Two students could attend conservation workshop

Published 11:36 pm Monday, April 8, 2013

Two local students could earn cash and scholarships while learning about the management of natural resources.
The Beaufort Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting applications for this year’s Resource Conservation Workshop, a weeklong educational workshop that will be held on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh. This year’s workshop will be held June 23-28.
Becky McRoy, education coordinator for the Beaufort SWCD, said the eligibility requirements are simple.
“You have to be a rising sophomore, junior or senior and just have an interest in natural resources,” she said.
The local SWCD office has been sponsoring a participant since 1965. Many of the former attendees are successful agriculturalists today, McRoy said.
Three local students attended last year’s workshop. The organization budgeted for two students per North Carolina soil-and-water-conservation district.
McRoy said the primary objective of the workshop is to teach students about natural resources and how to best manage those resources.
“They get just a wonderful background on forestry, wildlife and water quality and watershed management,” she said. “That’s good for possible careers. It looks good on their applications, even if they aren’t going into the field and there’s potential for scholarship money at the workshop.”
Interested students may contact the Beaufort Soil and Water Conservation office, Beaufort County Agricultural Center, 155C Airport Road, Washington or call 946-4989, extension 3.
Area high school principals, guidance counselors, vocational-agriculture teachers and science teachers also have application information. The deadline for applications is May 8.