The Forestry Challenge had a great fall season, with four events starting in late September and ending the week before Thanksgiving.  A total of 403 students and 88 teachers from 60 schools attended the four-day fall events.

A total of 152 individuals volunteered over 2,000 hours at the events, including the state championship in the spring of 2019, with 16 individuals volunteering at two or more events.  The total volunteer in-kind value was $109,742.  Cash donations from 51 companies, agencies, organizations, and individuals totaled $72,479.88. Funding from the US Forest Service and a CalFire Climate Investment grant, as well as school registration fees, rounded 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 printed materials.

Dan Cullinane, a dedicated volunteer who traveled to all four fall events and was the event photographer, was named Volunteer of the Year, while Ann Akey from Woodside High School was 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
1 233.2 John W. North High School Team 25 Riverside (Riverside) San Bernardino
2 224.3 Foresthill High School Team 22 Foresthill (Placer) El Dorado
3 222.3 Charter Oak High School Team 8 Covina (Los Angeles) San Bernardino
4 221.5 Oxford Academy Team 24 Cypress (Orange) San Bernardino
5 213.5 Folsom High School Team 21 Folsom (Sacramento) El Dorado
6 213 CA Academy of Mathematics and Science Team 2 Carson (Los Angeles) San Bernardino
7 211.8 El Dorado High School Team 29 Placerville (El Dorado) El Dorado
8 209.7 Amador High School Team 17 Sutter Creek (Amador) El Dorado
9 208.7 Ponderosa High School Team 27 Shingle Springs (El Dorado) El Dorado
10 208.5 Vista del Lago high School Team 15 Folsom (Sacramento) El Dorado
11 206.7 Golden Sierra High School Team 24 Georgetown (El Dorado) El Dorado
12 205.5 CA Academy of Mathematics and Science Team 3 Carson (Los Angeles) San Bernardino
13 205.2 Nevada Union High School Team 18 Grass Valley (Nevada) Shasta
14 204.3 Anderson New Technology High School Team 14 Anderson (Shasta) Shasta
15 204.2 CA Academy of Mathematics and Science Team 1 Carson (Los Angeles) San Bernardino
16 203.3 Foresthill High School Team 23 Foresthill (Placer) El Dorado
17 203.2 Del Oro High School Team 5 Loomis (Placer) Santa Cruz
18 202.7 Charter Oak High School Team 7 Covina (Los Angeles) San Bernardino
19 202.3 Trinity High School Team 22 Weaverville (Trinity) Shasta
20 200 Minarets Team 12 O’Neals (Madera) Santa Cruz

All teams scoring 195 and greater have been invited to the 2019-2020 Forestry Challenge Championship, to be held at Camp Sylvester in Tuolumne County in April 2020. Teams scoring between 190 and 195 will be invited as space allows.

Photos from all events can be found on our new Flickr account.