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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. 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 its functions.
- Understand basic ecological concepts including food webs, succession, competition, adaptation, and symbiosis.
- Be familiar with the four most common forest plant communities in California and know their approximate ranges.
- Identify Coastal Redwood and Douglas-fir, know where they grow in California, their growth characteristics, relative lumber value, and the forest products made from them.
- 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
- Know how to pace a chain.
- Know how to use the following forestry tools: Biltmore Stick (diameter and height), clinometer, diameter tape, angle gauge, compass, and increment borer.
- Interpret volume tables and site index tables using raw data.
- Interpret maps, including but not limited to township/range/section, ownership, distances/scale, directional headings, and topography.
- Understand how forests are managed to produce redwood products, and what products are derived from redwood.
- Understand the difference between old growth and second growth forests.
- Be familiar with the land use and logging history of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
- Identify, understand the life cycle, and know common control techniques for bark beetles and blue stain fungus.
- Know the pathogen, mechanism of death, and treatment options for Sudden Oak Death (SOD) in coastal oaks in California.
2016 Focus Topic: Post Harvest Growth and Sustainability
- Understand the concept of sustainability as it relates to forest growth.
- Understand the basics of a Non-Industrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP), and how it differs from a Timber Harvest Plan (THP).
- Be familiar with RCP’s NTMP, particularly the Plan’s overview (pages 1-11) and plan of harvest operations (pages 12-16).
- Understand Redwood Christian Park’s (RCP) eleven forest management goals as stated in RCP’s NTMP (pages 13-14).
- Know the timeline for the initial approval and subsequent projected harvests conducted under RCP’s NTMP. (page 66)
- Be familiar with the parameters used to assess growth and sustainability, including how to calculate trees per acre (page 18), average diameter at breast height, basal area, and radial growth interpretation.
- At the event, students will learn how to use data collected to estimate projected growth and appropriate future harvest levels.