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Offline caveman

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82nd annual Fla. FFA Forestry Camp
« on: July 15, 2016, 02:58:43 pm »
Several students and FFA advisors have been at Florida's 82nd annual FFA Forestry Camp, which has been held at O'Leno State Park since its inception.  Rangers and foresters instructed the students on topics such as dendrology, timber cruising, map interpretation, bugs, disease and rot, compass and pacing, general knowledge, hydrology, BMP's, tools, fire, forest products, and probably a few that I have omitted. 

How was it?  The Santa Fe River was open to swimming.  This always makes camp more tolerable.  Some years the bacteria levels in the water are too high and swimming is prohibited and other years the flow rate is too high to safely swim.  After spending several hours in the humidity and heat, the coolness of the river provides relief.   There is no conditioned air at forestry camp.  The FFA members continued a tradition that began in 1934.  Many of these students will compete in the FFA Forestry CDE (career development event) this fall.  The first day or two without mommy and air conditioning were tough on a few of the campers but this group really benefitted from the experience. 

The campers found active southern pine beetle sites, climbed a fire tower, cruised longleaf pine, participated in competitive team events, and a host of other activities.  They were able to meet other youth from around the state who have similar interests and were able to be immersed in forestry education and issues.  Yesterday evening a banquet was held and awards were presented.  This morning the students headed home.


  Kathleen FFA members at Forestry Camp

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Re: 82nd annual Fla. FFA Forestry Camp
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2016, 04:02:13 pm »
I am sure that they really enjoyed the experience.
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Re: 82nd annual Fla. FFA Forestry Camp
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2016, 01:10:12 pm »
I went in 1963.
Wonder if it influenced me in my decision to start a native plant nursery and of course my purchase of a TK B-20.
Bet it did have a lot of influence  ???

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Re: 82nd annual Fla. FFA Forestry Camp
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2016, 12:23:46 pm »
A great experience for young people.