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NU students participate in 2015 Shasta Forestry Challenge

Five students from Nevada Union High School participated in the 2015 Shasta Forestry Challenge.
Submitted by Katie Alling |

Five students from Nevada Union High School participated in the 2015 Shasta Forestry Challenge, along with 85 other high school students from nine Northern California schools. Over the course of three September days at Mountain Meadows Camp, east of Shingletown, the relatively young NU team came in sixth place out of 18 teams overall and won the “Pacing Contest,” taking home the coveted “Board Foot” trophy.

A highlight for the students was spending a day in the Shingletown area assessing current fuel breaks. Teams worked together to collect data such as the number of trees per acre, tree density and canopy cover. Using the information, teams presented their findings on the last day of the event, making recommendations regarding improving existing fuel breaks and strategic locations to construct new ones. The field trip also included a tour of Sierra Pacific Industries’ mill and cogeneration plant in Anderson. Students also completed field training — followed by a field test — to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data collecting skills.


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