develop lifelong friendships."
The camp is sponsored by the Ohio Forestry Association Inc., a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the wise management of Ohio's forests and natural resources. The camp is supported by the ODNR Divisions of Wildlife and Forestry, Ohio State University Extension, county soil and water conservation districts, and other private and government organizations with natural resource professionals who teach a variety of subjects.
Campers spend the week making new friends, participating in camp activities and learning about the environment around them. Camp culminates with a comprehensive exam including a tree identification section. The highest scoring students compete for college scholarships to Hocking College, the Ohio State University, and added this year, Ohio University. More than $3,700 in scholarships will be offered.
Camp costs $375, with sponsorships available to assist interested students who need help covering the fee, which are offered through local SWCD offices, sportsmen's clubs, forestry groups and many private forestry-sector businesses. Camp is open to youth who have completed the eighth grade and are at least 15 years old. Students must be registered by Wednesday to participate.
For more information, contact the Ohio Forestry Association at 888-38-TREES, or visit the OFA Web site at ohioforest.org.
The ODNR Division of Forestry, ohiodnr.gov/forestry.
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