Hello Students! Just a note about technology for the El Dorado Forestry Challenge. First of all, each team should have one laptop to use in preparation for their focus topic presentation. PCs are preferred. If you bring a Mac, you will need to be able to convert files so they are PC friendly, and also have an adapter so your Mac can connect to a projector. More than one laptop per team is allowed, but not necessary. If you need a laptop, I have a few available for loan, but you need to let me know in advance if you want to check one out. On the first night of the Challenge, you will receive a flash drive with focus topic related materials, so be sure your computer has a standard USB port. You can also bring any background information about the focus topic on the hard drive of your laptop that you think will help you in the preparation of your presentation. Fortunately, Leoni Meadows has a strong Wi-Fi signal in the room where you will be working, so you should be able to do some internet research as you develop your presentation. Your computer also needs to have PowerPoint software loaded onto it. We do not use Prezi or Google Slides, as they are dependent on an internet connection, and Leoni Meadows does not have reliable Wi-Fi in all of the presentation rooms. At the end of the presentation prep time, you will copy your completed presentation onto the flash drive and turn it in. We will load it onto one computer that will be dedicated to your assigned presentation room. And, lastly, I highly recommend bringing a camera that can hard-wire transfer photos to your laptop. If you have any questions about technology at the El Dorado Forestry Challenge, please email Diane. Thanks!
El Dorado Forestry Challenge Learning Objectives
Ecology, Botany, and Plant Identification
- Understand the fundamental life processes of plants including photosynthesis and transpiration.
- Know the basic parts of a tree and their functions.
- Understand basic ecological concepts including food webs, succession, competition, adaptation, and symbiosis.
- Understand concepts associated with forests, including stand composition, stand density, and crown classification.
- Be familiar with the four most common forest plant communities in California, and know their approximate ranges.
- 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
- 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
- Know how to pace a chain.
- Know how to use the following forestry tools: Biltmore Stick (diameter and height), clinometer, diameter tape, angle gauge, and increment borer.
- Interpret volume tables and site class tables using raw data.
- Determine forest species composition using a 1/10 acre square plot.
- Interpret maps, including but not limited to township/range/section, ownership, distances/scale, directional headings, and topography.
- Understand how forests are managed to produce timber, and what products are derived from timber.
- Understand the difference between federal, state, and private forestland, and the regulatory statutes that determine how each is managed.
- Know the basic tenants of Leave No Trace.
- Know how to prepare for conducting forestry fieldwork, including clothing, safety gear, and environmental hazards.
2018 Focus Topic: Timber Harvest Economics in Today’s Market
- Be familiar with California’s Forest Practice Rules and the role of the Registered Professional Forester (RPF)
- Understand the purpose of a Nonindustrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP) and how it differs from a Timber Harvest Plan (THP).
- Be familiar with Part 2 of the Leoni Meadows NTMP that describes silviculture for harvests under the plan, particularly page 1, where silviculture for the special treatment area for wildlife is described.
- Be familiar with habitat needs for the Great Gray Owl in California.
- Understand the types of costs associated with timber harvest and recent market trends.