DUBLIN – Levi Arnold of the Guernsey County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Individual in Education Conservation by the Ohio Forestry Association, Inc. (OFA) at their recent Annual Meeting held at the Embassy Suites in Dublin.

Arnold has conducted seminars teaching people about natural resources, forestry programs, hunting programs and programs for elementary and high school aged kids. He serves as wildlife instructor at OFA’s Camp Canopy held at Camp Muskingum on Leesville Lake in Carroll County. Arnold has helped teach Best Management Practices to loggers, taught a session at the Ohio Tree Farm of the Year Tour, and is a hunter education instructor.

He has assisted the ODNR Division of Wildlife with education programs, research projects, and monitoring programs. He has led livestock predation training for the Sheriff’s office, local dog warden and other natural resources employees.

He sits on multiple advisory boards including Zane State College, Mid East Career Center and Guernsey County Farm Bureau, and frequently offers advice to the East Central Ohio Forestry Association.

He works with the National Archery in the Schools program, helped teach Science Clubs and FFA programs about natural resources, worked with the Envirothon, almost single handedly planned the FFA Forestry and Wildlife Competitions in 2017. He is a volunteers with the National Wild Turkey Federation taking young kids turkey hunting for the first time.

At the local high schools, he has gone into the classroom to assist teaching on subjects such as soils, forestry, outdoor survival, wild edibles, hunter education, wildlife management, canoeing, fishing and archery. At his alma mater, he serves as the FFA Alumni President, helps cook chickens for their fundraiser, helps with the alumni sausage sale and chaperones trips to the Farm Science Review, all which help him interact more with the kids to develop more ways to educate them.

He has helped the teachers expand and improve their outdoor education programs, and connected them with other professionals who can do the same. He often takes these kids out to Moore Woods, the educational learning lab owned by his office, so they can implement what they learned in the classroom, looking at wildlife signs or measuring board feet in a tree.

Through all of his extraordinary efforts, it is easy to see the difference Levi is making in the conservation education of our youth and adults alike. The Ohio Forestry Association is proud to honor Levi with this award and highlight his accomplishments.

For more information contact OFA at 888-388-7337.