SUNBURY - Approximately 230 students from Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties will participate in the annual Susquehanna Valley Envirothon today at Shikellamy State Park Overlook.

This annual environmental educational competition will begin at 9:15 a.m. and end with an awards presentation at 1:20 p.m. An overall team winner will be named as well as top teams from each county.

Students in ninth through 12th grades will be tested on aquatics, forestry, wildlife, soils and, a current issue, "sustainable agriculture/locally grown." A non-testing educational station will also be provided.

Individual county winners each advance to the Pennsylvania State Envirothon competition being held May 20 and 21 at Susquehanna University.

Representatives from the PA Fish Commission, PA Game Commission, Bureau of Forestry, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Bureau of State Parks will conduct the testing at each station. The PA Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation District personnel will also be assisting at the event.

The competition is sponsored by Northumberland National Bank, VFW Post 84 in Bloomsburg, Bloomsburg American Legion Post 273, Squadron Post 273 Legion Bloomsburg American Legion, SVEZ Environment, Central Susquehanna Woodland Owners Association, Roaring Creek Valley Conservation Association, Fishing Creek Watershed Association, Chillisquaque Limestone Watershed Association, R. Wintersteen Excavating, Welby Homes, Inc., PPL, JD Feaster Earthworks, Inc., Northridge Group, Inc., Middlesworth Potato chips, VFW Post 6631 in Selinsgrove, RJ Hoffman Lumber, L/B Water Service, Inc., Byerly Meats, Stackhouse & Son Well Drilling, Reichart's Mardigras, Meckley's Limestone Products, Inc., The Daily Item, Mensch Recycling, Keefer and Associates, Inc., Oakes Coffee and Bottled Water, Susquehanna Bank, Heister House Millworks, Bingaman & Son Lumber Inc., Wood Mode Inc. and the local conservation districts of Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties.

The Envirothon program is designed to heighten environmental awareness in each student, test their knowledge and understanding of natural resource issues and produce environmentally responsible adults. Pennsylvania is the birthplace of the Envirothon.