Camp ‘Billy Joe’ available to locals

The New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management, Five-State Range and Wildlife Academy is seeking high school students to participate in the Black Mesa Ecological Academy.

The Academy will be June 20 to June 25 at Camp “Billy Joe” and Black Mesa State Park near Kenton, Okla. The academy will be a cooperative effort among Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The five-day academy provides the opportunity for students to learn more about range and wildlife management, conservation planning, plant identification, and conflict resolution and leadership development. The Canadian River Soil and Water Conservation District will provide scholarships to two youths in its district, which includes the communities of Tucumcari, Logan, Nara Visa, San Jon, and Conchas Dam.
The course will be taught by members of the Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas Sections of the Society for Range Management along with personnel from USDA (NRCS), State Universities (Research and Extension), Departments of Wildlife Conservation, and Conservation Districts. Additional staff, selected from the five states, will include animal scientists, historical re-enactors, tourism specialists, and others with expertise in rangeland related issues.

“Rangelands compose over 75% of the state’s land use in New Mexico,” said David Graham, president of New Mexico Section for Range Management and he said he encourages young people of the area to learn more about it. Lindsay Bakke of Tucumcari attended the camp on a District Scholarship in 2001 and said that she returned home from camp with a new awareness of plants and their identification. ”It is a great camp and I recommend other youth in our area attend it should they get the opportunity.”
Applications for the academy can be obtained at the Canadian River Soil and Water Conservation District or at the County extension office. Applications for the District Scholarship should be turned in by noon, May 17. Applications for the academy must be postmarked by June 1. Only 10 applicants will be accepted from each state.
For more information call: 461-3612, or 505- 646-2218.