NOTICE: This page and the links below will be updated with information for the 2018 Championship, April 25-27, 2019, during February 2019.

Hello Students!  Here are a few notes about technology for the Championship Forestry Challenge. 

  • Each team should bring one laptop to use for presentation prep.  PCs are preferred. More than one per team is allowed but not necessary.
  • Your laptop must have:
    • At least 1 USB port
    • Powerpoint software – No Internet-dependent programs (Prezi, Google Slides, etc.) 
  • If you bring a Mac, you must be able to convert files so they are PC friendly and have an HDMI adapter to connect to a projector.
  • If you need a laptop, there are a few available for loan, but please let us know in advance if you want to check one out. 
  • You will receive a flash drive with focus topic related materials to use in your presentation.  You can also bring any background information about the focus topic that you think will help you in your presentation.
  • Camp Sylvester does not have Wi-Fi and the only cell service available is Verizon.  Those of you with Verizon may be able to set up a hotspot, but do not plan on having Internet access. 
  • A camera that can hard-wire transfer photos to your laptop is highly recommended.

If you have any questions about technology at the Championship Forestry Challenge, please email Diane.  Thanks!

Forestry Challenge Championship Learning Objectives

Ecology, Botany, and Plant Identification

  1. Understand the fundamental life processes of plants including photosynthesis and transpiration.
  2. Know the basic parts of a tree and their functions.
  3. Understand basic ecological concepts including food webs, succession, competition, adaptation, and symbiosis.
  4. Understand concepts associated with forests, including stand composition, stand density, and crown classification.
  5. Be familiar with the four most common forest plant communities in California, and know their approximate ranges.
  6. Identify with common names the following tree species without a key, and know their approximate ranges in California:
    • Ponderosa Pine
    • Sugar Pine
    • Incense Cedar
    • White Fir
    • Douglas Fir
    • California Black Oak
  7. Identify specific species of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants through the use of a dichotomous identification key.  Be familiar with basic terminology related to leaf morphology.

Timber Cruising and Forest Products (linked videos may require an Adobe Flash update)

  1. Know how to pace a chain.
  2. Know how to use the following forestry tools: compass, Biltmore Stick (diameter and height), clinometerdiameter tapeangle gauge, and increment borer.
  3. Interpret volume tables and site class tables using raw data.
  4. Determine forest species composition using a variable radius plot.
  5. Determine seedling species population and composition using a 1/50th acre fixed radius plot.
  6. Interpret maps, including but not limited to township/range/section, ownership, distances/scale, directional headings, and topography.
  7. Understand how forests are managed to produce timber, and what products are derived from timber.

Championship Focus Topic – To be posted soon


Additional General Resources