April 2015 - Here we go again! With 2014 in the books, a new year of Forestry Challenge awaits. Teachers and volunteers, I cannot tell you how important it is to have your input now. The fall is such a rush that the more I know now, the better prepared I can be. Please complete and return either the pre-registration form or the volunteer form, linked on the left side of this page.

Many aspects of the 2015 events will remain the same as last year: There will be 5 events in the same areas, the dates are similar, and teachers who pre-register before May 31 will receive a 50% discount on registration fees. Here's what has changed: Due to scheduling conflicts with the 2014 event site, the San Bernardino Forestry Challenge has moved to Calvary Chapel Christian Camp in Green Valley Lake. Second, the scholarship has been modified to make many more students eligible to receive a $3,000 cash award. Lastly, returning teachers who recruit one or more new schools will receive a free registration for each new school.

So "don't delay, act now"! Go to the links on the event pages and send me your completed forms. I'll be finalizing focus topics in May and June, but what I have so planned far is going to be great!

Until Next Month,


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Welcome to the California Forestry Challenge website. Information on the 2015 events is posted on the "events" pages. Schools that pre-register for 2015 events before May 31st will get a 50 percent discount on registration fees.




What is the Forestry Challenge?

The California Forestry Challenge is a competitive event for high school students in technical forestry and current forestry issues. Using the forest as the classroom, the California Forestry Challenge is project-based learning at its best.

Highlights include:

  • Field Training: Forestry professionals spend time with the students familiarizing them with common tree species, forestry tools, and the use of identification keys. This training serves as a review of information and equipment already sent to teachers during the summer.
  • Field Test: Working as a 2 to 5 person team, students complete a comprehensive field test, which includes identifying and measuring trees, analyzing stand data, and making forest management decisions. The scores from the testing stations are combined, and become 60% of the team's final score.
  • Current Topic Fieldtrip: Students are presented with a real life topic or situation. They then visit the field to ask questions and collect data. Students also do a service project such as tree planting or invasive weed removal, to give them a "hands-on" forest experience. At the 2012 events, teams created a "recipe" for Giant Sequoia regeneration, helped clarify a management plan for a family forest, and weighed in on a not-yet-approved Timber Harvest Plan.
  • Presentation: Guided by two consultation sessions with a Registered Professional Forester, students use all available information to put together a 15-minute presentation. A panel of three judges scores the presentation, which is worth 40% of the final event score. Top teams have presented to the CA Board of Forestry, the CA Licensed Foresters Association, and the Forest Landowners of CA.

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