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Allegany County 4-H Youth Place at Maryland 4-H Wildlife Habitat Contest

Recently four Allegany County 4-H members competed at State Wildlife Habitat contest.  Olivia Young placed 4th in Senior division and is eligible for the Maryland team to compete at Nationals; Rob Bower placed 1st in Junior division; Bill Bower placed 1st in Intermediate division and Jeremiah Mudge placed 5th in Intermediate division. 


This year’s region was the Northern Deciduous Forest.  Youth learned to identify over forty different species and the necessary habitat for the species to thrive. They also had to develop a written habitat plan to properly manage a habitat and species populations through a variety of management practices.


The Wildlife Habitat Education Program Contest (WHEP) is a 4-H and FFA youth natural resource program dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management. Youth learn and demonstrate their knowledge of wildlife concepts, habitat, management practices, and judging quality wildlife habitat.

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