Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge – October 9 to 12, 2019
The 2019 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge was held at a new location, Redwood Glen in Loma Mar, California. One of the highlights for the students this year was the opportunity to collect data on a 20-acre forested unit in the northeast portion of Redwood Glen to establish baseline statistics on the stand and assess its growth potential. Students weighed in on whether it would make sense to manage the property under a Nonindustrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP). A total of 84 high school students and 17 teachers from 13 coastal and central valley region schools participated.
The results below are out of a possible 250 points:
- First Place: Del Oro High School Team 5, 203.2 points
- Second Place: Minarets High School Team 12, 200.0 points
- Third Place: Coalinga High School Team 3, 196.8 points
- Fourth Place: Granada Hills Charter High School Team 9, 194.8 points
- Fifth Place: Woodside High School Team 25, 188.0 points
San Lorenzo Valley High School won the Pacing Contest, with Ross School and Woodside High School coming in second and third.
Ann Akey of Woodside High School was recognized with the Tom Eustis Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.
Other schools at the Challenge were: Amador, Golden Valley, Monache, Napa New Tech, and Ridgeview.
2019 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge group photo