The Rich Mountain Conservation District and Cossatot Conservation District co-hosted and Forestry and Land Contest on Wednesday March 27th at the Cossatot River State Park Visitor Center. Fifteen schools competed with a total of 135 students. Teams traveled from all parts of the state to compete in the yearly event.
The overall team winner for the land contest was Ouachita High School, with Acorn High School as the Polk County team winner. Shanna Johnson from Cossatot River High School was the high point individual for the county.
The overall team winner for the forestry contest was Hermitage High School, with Mena High School as the Polk County team winner. Brendon Catlett from Mena High School was the high point individual for the county.
The Rich Mountain and Cossatot Conservation Districts would like to thank the Cossatot River State Park and Don Youngblood for the use of land for both the Forestry and Land portions of the contest. There are several organizations that donated their time and knowledge: Natural Resources Conservation Service, Arkansas Forestry Association, Arkansas Forestry Commission, University of Arkansas Extension Service-DeQueen, and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas. Pilgrim’s Pride donated chicken for lunch.