NORTH FORK – The Coarsegold Resource Conservation District (CRDC) held its annual Speak Off Competition on Thursday, Sept. 25, in North Fork.
This year’s first place winner was Abigail Le Forge. Second place was taken by Maribeth Villanueva, and third by Grant Hall. All are students at Minarets High School.
This year’s topic, which is the same for all California Resource Conservation Districts, is “How can RCDs help address the increasing fuel load in California’s wild lands and the potential for catastrophic wild fire?”
“We had an excellent field of high school speakers who cited fires that have burned and those that are still burning in California,” said CRCD Associate Board Member Barbara Grow.
Speakers also covered the relevance of this topic on all Californians and the effects on vegetation and wildlife.
“We are proud of our local high school speakers who work so hard and do such a great job of representing our area,” said Grow.
Abigail Le Forge will be representing the CRCD in the next level of competition at the Area meeting of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, to be held on Saturday in Livingston, Calif.