Annah Landry, a fifth grade student at Carrolltowne Elementary School, was the first place winner in the Annual Maryland State Arbor Day Poster Contest sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service and the Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards.
This year’s theme was Trees Are Terrific and Make Communities Healthy! The original artwork focused on trees cleaning the air, creating shade and generally contributing to healthy outdoor living. The artwork from Maryland’s students was judged by a panel of forestry experts and Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan. Carrolltowne Elementary School will receive a tree planting of 15 trees for the school community.
The Carroll County Forestry Board is the contest sponsor at the county level. According to Cheryle Franceschi, Vice-Chair of the Carroll County Forest Conservancy District Board, "Our mission is to advocate sound forest management practices to preserve the forest as a resource, promote tree planting and forest conservation, and help educate young people about trees and forests." This is the first time a poster from Carroll County was selected for first place. “Every Board member supports the efforts of CCPS and all the fifth grade students who submitted posters,” Franceschi said.
The Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards is a non-profit organization of dedicated volunteers entrusted with supporting the mission and goals of the Maryland Forest Service. Each county in Maryland, as well as Baltimore City, has a local Forestry Board. The Carroll County Forestry Board provides numerous forestry education opportunities to the citizens of Carroll County.
Information about the Maryland Forestry Boards and next year’s contest can be found by visiting the Association website at www.marylandforestryboards.org or the Carroll Forestry Board website at www.carrollcountyforestryboard.org.