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Hello Students!  Just a note about technology for the Shasta 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 important 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. 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 Mountain Meadows Camp does not have Wi-Fi available to all of you.  Their Wi-Fi capacity allows for only two computers at a time, so we will have two computers available for you to do research and load materials onto your flash drive for transfer to your team’s computer.  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 Shasta Forestry Challenge, please email Diane.  Thanks!

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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. Be familiar with the four most common forest plant communities in California, and know their approximate ranges.
  5. Identify with common names the following tree species without a key, and know their approximate ranges in California:
    • Ponderosa Pine
    • Sugar Pine
    • Incense Cedar
    • White Fir
    • Douglas Fir
  6. 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

  1. Know how to pace a chain.
  2. Know how to use the following forestry tools: Biltmore Stick (diameter and height), clinometer, diameter tape, angle gauge, densitometercompass, and increment borer.
  3. Interpret volume tables using raw data.
  4. Determine forest species composition using a 1/10 acre square plot.
  5. Interpret maps, including but not limited to township/range/section, ownership, distances/scale, directional headings, and topography.
  6. Understand how forest management, wildfire, development, and recreation can affect wildlife habitat, water quality, and soil.
  7. Understand how forests are managed to produce timber, and what products are derived from timber.

Forest Pests

  1. Identify, understand the life cycle, and know common control techniques for bark beetles.
  2. Be familiar with the recent and ongoing tree mortality epidemic in California’s forests.
  3. Be familiar with Sudden Aspen Decline (SAD).

2016 Focus Topic:  Even-aged Plantation Management

  1. Be familiar with W.M. Beaty & Associates’ history/philosophy and forest stewardship practices.
  2. Understand the five most common types of Silviculture and their attributes.
  3. Understand the life cycle of an even-aged plantation.
  4. Understand the risk to a plantation from wildfire and pests.

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