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A list of conifers within the Miracle Mile:
An excerpt from Conifer Country (pages 204-205)
The Klamath Mountains are a land of charismatic mega-flora. From the coast which holds the Earth’s tallest trees to the interior sky islands, which are crowned with ancient, contorted coniferous jewels, botanical wonders abound. The region is also a land of dynamic evolutionary processes that are difficult to interpret in the short-term. In order to understand this complex region and all its wonder one must become part of it—at least for a time. I challenge you to get out into the field, explore, research your discoveries, study field guides, and then explore more. We, lovers of the natural world, need to do this, but the Klamath Mountains and the biota held within need us more.
A phrase now being used, coined as a reference for what nature has to offer human civilization, is “ecosystem services.” From this perspective, the Earth is evaluated for its material and immaterial goods and the financial benefits each part of the natural system might offer humankind. This perspective helps capitalists revisit a once widespread understanding—where 250 years ago there would have been no need to define these “services.” Basically, keen naturalists and scientists realized that our culture needed a way to put a monetary value on what was losing its traditional, unspoken value....
Fire affected Brewer spruce (Picea breweriana) habitat on the Siskiyou Crest near Goff Butte. Photo by Luke Ruediger
All summer, as smoke poured over the ridgeline, I was consumed by the fires: Where are the fires burning? How are the fires burning? Are firefighters using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST)? At what cost are these fires being suppressed? Where is fire retardant being dropped? How many miles of dozer line are being created? How many old-growth snags are being felled? How many helipads cleared? How many slopes are being backburned, and to what effect? Will the place I know and love recover from this fire naturally, “unsalvaged,” as it has for millennium?
While the fires burned there was little accountability, little way of knowing what may be taking place inside the “closure area” or fire perimeter. It was hard to get questions answered, even when asked directly. It was like having a loved one in the emergency room and you don’t know what is going on inside. Yet now, in the aftermath of this great natural and unnatural disturbance, I can hike the trails as before, through a world of soot and ash, through a landscape forever marked by the fires of 2012. I can now see the wild patterns of fire on the landscape; I can begin to piece together what took place, and try to account for suppression tactics gone awry.
Dancing with raindrops from car to porch on any number of oft-spectacular Humboldt Bay days, I was hungry for a lunch date. As I shook my hands dry, the push of a bell initiated the shuffle of feet, a crack of the door—and soon after—a long, sincere, chuckle. The opening door revealed a smile to go with the laughter. ...
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Hiking on Limestone Ridge in the Trinity Alps Wilderness.
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