The Rich Mountain Conservation District along with the Cossatot Conservation Districted hosted a land and forestry judging contest for high school teams on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The contest was held at the Gillham Lake Corps of Engineer building and Little Coon Creek Campground. Teams from as far as Clinton, AR attended this year. There were a total of 142 students from 14 schools that competed.
Plaques were awarded to high point teams and individuals in both land and forestry. Caddo Hills High School took first place in the land contest and Taylor High School in the forestry contest. Additional recognition went to Cossatot River as the high point team for Polk County in both the land and forestry contests. Garrett Watkins and Mathew Littell were recognized as the high point individuals for Polk County in the land and forestry contest respectively.
Lunch was provided for all participants with the help of donations from Tyson Foods, and Billy Barton for providing Little Debbie cakes. The Rich Mountain and Cossatot Conservation Districts would also like to thank the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, the U.S. Forest Service, the Corps of Engineers, and other volunteers that helped in the contest setup and administration. Additional funding and donations were provided by Rob Beadle of the Arkansas Forestry Association, Weyco, Pilgrim’s Pride, and DeQueen/Mena Education Co-op for the use of the scantron scoring machine.