Frederick County Forestry Board Helps Scouts
Earn Forestry Merit Badge
By Heather Montgomery and Claude Eans,
Frederick County Forestry Board members
Jim Arnolds, Keith Schoonover, and Steve Thrasher setting up the Wood Station
On Saturday, September 14th, ninety-five Boy Scouts from as far away as Prince Georges County, Maryland arrived at the Frederick City Watershed in Walkersville to participate in a half-day Forestry Merit Badge workshop hosted by the Frederick County Forestry Board. The day turned out to be beautiful.
Five teaching/learning stations were manned by Maryland DNR Foresters and Forestry Board Member volunteers:
Forestry Station: Mike Kay
Watershed Management Station: Hailu Sharew
Wood Station: Steve Thrasher
Ecology Station: Jim Arnold and Ginny Brace
Tree Identification Station: Vince Perrotta, Keith Schoonover, and Claude Eans
The five stations were busy from 9am to 1:30pm with a much needed 40 minute lunch break. At the end of the day everyone was exhausted but satisfied with a job well done. Ninety-three out of the ninety-five scouts participating in the event completed the work required to earn their forestry merit badge. This was a huge effort by the Frederick County Forestry Board, spearheaded by Claude Eans, to help to educate our local community of scouts about the importance of forests. It was greatly appreciated by the Scouts and their leaders.
Tree "cookies" at the wood station
Forestry Board members Vince Perrotta and Ginny Brace
Maryland DNR Foresters Hailu Sharew and Mike Kay at the Watershed Management Station