WVDEP honors 4-H groups with awards

CAIRO – 4-H groups in Wood County won awards in the annual West Virginia Youth Environmental Day May 17 at North Bend State Park in Cairo.

Sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection, 51st annual Youth Environmental Program was attended by 1,000 youth and families participating in camping, educational exhibits, games and other activities.

Winners and the awards were:

* Streams and Trails Award: Sharp Shooters 4-H Club, Wood County, $300 to the youth group that has shown the most effort in cleaning a stream or building or maintaining a trail.

* District Coordinators’ Awards: Belleville 4-H Cloverbuds, Wood County, $200 to youth groups in each of the six districts in recognition of community environmental efforts.

* Environmental Achievement Award: Boy Scout Troop 129 and Cub Scout Pack 129, Wood County, $300 presented to a newly enrolled youth group showing the most progress through participation in community environmental projects.

* Rhododendron Category Environmental Award: Belleville 4-H Club, Wood County, $500 to a youth group completing projects that answer an environmental need and members are 15 years and older.

* Recycling Award: Sand Hill Explorers 4-H Club, Wood County, $300 presented to a youth group with the best overall recycling projects.

* Wildlife Management Award: Cub Scout Pack 47, Wood County, $300 presented to a youth group completing a wildlife management project that encompasses food, water and cover for wildlife.

* DuPont Washington Works Plastic Recycling Award: Fairview 4-H Club, Wood County, $300 to the youth group that has completed the most exceptional projects that integrate recycling a variety of plastics.

* North Bend Clean & Green Award: Cub Scout Pack 47, Wood County, $200 to the youth group that completes the most outstanding job of helping keep North Bend State Park clean and green.

Also winning awards were the following groups:

* Save Our Streams Award: Highland School Hawks Conservation Club, Ritchie County, $300 to the youth group with projects meeting the goals of the Save Our Streams Program.

* Watershed Protection Award: Roane-Jackson Technical Center FFA Chapter, Jackson County, $300 to the youth group that shows the most effort in watershed protection, education and community awareness.

* REAP Adopt-A-Spot Award: Schultz Ridge Runners 4-H Club, Pleasants County, presented to the youth group with an Adopt-A-Spot that has maintained the spot with three reported cleanups and that has planted and maintained flowers on the spot for each blooming season.

* West Virginia Forestlands and Wood Products Art Awards: Isiah Ash, Center Point Flyers 4-H Club, Doddridge County (grade school winner), and Nathan Doll, Hotshots Shooting Sports 4-H Club, Doddridge County (middle school winner), $150 awards for art creations that promote West Virginia’s forest resources or wood products created from these forests.

* Rick Vecellio Memorial Art Poster Awards: Keilee Smith, Highland School Hawks Conservation Club, Ritchie County, $100 for a poster that depicts an environmental theme.

* Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Beautification Award: Highland School Hawks, Ritchie County, $500 to the youth group that completes the most outstanding job of community litter prevention, cleanup and beautification.

Awards were presented to youth groups based on participation in community environmental projects such as litter cleanups, recycling drives, school beautification projects, tree planting, backyard composting, wildlife management, watershed protection and much more.