March 1, 2018 / Uncategorized / Jamie Tiralla

March 1, 2018 (Annapolis, MD) — The Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District is hosting its annual Anne Arundel County Enviroton event on Friday, April 13 at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville.

The Envirothon is a hands-on, environmental problem-solving competition for high school-aged students. Participating teams compete to test their knowledge and skills in five natural resource categories: soils/landuse, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue.

“The District has been involved with the Envirothon for many years now and it is always encouraging to see the enthusiasm the students have when attending the Envirothon training sessions and competition,” said John Czajkowski, District Manager for the Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District.

This year’s “5th issue” is western rangeland management and pasture management. Envirothon teams will learn how Best Management Practices (BMPs) are used to protect western rangelands, improve grazing management schemes, promote pest management, reduce uncontrolled wildfires, and improve habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife.

“Pasture management also applies to farms in Maryland,” Czajkowski said. “Livestock are an important component of our agricultural industry in Anne Arundel County. The District works with local farmers to ensure that pastures and soils are properly managed.”

Last year, a team from South River High School took first place among 15 teams that competed in the Anne Arundel Envirothon. Czajkowski said about 75 students are expected to take part in the 2018 Envirothon, representing eight area high schools.

The winning team from this year’s local competition will advance to the Maryland Envirothon which takes place at the Maryland 4-H Environmental Education and Camping Center in Garrett County on June 14 and 15.

Winners from state competitions advance to the National Envirothon on July 24 through 29 at Idaho State University.

In Anne Arundel County, the Envirothon competition is largely sponsored by the Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District. Other key partners include the Anne Arundel County Public Schools,
the Maryland Department of the Environment, and the Department of Natural Resources along with other state agencies and organizations.

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About Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District
Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District protects the county’s natural resources by offering technical assistance to private landowners and the government for the conservation,
management and best use of soil, water and other natural resources. AASCD helps landowners and developers stay in compliance with Federal, State and County policies through voluntary and mandated programs. The efforts of the District focus on the environmental effects of two different but equally essential areas of our local economy: agriculture and urban development. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.