Grant Students in El Dorado Forestry Challenge
Ten students from Grant Union High School participated in the 2017 El Dorado Forestry Challenge on Oct. 25 - 28 at Leoni Meadows Camp near Grizzly Flats, CA. One of Grant's teams finished fourth overall, with a total of 206.3 points out of 250 points. Arron White of Grant Union High School was recognized with the Tom Eustis Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.
One of the highlights for the students this year was an opportunity to conduct a forest inventory of the Trestle Forest Health Project. After spending a day collecting field data and interacting with natural resource professionals, students compared their data to data collected in 2013 when project planning began. They assessed the accuracy of the 2013 data in the wake of recent tree mortality in the area. During the challenge, teams of students also completed a field test to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data collecting skills.
"The Forestry Challenge is always an amazing experience," said Grant High teacher Arron White. Paja Yang, a senior at Grant, summed it up as follows: "Teamwork makes the dream work."