San Bernardino Forestry Challenge – November 7 to 10, 2018
The final event of the 2018 Forestry Challenge season was punctuated with brisk but clear weather and the 100 students from 13 schools who participated braved the cold to perform very well on the field test and collect some great data at YMCA Camp Whittle near Big Bear. The Camp has an upcoming fuels reduction project that will remove all understory trees under 12 inches in diameter and treat brush competing with young trees in open areas. Teams evaluated the forested area of the 160-acre property to determine if the understory treatment will achieve the landowner goals of creating a fire resilient and uneven-aged stand. While removing small trees and some of the brush will reduce ladder fuels, more treatment will be needed to open up gaps in the canopy, break horizontal continuity, and allow for natural regeneration.
The results are out of a possible 250 points:
- First Place: John W. North High School Team 25, 226.5 points
- Second Place: Charter Oak School Team 10, 222.8 points
- Third Place: Oxford Academy, 222.5 points
- Fourth Place: Charter Oak High School Team 9, 217.8 points
- Fifth Place: CA Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) Team 3, 215.0 points
Charter Oak High School won the Pacing Contest with a pace of 66 feet, 1 inch, with Alta Loma High School and CAMS placing second and third. The top seven teams have guaranteed spots at the Championship, scheduled for April 18 to 20 in Tuolumne County.
Other schools at the event were: Arlington High School, Citrus Hill High School, Coalinga High School, Colony High School, Hawthorne Math and Science Academy, Porterville High School, Sequoia High School, and Vista High School.
2018 San Bernardino Forestry Challenge group photo