Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge – November 16 to 19, 2016
The 2016 event season ended on a high note, with great weather and the largest group of the year at Redwood Christian Park (RCP) in the beautiful redwoods of Santa Cruz County. In true “rock star” fashion, forester Julie Dufresne of Big Creek Lumber Company led the focus topic, an evaluation of sustainability after a harvest at RCP in the fall of 2015. Students collected data that helped them determine how fast the forest is growing, and found out that, by far, more is growing than is being harvested. The question then became one of the carrying capacity of the land and determining an optimum long-term growth and harvest cycle for the forest.
The results are out of a possible 250 points:
- First Place: Benicia High School Team 4, 206.3 points
- Second Place: Acalanes High School Team 1, 203.0 points
- Third Place: Franklin High School Team 14, 200.3 points
- Fourth Place: Enterprise High School, 200.0 points
- Fifth Place: Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center Team 9, 195.7 points
Soquel High School won the Pacing Contest, with San Lorenzo Valley and Trinity High Schools tying for second, and Miramonte High School coming in third.
Other schools at the Challenge were: Elk Grove High School, Mountain Oaks Charter School, Ponderosa High School, Porterville High School, and Woodside High School.