The Forestry Challenge had a great year, with four events starting in late September and ending the week before Thanksgiving.  A total of 388 students and 90 teachers from 49 schools attended the four-day events.

A record total of 159 individuals volunteered over 2,000 hours, for a total in-kind value of $113,209.50.  Cash donations from 52 companies, agencies, organizations, and individuals totaled $85,053.18, with grant funding from the US Forest Service and registration fees rounding out the income for the year.  Sponsor support is used in part to subsidize student registration fees and substitute teacher expenses, and purchase supplies, t-shirts, and printing.

Len Lindstrand, a devoted volunteer who has been a cornerstone of the Shasta event for many years, was named Volunteer of the Year, while Senna Vasquez, Jerry Huang, and Christine Baker from Sacramento New Technology High School were given the Tom Eustis Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.

Congratulations to the “200 Club” teams that scored over 200/250 points:

Rank Score School From (County) Event
1 226.5 John W. North High School Team 25 Riverside (Riverside) San Bernardino
2 222.8 Charter Oak High School Team 9 Covina (Los Angeles) San Bernardino
3 222.5 Oxford Academy Team 22 Cypress (Orange) San Bernardino
4 217.8 Charter Oak High School Team 10 Covina (Los Angeles) San Bernardino
5 215 CA Academy of Mathematics and Science Team 3 Carson (Los Angeles) San Bernardino
6 214 Foresthill High School Foresthill (Placer) El Dorado
7 210.7 Del Oro High School Loomis (Placer) El Dorado
8 210.5 El Dorado High School Team 26 Placerville (El Dorado) El Dorado
9 206.5 Ponderosa High School Team 3 Shingle Springs (El Dorado) El Dorado
10 204 Hawthorne Mathematics and Science Academy Hawthorne (Los Angeles) San Bernardino
11 203.2 Folsom High School Team 10 Folsom (Sacramento) El Dorado
12 202 Golden Sierra High School Team 15 Georgetown (El Dorado) El Dorado
13 202 Sacramento New Tech High School Team 28 Sacramento (Sacramento) El Dorado
14 201.8 El Dorado High School Team 24 Placerville (El Dorado) El Dorado
15 201.8 CA Academy of Mathematics and Science Team 4 Carson (Los Angeles) San Bernardino
16 201.7 Granada Hills Charter High School Team 10 Granada Hills (Los Angeles) Santa Cruz
17 201.5 Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center Team 1 Visalia (Tulare) Santa Cruz
18 201 Trinity High School Team 9 Weaverville (Trinity) Shasta

All teams scoring 195 and greater have been invited to the 2018 Forestry Challenge Championship, to be held at Camp Sylvester in Tuolumne County in April 2019. Teams scoring between 190 and 195 will be invited as space allowed.

Photos from all events can be found on Facebook (“Like” Forestry Challenge).