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Eight Soquel High School students spent a week in October creating a land use plan in Redwood Christian Park, north of Boulder Creek along Highway 9. Their efforts earned them a “School Spirit Award.”

The 2011 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge involved 45 students from six schools throughout Northern California.

The 9.5-acre property the exercise took place on is owned by a trust and is near two parcels zoned for timber production under the same ownership.

The property is currently zoned for special use. In the challenge, students were asked if the timber designation made more sense than the special use designation and to provide environmental impact reports for the decision they made.

Challenge participants then spent a day visiting the site, collecting field data and interacting with natural resource professionals before preparing a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation.

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