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

  • Each team should bring one laptop to use for presentation prep.  PCs are preferred. NO CHROMEBOOKS PLEASE. More than one per team is allowed but not necessary.
  • Your laptop must have:
    • At least 1 USB 2.0 Type A 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 (.PPTX) and have an HDMI adapter to connect to a projector, and you must bring your own dongles for USB-A interfacing.
  • 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.
  • Camp Sylvester now has limited Wi-Fi with restricted access.   Cell service is strong with Verizon and spotty with AT&T. If you are able to hotspot, you are allowed to do so. If not, we will have a few computers made available for you to do online research.
  • A camera or phone that can hard-wire transfer photos to your laptop is highly recommended.

If you have any questions about technology at the Championship Forestry Challenge, please email Diane.  (





Forestry Challenge Championship Learning Objectives

Ecology, Botany, and Plant Identification

    1. Know the basic parts of a tree and their functions.
    2. Understand concepts associated with forests, including stand composition, stand density, and crown classification.
    3. Be familiar with the four most common forest plant communities in California, and know their approximate ranges.
    4. Identify with common names the following tree species without a key, and know their approximate ranges in California:
    5. 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 pace a chain.
    2. Know how to use the following forestry tools: Biltmore Stick (diameter and height), clinometercompassdiameter tape, and angle gauge, and densitometer.
    3. Interpret volume tables and limiting distance tables using raw data.
    4. Determine forest species composition using a fixed radius plot.
    5. Interpret maps, including but not limited to township/range/section, ownership, distances/scale, directional headings, and topography.
    6. Understand how forests are managed to produce timber, and what products are derived from timber.
    7. Understand the Mill production process and be familiar with the SPI Mill in Standard.

Championship Focus Topic – Creating a Fire Resilient Landscape in the Stanislaus National Forest

    1. Be familiar with the Stanislaus National Forest and efforts to protect forested landscapes in Tuolumne County
    2. Be familiar with the US Forest Service’s 10-year strategy to address the wildfire crisis in the western US.
    3. Know the location of the Stanislaus Landscape, one of the identified first-round of 10 priority landscapes (page 12).
    4. Be familiar with Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions, a Tuolumne County collaborative group.
    5. Have knowledge of ongoing work adjacent to the Stanislaus National Forest.
    6. Be familiar with the Purpose and Need, as well as the Proposed Action of the Social and Ecological Resilience Across the Landscape (SERAL) project.
    7. Be familiar with the three decisions made to date for the SERAL Project.
    8. Understand the current status of the SERAL Project on the Stanislaus National Forest.
    9. Be familiar with historic forest conditions and how those conditions compare to today.

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