These links and notes will be updated for the 2018 event at the beginning of the school year.
Hello Students! Just a note about technology for the Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge. First of all, each team should have one laptop to use in preparation of their focus topic presentation. PC’s 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, Redwood Christian Park 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 Redwood Christian Park may 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 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge, please email Diane. Thanks!
Santa Cruz 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:
- 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 (linked videos may require an Adobe Flash update)
- Know how to pace a chain.
- Know how to use the following forestry tools: Biltmore Stick (diameter and height), clinometer, diameter tape, and increment borer.
- Interpret volume and site index tables using raw data.
- Determine forest species composition using a 1/20 acre circular 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 the four categories of federal land, and special designations (wilderness areas and national monuments) that can occur within all four types.
- Know the basic tenants of Leave No Trace.
- Know how to prepare for a day hike.
2017 Focus Topic: Developing a Silvicultural Prescription for Soper-Wheeler’s Bonny Doon Unit
- Be familiar with the history and commitment to sustainability of Soper-Wheeler Company.
- Understand the 5 most common types of silviculture and their attributes, knowing that single-tree selection is the only legal option for harvesting conifers in Santa Cruz County.
- Have a basic knowledge of the creation, purpose, and administration of California’s forest practice rules.