2015 State 4-H WHEP Contest

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2015 State 4-H WHEP Contest

On Saturday, May 19, 2015, 48 4-Hers descended upon W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir in Wilkes county for the 2014 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program state contest (WHEP). Seven counties put forth four Senior Division teams and six Junior Division teams. In addition, 10 individuals and three Cloverbuds participated in the contest. The contest consisted of wildlife identification and general wildlife knowledge, wildlife foods, aerial photo interpretation, and on-site wildlife habitat recommendations.

The top scoring Senior Division team from Henderson County will have the opportunity to represent North Carolina at the National 4-H WHEP Invitational this August in Columbiana, Alabama. Members of the Henderson County team are Tatum Epperson, Matthew King, Luke Maybin, and Hannah Worrell. Ranae Worrell is the lead coach for the team. This will be Henderson County’s sixth appearance at the national invitational.

4-Hers from Henderson County will have the opportunity to represent North Carolina at the National WHEP Invitational in Alabama. L to R: Luke Maybin, Hannah Worrell, Tatum Epperson, Matthew King

4-Hers from Henderson County will have the opportunity to represent North Carolina at the National WHEP Invitational in Alabama. L to R: Luke Maybin, Hannah Worrell, Tatum Epperson, Matthew King

Forsyth and Wilkes Counties placed second and third in the Senior Division. Forsyth County also placed first in the Junior Division, with Henderson and Alleghany Counties placing second and third.

Teams traveled from across the state to participate in the state contest at W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir. Counties represented included Alexander, Alleghany, Forsyth, Henderson, Lee, Wayne and Wilkes.

WHEP is a 4-H program teaching youth about wildlife and the management of their habitats. WHEP is sponsored nationally by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Extension Forestry, within NC State University’s College of Natural Resources, supports and promotes the WHEP program in North Carolina.

For more information about the NC WHEP program, visit https://forestry.ces.ncsu.edu/4h/ or contact Renee Strnad, Extension Forestry Environmental Educator, at renee_strnad@ncsu.edu or 919-515-5518.

Lily Knepp, from Forsyth County, was the top Junior score

Lily Knepp, from Forsyth County, was the top Junior score

Contest participants determine the food types and what wildlife would eat each one

WHEP contest participants determine the food types and what wildlife would eat each one

WHEP Participants judge aerial photos for wildlife habitat

WHEP contest participants judge aerial photos for wildlife habitat