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July 21, 2011
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Students to compete at International Canon Envirothon

Environment, Energy & Forestry

Prince Edward Island’s 2011 Provincial Forest Envirothon team received best wishes and encouragement from Minister of Environment, Energy and Forestry Richard Brown before heading off next week to the Canon Envirothon science competition in Sackville, New Brunswick.

“The 2011 team from Three Oaks High School will represent the Island well at this international natural resource-based science competition,” said the minister. “They are to be commended for their commitment over the last year, studying materials and learning from professionals who work every day in the four core science fields of forestry, soils, aquatic ecosystems and wildlife habitat.”

The 2011 team includes students Greg McGuire, Matt Rice, Jenna Gaudet, Nigel Poirier and Lyndsay Charlton. Team Advisors are Three Oaks High School teachers Dr. Heather Pringle and Chris Higginbotham.

“In addition to the four core subjects, Envirothon also features a fifth subject that changes from year to year and, for 2011, these students have been focussing on salt water estuaries,” said the Minister.

Estuaries are critical ecosystems that support migratory and shore bird populations, as well as vital fisheries. Estuaries in many areas of the globe are in trouble due to human activities related to land development, nutrient loading, chemical contamination and several other factors.

At the Canon Envirothon, students are challenged to address real world estuary issues using the skills and knowledge they have gained through their studies and preparations. Their strategies must be science-based, economically viable, and include effective outreach and communication components in order to gain buy-in from the people and communities who may be impacted by their recommendations.

“Science programs such as Envirothon provide students with unique insights into the issues and challenges facing resource managers and the people who depend upon these ecosystems,” said Minister Brown. “Through their studies, these young people have demonstrated leadership and a dedication to the future health and productivity of Island estuaries and to our many other natural resources.”

From July 24 - 29, 2011, 270 students from eight provinces, the Yukon and 45 states will participate at the 2011 Canon Envirothon which operates with assistance from the Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry, Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-foods Canada, Holland College, and UPEI.

Media Contact: Ken Mayhew
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