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Bryan County students learn conservation
Michael Kelly and Cooper Suddath, both of Bryan County, at the 49th annual Natural Resources Conservation Workshop held June 13-17 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton - photo by Photo provided.
Two high school students from Bryan County joined more than 150 others from across the state in the 49th annual Natural Resources Conservation Workshop held June 13-17 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.
Michael Kelly and Cooper Suddath were sponsored by Bryan County Farm Bureau through the Coastal Soil and Water Conservation District.  Local Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors in Bryan County are Fred Warnell and Clayton Tillman.
The workshop has graduated roughly 11,674 participants over the years and was enjoyed this year by 155 Georgia high school students including eight students from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students came from 77 counties throughout Georgia and attended the week’s activities of field trips and classroom functions with opportunities to earn college scholarships at the end of the week.
“This is an excellent opportunity for high school students interested in our environment and natural resources,” workshop director Dennis Brooks said. “Students learn the importance of conserving our natural resources and the vital role these resources play in our daily life and for generations to come.  
“Many students make decisions toward a career or area of study in college because of their involvement in this workshop.”
Instruction and hands-on activities were led by professionals from Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Georgia Mining Association.
Twelve different core subjects were covered: Wildlife Law Enforcement, Wildlife Management, Soil Conservation, Backyard Conservation, Georgia Coastal Resources, Fisheries Management, Conservation Engineering, Understanding Soils, Rediscovering Georgia’s Water Resources, Forest Protection, Forest Management and Mining/Conservation. Quizzes were given on the last day of the workshop, which covered the core subjects.
The tuition of most students was sponsored locally by businesses and organizations through the local soil and water conservation districts.  
Thirteen college scholarships worth $16,950 along with $425 cash and plaques were given to students with the highest scores. Scholarships were provided by the following organizations: Georgia Association of Conservation District Supervisors, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation, Natural Resources Conservation Workshop Scholarship Funds,  The University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Chapter American Public Works Association, Georgia Mining Association, the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Georgia Chapter NOPBNRCSE and the Blue Ridge SWCD/Young Harris College.
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