2013 Texas Envirothon

Academy of Science and Technology Team A
Academy of Science and Technology Team A takes top honors at the 2013 Texas Envirothon held at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. Pictured are Kyle Dugan, Natalie Sullivan, Christine Chin, Manasi Joshi, and Allison Martin.

Academy of Science and Technology from The Woodlands wins the 2013 Texas Envirothon

Edinburg, Texas, April 11, 2013--Academy of Science and Technology Team A placed first at the Texas Envirothon which took place April 6-8, 2013, at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. The John Cooper School Team A placed second, while Klein Collins High School took third place.

Students on the winning team – Allison Martin, Christine Chin, Natalie Sullivan, Manasi Joshi, and Kyle Dugan – will represent Texas at the North American Envirothon competition to be held in Bozeman, Mont., August 4-9, 2013. The team advisors are Linda Costanzo and Larry Walker.

Awards were given to the top scoring teams on the field exam by topic and for the top team in the oral presentation during a Monday afternoon ceremony at the Echo Hotel and Conference Center in Edinburg. The winners were Academy of Science and Technology Team A in Aquatics and Oral Presentation, Academy of Science and Technology Team C in Current Issue, The John Cooper School Team A in Forestry and Wildlife, and Academy of Science and Technology Team B and The John Cooper School Team B tied for first place in Soils.

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Sponsors

  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Entergy Corporation
  • LyondellBasell
  • North American Envirothon/U.S. Forest Service
  • Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake/Environmental Institute of Houston
  • Environmental Education Association of New Mexico
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6
  • Texas Association for Environmental Education
  • Texas Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Texas A&M Forest Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Harris County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Montgomery County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • The following Soil & Water Conservation Districts: Bedias Creek, Bosque, Coastal, Coastal Plains, Polk-San Jacinto, San Patricio, Walker

Hosts

  • University of Texas-Pan American
  • Edinburg Scenic Wetlands &World Birding Center
  • Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Resources

  Key Topics & Learning Objectives
 

Sustainable Rangelands

Key Topics

  1. Basic rangeland and pastureland knowledge, to include: identification of state grass, plant I.D. and definitions, importance of grazing lands in Montana.
  2. Range Ecology Processes – definition of ecological sites (soil – plant relationships), ecological processes (energy flow, nutrient cycle, water cycle and plant succession).
  3. Rangeland and pastureland management – stocking rates/carrying capacity, general types of grazing systems, improvement practices (fencing and water development), wetland, riparian and upland communities
  4. Basic knowledge of livestock and wildlife interactions, forage preferences, forage overlap, and habitat requirements.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define rangeland and pastureland, percentage of state encompassed by rangeland and pastureland, importance of grazing lands.
  2. Identify state grasses of Montana, differentiate between plant types (grass, forb, shrub, and trees), identify parts of a grass and/or grass like species.
  3. Define rangeland ecological sites, understand ecological process, understanding of all definitions inclusion to all key topic areas.
  4. Understanding of basic rangeland and pastureland management concepts, i. e. grazing systems, stocking rates, and rangeland improvements.
  5. Understanding of Best Management Practices (BMPs) on rangeland and pastureland and how different communities (wetland, riparian, and upland areas) interact.
  6. Recognize different classes of livestock and understand their interaction with wildlife species.
  7. Understanding of the historical use of the land by humans, domestic livestock and wildlife and its effect on the plant community.
  8. Understanding the rights of the private landowner and citizens’ rights to public land.
  Participating Schools
 
  • Academy of Science and Technology, The Woodlands
  • John Cooper School, The Woodlands
  • The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands
  • Klein Collins High School, Spring
  • Richardson High School, Richardson
  • South Grand Prairie High School, Grand Prairie
  • Harlingen South High School, Harlingen
  • Rio Hondo High School, Rio Hondo
Contact
  • Texas Envirothon

    Phone: 281-283-3045
    Email: reistle@uhcl.edu

    North Office Annex
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 540
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

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