The F. Donald Myers Education Center Environmental Conservation and Forestry Chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA) was selected to compete in the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.
The four-person team of Colby Rounds, Warrensburg CSD; Paul Partak, Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD; Sam Kergel, Ballston Spa; and Stephan Matos, Schuylerville will compete in the Forestry Career Development Event. Career Development Events (CDEs) were created help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.
Forestry is one of 24 national CDE areas. The competition will challenge team members to recognize environmental and social factors affecting the management of forests and identify major species of trees that are of economic importance domestically and internationally. The team will also be tested on their ability to recognize and understand approved silvicultural practices in the US, identify forest disorders and their causes, take forest inventory, utilize marketing management strategies, and recognize safety practices in forest management.
On the way to the competition, Conservation Instructor and FFA Chapter Advisor Dennis Flynn arranged for students to get a taste of careers, college, and history associated with the students’ field of interest. The group received a tour of Batavia Turf in Western New York, stopped by the University of Notre Dame, and saw examples of green roofs from the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago, which was once the world’s tallest building.
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