Grand championshipsto end 81-year run
VANDALIA -- August signals the end of an era in trapshooting history. This month, the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships will conclude its 81-year run in Vandalia.
The future of the sport, however, will be clearer than ever Tuesday as an estimated 1,500 youths from around the nation converge on the Grand.
These youngsters -- elementary to high-school age -- are all participants in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), a 5-year-old competitive team program that has skyrocketed in popularity among youths nationwide.
Showcasing SCTP is the focus of a special media day planned in Vandalia -- also scheduled for Tuesday.
"This year's SCTP National Championships at the Grand will allow these young athletes to be a part of history and it will give many others the chance to see up close the next generation of trapshooting," said Cyndi Dalena, director of shooting sports development for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).
SCTP -- developed by NSSF -- has grown by 43 percent in 2005 to include more than 5,700 youths nationwide. Last year, the program comprised about 3,800 young shooters.
SCTP allows young shooters to compete as a team for national and state titles and for college scholarship money. Competitors on first-place teams in each division will each receive $1,000 savings bonds, while second- and third-place finishers will be awarded $250 and $100 bonds.
Last year, 1,062 SCTP shooters competed at the Grand, accounting for 14 percent of all participants at the event. This year, that number is expected to top 1,500.
Next year, the event will move to the still-under-construction World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill.
COLUMBUS -- Landowners in 31 northeastern and southeastern Ohio counties who are seeking to protect their woodlands can now apply for participation in a federal program of conservation agreements with willing Ohioans who want to preserve their woodlands from development and similar nonforest uses.
Applications will be accepted through Aug. 29 for enrollment in the program, which is coordinated nationally by the U.S. Forest Service and administered in Ohio by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Landowners who enter the Forest Legacy Program must agree to manage their woodlands according to plans developed in mutual cooperation with the Division of Forestry.
Two regions in Ohio, including six counties in northeast Ohio and 25 counties in eastern and southeast Ohio, have been identified as areas that would best benefit from the Forest Legacy Program because of the relatively large amount of forest cover and the number of housing starts. These counties include: Adams, Athens, Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Geauga, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Portage, Ross, Summit, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Vinton and Washington counties. Only forested areas within these counties are eligible for the program.
Applications for Ohio's Forest Legacy Program are available from the ODNR Division of Forestry at 2045 Morse Road, Building H-1, Columbus, Ohio 43229; or, on the Internet at ohiodnr.com/forestry.
Annual fall fish sale
The Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District is conducting its annual fall fish sale.
White amurs (grass carp), used for pond vegetation control, are for sale for $11 each and will be ready for pickup Sept. 29 at the Mosquito Lake parking area. Orders will be taken until Sept. 23.
To request and order form or for more information, call the district office at (330) 637-2056, Ext. 3.
HUBBARD -- D & amp;J Archery Shop is now recognized by the PSE, Browning Archery, and Archery Research Technical Certification Course.
The program educates the dealer in perfecting bow set-up techniques, customer service skills and the latest product training.
For more information, call (330) 534-9805.
CHESTER -- The Chester Newell Sportsmen's Club will conduct its seventh Ohio River Catfish Tournament tonight from 7 till 7 a.m. Sunday.
First place nets $250.
For more information, call Don Chaney at (304) 387-3982.