The Forestry Challenge had a great fall season, with four events starting in late September and ending in mid November.  A total of 200 students and 48 teachers from 32 schools attended the four-day fall events.

A total of 93 individuals volunteered over 1600 hours at the events, with 6 individuals volunteering at two or more events.  The total volunteer in-kind value was $75,397.  Cash donations from 27 companies, agencies, organizations, and individuals totaled $50,544.36. 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.

Bob Broderick, a Registered Professional Forester who has been volunteering at many events since 2010, was named Volunteer of the Year, while Katie Cantrell from Foresthill High School, whose teams consistently top the charts, 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
1 224.8 Foresthill High School Team 5 Foresthill (Placer) Shasta
2 213.2 Amador High School Team 1 Sutter Creek (Amador) Shasta
3 204.5 El Dorado High School Team 1 Placerville (El Dorado) El Dorado
4 203.0 Palisades Charter Team 12 Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles) San Bernardino
5 202.5 Golden Sierra High School Team 9 Georgetown (El Dorado) El Dorado
6 201.8 Palisades Charter Team 11 Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles) San Bernardino
7 201.3 Canyon Crest Academy Team 1 San Diego (San Diego) San Bernardino
8 201.2 Foresthill High School Team 7 Foresthill (Placer) Shasta

All teams scoring 185 and greater have been invited to the 2021-2022 Forestry Challenge Championship, to be held at Camp Sylvester in Tuolumne County in April 2022. Teams scoring under 185 will be invited as space allows.

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