Eleven students from San Lorenzo Valley High School participated recently in the 2016 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge, one group of a total of 117 high school students from 14 schools from the Santa Cruz and central California region. The event was November 16 to 19 at Redwood Christian Park, near Boulder Creek, California. One of SLV’s three teams placed seventh out of a field of 30 teams.
One of the highlights for the students this year was the opportunity to assess an area of redwood forest that was harvested a year ago. Students collected data such as trees per acre, forest density, and recent growth. They used the data to predict future growth and sustainability of the forest. During the challenge, the teams of students also completed field training, followed by a field test, to assess their technical forestry knowledge.
“Collaborative, fun, challenging, and engaging environmental experience-cool action!” said San Lorenzo Valley High School teacher, Jane Orbuch.
Brianna Wright, a freshman at San Lorenzo Valley High Schools, summed it up as follows: “The most educational and fun-filled school field trip I’ve ever had.”
Left to Right – Back: Rowan Garties, Trevor Cambron, Morgan Bright, Travis Loik, Ben Nye, and Lukas Hager. Front: Jane Orbuch (advisor), Damian Goodenough, Brianna Wright, Salvatore Deguara, Elias McMilin, and Austin Whisler
SLVHS freshman, Rowan Garties, uses a clinometer to measure tree height, one of the many skills learned at the 2016 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge.