'Working Trees: Kentucky's Renewable Future'

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Taylor County Conservation District announces art and writing contest winners.

By The Staff

The Taylor County Conservation District has announced the winners of the Conservation Art and Writing Contest for 2008.


The theme was "Working Trees: Kentucky's Renewable Future."

All Kentucky students in grades six through 12 are eligible to compete in the writing contest. Only students through grade five may compete in the art contest. The contest is sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts. 

State awards include: first place, $500 U.S. Savings Bond; second place, $300 U.S. Savings Bond; and third place, $200 U.S. Savings Bond. Each also receives a personalized plaque.

Area awards include a $100 U.S. Savings Bonds and personalized plaque to the writing and art winner in each of the nine Soil and Water Conservation Commission areas.

District awards include a personalized certificate to the writing and art winner in each of the 121 conservation districts in Kentucky. 

Local awards include: first place in the county receives a $40 cash award; and runner-up receives a $30 cash award. First place in each school receives a $20 cash award; second place, $10; and third place, $5. Classroom winners, if selected, receive a $10 cash prize. All cash prizes are awarded by the Taylor County Conservation District. Certificates of achievement are given to winners in all categories. The first, second and third place winners in each school also receive a T-shirt featuring the contest theme.

This year, 34 written entries were submitted from two participating schools.

Abigail Hieneman, a sixth grade student at Campbellsville Middle School, is the county winner. Hieneman's writing entry is reprinted below. Her parents are Jonathan and Ramona Hieneman and her teacher is Jan Speer.

The county runner-up in the writing contest is Peyton Cambron, a sixth grade student at Taylor County Middle School. Her parents are Scott and Tracy Cambron and her teacher is Shea White.  

There were 193 art entries submitted from three participating schools.

The countywide winner is Kathryn Doss, a fifth grade student at Campbellsville Middle School. Her parents are Steve and Dee Doss and her teacher is Elise Mohon.

The county runner-up in the art entry is Samuel Kessler, a third grade student at Campbellsville Elementary School. He is the son of Dr. Richie and Sonya Kessler, and his teacher is Angie Russell. 

School winners are as follows:

Writing winners

Taylor County Middle School - Peyton Cambron, first place and county runner-up; Brittany Rose, second place; and Ian King, third place.

Campbellsville Middle School - Abigail Hieneman, first place and county winner; Emily Haley, second place; and Taylor Agathen, third place.

Art Winners

Campbellsville Elementary School - Samuel Kessler, first place and county runner-up; Zack Settle, second place; and Murphy Lamb, third place.

Taylor County Elementary School - Hailey Kendall, first place; Nathaniel Mills, second place; and Taylor Ware, third place.

Campbellsville Middle School - Kathryn Doss, first place and county winner; Clayton Russell, second place; and Jordon Springer, third place.

Classroom winners

Campbellsville Elementary (art contest) - Zach Settle, Murphy Lamb, Samuel Kessler, Miles Murrell, Laura Lamb and Alexius Barrett.

Taylor County Elementary (art contest) - Blake Hearon, Nathaniel Mills, Hailey Kendall, Ann Allen, Loren Finck, Taylor Ware and Lydia Parker.

Taylor County Middle School (writing contest) - Brittany Rose, Celeste Monroe, Ian King and Levi Haliday.

The first, second and third place posters from each school are on display at the Taylor County Public Library through April.

- Linda Russell is administrative secretary for Taylor County Conservation District.


One Working Tree, One Working Ecosystem

Abigail Hieneman

Beauty or plant, paper or a home, shade or benches? These are the questions people ask about trees. In this essay you will find all kinds of neat things that trees do for us. Trees help our environment, are used to make many products and help some people earn a living. Trees are an important part of our world and trees need help from us too.

Trees Work For Our World

Water, erosion, climate and so much more can be affected by trees. Trees help keep the water in streams the correct temperature for wildlife. Removing too many trees can increase the flow of streams causing erosion and damaging the stream bed. Trees make our climate better by turning carbon dioxide into oxygen. People need oxygen to breathe so you can see how very important trees are to our world.

Trees Work to Produce

It is hard to imagine a day on planet earth without using products made from trees. Stop for a moment and think about beginning each day. You get out of your bed, use clean water, brush your teeth with toothpaste, sit down at your breakfast table, your Dad reads the newspaper and your Mom scrapes eggs onto your plate with a spoon. Some products from wood are clean water, toothpaste, newspaper and so much more. Wow, what a list of wood products and that is all before you have finished breakfast!

Trees Work For Loggers

Loggers make a living by removing trees from the forest and selling the trees to lumber mills. The lumber mill is the first stop in turning a tree into a product. Loggers play a big part in the forest environment.

Tim Woodcox is a logger in Spurlington, Ky. Mr. Woodcox has been a professional logger for 15 years. Eight years ago, he became a certified master logger. To become a certified master logger, Mr. Woodcox had to attend classes given by the Division of Forestry, agree to follow many rules protecting the forests and also many other laws. Mr. Woodcox feels that the certified master logger program works for loggers and works for the environment. When asked whether he thought the program was an improvement to his job, Mr. Woodcox said, "The master logger program keeps all loggers on a level playing field. We all know what the rules are and go by them. Trees are a renewable resource and need protection. In the end it is good for us and is good for future generations."

You Can Work For Trees

Our environment is interdependent. This means that all parts of our environment are tied together and impact one another. Sometimes the impact is good and sometimes it is bad. People are a big part of our environment. So now we know how trees work for us. How can we work for trees? People can work for trees in many simple ways. Planting a new tree, recycling products made from trees and not polluting our water or air are things we can do to work for trees.

We count on trees in so many ways in our everyday life. Can trees count on you?