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May 08, 2008

N.C. youth participate in state WHEP competition

In April, 60 4-Hers converged at Carolina Beach State Park in New
Hanover County for the 2008 State Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program Contest. Eight counties put forth five Senior Division teams and 11 Junior Division teams. In addition, four individuals and one Cloverbud participated in the contest. The contest consisted of wildlife identification, wildlife foods, aerial photo interpretation and on-site habitat recommendations.

The top scoring Senior Division team from Henderson County will have the opportunity to represent North Carolina at the National 4-H WHEP Invitational this July in Stillwater, Okla. Members of the Henderson County team are Patrick McCraw, Caleb Worrell, Bethany Hyde and Kayla Jones. Ranae Worrell, Deanna McCraw, Marie Stinnett and Cindy Hyde coach the Henderson County teams.

The top three senior individual scores also came from the Henderson County team. Alleghany County was the first place Junior Division team. Gretchen Huysman, from the Alleghany County Junior Division team, received the state contest highest score and a perfect score in the wildlife foods portion of the contest. Teams traveled from across the state to participate in the state contest at Carolina Beach
State Park. The counties represented included Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Brunswick, Guilford, Henderson, Union and Wayne.

More event results are listed below. WHEP is a 4-H program teaching youth about wildlife and the management of their habitats. WHEP is sponsored nationally by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and International Paper. In North Carolina, N.C. State University's Extension Forestry program, the North Carolina State Council of Quail Unlimited and many Quail Unlimited chapters sponsor the WHEP
program.

Posted by Natalie at May 8, 2008 03:10 PM