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Tenth Annual Forestry Camp to be held June 6-11

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexico teens can learn how to use, care for and appreciate our state's forests at a Forestry Camp June 6-11 at the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp east of Cuba.


Located in the Jemez Mountains near Los Alamos, the 1,200-acre camp encompasses ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests along the Rio de las Vacas. "It's a unique educational setting where we can present a broad range of natural resource information," said Bob Cain, forest entomologist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service .

Campers will learn how professionals measure trees, track animals, fight fires, evaluate range conditions, study ruins and manage natural resources. "Some of this is college-type material, presented at a level suitable for younger kids," Cain said.

Other activities will include nature hikes, compass reading, archery, fly tying, archaeology, aquatic investigations and disease and insect identification. Campers can select the areas they want to explore more in-depth.

The camp is sponsored by the Cuba Soil and Water Conservation District and cosponsored by a dozen other agencies including Extension. Any New Mexico resident age 13 to 18 with an interest in the outdoors is eligible to attend. Registration is limited to 60 campers.

The camp fee is $170 and includes all meals. "Scholarships and sponsorships are often available through local Soil and Water Conservation Districts," Cain said.

For Forestry Camp information or registration, contact Cain at (505) 827-5833 or Peggy Ohler of the Cuba Soil and Water Conservation District at (505) 289-3950.