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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 of their focus topic presentation.  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 will be able to do 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

  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. Be familiar with the four most common forest plant communities in California, and know their approximate ranges.
  5. 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
  6. Identify specific species of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants through the use of a dichotomous identification key.  Understand leaf morphology.

Timber Cruising, Forest Management, and Forest Products

  1. Know how to pace a chain.
  2. Know how to use the following forestry tools: Biltmore Stick (diameter and height), clinometer, diameter tape, angle gauge, compass, and increment borer.
  3. Interpret volume and site index tables using raw data.
  4. Determine forest species composition using a 1/10 acre square plot.
  5. Interpret maps, including but not limited to township/range/section, ownership, distances/scale, directional headings, and topography.
  6. Understand how forest management, wildfire, development, and recreation can affect wildlife habitat, water quality, and soil.
  7. Understand how forests are managed to produce timber, and what products are derived from timber.

Forest Pests

  1. Identify, understand the life cycle, and know common control techniques for bark beetles and blue stain fungus.

2016 Focus Topic: El Dorado – Forest Fuels Evaluation and Fire Behavior Modeling

  1. Understand fire ecology and the importance of natural fire in the Sierra Nevada Mixed Conifer forest.
  2. Be familiar with the benefit of planning low intensity, prescribed fire.
  3. Understand how the drought changes the appropriateness of using fire on the landscape.
  4. Understand the danger of excess and unnatural fuel loading in the forest landscape.
  5. Understand how to use Brown’s Transects to collect field data and how to use that data to calculate fuel loading in tons per acre.


Additional General Resources

Pest Fact Sheets