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NU students study forest care

Students from Nevada Union High School placed fourth among 13 schools and more than 100 students at the fifth annual California Forestry Challenge recently.

California Forestry Challenge is a competitive event that focuses on how to manage and restore forests after catastrophic wildfires.

The program, which took place Oct. 3 through 6 at Sly Park in Pollock Pines, included a field trip to the area scorched in late June and early July by the Angora Fire in South Lake Tahoe. Professional foresters, biologists and other scientists made presentations.



At the event, students built barriers to slow down mountainside erosion and planted seedlings to help restore the burned area of the Tahoe National Forest.

Each team used forestry methods to measure trees, collect scientific data and present a forest management plan to prevent the chance of future catastrophic wildfires.




The Forestry Challenge was sponsored by The Forest Foundation and the California Forest Products Commission.

The Forest Foundation (www.calforestfoundation.org) is a nonprofit linked to the timber industry that promotes public understanding of the role that forests play in the environmental and economic health of the state.

The California Forest Products Commission (www.calforests.org) is a state-mandated marketing and research group for the timber industry that educates people about the state’s forests and the products they yield.


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