Jim Bridger FFA 1st in Rangeland Judging Contest

Pictured are students at some of the activities at the Wyoming Resources EducatIon Days. COURTESY PHOTO

EVANSTON — The Wyoming Section of the Society for Range Management teamed up with the Uinta County Conservation District (UCCD) at the Uinta County Youth Camp earlier this month, to celebrate the 25th year of Wyoming Resource Education Days (WyRED).

WyRED is an annual, week-long camp for students (who have completed 8th grade through 18 years) and adults, which focuses on different aspects of natural resource and range management. Each year, WyRED is hosted in a different area of Wyoming to allow the students to study the wide range of resources, vegetation and soil types, management concerns and ranching histories across the state. Experts from Wyoming and surrounding areas volunteer to teach about plant identification and anatomy, soils, wildlife and resource management, range conditions and much more. The culminating event of WyRED is the ‘Range and Land Judging Contest.’ This contest, which enables youth and adults to test their skills, is open to all ages regardless of whether or not they attended the week-long camp.

Four youth teams competed in the Range and Land Judging competition this year, including the Jim Bridger FFA from Mountain View, Lyman FFA, Worland FFA and the Glenrock 4-H group. Jim Bridger FFA was first in the FFA division and second overall in the youth division. The Genrock 4-H group won the overall youth division. The top Wrangler for the open youth division (15-18 years) was McKinlee Covolo with the Jim Bridger FFA. Cari Sue Covolo, Jim Bridger FFA advisor, won the Open Adult division of the competition.