Shingletown, CA — Eight students from Golden Eagle Charter participated recently in the 2018 Shasta Forestry Challenge, one group of a total of 87 high school students from 14 schools from northern and central California. One of the two teams from Golden Eagle placed sixth out of 24 teams. The event was September 26 to 29 at Mountain Meadows Camp, east of Shingletown, California.
One of the highlights for the students this year was the opportunity to recommend a fire-safe silvicultural prescription for a parcel of state-owned land where the CalFire Shingletown fire station is located. After spending a day in the forest collecting data and interacting with natural resource professionals, students recommended a regulatory mechanism to harvest merchantable trees, treat residual vegetation and slash, and keep understory fuels to a minimum. During the Challenge, teams of students also completed a field test to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data collecting skills.
“This year’s focus topic was extremely relevant to the students, giving them a solid understanding of the science of managing a forest for fire resiliency as well as other land owner goals,” said Golden Eagle Charter teacher Heather Quigley. Devin Crippen, a junior at Golden Eagle, summed it up as follows: “I feel that this event was a great experience and I am definitely going to be telling others about it, and I am going to do it again.”