This Saturday (3/4): SEFS to Host Annual Silviculture Challenge

Coming up this weekend, SEFS will welcome a team from the University of British Columbia (UBC) to compete against our students in the 10th annual International Silviculture Challenge!

This year’s challenge will focus on Preston Ridge Forest (marked in yellow), located 20 miles east of downtown Seattle along Interstate 90.

Professor Emeritus David Ford and former UW Professor Bruce Larson first developed the contest when Bruce left for UBC. In the decade since, the two universities have alternated hosting the challenge, and this year SEFS is partnering with King County Parks to have the students create a management and prescription plan on a forest site near Preston, Wash. King County Parks personnel Dave Kimmett, Bill Loeber and Richard Martin have all been involved in designing the challenge, and Richard and Bill will join SEFS Affiliate Rolf Gersonde as judges Saturday afternoon.

Led by Professor Greg Ettl, the team from SEFS includes five undergraduate students: Paul Albertine, Aoife Fae, Anthony Martinez, Timothy Seaman and Chris Scelsa. We wish them good luck as they face off against their UBC counterparts, and we’ll share the results—as well as more specific details about the challenge—next week!