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4-H Conservation Club

The 4-H Conservation Club is a club in Franklin County focused on the environment, waterways, wildlife, plant life and conservation.

 

The 4-H Conservation Club focuses on leaning about waterways, wildlife, habitat, forestry, and our environment in general. Obviously some vast changes of the planet have occurred since the appearance of man. As the world’s population increases, so too do the changes to the planet. Many of these changes affect our environment in a negative way. One of the founders of the conservation movement, Aldo Leopold, once said, “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. What Mr. Lepold said was, land does not belong solely to humans, but it is shared by all forms of life, to specie of grass to a large animal such as a deer. When we as humans are narrow sighted and only care to use the land for our own needs and gains, with disregard to other life, we are not doing the land and its inhabitant’s justice. Obviously humans have the upper hand on the land and environment, so it is up to us to care about and be knowledgeable of the conservation of all lifeforms and the cleanliness of the environment.

            The 4-H Conservation clubs looks at environmental issues from a scientific stand point. Some projects we take part in are stream studies, in which we test the waterways in Franklin County in multiple ways to determine the pollution level. We then look at these results and hypothesize the cause of the pollution and what could be done to reverse the effects. We also do wildlife projects focusing on habitat of different species of animals, so we learn what these species needs are in order to survive and flourish.  We also look at plant life species as well, mostly focusing on forestry; understanding the scientific bases for managing a forest for all species of life.

            If you are an individual who has an interest in the outdoors and the environment, this club is for you. Additionally if you are someone who would like to pursue a career on biology, fisheries and wildlife, forestry, or environmental science this club is for you as well. The 4-H Conservation Club meets the last Tuesdays of the months between January and August, in the evening. We typically meet in Chambersburg locations and Caledonia State Park. Anyone who is of the age 8 to 18 is eligible to join the Franklin County 4-H Conservation Club. For more information please contact Jason Goetz at 717-263-9226 or email jjg300@psu.edu.