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Maryland teens gear up for Envirothon competition

April 15, 2008

Across Maryland, teenagers are grabbing their binoculars, pulling on their waterproof boots and consulting their field guides as they gear up to take part in the first round of competitions leading up to the 2008 Canon Envirothon, North America's largest and most prestigious natural resources event for high school students.

Students participating in the Envirothon have been studying the state's natural resources for the past year. They have learned from the experts how to identify and categorize living resources, perform soil surveys, estimate wood yield from trees, and solve other complex natural resource issues.

Teams are tested in five areas: soils, aquatics, wildlife, forestry and environmental issues. The county team with the highest cumulative total wins their local competition and advances to the Maryland Envirothon, scheduled for June 17 to 19 at the Harford Glen Environmental Education Center in Harford County.

The winner of the Maryland Envirothon represents the state at the 2008 Canon Envirothon. More than 300 of the brightest teenagers from across the United States and Canada will participate in this competition slated for later this summer in Flagstaff, Ariz. For a complete list of county Envirothon competition dates and locations, visit the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation District's Web site www.mascd.net/envirothon/news_2008Co_Events.htm. Envirothon is sponsored by soil conservation districts and the State Soil Conservation Committee.

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