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Montana to Host North America’s Largest High School Natural Resource Competition


Montana has been selected as the site for the 2013 North American Envirothon competition to be held August 4-10, 2013. Students from 45 states and 9 Canadian provinces/territories will meet at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana to compete as finalists in the competition.

During the week-long competition, teams will be challenged on their knowledge of a variety of natural resource issues including soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a specially selected current natural resource issue. The current issue for the 2013 competition is Sustainable Rangeland Management: Achieving a balance between Traditional Agricultural Uses with Non-Agricultural uses on Montana Rangelands.

Teams of five high school-aged students who win their state/provincial Envirothon competition advance to the North American Envirothon competition to compete for scholarships and prizes. The North American Envirothon is held in a different location in North America each year to expose students to diverse environmental issues, ecosystems, and topography. This will be the state of Montana’s first time hosting the North American Envirothon competition. “We are thrilled to be coming to the great state of Montana a state rich in so many natural resources. The students will, no doubt, have an excellent experience that will impact them for years to come,” said Clay Burns, Executive Director, North American Envirothon.

Many volunteers and funds are needed to host this event. Those who would like to contribute are urged to contact Shonny Nordlund or Heidi Crum co-coordinators of the event. Shonny Nordlund may be reached at (406) 538-7401 ext. 101 or by email at or contact Heidi Crum at  (406) 444-6619 or


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