This year the Youth Range Workshop was held June 17-22 at the Texas Tech University Campus in Junction, TX. Participants gain useful knowledge and skills in the areas of ecology, inventory practices, management and evaluation of resources. Experts from across the state are recruited to teach participants who are between 14-18 years of age in fields ranging from watershed management, prescribed burning, soil health, and many areas in between. Youths are also trained in areas of public speaking, advocacy, and leadership, so that they are armed with the knowledge they need to effectively educate others in the area of ranchland management, regardless of the career path they choose.
Each year the Kerr County SWCD hosts a lunch for the participants during their Field Day at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area. After lunch we hold a Public Speaking Contest and award the winner with the George Holekamp Belt Buckle & Certificate. We are proud to announce Emma Waters as the 2018 winner of the George Holekamp Award!
1st Picture: Chairman Jack Clark, Vice-Chairman Jack Thorn, Award Winner Emma Waters, Past Board Member Mary Virginia Holekamp, Past Board Member Charlie Beirschwale, Board Member David Symm, Past Board Member Charles Flach
2nd Picture: George Holekamp Belt Buckle
3rd Picture: View for the Conference Room at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area, Hunt TX
4th Picture: Current and Past SWCD Board Members Jack Clark, David Symm, Charlie Beirschwale, Charles Flach, and Jack Thorn
5th Picture: Youth Range Workshop Campers having lunch in the Conference Room at the Kerr WMA.
6th Picture: YRW Campers having lunch provided by the SWCD.