Month: October 2013

China

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This piece was found in the ruins of a historical site – a long abandoned homestead.

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Fuels Project

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Here is a shot (stitched) from a recent project where we are thinning the understory of the forest. There are many places where the stem density is very high and the brush layers connect to the over-story and create higher fire hazards. By removing fuel ladders and thinning out dense thickets of redwood and tanoak, the fire risk is reduced and forest productivity increased. Here we are piling the debris to be burned next year. After the burn we will be planting all the gaps with redwood. Historically the stand was logged intensively with no regard to the regeneration of the stand, which in turn shifted the species composition heavily towards tanoak. This landowner wants to restore the stand to a redwood dominated forest.

If you click to enlarge the image you can see where they have completed the piling on the left, and where they are still cutting on the right. Hard work my friends!

Scene of the Crime

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I had a real lucky wildlife experience last week. Me and a coworker came driving up near the forest edge on old ranch road, going slow about to turn around. As we slowed almost to a stop, I was looking at a map, out of the corner of my eye I see a flock of doves take off about 100 feet from us. My buddy says “Holy shit, did you see that?” I look up to see a poof of feathers, like a feather pillow hit by a shotgun. As they clear, we see a grey hawk working on its prey, smashing it on the ground and digging in with its beak. Once sure it was dead it flew off, with a heavy load, only getting 20 or so feet in the air. I was too transfixed to pull out my camera and we were so close that I didn’t want to scare it away. My co-worker said he say the hawk bomb the dove out of mid air! I didnt have my bi-binoculars, but Im pretty sure it was the northern goshawk.

Machines of the Past

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Came across a 1950s era yarding machine in pretty good shape. These things were very common in this region, are are essentially a improvement on the ‘stream donkey’. This one appears to have come to rest in the headwaters of Grizzly Creek for unknown reasons. The engine was made by none other than Hercules, who produced over 1 million industrial grade engines foe the US military during their 24-hours a day operations in WWII. It looked like someone tried to get this thing running not too long ago, as evidenced by some newer looking hoses and a modern battery.

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