May 2016: Sandra Derby presented the status of Project Learning Tree during the monthly meeting in Loomis. Ms. Derby described how the Project Learning Tree activities encourage students to explore the natural environment, develop critical thinking skills while practicing field observations and building knowledge through this process. She described other programs that are offered by various organizations. She discussed building a pool of experts, including foresters that can provide the training for teachers at the workshops.
July 2016: The Chapter members volunteered to staff the California Forest Center at the State Fair. The volunteers included Brian Barrette, Joanne Drummond, Teri Griffis, Miles Heaton (Forest Center Manager), Rick Standiford and Doug Wickizer in the morning shift. Gary Brittner, Donna Fuller, Steve Jones, Jon Jue and Jane LaBoa were the volunteers in the afternoon shift. 1,881 visitors came through the Forest Center on July 21, 2016. The Forest Center had stations learn about the different products that have wood components, animal bones, cones from different species and a ponderosa pine and coastal redwood seedling give away. Joanne Drummond coordinated the volunteers for working at the State Fair.
August 2016: Joanne Drummond, Steve Jones and Jon Jue volunteered at the Nevada County Fair Ag-Sperience Forestry Exhibit. This booth had a variety of displays that included logs sections for the mixed conifer species, a model of an unhealthy, overstocked forest, a model that showed proper clearance of fuels around a home and insufficient clearance, along with other displays. There was a forestry quiz for both children 10 and under and for people 11 and older. The chapter gave tree cookie craft kits to the children who answered the forestry quiz. Several hundred people stopped by the Forestry Exhibit. Joanne Drummond organized and set up this forestry exhibit.
Several members attended the 2016 Summer Meeting in Coursegold, CA. The Chapter members in attendance included: Brian Barrette, Geri Bergen, Kevin Conway, Helge Eng, Teri Griffis, Russ Henly, Jane LaBoa, Doug Wickizer and Jon Jue.
September 2016: The chapter is planning a field trip to Boggs Mountain Demonstration Forest that was burned in last year’s fire. The details are still being worked out with the Forest Manager. More information will be out shortly.
A planning meeting will also be held in September 2016 to plan the future meeting speakers and locations and start nominations for the 2017 Chapter Officers. More information will be out shortly.
Jason Henkle was awarded the Chapter’s 2016 $500 scholarship. Mr. Henkle is a forestry student at Humboldt State University. Congratulations to Mr. Henkle. We wish him the best in completing him education and starting his career.