Forest County Envirothon



The Tri-County Envirothon was held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.  This annual event was held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Brookville and sponsored by the Clarion County Conservation District (CCCD), Forest County Conservation District (FCCD) and Jefferson County Conservation District (JCCD).

Presenters at this year’s event were:

Forestry Station – Dave Cole – DCNR - Bureau of Forestry

Aquatics Station – Grace Pesselato, JCCD

Wildlife Station – Roger Hartless, Jesse Bish and Jonathan Smith - PA Game Commission

Soils Station – Suzanne Klinger, NRCS, and Megan Whitlatch, JCCD

Agriculture Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship – Trudy Alexander, CCCD

 Melissa Buck, JCCD, plans this event each year for students in grade 9 – 12.  Shaun Wessell, JCCD, and Donna Zofcin, FCCD, also assisted at the event.

 Students use study materials provided to them by the Pennsylvania Envirothon to prepare for the event.  Study information is located on the website.  For the second year, the students were also able to use the “PA Envirothon” App.  Students could download the app to their smart phones and tablets.  This enabled them to study for the Envirothon on the go!

 The day of the event, tests were completed and scored at each of the 5 stations listed above.  At the Forestry station, they identified and measured different kinds of trees and shrubs and answered various questions relating to our forests.  The soils station required the students to use a soil profile and identify different types of soil.  The students were quizzed in the Aquatics station on their knowledge of fish and aquatic life.  The Wildlife Station tested the students on identifying wildlife and bird calls.  The fifth station is a special station that changes each year.  Agriculture Soil & Water Conservation Stewardship was the special station for this year’s Envirothon.  This station tested a student’s knowledge of how agricultural and urban areas, including sewage treatment systems and even air pollution can contaminate Pennsylvania’s streams.

 West Forest - Team A was second place with a score of 365.  They received Silver medallions.  Team members include: Bryant Niederriter, Chris Pedersen, Steve Barnett, Kristina Wagner and Andrew Schwab.

 West Forest – Team A also was the top scoring team in Forestry.

 West Forest Team A represented Forest County at the State Envirothon on May 23 and 24th at University of Pittsburgh Johnstown.