The Stanley High School Buffleheads claimed first place at this year’s Envirothon NB held at the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre and the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton on May 15th and 16th.
After a year of studying and preparation, 57 students from across New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island worked in teams of five to gather samples from the field and complete written tests.
The 16th annual environmental science competition provides students with both classroom and hands on experience in forestry, soils and land use, aquatic ecology, and wildlife.
Envirothon NB aims to give students a better understanding of local ecosystems and sustainability issues. All students were eligible to receive $500 scholarships from UNB’s faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management.
Forest NB’s Executive Director, Mike Legere, was a member of the judging committee for the oral presentations and said the competition provided a promising glimpse into the future of the forest industry and other natural resource sectors in New Brunswick.
“As a judge, I left feeling that our future is in good hands, not only from a forest sector perspective but from a broad base of concerns – commercial, conservation, ecological,” he said. Legere was impressed to see the high level of commitment from everyone involved. “The time that goes into participating in that event shows a lot of dedication.”
Stanley High School will represent New Brunswick at the North American Envirothon at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario July 24-29.