Group sponsors forestry campers

TV Hagenah

The Canadian River Soil and Water Conservation District announced recently that they once again will be sponsoring youths to the annual New Mexico Forestry Camp.

According to Evelyn Massey of the CRSWCD, the New Mexico Forestry Camp is a five-day workshop for New Mexico’s youth to learn how to use, care for, and appreciate the state’s land. “Resource Professionals work with campers to learn about trees, streams, archaeology, insects, wild land fire, grazing and wildlife,” said Massey. The forestry camp is held at Rancho del Chaparral in the Jemez Mountains near Cuba. The 1200 acre camp, located along the Rio de las Vacas, provides, said Massey, “an ideal setting with beautiful ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests.”

“It’s a great place to make friends with kids from other parts of our state. The camp was not only fun, but a great way to learn about different job possibilities and doing something you really like. I thought these people would talk about fire prevention, but they talked about how fire is natural and necessary for a healthy forest. I hope to go, again, next year,” said Jeared Koch, 13, who attended the 2003 camp on a district scholarship.

Massey said any New Mexico resident between the ages of 13 and 18 with an interest in the outdoors is eligible for the camp. She said approximately sixty campers will be selected based on information provided on application forms, which are due before April 30. Application forms are available at the CRSWCD office in Tucumcari. This year’s camp will be held June 6 to 11. Registration fee of $20 is required with application (refundable if not accepted to attend camp) and the total camp fee is $160.00. Massey said that the district will provide scholarships to two local youths in its district, which includes Tucumcari, San Jon, Logan, Nara Visa and Conchas Dam.

Massey said applications for the district scholarship should be turned in to the district office as soon as possible. Massey said that the district will accept applications up to April 30, but she recommends that applications be turned in prior to April 30, if possible. For more information, call the District Office at 461-3612, Extension 3 or (505) 289-3950.