4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project registration

By: By Denise Attaway - Contributing Columnist
Photo courtesy of Clemson Public Service and Agriculture The 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project teaches South Carolina youth about wildlife habitat management.

CLEMSON — Registration is under way for the 2018 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project, which gives South Carolina youth a unique opportunity to learn about wildlife habitat management.

Ashley Burns, assistant director of the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program, said the Wildlife Food Plot Project is a hands-on environmental education program and a competitive, independent-study project for youth ages 5 to 18 opportunities. Participants are provided with record books and seed for an approximate 1/8-acre plot. County, region and state prizes will be awarded based on plot and record book performance.

“By participating in the Wildlife Food Plot Project, youth will have opportunities to establish, maintain and observe wildlife food plots,” Burns said. “They will, then, be able to put the knowledge they’ve learned into real-life practice.”

Participants in previous years who responded to a survey said the project:

• “Gave me ‘hands-on’ experience that will help me with future 4-H projects and activities.”

• “Made me a better steward of the environment.”

• “Helped me understand the importance of wildlife in my area.”

• “Increased my knowledge of natural resources.”

Youth who would like to participate, but do not have available land for them to use, can contact their local county Cooperative Extension Service office where agents may be able to help locate a landowner with a suitable site.

The deadline to register is Aug. 10 and the cost is $18 for current 4-H members. There will be an additional $10 fee for anyone who wants to become a 4-H member during the 2018-2019 school year. For more information, contact the local county Cooperative Extension Service office.

Youth interested in the program also can contact Burns at [email protected] or Alana West at [email protected] Online registration and more information available at https://www.clemson.edu/extension/4h/project_areas/natural_resources/wildlife_food_plot/index.html.

Sponsors for this year’s program are Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Foundation, QDMA Rack Pack and Wannamaker Wildlife.

Photo courtesy of Clemson Public Service and Agriculture The 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project teaches South Carolina youth about wildlife habitat management.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_Wildlife-Food-Plot-Project.jpgPhoto courtesy of Clemson Public Service and Agriculture The 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project teaches South Carolina youth about wildlife habitat management.

By Denise Attaway

Contributing Columnist

Denise Attaway is with the Public Service and Agriculture Department of Clemson University.

Denise Attaway is with the Public Service and Agriculture Department of Clemson University.