By: Andrea Walker, Conservation Specialist, WVCA
The Potomac Valley Conservation District hosted a spring Envirothon training on March 29th at Mill Creek Valley Farms in Purgitsville, WV. The farm is owned and operated by Jimmy and J.W. See. The district, students, parents and coaches express their gratitude to the See family for allowing their farm to be the training site. A big thank you also goes out to the Potomac Valley Conservation District (PVCD) for sponsoring lunch. Thank you to the instructors that made this event possible: Tim Dilliplane, Soils with Natural Resources Conservation Service; Brock Markwell, Wildlife with Natural Resources Conservation Service; Jim Bowen, Forestry with WV Division of Forestry; and Brooke Andrew, Aquatics with Trout Unlimited. Teams from Hampshire, Mineral and Hardy counties participated in the day long training. These students will compete in the state Envirothon contest at Jackson’s Mill, Weston WV on April 20th and 21st. The West Virginia Envirothon is a conservation education program and competition for students in grades 9 through 12. The West Virginia Envirothon focuses on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current environmental topic. By participating in the Envirothon program, students learn about West Virginia’s diverse ecosystem and how they can help conserve and protect it for future generations. For more information on the WV Envirothon, visit the web page: www.wvca.us/envirothon .