College of the Redwoods Forest

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I had the opportunity to return to the CR forest for a little adventure a few weeks ago. This is where I first studied forestry and ultimately set a significant course for my life. I spent allot of time in the 80 or so acres above the school. While the campus has changed considerably since I attended class there, the forest remains the way I remembered it.

There is allot of diversity on the edges, and in general the forest shifts to sitka spruce and coastal grasslands as the elevation increases. Its easy to forget, but CR is right on the other side of Elk River, and in fact most of the ownerships around CR are accessed from Berta Rd at the top or Humboldt Hill. CR has several large residual old growth redwood trees scattered throughout the forest over a well stocked mid-mature redwood stand. There is even supposedly a spotted owl in the forest, but Ive never seen it…

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