Pennsylvania forestry team wins nationals
Three Indiana County 4-H members were the team from Pennsylvania that recently took first place among 13 teams at the 34th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational.
County members on the team were Jesse Isenberg, Caleb Brady and Thomas Brady. They had earned the opportunity to represent the state by winning a contest earlier this year. This is the first time a Pennsylvania team has won the national event and also the first time a three-member team won.
Caleb Brady placed fourth as an individual and Isenberg placed eighth. The team also placed first in the written exam category and first in the forestry quiz bowl. The Bradys are members of Marion Center Handy Helpers, and Isenberg belongs to the Gordon Club. The team was coached by 4-H leader Debbie Beisel and forester Ashlee Early. Parent Tom Brady also attended.
The contest included tree identification, tree measurement, compass and pacing, insect and disease identification, topographic map use, forest evaluation, the forestry bowl and a written forestry exam.
The event was held at West Virginia University’s Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center near Weston, W.Va. The event was sponsored by Farm Credit System, The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., The Society of American Foresters, West Virginia University Extension Service, The American Forest Foundation and the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.
Local supporters of the county team included the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, J. Paul and Lucinda Isenberg, Renea Isenberg, William and Shirley Lloyd, William Brady, James and Angela Brady, Joseph LaMantia, DO, PC; R. Jeffrey Hedges Consulting, LLC; Torrell’s Auto Sales and Service LLC, and Lea Masiello.
PHOTO: Members of the Pennsylvania delegation and winning team at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational were, from left, Caleb Brady, Thomas Brady, Jesse Isenberg, Ashlee Early, Deborah Beisel and Tom Brady. (Submitted photo)