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 now has limited Wi-Fi with restricted access. We will make a few computers available for you to do limited online research.  Cell service is strong with Verizon and spotty with AT&T. 
  • A camera that can hard-wire transfer photos to your laptop is highly recommended.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE APP LINKED BELOW. We are trying a new method for locating plot centers.

  • The app is free, as is the map that we will be using.
  • The map we will be using: TWAIN HARTE, CA TNM GEOPDF 7.5X7.5 GRID 24000-SCALE TM 2010, published by the US Geological Survey

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

  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. Determine seedling species population and composition using a 1/100th 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 – Managing the Kinland Forest to Meet Long Term Production and Forest Health Goals

  1. Be familiar with the location and history of Kinland Forest.
  2. Be familiar with silvicultural practices commonly used in California.
  3. Understand the difference between Even and Uneven-Aged Forest Management, particularly the diameter class distribution graphics of even-aged, three aged, and all-aged forests.
  4. Be familiar with the difference between a Nonindustrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP) and Timber Harvest Plan (THP).
  5. Briefly scan the Kinland Forest NTMP, with more emphasis on the yellow-shaded areas of the following pages: 3-11, 18, 24, 26, 27, 51, 58, 59, 61. Please note that on page 61, the x-axis should be labeled “dbh class in inches” and the y-axis should be labeled “number of trees per acre”.
  6. YOU WILL NOT BE TESTED ON THIS OBJECTIVE. The link will remain so you can see the original objective. We apologize for any inconvenience. [Be familiar with the tree mortality epidemic between 2012 and 2017.]
  7. YOU WILL NOT BE TESTED ON THIS OBJECTIVE. The link will remain so you can see the original objective. We apologize for any inconvenience. [Be familiar with the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).]

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