Concern for the environment has been a significant part of the 4-H Program, since its beginning. The wildlife project gives 4-H members the opportunity to explore various roles in taking care of the environment.
The state 4-H Wildlife Conference and wildlife judging helps 4-H members develop valuable skills related to the environment.
Three Sevier County 4-H Members took part in the Junior High Wildlife Conference held recently at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center, in Greeneville. Delegates included: Erica Barnhart, Rhett Clanton and Beth Trenkamp, all of Sevierville. Delegates to Wildlife Conference are selected from across the state. Delegates have the opportunity to learn about game management, wildlife, ecology, reptiles, forestry management, fish management, hunter safety and wildlife management methods. State Wildlife Conference is sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service.
4-H members have also excelled in Wildlife Judging. Senior High Judging Team members placed first in district competition with team members Tanner Jessel, Thomas Whillock, Adam Hopkins and Brandi Love. As individuals, Tanner placed 2nd, Thomas 4th, Adam 5th and Brandi 7th. The Junior High Team placed 2nd in the district, with Samantha Trenkamp, Beth Trenkamp and Rhett Clanton. As individuals, Samantha placed 1st and Beth placed 3rd.
Wildlife Judging gives young people the opportunity to develop and practice their reasoning and decision making skills while learning about wildlife habitat and its management.

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