Nine students from Mount Shasta and seven from Weed were among a group of 87 high school students from 14 schools who participated in the 2018 Shasta Forestry Challenge from Sept. 26 to 29 at Mountain Meadows Camp, east of Shingletown.

Both Weed and Mount Shasta had two teams among the 24 teams that participated, all from northern and central California.

Mount Shasta’s teams placed 4th and 8th

One of the highlights for the students, according to a press release, was the opportunity to recommend a fire-safe silvicultural prescription for a parcel of state-owned land where the CAL FIRE Shingletown fire station is located.

“After spending a day in the forest collecting data and interacting with natural resource professionals, students recommended a regulatory mechanism to harvest merchantable trees, treat residual vegetation and slash, and keep understory fuels to a minimum, the release states. “During the Challenge, teams of students also completed a field test to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data collecting skills.”

MSHS senior Aram Aguirre called the Challenge “an excellent experience for students interested in natural resources, as well as those unsure of what future career they want to pursue.”

“Every year this is such a wonderful opportunity for students to learn and apply forestry skills,” said WHS teacher Rebekah Sluss.

Mount Shasta science teacher Donna Chapman called it “an amazing academic experience.”

Weed senior Kai Peterson said, “The best people you’ll ever meet on your adventures of life.”