Courtesy of Chelan FFA
The Society for Range Management’s High School Youth Forum was held in St. George, Utah, from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2.
The theme of this year’s meeting was “Red Rock and Rangelands.”
Ashley Oswald, a junior in the agriculture education program at Chelan, Wash., High School and the daughter of Eric and Fran Oswald of Chelan, was the representative from the Pacific Northwest Section of the SRM of the 21 SRM sections across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
As part of the HSYF, students presented scientific papers on a rangeland-related topic. Ashley’s paper was on MOVI, a bacterial pneumonia that is fatal to wild sheep and carried by domestic sheep and goats. It followed a study conducted by Washington State University veterinarians and graduate students to determine the possibility for wild/domestic sheep and goat interactions in Eastern Washington and ways to reduce the chance of disease transmission.
There were 25 students from the other sections at the HSYF and at the end of the four-day conference, Ashley was the awarded the second-place plaque sponsored by Bayer Crop Sciences.
In addition to the speaking contest, students attended technical workshops on range management; toured Zion National Park, Pipe Springs National Monument and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park; attended a formal dinner as the guest of a range scientist and a range industry professional; attended the plenary session; participated in communication workshops; and attended the Gala Celebration of the SRM.
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