SPRINGVILLE — Students from Minarets High School participated recently in the 2017 Sequoia Forestry Challenge, one group of a total of 58 high school students from 9 schools in the Central Valley and Foothills of California. The event was October 11 to 14 at Quaker Meadow Camp, east of Springville.
One of the highlights for the students this year was the opportunity to conduct a forest inventory of Quaker Meadow Camp. After spending a day on the camp property collecting field data and interacting with natural resource professionals, students compared their data to historic conditions of the area and made recommendations on whether or not forest restoration was needed. During the Challenge, teams of students also completed a field test to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data collecting skills.
“The Forestry Challenge was a great event. It taught students real skills used in forestry,” said Minarets High School teacher Richard Chapman.
Sierra Stalter, a Junior at Minarets, summed it up as follows: “This was an excellent opportunity for me to further my skills in forestry and has strengthened my desire to be a forester.”
School Photo Caption:
Left to Right: Front – Sierra Slater, Ben Bradley
Middle: Richard Chapman (Advisor), David Fondse, Heidi Mitchell (Advisor)
Back: Darrin Coleman, Autumn Pecarovich, Mackenzie Camacho, Hana Unruh