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Allen County 4-H wildlife program goes to nationals

FORT WAYNE, IN -- The Allen County 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) team placed 7th at the national contest held in Columbiana, Alabama Aug. 2-5.

Team member Karen Hoffman placed 12th individually. Other team members include Nathan Bailey, Elizabeth Kuhn, Julia Kuhn, and coach, James Wolff.

"WHEP is a wonderful program where we learned to manage properties for wildlife and made lots of new friends," Karen Hoffman said.

This year the contest focused on Southeastern Mixed habitat and offered educational programs about longleaf pine ecosystems, pond management, food plots and prescribed burning. Participants wrote a habitat management plan as a team then individually evaluated property for management practices, identified wildlife specimens, and completed a test on wildlife and habitat.

Those interested in more information about WHEP in Allen County can attend a meeting on Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Purdue Extension – Allen County office or contact James Wolff at 260-481-6826 or The extension office is located on the IPFW campus at 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, IN.