Note: The previous version of this article sent by the Panola County Soil and Water Conservation District contained the information from last year’s Woodland contest instead of this year’s contest.

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 Gary FFA Team #1. Team members include; Nixi Hughes, Cody Gilbert, Rachel Yarbrough and Summer Stewart. Earning second place was Carthage FFA #1 and team members included Connor Davis, Dylan Leach, Jackson Edelen and Brennon Phillips. Carthage FFA#2 placed third at the annual contest. Team members were Hunter Alexander, Matt Ham and J.T. Romero. J.T. Romero also was awarded the Overall Highpoint Individual award after scoring 63 points.

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 and Sid Robinson for helping to set up and make sure the contest ran smooth. We would also like to Double A Hunting Ranch and Joe Allison for hosting our event and all the help they provided.