Promoting knowledge about natural resource management.
Students from 47 states and 10 Canadian provinces gathered in Bozeman, Montana this summer to tackle complex issues in sustainable rangeland management, including invasive plants. As competitors in the North American Envirothon, these young people came to develop a deeper understanding of principles and practices of natural resource management and ecology by formulating complex resource management decisions.
The North American Envirothon was established as a competitive, problem-solving, natural resource event for high school students to challenge them about the environment. The competition is centered on four universal testing categories (i.e., soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife) and a current environmental issue. The environmental issue for the 2013 Envirothon was “Sustainable Rangeland Management: Achieving a Balance Between Traditional Agricultural Uses With Non-Agricultural Uses on Montana Rangelands” and includes addressing management challenges such as invasive plants.
The competition broadens the students’ knowledge about a wide range of action strategies involved in solving environmental problems. Thousands of high school students have met the challenge and have come away more informed and concerned about the natural world and their environment. Top ranking competitors receive Canon products, university scholarships, and non-monetary awards.
Sponsors of the 2013 North American Envirothon include Canon USA, Dow AgroSciences, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Montana Conservation Districts, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, National Association of Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and many others.