POCATELLO - High school teams from throughout the United States, Canada and the Republic of China will soon be competing on the campus of Idaho State University at the 30th NCF Envirothon competitions.

Fifty teams will be spending six days, July 22-27, studying Idaho’s natural resources and vying or more than $30,000 in prize money provided by Smithfield Foods.

Representing Idaho will be winners of the Idaho Envirothon event from Gooding High School. Team members include Ana Martinez, Dale Shaw, Page Larsen, Brett Larsen and Cassie Woodland. Becky Freiberg and Tom Woodland, advisors.

Teams from as far away as Prince Edward Island and the Republic of China will be spending the week studying the soils, aquatics, wildlife and forestry of the region. The event is organized by the Idaho Envirothon Committee and the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts.

In addition to a schedule where the focus will be on rangeland management, the students will also be visiting the mountains in the Pocatello area, the history of Chesterfield and other area attractions.

An oral presentation is also part of the competition. Students will prepare a 20-minute presentation about rangeland management and present their finding in front of panel of five resource professionals. Winners of the event will be announced at the closing ceremonies on Friday, July 27.

“We are excited to be hosting the international competition in our home state,” said Chris Banks, co-chair of the event. “It gives us an opportunity to showcase our home state as well as challenge the students regarding the needs and use of public land and western state needs.”

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