The CNR received grant funding from the UCSC Sustainability Office to support a new forest ecology initiative on campus called the Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI). This project involves close collaboration with CNR staff, Cal-Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch staff, Cal-Poly faculty and graduate students, UCSC faculty and undergraduate students, and a local consulting forester. This project will allow undergraduate interns to gain forestry and forest ecology skills while taking a variety of detailed measurements of trees, forest canopy, understory vegetation, downed woody debris, and fuel load that will benefit our understanding of the campus’s forests and potentially provide useful information to City of Santa Cruz/UCSC fire personnel and campus planners. These projects provide valuable professional learning experiences for undergraduate students, who were integral to the design and implementation of the research.
Undergraduate internships for the CFI project started in Fall of 2015, and wil continue through the 2016/17 university term. Contact UCSC Natural Reserve Manager Alex Jones for more information.