STUDENTS FROM SACRAMENTO NEW TECH HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPATE IN 2016 EL DORADO FORESTRY CHALLENGE
Grizzly Flats, CA — Eleven students from Sacramento New Tech High School participated recently in the 2016 El Dorado Forestry Challenge, one group of a total of 84 high school students from 13 schools from northern California. The event was October 26 to 29 at Leoni Meadows Camp, near Grizzly Flats, California. Two of Sac New Tech’s three teams scored in the top ten of the 20 teams at the event.
One of the highlights for the students this year was learning how to conduct a “Brown’s Transect”, a method to quantify woody debris on the forest floor. The study area was the site of a fuels reduction project in 2008. Students entered the data into a fire behavior computer modeling program to determine optimum conditions under which to conduct a prescribed burn in the project area. During the Challenge, teams of students also completed field training, followed by a field test, to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data collecting skills.
“The Forestry Challenge is a unique and real-world experience for high school students that opens their eyes to much of what is special about California,” said Sacramento New Tech High School teacher Jerry Huang. Francisco Torres and Riley Ramos, both juniors at Sacramento New Tech High School, summed it up as follows: “Forestry Challenge is a great way to learn about all of the hard work that goes into managing our forests and has opened the doors to a new career choice.”
School Photo Caption: Sacramento New Tech High School students learned how to quantify forest fuel loading and use computer models to predict fire behavior at the 2016 El Dorado Forestry Challenge.
Left to right:
Back Row: Jerry Huang (advisor), Isabel Sylvia, Marquis Hunter, Samuel Robb, Khaa-Lel Whitaker, Riley Ramos
Middle Row: Senna Vasquez (advisor), Nathan Vaiz, Nicholas Johnson
Front Row: Christine Baker (advisor), Mia Huang (advisor’s daughter), Isabella Heidrich, Georgie Davis (advisor’s son), David Candia, Francisco Franco-Torres, Michael Rafanan
Action Photo Caption: Sac New Tech freshman Nathan Vaiz receives instruction on using a compass from Registered Professional Forester Kevin Conway, one of the many skills learned at the 2016 El Dorado Forestry Challenge.
Diane Dealey Neill, Founder and Coordinator
California Forestry Challenge