Two South Lake Tahoe High School seniors won third prize from among 52 forestry projects presented at Russia's ninth annual International Junior Foresters Competition.
Tyler Myers and Emily Barnett presented their project, "The Effects of Fire and Forest Thinning on the Biodiversity of Understory Plants in the Lake Tahoe Basin," in Moscow to an international panel of 15 forestry experts.
The panel judged entries submitted by about 100 students from 35 countries. It was the first time the United States has participated in the competition. Projects from Brazil took first place, and those from Poland claimed second.
The students were honored during a celebration Sept. 14 in Moscow.
"They got certificates and medals and iPads," said Joy Barney, conservation education program specialist with the U.S. Forest Service's Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit who helped advise Myers and Barnett with their project.
The students worked on their entry in their free time Fridays and weekends throughout the summer while employed by the management unit's Botany and Aquatics Crew.