El Dorado Forestry Challenge – October 25 to 28, 2017
Sunny skies and warm weather helped make the fieldwork and outdoor activities fun and comfortable for the 110 students and students who participated in the 2017 El Dorado Forestry Challenge. With guidance from the staff of the Eldorado National Forest and many other professional foresters, students studied the Trestle Forest Health Project, collecting stand data that told them what the stand parameters would be after the project is complete. Careful study of the Project’s EIS and Record of Decision, as well as a recently published research paper, helped students form an opinion of which treatment prescription would create fire-resilient stand conditions that are also favorable for the California Spotted Owl.
The results are out of a possible 250 points:
- First Place: Sacramento New Technology High School Team 16, 231.0 points
- Second Place: Vista del Lago Team 19, 217.0 points
- Third Place: Foresthill High School, 210.8 points
- Fourth Place: Grant Union High School Team 11, 206.3 points
- Fifth Place: Argonaut High School, 204.7 points
Golden Sierra High School won the Pacing Contest with a pace of 65 feet, 10.5 inches, with Cordova and Argonaut High Schools placing second and third.
Arron White of Grant Union High School was recognized with the Tom Eustis Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, and Ernie Lory of the Grizzly Flats Firesafe Council was awarded the George Little Memorial Award for Volunteer Excellence.
Other schools at the event were: Don Pedro High School, Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center, Mountain Oaks Charter School, and Santa Rosa Junior College.