The Forest for the Trees Bernadine Mellis

A still from The Forest for the Trees. A birds-eye-view shot of a grassy hill with trees.

“Pacific Lumber clearcuts surround remaining ancient redwood forest in the Headwaters complex at Shaw Creek. Aerial photo by Nicholas Wilson/LightHawk, September, 1995.

SHAW CREEK GROVE AND RESIDUALS, including Right Side Road 9 (approximately 590 acres) This substantially intact tract of old-growth redwoods and Douglas fir, ranging from 1,250 to 1,800 feet, remains at its core unentered and pristine. It straddles Shaw Creek, providing important shade to keep water temperatures low. This drainage is some of the best coho salmon spawning habitat in the Yager/Lawrence creek system. Incremental clearcutting has taken place all around the perimeter of the core stand. The gently sloping topography has helped to create the environment for numerous gigantic redwoods and Douglas firs. Many small cascading streams flow through the thick undergrowth. Incursions into the upper watershed have resulted in a need for restoration and revegetation. “

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