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. NO CHROMEBOOKS PLEASE. 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 now has limited Wi-Fi with restricted access.   Cell service is strong with Verizon and spotty with AT&T. If you are able to hotspot, you are allowed to do so. If not, we will have a few computers made available for you to do online research.
  • 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

Be familiar with all listed objectives for background information. Objectives with asterisks ** will not be part of the Field Test.

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:
  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

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

Championship Focus Topic


Additional General Resources