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Panola Soil and Water Conservation District Hosts Annual Forest Competition | News

The Panola Soil and Water Conservation District (PSWCD) recently sponsored the annual Woodland Clinic with Harrison County at Double A Hunting Ranch.

Members of Panola County FFA chapters competed with Harrison County FFA teams. Teams completed a course that included hardwood identification, wood products, relationships between fodder wood and wildlife, growth rate, tree measurement, volume, thinning, felling of trees, compass and overtaking, pine identification and regeneration, site management and site index.

After the contest, crews and workers were treated to a lunch of catfish, provided by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts and local business sponsors.

The teams competed for first and second place to qualify for the Regional Forestry Competition, April 20 at the Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest in Nacogdoches.

The first place won for Panola County is Gary FFA’s #1 team of Abigail Johnson, Rachel Yarbrough, Eli Comer, Della Kiper and Abigail Holmes.

Rachel Yarbrough also received the overall High Point Individual Award for Panola County.

The second place goes to the team n°1 of Carthage FFA; the team members were Connor Alexander, Will McDaniel and Jackson Edelen.

PSWCD thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the competition. The competition is made possible by volunteers from the Texas Forest Service, Panola County Groundwater Conservation District, Double A Hunting Ranch, Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Nacogdoches Poultry Office, teachers from FFA Ag Science, Sid Robinson, Wayne Robinson and directors of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

The organization also thanked the local business sponsors who make events like this possible: Car-Tex Trailer, Bar3 Brangus and Keith Adams, Farmer’s State Bank and First State Bank & Trust.