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Nevada Union High School students take first place in forestry challenge

Nevada Union High School students learn how to manage pine plantations at the 2016 Shasta Forestry Challenge. Ffrom left are Cole Jarvis, Paige Mack, Eli Ferguson, Elizabeth Self, Katie Alling (advisor) and Anna Woodall.
Photo submitted by Diane Dealey Neill |

Five students from Nevada Union High School recently participated in the 2016 Shasta Forestry Challenge, which included 84 high school students from 15 schools around Northern and Central California. The NU team won first place out of a total of 21 teams. The event took place Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 at Mountain Meadows Camp, east of Shingletown, California.

A highlight for the students was the opportunity to assess the condition of an even-aged forest managed by W.M. Beaty & Associates. After spending a day on the Thatcher Ranch collecting data and interacting with natural resource professionals, students weighed in on how to manage the 33-year-old pine plantations on the ranch over the next 10 years. During the challenge, teams of students completed field training and a field test to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data collecting skills.


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