2014 Working Forest Essay Contest Open for Vermont high school students.
For this essay, our focus is on people and wildlife. As the next generation of woodland stewards, we would like you to tell us, in 600 words or less, how we can sustainably manage our forests for people and wildlife. Conclude your essay by explaining what you would do to ensure that forest lands remain healthy, productive, and continuously present for people and wildlife for future generations.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three essays selected by our panel of judges.
First prize $1,000
Second prize $750
Third prize $500
All entries must be received by January 15, 2014. The essay contest is sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and the French Foundation. Download entry details here>>>
2013 Working Forest Essay Contest Winners Announced
The Vermont Woodlands Association partnered with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the French Foundation and Northern Woodlands magazine to sponsor an essay contest for high school students.
The question addressed by entrants was, “As the next generation of forest stewards, we would like you to tell us, in 600 words or less, why working forests in Vermont are important and how they contribute to the quality of life of all Vermonters.”
We were both overwhelmed and heartened by the response, receiving more than sixty essays from students around the state. Our team of judges read every essay, often several times, and finally selected the top three entries.
• 1st Place: Kia Amirkiaee from Woodstock Union High School Read Essay
• 2nd Place: Ben Dillner from North Country Union High School Read Essay
• 3rd Place: Nicholas Sweet from Rutland High School Read Essay
The three students who placed first, second, and third received cash prizes awarded at the VT Woodlands Association annual meeting on April 6, VTC in Randolph. The winning essay by Kia Amirkiaee appeared in the Northern Woodlands Magazine Spring 2013 edition.
Photo: Put Blodgett, VWA President, standing as Kia Amirkiaee reads her winning essay at the
VWA Annual Meeting this April. Ben Dillner, 2nd place winner, stands on right.
VWA and its co-sponsors would like to thank everyone who participated. We are very fortunate to have such good land stewards in our next generation.
The Vermont Woodlands Association received the 2011 Governor's Award for
Environmental Excellence for their Forestry School and Vermont Tree Farm Programs.