The Sacramento Valley Region of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts held their annual Speak-Off Contest in Colusa County at the Davis Ranch, south of Colusa, on October 22nd.
This year’s theme was “How Can RCDs help address the increasing fuel load in California’s wild lands and the potential for catastrophic wildfires?”
To participate in the regional contest, the students must first give their speech at a local contest sponsored by their local Resource Conservation District. Winners at the local contest are qualified to advance to the regional contest.
The Sacramento Valley Region includes Tehama County, Butte County, Glenn County, Colusa County, East Lake County, Yuba County, Sutter County, Yolo County as well as portions of Shasta, Lake, Modoc and Plumas counties
Sarah Marsh of Pierce High School, representing the Colusa County RCD received top honors at this year’s competition.
Marsh is a junior at Pierce High School in Arbuckle where comes from a farming family and is active in 4H and FFA.
Her Ag Advisor, George Green is no stranger to the RCD Speak-Off Contest as he has had a number of winners at the Local, Regional and State levels over the past twenty years.
In her speech, Marsh referenced the recent catastrophic wildfires in Northern California and how RCDs could assist with addressing the dangerous fuel loads in our forests. She suggested utilizing goats and prescribed burning to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
Two other area students placed in the contest. Second place went to Dominic Brock of William Finch Charter School and represented the Glenn County RCD, and third place went to Kiran Dhillon of River Valley High School, representing the Sutter County RCD.
Marsh will advance to the California Association of Resource Conservation District’s State Contest to be held in Ventura on November 14th.
In Ventura, Marsh will compete against students from all over the state of California.