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The Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event (CDE) allows the top natural resource teams in the state to compete as a team against each other for the opportunity to represent Ohio at the national level.
In order to qualify to compete in this contest, teams must place in the top five in the state in one of the following CDEs: Urban Soils, Rural Soils, Forestry, Nature Interpretation, or Wildlife Management. Hardin Northern students qualified in two of these areas and had a team compete at the Environmental and Natural Resources CDE, which is hosted at Lake Snowden by Hocking College.
The CDE consists of students evaluating soils through survey and mapping, identifying organisms and habitats through an environmental analysis, determining water quality through stream testing, and locating various points by navigating with a GPS.
In addition, teams had to present a PowerPoint on the issues and future of natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Ohio.
Each year this presentation topic changes to fit a current environmental issue facing natural resources in Ohio.
Team members Reed Poling, Austin Roby, Billy Mills, and Austin Douglas represented Hardin Northern at this contest. The team placed fourth in the state. The first place team was the team from Amanda Clearcreek, who will be representing Ohio at the national competition during the National FFA Convention.