Hello Students! Just a note about technology for the San Bernardino 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 all of the important materials that we can think of, 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 as the only access you would have to the internet would be a hot spot if you choose to bring one, and the cell signal is weak at best. 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 Green Valley Lake Christian Camp does not have Wi-Fi. 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 San Bernardino Forestry Challenge, please email Diane. Thanks!
San Bernardino 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:
- Jeffrey Pine
- Ponderosa Pine
- Sugar Pine
- Incense Cedar
- White Fir
- Coulter Pine
- 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: clinometer, densitometer, angle gauge, and diameter tape.
- Interpret volume 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: Vegetation Management at YMCA Camp Whittle
- Be familiar with the purpose and year of implementation of the California Cooperative Forest Management Plan as stated in a 2012 announcement for workshops to explain the plan template.
- Understand how tree spacing and canopy cover affects fire behavior.
- Be familiar with YMCA Camp Whittle’s Forest Management Plan (FMP), specifically property history (page 7), the landowner’s management objectives (page 14), and the fuels modification unit prescriptions (pages 18 and 19).