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Students from Golden Sierra High School Participate in Forestry Challenge Championship
Posted 5/13/19

Pinecrest, CA —4 students from Golden Sierra High School participated recently in the Forestry Challenge Championship, one group of a total of 62 high school students from 13 schools from all over California.  The event, sponsored by Bejac Corporation, was April 25 to 27 at Camp Sylvester Resort, east of Sonora, California.

One of the highlights for the students this year was the opportunity to recommend a silvicultural prescription for Kinland Forest, owned by the Kinsinger family.  After spending a day in the forest collecting data and interacting with natural resource professionals, students recommended a prescription that would be practical, economically sound, and in compliance with the California Forest Practice Rules.  During the Challenge, teams of students also completed a field test to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data collecting skills.

“This was a rigorous event in such a beautiful location. I’m so proud of these kids,” said Golden Sierra High School teacher Amara Smallwood.  Lydia D’Angelo, a sophomore at Golden Sierra, summed it up as follows:  “Forestry Challenge is a great opportunity for those who are interested in the field of forestry or those who want to challenge themselves and it’s awesome to learn about the world we live ins.”

Forestry Challenge Group62 students from 13 schools from all over California gathered for the 2018-2019 Forestry Challenge Championship in Tuolumne County. Participants assessed the 428-acre Kinland Forest, comparing growth model projections with current forest conditions.