|The Drive into the Garcia River Forest|
The property itself has a conservation easement and is comprised of 24,000 acres. The Conservation Fund purchased the tract in 2004 with wildlife conservation and nature conservancy funding, wanting to keep it as forest, not subdivided land. Two thirds of the area provides sustainable timber harvesting while the remainder is dedicated to restoration for species such as Spotted Owl and Koho Salmon habitats.
The land was first cut for logging in the 50's and 60's and again in the 80's and 90's. There are no pure stands of old growth in the Garcia River Forest
In areas that you want to harvest, various data is collected and marked such as trees, the parcel as well as water ways within the specific site. Additional information should also include if the site will be for clear cutting or individual tree removal.
|Tree marked by a blue tag indicating its need for removal|
Trees that can be harvested are limited to small trees and group selection harvesting no bigger than an acre. This is due to the forest being part of the northern spotted owl habitat. In the Garcia River Forest this are a lot of foraging habitat but not roosting habitat. Classifications for each are based off of canopy coverage.
When harvesting you want to make enough growing space for regeneration and to make the forest harvestable in the years to come. This creates growing classes within different parts of the forest.
|Fairly recent harvest area near Jack's Fire burn site|
|Our class looking majestic in the forest with our guide Madison|
|The beasts that got us here |
|(She thinks my tractors se...Sustaining timber harvest?...)|
To the river!!!
|Identity tag on a log in the river|
|found on the path down to the river|
Our last find of the day before heading back to Sonoma State!
|Banana Slug! Anyone hungry?|