The Maquoketa FFA 1 squad beat out 14 teams from around the state to win the 16th annual Iowa Envirothon title at Springbrook State Park in Guthrie Center earlier this week.  The state competition is a program of the Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI) and is co-sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

The Maquoketa team receives an expense-paid trip to participate in the Canon National Envirothon competition, held in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, July 24-29.

The Envirothon is a program for Iowa high school students who want to learn more about the planet’s natural resources and current environmental challenges. Teams are tested in five categories: wildlife, aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and current issues. The theme of this year’s current issues oral competition was salt and freshwater estuary systems and the role of wetland creation and management. In addition to winning the overall competition, Maquoketa placed first in the wildlife category and was the top FFA team at the contest.

Team members include (from left to right): Jenny Nabb, Matt Lyon, Jason Schuster, Josh Schuster, Ashley Quinlan and Kristin Reuter.

The Iowa Envirothon is hosted in cooperation with CDI, IPPA, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Division of Soil Conservation, Iowa FFA Association, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and many local soil and water conservation districts.

For the complete results from the 2011 Iowa Envirothon, visit www.cdiowa.org/envirothon.html.