Posted 8 months ago
By John Axtell
Chadron – Winners of the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands 50th Wilderness Anniversary photo contest were announced and awards given Tuesday, Aug 5, during the Dawes County Fair.
Winning entries for the 4-H youth division were 1st and 3rd place Jake Lemmon and 2nd place Hayden Heine. Winning entries for the adult/open class division were 1st and 2nd place Terri Lemmon and 3rd place Jamie Goffena.
Awards for both divisions were a uniquely framed 50th Wilderness Anniversary poster and a silver and gold inlaid Wilderness logo belt buckle for first prize, a Leatherman Sidekick tool for second prize and a durable scout backpack for third prize.
The NNF&G Pine Ridge Ranger District worked with Dawes County Extension, the Dawes County Fair Board, Chadron State College and volunteers to host the photo contest.
It was held in conjunction with the annual 4-H and Dawes County Fair and all participants were allowed up to three entries per person in either a 4-H member or adult-open class category.
An important supporting activity for the contest was a photography workshop, the “Wilderness Shoot-Out,” held in May to offer ‘shooter-tips.’ The workshop was well attended and led by Justin Haag, Regional Editor, Public Information Officer and skilled photographer with Nebraska Game & Parks Commission.
The photo contest was one of several celebration activities planned throughout the year by the Pine Ridge Ranger District leading up to the 50th Wilderness Anniversary in September.
All activities honor the 1964 Wilderness Act, considered the landmark conservation bill that created a way for Americans and Congress to protect their most pristine wildlands for future generations. Now, almost 50 years later nearly 110 million acres of wilderness areas are protected.