Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge – October 11 to 14, 2023

Redwood Glen, Loma Mar

Event Program | Focus Topic Question
Presentation Scoresheet

Student Evaluations  |  Teacher Evaluations

Photo Album | Highest Scoring Presentation

Logging, logging, and logging! The Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge featured logging three ways.  First, the students collected data at Butano State Park to analyze the best way to repurpose Douglas-fir trees being logged for hardwood forest restoration.  Second, Redwood Empire forester Mike Duffy led the students on a tour of the current salvage logging operations at Redwood Glen.  And, last but not least, the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Logging Sports team sent 5 ambassadors to demonstrate their skills and let students try such events as double buck and axe throwing.
The weather cooperated for the 112 students from 16 schools in attendance.  Besides the rigorous field testing and presentation preparation, volunteers took students on night hikes and light-up frisbees and campfires dominated the late evenings.

The results below are out of a possible 250 points:

  • First Place:  El Dorado High School Team #11, 215.0 points
  • Second Place:  Foresthill High School Team #12 214.0 points
  • Third Place:  Granada Hills High School Team #19, 211.0 points
  • Fourth Place: Woodside High School Team #30, 210.5 points
  • Fifth Place:  Benicia High School Team #2, 202.0 points

Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center won the Pacing Contest with a pace of 65’10” (2 inch deviation), with Trinity High School and Freedom High School coming in second and third, respectively.

Other schools at the Challenge were: Calero, Charter University Prep, Golden Valley, Half Moon Bay, Learning for Life, Liberty, Oakridge, Pacific Crest Academy, and Venture Academy

2023 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge Group Photo