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 for 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 we will also have your flash drive and computer as backups.  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

  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:
  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 (linked videos may require an Adobe Flash update)

  1. Know how to pace a chain.
  2. Know how to use the following forestry tools: Biltmore Stick (diameter and height), clinometerdiameter tape, angle gauge, and increment borer.
  3. Interpret volume and site index tables using raw data.
  4. Interpret maps, including but not limited to township/range/section, ownership, distances/scale, directional headings, and topography.
  5. Understand how forests are managed to produce timber, and what products are derived from timber.

Outdoor Preparedness

  1. Understand the difference between federal, state, and private forestland, and the regulatory statutes that determine how each is managed.
  2. Know the basic tenants of Leave No Trace.
  3. Know how to prepare for conducting forestry fieldwork, including clothing, safety gear, and environmental hazards.

2018 Focus Topic: The Multiple Benefits of Prescribed Fire in the Santa Cruz Sandhills

  1. Be familiar with the Santa Cruz Sandhills ecological community.
  2. Understand how prescribed fire helps maintain the Santa Cruz Sandhills ecological community.
  3. Understand the basics of fire behavior.
  4. Understand how fuel breaks can protect communities.
  5. Be familiar with taking fuel loading measurements using Brown Transects.

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