Outdoors briefly

NASP State Tournament results

More than 360 archers competed in the North Dakota National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament April 12-13 in Bismarck.

Jeff Long, NASP coordinator for the State Game and Fish Department, said the event continues to grow every year. “This year’s turnout was outstanding, especially considering we were on the verge of a nasty storm that hit statewide,” Long said, while noting the number of participants was up 9 percent from last year.

The high school state championship team was from Griggs County Central, the middle school champs were from Hankinson and taking top honors in the elementary school division was Barnes County North.

Overall male and female winners were Spencer Brockman of North Sargent and Lauren Moser of Medina.

The top three place winners in each division were:

High school boys – Brockman; James Nadeau, Dunseith; and Alex Irlmeier, Medina.

High school girls – Lisa Buckhaus, Hankinson; Hunter Schroeder, Dunseith; and Ashley Brockman, North Sargent.

Middle school boys – Race Kath, Hankinson; Logan Kensok, Griggs County Central; and Eric Horner, St. Mary’s.

Middle school girls – Moser; Kate Loewen, Hankinson; and Hannah Willson, Barnes County North.

Elementary boys – Dawson McKeever, North Sargent; Ryan Zastoupil, Killdeer; and Andrew Lehman, Hankinson.

Elementary girls – Desi Parsons, Griggs County Central; Hope Willson, Barnes County North; and Alicia Biewer, Hankinson.

State Park Camping Challenge

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the North Dakota State Park Camping Challenge running May 1 to Oct. 1. The NDPRD invites everyone to visit North Dakota’s state parks and the Camping Challenge provides an extra incentive to stay overnight and really experience the great outdoors.

To accept the challenge, participants need to travel to and camp at any of North Dakota’s 13 state parks during the contest dates. To prove they’ve been camping at the park, participants must submit their used camping permits. Stays in state park cabins and yurts do not qualify for the contest.

The first 10 entries in any of the three designated categories are eligible for prizes which range from multiple nights of free camping to a stay in park cabins and yurts. Complete details for the 2013 North Dakota State Park Camping Challenge can be found online at (www.parkrec.nd.gov).

Wetsch receives Trail Worker Award

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department has named Mandan’s Jaime Wetsch as recipient of the 2013 Trail Worker Award presented at the 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium held recently in Arizona along with the National Trails Awards ceremony.

The State Trail Worker Award recognizes an individual demonstrating outstanding contributions and providing consistent support for trail planning, development or maintenance. It is intended to recognize the commitment and efforts of a private or public sector individual working for enhanced trail recreation in their local area/state.

Wetsch receives the award for his pivotal role in development, maintenance, and promotion of an 8.9-mile single track trail at the Harmon Lake Recreational Area (HLRA), located approximately 11 miles north of Mandan.

Friends of Lake Sakakawea grants

The Friends of Lake Sakakawea said grants called “Gifts for Greatness” will be awarded to organizations making improvements to facilities serving lake visitors and residents.

The application process involves a description of the project, a list of other funding sources, details about the project and the timetable. A one-page letter of application should include information on how the project enhances the experience at Lake Sakakawea and who will benefit from the improvements.

Grants will be reviewed and awarded shortly after the June 1 deadline. The grants will be $500 to $1,000 with a total of $3,000 distributed.

Applications may be mailed to Friends of Lake Sakakawea, P.O. Box 309, Garrison, ND 58540. Details can be found at (lakesakakawea.com) under activities.

NDG&F sponsors Earth Day project

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is once again celebrating Earth Day by sponsoring clean-up days on public-owned or managed lands in April and May. Each member of a school, Girl Scout, Boy Scout, 4-H club or youth organization who participates in cleaning up public lands through May will receive a specifically designed conservation patch.

Groups participating in the Earth Day project are encouraged to take the following precautions to ensure safety: Keep young people away from highways, lakes and rivers; and only allow older participants to pick up broken glass. Interested participants are asked to contact Pat Lothspeich at 328-6332 to receive a reporting form for their project.