Forestry Challenge Championship – April 25 to 27, 2019
The second ever Forestry Challenge Championship doubled in size from last year, with 62 students from 13 schools participating, and featured great weather and a beautiful forest for the field activities. Kinland Forest, owned by the Kinsinger family, was the site for the focus topic, an assessment of the 428-acre tract that has had a Nonindustrial Timber Management Plan for 20 years. The original plan prescribed group selection on an 80-year rotation, but a bad economy, the Rim Fire, and the tree mortality epidemic resulted in poor market conditions that derailed the plan. Students collected current stand data, compared it to the 20-year projection from the original plan, and recommended either how to get back on track with group selection or recommended a new silvicultural prescription moving forward. During the Challenge, teams also completed a field test to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data collecting skills. Prior to the start of the event, several school groups toured the Sierra Pacific Industries mill in Sonora.
The results below are out of a possible 250 points:
- First Place: Sacramento New Technology High School from Sacramento (Sacramento County), 211.0 points
- Second Place: Foresthill High School from Foresthill (Placer County), 203.6 points
- Third Place: Charter Oak High School Team 4 from Covina (LA County), 203.5 points
- Fourth Place: Granada Hills Charter High School from Granada Hills (LA County), 201.5 points
- Fifth Place: J. W. North High School Team 13 from Riverside (Riverside County), 196.1 points
Other schools at the Championship were: CAMS, Del Oro, Folsom, Golden Sierra, Hawthorne, Ponderosa, Trinity, and Vista del Lago.