July 2015 - The Dog Days of Summer are here. I hope you have all had a chance to escape the heat and go to the forest. I'm part way through making my rounds to the various Forestry Challenge sites to set up the fieldtrips and testing and, in general, it hasn't been too hot. Shasta, Sequoia, and part of Santa Cruz are set up (thanks to help from awesome foresters Pete Johnson, Scott Carnegie, David Van Lennep, and Jim Kral), with the other event locations soon to follow.
Pre-registration went well this spring, with about 440 students from 53 schools signed up. Shasta, Sequoia, and Santa Cruz are all at capacity, with space for a few more schools at El Dorado and San Bernardino. Teachers - thanks for getting those forms in so I can plan accordingly for the fall.
In addition to making the rounds in California, I recently attended a teacher workshop in Oregon where I learned a lot about forestry in Oregon, including tours of the woods, and veneer and biomass facilities. I was also able to connect with the good folks from the Oregon Forest Resource Institute, which put on the workshop, and I will be traveling to Portland in late August to talk about expanding the Challenge to Oregon in the future.
I'm also pleased to let you know that I now have two employees: Lori Parlin, a longtime friend, who is helping me with all things technology related, and Annika Duden, a business major at University of Colorado, who is helping me pursue grants and sponsorships. These ladies will be contributing to the success of the Forestry Challenge, hopefully for a long time to come.
Lastly, please be aware that I'll be out of touch for a few weeks this month, as I backpack a 126 mile section of the John Muir Trail.
Until Next Month,
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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.
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