Monday, July 28, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Students create management plans for private forestland

2012-10-26_16-03-27_32 - Compressed ec

PONDEROSA HIGH SCHOOL students Carley Hangebrauck, Leanne Gillespie and Korinn Trinies conduct a species composition survey, one of the many skills learned at the 2012 El Dorado Forestry Challenge at Leoni Meadows in Grizzly Flat. Courtesy photos

By
From page A3 | March 22, 2013 |

Mary Lory and husband Ernest Lory own 80 acres of forestland in Grizzly Flat. It’s been in Mary’s family more than 100 years.

The Lory property was deeded to Mary by her aunt, Margaret Morey Odlin, in 2003. Her great-grandfather, Edward Morey, originally purchased the land from the Mount Pleasant Mining Company in the late 1800s. Morey lived on the property and mined on it.

Mary Lory is familiar with the history of the area and California forestry. The oldest daughter of Georgetown-born forester and former El Dorado County Supervisor Joe Flynn, Mary and her siblings spent much of their growing-up years in ranger camps throughout the Sierra Nevada, Coastal Range and Southern California forests.

The Lorys did a timber harvest on the property in 2006-07. In 2009-10, they did a mastication (grinding) and fuels reduction project on the land. Now they are in the process of preparing a timber management plan.

As private parties, the Lorys need financial aid to pay for the costs of keeping their forest healthy. A timber management plan is required to apply for federal and state grant money.

In early 2012, Cal Fire and The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, released the California Cooperative Forest Management Plan. Using a common template meets the management plan requirements for grant agreements and other provisions available through any of the agencies — Cal Fire, NRCS, U.S. Forest Service or the American Tree Farm Association.

Before deciding what would go into such a plan, the Lorys agreed to host the 2012 California Forestry Challenge in El Dorado County.

The Forestry Challenge is a nonprofit organization dedicated to youth education. It was created and organized in 2003 by Diane Dealey Neill, of Cameron Park, as a competitive event for high school students. With a project-based learning approach, it uses the forest as a classroom to teach technical forestry and current forestry issues.

The Forestry Challenge conducts four events throughout the year. Each one lasts four days. They take place in Shasta, Tulare, Santa Cruz and El Dorado counties. Dealey Neill expects to add a Southern California event this year.

The El Dorado Forestry Challenge involved 53 students in 13 teams and 12 teachers from eight schools. Forty-two resource professionals and area residents volunteered to support the program.

At each event, students are presented with a different real life problem, based upon the conditions of the study site. In this case, the challenge was to design a California Cooperative Forest Management Plan for the Lory property.

The students camped at Leoni Meadows and traveled 6 1/2 miles to the study site. There they viewed a meadow, a canyon creek, a Nisenan arc site and forested areas. They heard expert commentary from Ernest Lory, retired microbiology professor at Ventura College, on invasive species, prior use, change over time and future goals, and from Robert Little, Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit area forester, on watercourse classification, riparian zones and options for crossings. They studied the tree species and road system.

They learned that the Lorys’ had several goals for the property. They were:

• Timber production
• Maintenance of recommended clearance for wildfire protection
• Reforestation where needed
• Restoration of meadow habitat
• Reduction/control of undesired plant/insect infestation
• Maintenance of roads and trails for access and management
• Erosion control where needed
• Development of appropriate stream crossing(s)
• Preservation of archeological sites
• Identification of tree and plant species
• Development of forestry education site.

At the site, the students participated in typical forestry activities, such as trail construction, seedling counts and cut limb removal. Teams of students completed field training, followed by a field test, to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data-collecting skills. The field tests counted for 60 percent of their overall scores.

A registered professional forester consulted with each team on how best to use the Forest Management Plan template to achieve the Lorys’ goals for their property. The teams each prepared a 15-minute presentation of their plans. The presentations counted for 40 percent of the overall scores. A panel of three judges scored the presentations.

Two teams from Ponderosa High School participated in the Forestry Challenge. One team earned first place, the other scored fourth.

The Lorys said they enjoyed hosting the students, and the students came up with a number of good ideas they could incorporate into their forestry management plan.

Dealey Neill said her mission is to get young people into the forest and let them learn what really happens there, what the issues are and why they are important. “If some of them decide on a career in forestry, that would be wonderful,” she said.

As secretary of the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum, an organization that provides scholarships for students majoring in forestry, she encourages young people to learn more about the opportunities. She is also available on Career Day at local high schools to answer questions and provide information.

Student and teacher evaluations of their experiences at the Forestry Challenges, plus more information, are available on the Website, forestrychallenge.com.

Comments

comments

.

News

 
County’s chief lawyer: No Brown Act violation

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

General Plan workshop today

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

 
Two growth control initiatives get green light

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Sand Fire burns more than 4,000 acres

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Fatal accident in Camino

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report released

By Ross Branch | From Page: A3

 
35 people displaced in Tahoe hotel fire

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A3 | Gallery

.

Opinion

The balancing act: Toxic waste spreads

By Larry Weitzman | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

 
Bee-ing silly

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
.

Letters

Letter to Speaker of the House

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
GDPUD misinformation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

At the crossroads

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Want more water?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Refugee crisis

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Camp experience is ‘priceless’

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Speedway races cancelled

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

El Dorado doubles up on Pro Players

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Under the Scoreboard: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Schedule: July 28 – Aug. 2, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Roundup: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Local spiker shines

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
Sports Scene: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

.

Prospecting

A beautiful day at Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm

By Cathy Barsotti | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Foothill gourmet: Things get corny

By Donna Brown | From Page: B2

Bipolar Insights: From point A to point B

By Marcia Rose | From Page: B2

 
Cool time at Cowboys and Cornbread

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

As we were: Recreation district grows

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B4

 
Cantare names new director

By Cantare Chorale | From Page: B10

 
After 5 Club to meet

By Senior Day | From Page: B10

.

Essentials

Divorces

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

 
DUI Log: June 25-July 9

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Crime Log: July 14-16

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

American Profile Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Monday, July 28, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8