The Panola Soil and Water Conservation District recently sponsored the annual Woodland Clinic.

This year’s contest was held at Double A Hunting Ranch off Highway 59. FFA teams from Carthage and Harrison County competed in the competition. The top two teams from each county then advanced to the Regional Woodland Clinic in Nacogdoches at the Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest.

Earning first place honors at the district contest was Carthage FFA. Team members consisted of Conner Alexander, Jackson Edelen and Zay Dunn. Gary FFA members Rachel Yarbrough and Brady Stephenson received second place honors, with Rachel Yarbrough earning the High Point Individual award. Both of these teams will advance to the Regional contest.

Students practice for many hours preparing themselves for the contest. Students are tested on hardwood tree ID, wildlife browse plants, pine ID, rate of growth, selective thinning, tree volume measurement, wood products, wood ID from blocks of wood, site index, cull tree removal, site management concerns, pine regeneration, and a compass and pacing course. The clinic is set up with 5 stations having multiple questions to be completed at each station, creating an intense non-stop competition.

Panola SWCD would like to thank the Texas Forest Service, Texas Soil & Water Conservation Board, Wayne Robinson and Sid Robinson for helping to set up and make sure the contest ran smooth. They would also like to Double A Hunting Ranch and Joe Allison for hosting the event and all the help they provided.

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