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Hello Students! Here are a few notes about technology for the 2019 Shasta Forestry Challenge.

  • Each team should bring one laptop to use for presentation prep.  PCs are preferred.  More than one laptop per team is allowed but not necessary.
  • Your laptop must have:
    • At least 1 USB port
    • 1 HDMI port
    • Powerpoint software – No Internet-dependent programs (Prezi, Google Slides, etc.)
  • IF YOU BRING A MAC, you must be able to convert files so they are PC friendly and have an HDMI adapter to connect to a projector.
  • If you need a laptop, there are a few available for loan, but please let us know in advance if you want to check one out.
  • You will receive a flash drive with focus topic related materials to use in your presentation.  You can also bring any background information about the focus topic that you think will help you in your presentation.
  • Mountain Meadows Camp has limited Wi-Fi with restricted access and little to no cell service.  We will try to make a few computers available for you to do limited online research.
  • A camera that can hard-wire transfer photos to your laptop is highly recommended.

If you have any questions about technology at the Shasta Forestry Challenge, please email Diane.  Thanks!

NEW! Download or print our new Forestry Challenge Instruction Manual & Study Guide to use in conjunction with the following learning objectives

Shasta 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

  1. Know how to prepare for conducting forestry fieldwork, including clothing, safety gear, and environmental hazards.
  2. Know how to pace a chain.
  3. Know how to use the following forestry tools: Biltmore Stick (diameter and height), clinometer, compass, diameter tape, and angle gauge. For information on purchasing your own set of tools, see our recommended tools list.
  4. Interpret volume tables using raw data.
  5. Determine forest species composition using a 1/10 acre square or circular plot.
  6. Interpret maps, including but not limited to township/range/section, ownership, distances/scale, directional headings, and topography.
  7. Understand how forests are managed to produce timber, and what products are derived from timber.

Technology in Forestry

  1. Understand the basics of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and how a GPS works.
  2. Download and be familiar with the mapping app Avenza.
    • The maps with the Shasta locations are:
      • MANTON, CA TNM GEOPDF 7.5X7.5 GRID 24000-SCALE TM 2010
      • HAGAMAN GULCH, CA TNM GEOPDF 7.5X7.5 GRID 24000-SCALE TM 2010
  3. Be familiar with the forest management simulator program, Visual Forester, and view the introductory video.

2019 Focus Topic: Silviculture for the Future in the “Big Wheels” Parcel

  1. Be familiar with basic silvicultural methods and their attributes.
  2. Be familiar with the Big Wheels parcel, including its history and most recent harvest.
  3. Understand the proposed “Graceland” Timber Harvest Plan (THP), specifically, the silvicultural prescription proposed for the Big Wheels unit.

Additional General Resources