It is no secret that West Virginia is a forested state and from funding allocated in the Inflation Reduction Act, the USDA Forest Service is making historic investments in boosting the nation’s tree cover in urban, suburban and rural communities nationwide. To properly maintain and care for our diverse landscape, the state needs highly skilled people who are prepared for urban and community forestry careers to improve and maintain the health of trees and green spaces.
West Virginia and other rural states struggle with the challenge of outward migration of young adults. As communities across the state work to grow their economies, youth entrepreneurship can help drive this effort, especially in rural and under-resourced areas.
Angie Brake of Rt. 18 Farm Market sets up a farmers market at Martin Elementary.
It’s no secret that youth are the future of industry, and West Virginia 4-H’ers and FFA members remind us of that every day. West Virginia University Extension and the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design are excited to offer more opportunities for those youths to bring their powerful ideas to life.