|FRANKLIN COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT|
The Franklin County Soil and Water office along with the Essex, Clinton and St Lawrence offices hosted the Northern Adirondack Regional Envirothon! This year the event was held at Paul Smiths College on May 12th.
The Northern Adirondack Regional Envirothon is a hands-on environmental education competition where a team of five high school students work together in hopes of winning scholarships and awards. The teams compete in five different environmental categories (i.e., soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife) and current environmental issues. This event is funded by donors and soil and water staff. 25 teams participated, from 13 different schools. In Franklin County Chateaugay Central School, Franklin Academy and Saranac Lake High School participated. The Franklin Tree Trippers won for Franklin County! From right to left are: Marissa Perez, Ian Rydgren, Lori Burdash, Erica Finnegan, and John Miletich
This year’s sponsors were: Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St Lawrence Counties, Paul Smiths College, ESF Ranger School, Essex County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, Catamount Lodge and Forest, LLC, Ellsworth Homestead, LLC, International Paper Company, and ALCOA. Donors were; Malone Federation of Teachers, Franklin County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, St Lawrence County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, Stewarts Shops, Price Chopper, and Corning, Inc.
The winning teams attend the State Envirothon- this year it was held in Geneva, New York at Hobart Williams and Smith. Then the winner from the state event will attend the National. This year the National will be held on July 24-29, 2011 at Mt. Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. Our state winners were Academy at Fox Hill. For more information on the envirothon and what you could do to help check out this website: http://www.nysenvirothon.net/
and feel free to contact Jane at 483-4061 ext. 3. We are always looking for more volunteers, donations and schools to participate!