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.
  • 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.  (dianedealeyneill@gmail.com)

Forestry Challenge Championship Learning Objectives

Be familiar with all listed objectives for background information. Objectives with asterisks ** are important concepts for the focus topic, but will not be part of the Field Test.

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.

  8. Timber Cruising and Forest Products

  9. Know how to pace a chain.
  10. Know how to use the following forestry tools: Biltmore Stick (diameter and height), clinometercompassdiameter tape, and angle gauge, and increment borer.
  11. Interpret volume tables, limiting distance tables, and site class tables using raw data.
  12. Determine forest species composition using a fixed radius plot.
  13. Interpret maps, including but not limited to township/range/section, ownership, distances/scale, directional headings, and topography.
  14. Understand how forests are managed to produce timber, and what products are derived from timber.

  15. Championship Focus Topic – California’s Wildfire Crisis – A Call to Action

  16. Be Familiar with the scale of the 2020 and 2021 fire seasons
  17. Be able to identify stakeholder groups within each of these broad stakeholder categories: federal, state, local, private, and professional.
  18. Understand the relationships between each of the stakeholder groups and which ones regularly collaborate on forest management projects.
  19. Identify each stakeholder group’s strengths that enable it to get work done and challenges that prevent it from getting work done.
  20. Be able to formulate specific action items for one stakeholder group that could be implemented to help solve the wildfire crisis.

Please watch the Forestry Challenge interview with Congressman Tom McClintock as a virtual panelist for the Forestry Challenge Championship Focus Topic.

Please read these articles:

Just What Is a ‘Resilient’ Forest, Anyway?

The full paper cited in the article above: Operational resilience in western US frequent-fire forests

Confronting the Wildfire Crisis

Crowding, climate change, and the case for distancing among trees

Top environmental groups call on Biden to protect mature trees and forests on federal lands from logging

Its time to get Proactive about Forest Management

New Biden wildfire commission looking for prevention experts to shape federal policy

Forest Service takes major step forward on historically massive Tuolumne County project

Wildfire Resilience Treatments Work

The Forest Service has a vision; the Stanislaus National Forest has a plan

Fuel Breaks are Touted as First Priority for Historic Stanislaus National Forest Project

UC Berkeley Study encourages revised forest composition to combat climate change

Opinion: Biden plan won’t stop the next wildfire

Opinion: If money were no object

Opinion: Saving forests by cutting trees?

Opinion: Money Alone Cannot Meet our Fire and Resiliency Challenge

Podcast: The AFRC Podcast: Sustainable Forests. Healthy Communities. Episode 6


Additional General Resources